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ichadwick
05-24-2009, 03:56 AM
Any members own the new Ohana zebra wood ukes? Comments on it? Sound? Playability? Quality control?

It's such a beautiful ukulele that I may get one just for the stunning look, even through it's soprano and I play tenors!

Pippin
05-24-2009, 04:19 AM
I have a zebrawood soprano that I will be reviewing in a future issue of Ukulele Player. My first impressions of it are very good. The uke is beautiful. I love the woodgrain. The uke vibrates nicely and the tone is sweet and mellow. I love the inlay and the fit and finish is perfect on the one that Ohana sent me for review. I'd imagine that they are all the same sort of quality. I also have the new pineapple here, too. It is solid mahogany and has a nice, sweet voice to it as well.

Of the two, the pineapple stays in tune better... not that the zebrawood is bad, because it stays in tune pretty well when playing. The one thing is that it seems to react to changes in the weather more than the mahogany does.

They are completely different tones and that is something you don't get with laminated instruments. The zebrawood retails about $130 USD... a steal for a solid wood uke.

pithaya9
05-24-2009, 05:32 AM
I have a zebrawood soprano that I will be reviewing in a future issue of Ukulele Player. My first impressions of it are very good. The uke is beautiful. I love the woodgrain. The uke vibrates nicely and the tone is sweet and mellow. I love the inlay and the fit and finish is perfect on the one that Ohana sent me for review. I'd imagine that they are all the same sort of quality. I also have the new pineapple here, too. It is solid mahogany and has a nice, sweet voice to it as well.

Of the two, the pineapple stays in tune better... not that the zebrawood is bad, because it stays in tune pretty well when playing. The one thing is that it seems to react to changes in the weather more than the mahogany does.

They are completely different tones and that is something you don't get with laminated instruments. The zebrawood retails about $130 USD... a steal for a solid wood uke.

Thanks for the review Pippin. I was thinking of getting one of the Ohana zebra wood ukes also. :cool:

Lori
05-24-2009, 06:11 AM
Any chance they might do larger sizes in zebra? I would definitely go for it if I could get a long neck soprano, concert or tenor size.

–Lori

Ken Middleton
05-24-2009, 06:51 AM
Any chance they might do larger sizes in zebra? I would definitely go for it if I could get a long neck soprano, concert or tenor size.

–Lori

No, at least not at the moment. there are one or two new ukes in the pipeline (apart from those that have already been introduced this year). I think that a tenor version, for instance, might have a "harder" sound than most most players would expect. I think it would be a stunning instrument though.


Any members own the new Ohana zebra wood ukes? Comments on it? Sound? Playability? Quality control?

It's such a beautiful ukulele that I may get one just for the stunning look, even through it's soprano and I play tenors!

I have one at home. It is perfect and looks stunning. The sound is very immediate and precise. It has a clear, crisp sound that I find really interesting. It was very popular at the Belgian Festival and I think it will also prove popular at the Italian Festival in June.




They are completely different tones and that is something you don't get with laminated instruments. The zebrawood retails about $130 USD... a steal for a solid wood uke.

I agree absolutely. At that price it is tremendous value. You are getting an instrument with a true character of its own.

KEN

Uke Republic
05-24-2009, 09:44 AM
The zebra wood is so beautiful. In my opinion the wood's tone is close to rosewood. Great sound coming from this soprano uke. A wonderful player and unique as it is solid zebra wood.

Ahnko Honu
05-24-2009, 10:11 AM
I'd buy a zebrawood pineapple yesterday. :)

Baron K
05-24-2009, 10:48 AM
The zebrawood looks amazing and with ohanas overall quality I don't think you can go wrong with it.

I guess you've already seen MGM's soundclip of it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn6yCfATYR0


Sounds good to me...

ichadwick
05-25-2009, 03:28 AM
Thanks for the input. Despite my perference for tenor, I am so taken by the zebrawood look that I might buy a soprano. I have to weight the cost, though - a $130 US uke ends up costing me around $200 Canadian.

Baron K
05-25-2009, 03:38 AM
Thanks for the input. Despite my perference for tenor, I am so taken by the zebrawood look that I might buy a soprano. I have to weight the cost, though - a $130 US uke ends up costing me around $200 Canadian.

I've been - and still am - into tenors too, but lately I've been playing a lot on my Bruko soprano, and I have to say I just love the small size. I carry it with me wherever I go. I was very close to buying an Ohana from ukuleleshop.co.uk, even had my credit card out, but they sold the last one and closed the shop down right in my face!

I'm still want an Ohana though. Seems excellent value for money.

TheWannabe90
05-25-2009, 05:02 AM
I played the zebrawood ohana at the Belgian ukulele festival at Mr Middleton's Ohana stand.

(try to find it :))

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=333&pictureid=1880

It sounded very nice and the playability was very good for a soprano.
I also think it was one of the instruments most people were looking at and trying out, simply because of it's great appearance.

ichadwick
05-25-2009, 07:12 AM
I found a Canadian distributor for Ohana, with a better price than I might get if I bought it from the US. So now it's telephone tag time, trying to find out if they have it in stock, and how to get it to me.

Such a sorry, sorry disease, this UAS. Why can't I have something manageable, like a drug addiction, or kleptomania?

PS. 700 posts on this forum alone! Does this mean I don't have a life? Or that my life has become increasingly ukified?

Pippin
05-25-2009, 09:21 AM
I found a Canadian distributor for Ohana, with a better price than I might get if I bought it from the US. So now it's telephone tag time, trying to find out if they have it in stock, and how to get it to me.

Such a sorry, sorry disease, this UAS. Why can't I have something manageable, like a drug addiction, or kleptomania?

PS. 700 posts on this forum alone! Does this mean I don't have a life? Or that my life has become increasingly ukified?

