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mangouker
06-19-2009, 07:15 AM
KANILEA, Koaloha or HONU...so im looking to get a really nice soprano or concert and with droppin so much cashhh $$ (at least for me) i want to make sure im gettin the BANG for my buck ya digg? haha please if you dont mind give some insight...

specialmike
06-19-2009, 07:35 AM
well, Kanilea and KoAloha are wonderful ukuleles and you can't go wrong with either. I read a review about Honu tenor ukulele, and it said it was "quiet". In other words, it wasn't very loud. I don't know how loud Kanileas are, but my KoAloha is just... a canon. It's soo loud, I bet I'll have damaged hearing soon. But Kanile'a is a hawaiian K, and so it's incredible. You might very well enjoy the honu ukulele however. I plan to buy a Kanile'a ukulele as soon as I get my scholarship from school. :) A honu is nice, A kanile'a is nice. a KoAloha is nice. Having one is a privilege that only few will share. So you can't go wrong. You can also look up G-string ukuleles. $600 is a good bit of dough so I don't blame you on researching. Good luck with you decision, and believe me, you won't regret it, no matter which decision you make. You will grow to love her the second you play her.

deach
06-19-2009, 07:40 AM
After playing all three, I can honestly say, buy all three.

Jraney
06-19-2009, 07:48 AM
I've got a Koaloha and a Kanilea and prefer playing the Koaloha's better for some reason, they both sound great, just the little difference in the Koaloha's sound does it for me.

1014
06-19-2009, 07:57 AM
I've got a Koaloha and a Kanilea and prefer playing the Koaloha's better for some reason, they both sound great, just the little difference in the Koaloha's sound does it for me.

this is the reason, you should play them if can. can or wot? they are all distinct sounds and depending on the day i like a different one each time. so uh yeah... like deach said get um all....

upskydowncloud
06-19-2009, 08:02 AM
KANILEA, Koaloha or HONU...so im looking to get a really nice soprano or concert and with droppin so much cashhh $$ (at least for me) i want to make sure im gettin the BANG for my buck ya digg? haha please if you dont mind give some insight...

Is there any reason why you haven't looked into the Kamaka concert?

bbycrts
06-19-2009, 08:02 AM
I have a Kanile'a and love it - it's the current design with the TRU bracing - don't know if it really makes a difference or not, as I've not compared the older design in a soprano (though my concert Kanile'a is pre-TRU bracing and it's wonderful, too). Anyway, it's quite loud and has a gorgeous sound with sustain that really surprises me in such a little instrument.

You're not really going to get a helpful answer here - both Kanile'a and Koaloha are terrific instruments (can't really say much about Honu, though I've heard great things about them, too), so the difference really just comes down to individual preference. If there is any way to try all three out, you really should. I don't think you could go wrong with any of them, and I think you'd be very happy with any, but if it's really bugging at you, then see if you can try all three...

mangouker
06-19-2009, 08:09 AM
ya ill have to say this all started as my journey for a koaloha but so many different brands have been popping up and my clear vision has become distorted..im going to my local shop today to play through and get a feel


After playing all three, I can honestly say, buy all three.

haha if only my pockets were soo deeep

thanks

mangouker
06-19-2009, 08:19 AM
i was looking at a kamaka the other day and it sounded great..i guess my main reason for not looking more into it is because MGM didnt have any

Kanaka916
06-19-2009, 08:22 AM
One thing I learned is get what you started out to get and you'll never regret not getting it.

Pippin
06-19-2009, 08:56 AM
After playing all three, I can honestly say, buy all three.

Deach, you are always so helpful. That's a wonderful idea. ;)

Ahnko Honu
06-19-2009, 10:47 AM
Honu is the least expensive of the 3 but also the only import (made in Vietnam). Another made in Hawaii ukulele worth consideration is the Keli'i, and they are competitive with imports in price, and MGM has one in stock!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Kelii-SUPER-SOPRANO-Koa-Ukulele-w-case-made-in-Hawaii_W0QQitemZ330338471301QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_ DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ce9b50d85&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
http://i20.ebayimg.com/04/i/001/43/40/01b3_1.JPG

Roy Jovero
06-19-2009, 10:51 AM
If you live in the OC, try heading over to Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach. Shirley shouldn't have a problem with you playing their high-end ukes. She might also be able to hook you up with a deal comparable to MGM.

mangouker
06-19-2009, 11:28 AM
ya im going over there today after work thanks guys

wickedwahine11
06-19-2009, 12:23 PM
I second the notion of going to Island Bazaar. I got my Kanile'a there, and I love it. I've never played or heard a Honu in person, but if I were you, I'd choose the KoAloha or Kanile'a. KoAlohas are incredibly loud, but I prefer the sweet sound of the Kanile'a.

I also second the notion that you might want to consider Kamaka. I have both a Kanile'a and a Kamaka and love them both. The Kanile'a is a bit louder, but I'm playing the Kamaka more often.

Whatever you choose, be sure to post photos for us!!

Tea With Phil
06-19-2009, 02:31 PM
Just don't buy a Mahalo.

If you get a Mahalo they usually have faults with the tunning pegs or somthing along those lines.

Like I made my Mahalo really good buy putting les paul machine heads on it and buying nyglut strings but I'd rather not have the hassle.

Kanile'a are quite nice uke's

bbycrts
06-19-2009, 02:58 PM
The Kanile'a is a bit louder, but I'm playing the Kamaka more often.

That's 'cause the Kamaka is the new honey in the house...just you wait - you'll come back to your first love, Waimea...

MGM
06-19-2009, 05:27 PM
I do have Kamaka concerts and standards just don't list um

mangouker
06-19-2009, 05:45 PM
how much is your kamaka concerts? do you have any long neck ones?

MGM
06-19-2009, 08:57 PM
Kamaka doesnt make longneck concerts and wrong place to ask other things

Witters
06-19-2009, 10:58 PM
After reading umpteen threads I have come to the very sad conclusion that I am the only person on the planet who does not like Koaloha.
I have tried 3 or 4 over time and they just don't do it for me.

I just cant see how they match the Kanilea, but I do bow down to experience because what do I know.

mangouker
06-23-2009, 09:51 AM
Well after much consideration..drum roll please.........KOALOHA SUPER CONCERT! haha thank you everyone for your input ill post pictures when i get it

Link
06-23-2009, 10:28 AM
Great choice. Super concert is my dream uke style.

experimentjon
06-23-2009, 11:31 AM
Well after much consideration..drum roll please.........KOALOHA SUPER CONCERT! haha thank you everyone for your input ill post pictures when i get it

Excellent choice. I have a KoAolha Superconcert (a factory second,) and it's great. IMO a better choice than a KoAloha, Kanilea, or Honu soprano. It makes much fuller sound and the bigger fretboard is easier to play on.

mangouker
06-23-2009, 11:58 AM
ya i decided that if im going to be spending that much it should be on something im going to love to play..i just dont think ill play a soprano all the time..by the way what does it mean to be a factory second?