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Ukecaster
04-19-2019, 01:34 PM
I see some KoAloha ukes with "Pikake" in the description. What does that mean?

Canuckulele
04-19-2019, 02:38 PM
I see some KoAloha ukes with "Pikake" in the description. What does that mean?
Pikake is a satin finish. I’d love to hear one next to a gloss finish of the same model.

RafterGirl
04-19-2019, 02:43 PM
It’s their satin finish koa model. I think they quit making them a year or so back. They started offering the non-Opio Acacia Rosette models last year in a satin finish with the ebony rosette. I heard that these were a replacement for the Pikake model. I think someone who went to this year’s NAMM heard that they are bringing the Pikake back?????

janeray1940
04-19-2019, 03:05 PM
It's also the name of a flower: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasminum_sambachttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasminum_sambac

Long ago, before I settled on Kamaka as my brand of choice, I did an extensive comparison of Koaloha Pikake vs. gloss models in a shop one day. I far preferred the sound of the Pikake models every time.

Jerryc41
04-20-2019, 11:51 AM
Pikake is a satin finish. I’d love to hear one next to a gloss finish of the same model.

I remember reading about that new model. I think you would need expensive electronics to detect a difference, and that difference could be the result of different wood or sightly different construction variations. I would bet they are offering the non-gloss for people who like that type of appearance.