Ian, it means that you are a valuable contributor and not just the resident harp expert. ... Oh, and I hope you enjoy your new Ohana Zebrawood uke when you get it.

ichadwick
05-25-2009, 10:50 AM
Okay, it's a leap of faith for me, but I've asked the Canadian distributor to call me as soon as one comes in... a couple of weeks, I expect.

SweetWaterBlue
01-26-2010, 05:05 PM
I had a chance to play one of the Ohana zebra sopranos from UkeRepublic tonight at the SEUkers meeting in West Atlanta. It had a fantastic tone - very bright and sweet. Its also a well made instrument.

maclay
01-26-2010, 06:03 PM
The zebra wood is so beautiful. In my opinion the wood's tone is close to rosewood. Great sound coming from this soprano uke. A wonderful player and unique as it is solid zebra wood.

i agree. rosewood seems to be the best comparison.

mailman
01-27-2010, 05:56 AM
According to Ken M. (from another recent thread), Ohana is now building zebra concerts, soon to be available...

dirk.li
01-27-2010, 08:27 AM
I own a Ohana Zebra Soprano and I really love it although I usually play tenor or concert. I replaced the straight tuners with geared ones so that the uke stays in tune more easily. Since the woodgrain is so attractive, my gf is currently learning on it...
I only had one other Soprano to compare it to, a Brüko No. 5. And I can definitely say that the Zebrawood Sop. sounds way better. The tone is rich and complex. And even with a Low G string it sounds nice!

mythidiot
08-30-2010, 11:26 AM
I have a Zebra Soprano and I love it! I've also played the concerts that they've got, but I'm a soprano fan myself.

Mine had geared tuners standard. Sounds and looks great. Best uke purchase yet!

iDavid
08-30-2010, 11:49 AM
According to Ken M. (from another recent thread), Ohana is now building zebra concerts, soon to be available...


I own BOTH the soprano and concert zebrawoods Ohana's. Uke republic still has one concert I believe.

evilcantalope
02-14-2011, 01:27 PM
i own a ohana zebrawood ukulele and it cracked in two places on the second day i got it but otherwise it is a good interment with occasional scratching of the strings

hmgberg
02-14-2011, 06:24 PM
The zebra wood is so beautiful. In my opinion the wood's tone is close to rosewood. Great sound coming from this soprano uke. A wonderful player and unique as it is solid zebra wood.

I, too, have been told that zebrawood sounds a lot like rosewood.

mythidiot
02-16-2011, 07:55 AM
I have a Zebra Soprano and I love it! I've also played the concerts that they've got, but I'm a soprano fan myself.
UPDATE: My first zebrawood cracked. I had it replaced and my second one cracked. I went to have it replaced and the one in the store had cracked... it sounds pretty good even cracked... so I guess I don't mind, but I am pretty sure that these are very prone to cracking.

Lori
02-16-2011, 08:17 AM
UPDATE: My first zebrawood cracked. I had it replaced and my second one cracked. I went to have it replaced and the one in the store had cracked... it sounds pretty good even cracked... so I guess I don't mind, but I am pretty sure that these are very prone to cracking.

I have had my Zebra wood for almost a year, and no cracks. I keep humidifiers with all my solid wood ukes. Maybe your area is especially dry, or your heating system is drying things out too much.

–Lori

ichadwick
02-17-2011, 01:37 AM
Mine never cracked, but I sold it because, lovely as it was to behold, it was a soprano. And thus gathered more dust than it was played. Had it been a tenor or baritone, well it would have had a place of honour here...

Ken Middleton
02-17-2011, 01:46 AM
According to Ken M. (from another recent thread), Ohana is now building zebra concerts, soon to be available...

Yes, indeed. They are available now. The model is the CK-25Z.


Okay, it's a leap of faith for me, but I've asked the Canadian distributor to call me as soon as one comes in... a couple of weeks, I expect.

I don't think you will be disappointed, Ian. I have taken mine to many, many festivals over the last two years. Hundreds of people have tried it. It sounds beautiful.


I played the zebrawood ohana at the Belgian ukulele festival at Mr Middleton's Ohana stand.

(try to find it :))

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=333&pictureid=1880

It sounded very nice and the playability was very good for a soprano.
I also think it was one of the instruments most people were looking at and trying out, simply because of it's great appearance.

I will also have a display at this year's Belgian Festival in a few month's time. I will probably have the very same uke on display.

HornedOne
02-17-2011, 01:53 AM
Ken is there a website of the belgian ukulele festival. I tried googling but I can't find it.

Ken Middleton
02-17-2011, 01:59 AM
Ken is there a website of the belgian ukulele festival. I tried googling but I can't find it.

It is not officially announced yet. Contact Fred or Remco or email me.

mythidiot
02-24-2011, 05:35 AM
I have had my Zebra wood for almost a year, and no cracks. I keep humidifiers with all my solid wood ukes. Maybe your area is especially dry, or your heating system is drying things out too much.

–Lori
I am in a fairly dry area, but my other solid woods seem fine (mahogany)... but I definately need to be better about humidifying...

ichadwick
02-25-2011, 02:00 AM
I live on the edge of Georgian Bay and we swing from high humidity (80% +) in the summer to bone-dry in winter (30-33%). The zebrawood showed no stress from that pendulum swing, but others have. Cracks are rare, but the bridge on my cigar box split and the Lanikai 8-string developed a surface crack on the top where the two pieces joined. Most of the ukes go out of tune with the humidity changes, and on a couple the fretboard shrinks enough to make the fret wires feel harsher. I usually use teak oil on them fairly often to restore their moisture.

mythidiot
02-25-2011, 04:58 AM
I usually use teak oil on them fairly often to restore their moisture.
Novice Question: Do you just wet a cloth and rub it on? and where do you rub it?