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Iulia
09-16-2018, 08:50 AM
I'm a relative newbie - only owned two half decent instruments, a hand made concert by Stuart Longridge, and a soprano by Ohana, the cedar top willow back sorry can't remember the number. In fairness to Mr Longridge, I didn't bond with it because my thing is I think sopranos.

I kept trying concerts thinking I would get why everyone wanted them more than sopranos ...

My little Ohana is an awesome little girl. On the occasion I've not been happy with something I've picked up a cheaper instrument and realised its me, not the uke ;)

I haven't seen much love for Ohana on the forum, just wondered how you all rate Ohana compared to other stuff?

Who's had them, who loves them, who doesn't??

Just curious, not the brand police :D

Rllink
09-16-2018, 09:01 AM
I have a spruce top Ohana soprano. I like it fine. It gets the job done, so I have no complaints. I have a soprano and two concert size ukuleles. All three are different brands. I can't say that I prefer one size or one brand over the other. In my day to day playing I don't notice the difference between them.

ukantor
09-16-2018, 09:38 AM
I've had several Ohana ukuleles over the years and have nothing but good things to say about them. I've had sopranos, concerts and tenors - all were very satisfactory. Now I only play sopranos and three of my twenty (or so) sops are Ohanas. I have SK50MG (Cedar top); SK300G (solid Koa body); SK35G (solid mahogany body).

I acquired all three between eight and ten years ago, and I wouldn't want to part with any of them.

John Colter

mikelz777
09-16-2018, 10:05 AM
Two of my three ukes are Ohanas and I'm happy with them both. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if the situation arose.

jimavery
09-16-2018, 11:02 AM
What's not to like about an Ohana soprano? Not much I reckon. Mine is their basic all mahogany model. I'd rather have friction tuners, but otherwise it's a great little instrument.

Choirguy
09-16-2018, 11:11 AM
I think that Ohana, like all the companies, has stepped up in quality over the years and offers a line of products that matches the quality and value of any other sub $500 ukulele brand.

The ukuleles are affordable and attractive—and they make some models in the style of older models in solid wood at a much lower price (e.g. Vita, Nunes, and Martin Model 3).

I also like the offering of “build/paint your own ukulele” kits.

I have 3 Ohana products—a shakulele, a Pineapple Sopranissimo, and the Spruce Taropatch. I’d certainly recommend all three to other buyers.

SailingUke
09-16-2018, 11:38 AM
I believe Ohana’s are atop grade instrument fo factory built instrument.
I have several and played many more.

hendulele
09-16-2018, 11:47 AM
Two of my favorite everyday players are Ohanas -- the mahogany soprano and the cedar/willow concert. I also had a pineapple and a tenor. Both really fine instruments, especially for the money. Kala has a stronger retail presence, esp. through the big box stores, but I like the neck profile and playability of the Ohana more, generally speaking.

Choirguy
09-16-2018, 02:58 PM
Bill,

Ohana doesn’t interact here. Has anyone asked them, on the record, to source the Eucalyptus that was used? If not, boycotting the company is an unfair leap in the process.

Lapyang
09-16-2018, 03:48 PM
I think Ohana gives you good value for the money. I have owned several Ohanas, currently keeping an Ohana Cedar/ Rosewood Soprano. It compares quite well to my other $2000+ Sopranos. The important thing is to get it from a reputable seller who can do a good set up. Mims from Mimsuke and Mike from Ukerepublic will do a good job.

Kenn2018
09-16-2018, 07:08 PM
I am a tenor person through-and-through. My second tenor was an Ohana TK-50GS. I bought it at a local music store. It was sold to me "on sale" but recently I realized that the "S" in the model stands for "Second" and there is a "B" stamped on the label. I can't blame the maker for the seller's lapse. As far as the quality goes, the instrument has a solid Rosewood body with a cedar top. I had it setup when I bought it. It plays well. And sounds pretty nice. So other than a few cosmetic flaws I can't say anything bad about it.

