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stripedass
03-10-2019, 11:10 AM
Super excited to get another awesome uke!! Picked this up from MIms UKes and totally thrilled with every aspect.of my purchase... Now I have a koaloha and a kanile'a... I need to slow down.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/J5Bbb4QWRtU52w8f7

started doing some recording with this that I'm looking forward to posting.

Kenn2018
03-10-2019, 11:31 AM
Yep, that works.

Good lookin' KoAloha. Enjoy. Their ukuleles seem to be the favorite around here. I like my tenor a lot.

Are your Kanile'a and the KoAloha the same size?

stripedass
03-10-2019, 11:46 AM
Just fixed.. see if that works!

Nickie
03-10-2019, 11:51 AM
Congrats! You're starting out just grand! Why do you want to slow down? Let your UAS have its head, use your spurs!

John boy
03-10-2019, 11:54 AM
Wow, that is beautiful!

Swamp Yankee
03-10-2019, 01:03 PM
congratulations! That's a beautiful ukulele!

stevejfc
03-10-2019, 01:29 PM
Congrats Joe!

stripedass
03-10-2019, 03:00 PM
Thanks!! I'm really happy with it!

stripedass
03-10-2019, 05:47 PM
I just posted a quick recording I did with it https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?138138-Nearness-of-you-on-my-new-Koaloha-Tenor&p=2135149#post2135149

joekulele
03-10-2019, 06:27 PM
Congratulations on your new KoAloha. It’s a beauty!
Joe

Jerryc41
03-11-2019, 01:37 AM
That's a beauty.

UkerDanno
03-11-2019, 02:37 AM
Congrats! You're starting out just grand! Why do you want to slow down? Let your UAS have its head, use your spurs!

Yeah, now you need a Kamaka to round out your collection!

stripedass
03-11-2019, 05:39 AM
Yeah, now you need a Kamaka to round out your collection!

The wife will love that!

Slade
03-11-2019, 08:48 AM
I have several ukuleles and my KoAloha is the best sounding of the bunch. Congrats!

stripedass
03-11-2019, 03:45 PM
It really is an awesome uke. Instantly comfortable to play and sounds so loud and rich. I have the Kanilea K1 tenor as well - which sounds great but almost thin in comparison to the Koaloha.. I may end up selling the Kanilea.. I really dont need two $1000+ ukes.. i kind of want to get something a little less expensive that I can take camping and stuff.

Ukecaster
03-11-2019, 04:00 PM
It really is an awesome uke. Instantly comfortable to play and sounds so loud and rich. I have the Kanilea K1 tenor as well - which sounds great but almost thin in comparison to the Koaloha.. I may end up selling the Kanilea.. I really dont need two $1000+ ukes.. i kind of want to get something a little less expensive that I can take camping and stuff.

I've never played any K-brand tenors, but that Koaloha sounds really full and rich, and I was surprised to hear that your Kanilea tenor sounds almost thin by comparison. Not sure if the sounds of those 2 brands are usually that different, or if it's just a case of a standout Koaloha vs a more average Kanilea. Since I assume you never got to play either before purchase, you really lucked out on the Koaloha! I hope you get many years of joy from that one.

stripedass
03-12-2019, 09:13 AM
I've never played any K-brand tenors, but that Koaloha sounds really full and rich, and I was surprised to hear that your Kanilea tenor sounds almost thin by comparison. Not sure if the sounds of those 2 brands are usually that different, or if it's just a case of a standout Koaloha vs a more average Kanilea. Since I assume you never got to play either before purchase, you really lucked out on the Koaloha! I hope you get many years of joy from that one.

I honestly didnt expect it to be that big of a difference either. But I guess thats why we have these options! I know i have played same model of teh same guitars and was shocked at how different they actually sounded AND played.

Kyle23
03-12-2019, 09:48 AM
Very nice! Having a Koaloha and a Kanilea is a good mix. I have one of each and I couldn't ask for much more.


I've never played any K-brand tenors, but that Koaloha sounds really full and rich, and I was surprised to hear that your Kanilea tenor sounds almost thin by comparison. Not sure if the sounds of those 2 brands are usually that different, or if it's just a case of a standout Koaloha vs a more average Kanilea. Since I assume you never got to play either before purchase, you really lucked out on the Koaloha! I hope you get many years of joy from that one.

I think it may be a case of average Koaloha vs average Kanilea. Koalohas a very full sounding compared to most brands I've heard. My Koaloha concert sounds somewhat more full than my Kanilea tenor, but I love both sounds equally.

El Viejo
03-12-2019, 10:05 AM
I honestly didnt expect it to be that big of a difference either. But I guess thats why we have these options! I know i have played same model of teh same guitars and was shocked at how different they actually sounded AND played.