I bought a SK-70WG Soprano for my wife. It has a very pretty laminate willow body with a solid spruce top. It was properly setup and I put Living Waters strings on it because I prefer fluorocarbons to nylons. It sounds OK. well it sounds like a laminate soprano. Gloss finish. Reasonably loud. Fair sustain. Quite a few glue drips inside. It's a good starter ukulele.

So quality wise, I think Ohana is not bad. Mid-level instruments that offer good value for the price.

mikhou
09-16-2018, 08:32 PM
I have only owned 2 ukes and both were Ohanas. For strumming and just banging around, I love my little CK-10S. It's loud and punchy and just a fun little instrument to play. My TK-50G has a more complex sound but lends itself more to fingerstyle playing. So those are the only 2 ukes that I have owned and I like them both. Nothing wrong with an Ohana, however....

I played a very nice Martin T1K the other day. Hmmmmm....

Croaky Keith
09-16-2018, 11:09 PM
Ohana is the equal of Kala. I always recommend them to newbies because they are both good value for money at the lower end. :)

I started out with Kala ukes, but bought my first solid wood mahogany from Ohana, what an eye opener, marvellous sound/tone compared to any laminate that I had.

I put (Living Water) fluorocarbon strings on my ukes, low G for me, & these Ohanas sound great.

I, personally, don't get on with anything smaller than a concert scale, but I do have a soprano with a tenor neck Ohana solid mahogany, & a concert necked one too, because I like the sound of them.

My main instruments, after much searching, are tenor necked concerts, one of which is the Ohana solid mahogany, the other is my most expensive uke, my KoAloha Opio solid acacia.

As you don't like anything bigger than soprano, may I point you towards the Ohana solid mahogany sopranisimo, I think you may well like one of those. ;)
(I really like their sound, but, unfortunately, I doubt I could play one comfortably.)

Iulia
09-16-2018, 11:29 PM
never even THOUGHT about something smaller than a soprano. :drool:

MikeHollandGuitar
09-17-2018, 12:35 AM
I have an Ohana TK35G that I bought a few years ago to strum backing rhythms for my YouTube videos. Every time I picked up this Ukulele I thought it just sounded so lovely. I decided to put a low G on the Ohana (as a guitarist it makes more sense).......I then could not put the little ukulele down. It inspired me to arrange a host of tunes that I have posted on YouTube and got me well and truly ukulele hooked. I have since bought a Kanile'a which is all Koa and is also very lovely. The Kanile'a is beautifully made and sounds gorgeous. The Ohana is very well made and also sounds gorgeous! I have only really played a few ukuleles in my time so I may not be the best judge, but from my limited experience the Ohana is great.....highly recommended!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7G4qp1Aj3s
All the best,
Mike

Iulia
09-17-2018, 12:56 AM
Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

I also put Living Water strings on mine.

Has anyone any experience with the high end instruments like this one?

https://ohana-music.com/product/sk-350g-all-solid-koa-soprano-ukulele/

I'm not in the market for something that price at the moment, just curious how they compare to other stuff in that price bracket.

Jerryc41
09-17-2018, 01:47 AM
Kala and Ohana turn out nice ukes by the thousands. They're good quality for what you pay, with some being better and more expensive than others. Given the choice, I take an Ohana over a Kala, with no justification at all. : ) I have two Kala Watermans and a Kala cedar tenor with slotted headstock. Obviously, there's no comparison between them, but I wouldn't bring the cedar with me in a canoe.

I have three Ohanas, with another on the way. I have a sopranino, Vita-Uke, glossy spruce pineapple, and a black & white ebony concert is hopefully on the way.

ukantor
09-17-2018, 02:47 AM
Hi Iulia,

The all koa Ohana, to which you provided a link, looks very similar to my SK300G, but with a much higher MRSP. I was lucky enough to get mine at a very reduced price, about six years ago, because it had "issues" that needed to be addressed. I was able to fix it myself. Mine has a loud, clear voice and a pleasing tone. It feels good in the hands (well, in mine), and plays easily.

My only other all Koa soprano is a KoAloha. They are quite different, and if I had to choose between them, I would always take the KoAloha. Having said that, I must add that I'm very glad I can keep them both!

John Colter.

robinboyd
09-17-2018, 05:14 AM
Bill,

Ohana doesn’t interact here. Has anyone asked them, on the record, to source the Eucalyptus that was used? If not, boycotting the company is an unfair leap in the process.

I asked them. I got no reply.

Iulia
09-17-2018, 06:16 AM
Hi Iulia,

The all koa Ohana, to which you provided a link, looks very similar to my SK300G, but with a much higher MRSP. I was lucky enough to get mine at a very reduced price, about six years ago, because it had "issues" that needed to be addressed. I was able to fix it myself. Mine has a loud, clear voice and a pleasing tone. It feels good in the hands (well, in mine), and plays easily.

My only other all Koa soprano is a KoAloha. They are quite different, and if I had to choose between them, I would always take the KoAloha. Having said that, I must add that I'm very glad I can keep them both!

John Colter.


Yes I suppose that was the question I was asking - do the high end instruments compare with those of more 'prestigious' companies. KoAloha are a bit more pricey though I think?

Iulia
09-17-2018, 06:17 AM
I asked them. I got no reply.


It is a good point. Sustainability is important. Its one of the reasons I like Hora as they source a lot of the wood locally.

UkingViking
09-17-2018, 07:14 AM
My Ohana is awesome.

It is a solid wood model, but from what I hear their laminates should be nice as well.

Imo Ohana get a lot of love in this forum in general.

Iulia
09-17-2018, 08:25 AM
I haven't seen many comments, but guess I just missed them ;)

Please feel free to post pics of your awesome Ohanas.

EDW
09-17-2018, 08:48 AM
Has anyone any experience with the high end instruments like this one?

https://ohana-music.com/product/sk-350g-all-solid-koa-soprano-ukulele/

I'm not in the market for something that price at the moment, just curious how they compare to other stuff in that price bracket.

I have not seen or played one of these, but if one were in the market to spend that much there are lots of other options. It might be a great instrument, but you could easily also consider something from one of the fantastic craftsman luthiers out there.

Iulia
09-17-2018, 09:17 AM
I'm not in the market as just lost my job - just enjoying the research.

I can see the logic of that argument, but also that if people buy the high end of the brands, it will possibly have a 'rising tide' effect on all their quality.

Choirguy
09-17-2018, 12:22 PM
I asked them. I got no reply.

If Ohana isn’t responding, has anyone asked a “big” dealer (Uke shops are usually one person or small company situations) to ask Ohana the question?

mikelz777
09-17-2018, 01:22 PM
Please feel free to post pics of your awesome Ohanas.

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UkerDanno
09-17-2018, 02:43 PM
I've had several, all wonderful instruments, I think a cut above Kala...
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CK-80, SK-28, CK-28, CK-35-8

Steedy
09-17-2018, 05:57 PM
I've had several, all wonderful instruments, I think a cut above Kala...


My feelings exactly! Not to throw shade at Kala Brand, because they've really stepped up their game in recent years and make some great ukes, but I love my Ohana ukuleles. I have an Ohana Concert and an Ohana Tenor, both are "limited-edition" solid Redwood/Rosewood models, and both are fantastic!

The Concert is a CK-42, solid Sinker Redwood top, solid Rosewood back & sides, with Maple binding. I ordered this uke from Elderly, and was fortunate to receive the very one pictured on their web site (photos by Elderly). It's a honey!

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The Tenor is a TK-40, solid Redwood top, solid Rosewood back & sides, with Maple binding. I ordered it from Mim's Ukes, and it came with an awesome setup by Mim herself (photos by Mim). It's a cannon!

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I don't plan to ever sell either one! :cool:

Iulia
09-17-2018, 11:35 PM
Beautiful instruments guys! :drool:

Iulia
09-17-2018, 11:41 PM
Well I have to post mine now.