I hear the same sound difference on my two instruments. They are definitely different sounds, especially if using their stock strings (Kanile'a's Aquila super nylgut, Koaloha's fluorocarbons). I think each has their own benefit- the Koaloha is louder and brighter, while the Kanile'a is deeper and a little more well rounded, at least to me.

bacchettadavid
03-12-2019, 01:14 PM
Your recording was beautifully performed, and your 'ukulele is a wonderful complement to your talent. Your technique imparts a rare warmth to the Koaloha's wide voicing.

The two are definitely different instruments. As a general rule, Kanile'a 'ukuleles exhibit a warm, focused timbre. Some of them are bright and focused (occasionally to the point of harshness) when new, but this edge tends to mellow significantly as the uke opens up. Some Kanile'a ukuleles get a bit dark when played forte, and most demand a delicate touch (and sometimes an appropriate string choice) from the player who would elicit a broad dynamic range.

In contrast, the Koaloha timbre is open and typically bright. Most exhibit lively dynamics, but a few are wide and wolfish to the point of being unfocused (this can be desirable if you're looking for "bark"). Their dynamic responsive and quick attack make them gratifying to play, and the wide voicing gives the player a broad tonal palette; however, they generally don't mellow out much.

I don't know how long you've had your Kanile'a, but if I were you, and if I could swing it, I'd keep both. Kanile'a ukes can take a long time to open up, but few ukes are as seductive as a really played-in Kanile'a. As they open up, they gain dynamic range, and the warmth and focus give way to a reedy darkness that still retains the chime loved by so many.

stripedass
03-12-2019, 01:21 PM
Your recording was beautifully performed, and your 'ukulele is a wonderful complement to your talent. Your technique imparts a rare warmth to the Koaloha's wide voicing.

The two are definitely different instruments. As a general rule, Kanile'a 'ukuleles exhibit a warm, focused timbre. Some of them are bright and focused (occasionally to the point of harshness) when new, but this edge tends to mellow significantly as the uke opens up. Some Kanile'a ukuleles get a bit dark when played forte, and most demand a delicate touch (and sometimes an appropriate string choice) from the player who would elicit a broad dynamic range.

In contrast, the Koaloha timbre is open and typically bright. Most exhibit lively dynamics, but a few are wide and wolfish to the point of being unfocused (this can be desirable if you're looking for "bark"). Their dynamic responsive and quick attack make them gratifying to play, and the wide voicing gives the player a broad tonal palette; however, they generally don't mellow out much.

I don't know how long you've had your Kanile'a, but if I were you, and if I could swing it, I'd keep both. Kanile'a ukes can take a long time to open up, but few ukes are as seductive as a really played-in Kanile'a. As they open up, they gain dynamic range, and the warmth and focus give way to a reedy darkness that still retains the chime loved by so many.

Thanks for the kind words.

I could definitley swing keeping both, and I still may keep it - I am glad I had the opportunuity to play both side by side. Selling it will only make me lose... so It may be worth it to hold on to it and see how it opens up.

RafterGirl
03-12-2019, 01:57 PM
When I started looking for my first "good" ukulele, I listened to a ton of sound samples. I was sure I wanted a Kanilea over a KoAloha. As luck would have it, a member of my ukulele group had both in concert size that he was looking to sell. Both were used & at least 5 year old models. I had the luxury of sitting in his kitchen playing them for about an hour. Back & forth I went. I left with the KoAloha, and never regretted my choice. The bright sparkle of the KoAloha just grabbed me. Every time I bring it to my uke group, the guy that sold it to me remarks on how nice it sounds. I now have an aNueNue Moon Bird that has a really well rounded tone, with lots of low end. It compliments the KoAloha well. I think about getting a Kanilea, but when I listen to sound samples, they sound more like my Moon Bird, so I pass.

I loved your sound sample. Very nice. Congrats on a great ukulele ...... and I vote for keeping both. Variety is the spice of life!

stripedass
03-12-2019, 06:30 PM
Thanks!

We'll see :)

Right now I am just loving this koaloha. Love playing it. Been along time since I bought an instrument that I look forward to getting home and playing every day. May still be a honeymoon...

Slade
03-12-2019, 06:46 PM
Iím a believer in KoAlohaís. I have all four K brands and my KoAloha is the best sounding. But all four are different types of woods. My KoAloha has Redwood top and Brazilian Rosewood sides and back. It has such a beautiful tone that the others donít compare. At least to my ears.

stripedass
03-13-2019, 05:26 AM
Iím a believer in KoAlohaís. I have all four K brands and my KoAloha is the best sounding. But all four are different types of woods. My KoAloha has Redwood top and Brazilian Rosewood sides and back. It has such a beautiful tone that the others donít compare. At least to my ears.

I played a guitar with a redwood top and rosewood b/s once - if I had the money at the time it would have came home with me. It may have been the best sounding guitar I ever played.