Croaky Keith
09-18-2018, 12:32 AM
Ha, ha, that rope type binding always puts me off of trying those gaudy ukes. ;)

(I like mine to be plain, or subdued.)

UkerDanno
09-18-2018, 03:46 AM
Ha, ha, that rope type binding always puts me off of trying those gaudy ukes. ;)

(I like mine to be plain, or subdued.)

Oh, I love rope binding, that's why I had the Nunes style Ohana in soprano and concert. I would love to have a Kamaka HF-2D...:shaka:
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Iulia
09-18-2018, 04:17 AM
I like both plain and fancy. I think for my 'next' uke whenever that is, I need a plain finish to contrast ...

Iulia
09-18-2018, 04:52 AM
Oh, I love rope binding, that's why I had the Nunes style Ohana in soprano and concert. I would love to have a Kamaka HF-2D...:shaka:
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The Nunes is on my Wishlist. Unfortunately too many things are :cool:

Kenn2018
09-18-2018, 05:12 AM
Does Ohana have a high end competitor for the Kala Elite series of ukes?

Croaky Keith
09-18-2018, 05:40 AM
....... is on my Wishlist. Unfortunately too many things are :cool:

That's how it was for me until I found what suited me best. :)

Down Up Dick
09-18-2018, 06:22 AM
I had an Ohana Sixer, but I never liked it. I went to buy an eighter, but the store didn’t have one, so I caved.

First, it was all solid wood, and I like plywood. Secondly, it was that ugly drab brown color, and I like a lot more bling. That’s why I like banjos and mandolins. Thirdly, I never could get usta the six strings. My fingers seem to naturally fingerpick.

Anyway, I traded it for my glossy Kala eighter with the golden string tuners and white stuff on the edges. :old:

Iulia
09-18-2018, 08:36 AM
That's how it was for me until I found what suited me best. :)


Am still working on that :rofl: at least have narrowed down to soprano or smaller. Haven't tried a long neck soprano though.

Croaky Keith
09-18-2018, 10:26 PM
If you don't like the concert scale, I doubt you'd be happy with a long neck, it's more a concert than a soprano.

Iulia
09-19-2018, 01:24 AM
Thanks for the tip - never actually seen one ...

Dansimpson
09-19-2018, 02:57 AM
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Love my lil sopranissimo, cant buy this rosewood/cedar model anymore in UK stores, and she is a lil dream to play.

Iulia
09-19-2018, 03:06 AM
lovely photo!!

UkerDanno
09-19-2018, 03:40 AM
Does Ohana have a high end competitor for the Kala Elite series of ukes?

They have a performance model...TK-470G, they're nice I know a couple guys with them.

ksiegel
09-19-2018, 03:43 PM
Haven't played any Ohana that cost more than $400 yet, but maybe in the future...

I have 3 ohana ukes. I won the first Vita Uke in a random drawing frm "Making Music" magazine (don't know if they are still around); Liked it so much, (Soprano neck, concert sized-body) I bought a used rosewood Vita Uke here on UU, from another member.

I recently got the CK-65D Art Deco Model from Mim - one of the two she had left. I friend played it for 5 minutes, then sent a text to Mim, ordering the other one!

I'm quite happy with the Ohana ukes. There may be more on the horizon.


-Kurt

Iulia
09-19-2018, 10:58 PM
I recently got the CK-65D Art Deco Model from Mim - one of the two she had left. I friend played it for 5 minutes, then sent a text to Mim, ordering the other one!


-Kurt


That is rather lovely - never seen that before :drool:

Iulia
09-20-2018, 09:26 AM
I've never played a Kala so have nothing to add to that - but I play piano accordion and used to play double bass, so I'm used to doing pretty much everything by feel, so any fret marker is a plus ;)

KaminTheWeaver
09-22-2018, 08:43 AM
Has anyone played the TK-300G or TK-350G all solid koa tenor? I'm wondering how it stacks up against a Pono or Opio in terms of sound and build quality.