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tkurita
07-10-2009, 07:32 PM
I have a KoAloha Concert Ukulele that has an oval shapped sound hole not a "musubi" shaped one. Is this a early model?

koalohapaul
07-10-2009, 09:08 PM
We only did the oval hole for a couple of months, before switching to the musubi. You have an early model, which happens to be pretty rare. We probably made less than 300 of them.

BrotherUke
07-10-2009, 11:51 PM
Man, I'd love to see a picture of that.

Raygf
07-11-2009, 01:37 AM
Yes, pictures please! :D

Regards,
Ray

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?pictureid=2607&albumid=249&dl=1247157147&thumb=1 http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?pictureid=2606&albumid=249&dl=1247156661&thumb=1 http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?pictureid=2605&albumid=249&dl=1247156661&thumb=1

BrotherUke
07-11-2009, 01:56 AM
Stunning! You have a real prize there.

Bratset
07-11-2009, 02:20 AM
I have a KoAloha Concert Ukulele that has an oval shapped sound hole not a "musubi" shaped one. Is this a early model?

wow.. your real lucky there!

tkurita
07-11-2009, 10:56 AM
Here is a picture of my Koaloha thats been in my closet since i bought it in the early 2000s.

ukerazy
07-11-2009, 11:01 AM
B-e-a-uuutiful

Dino
07-11-2009, 11:42 AM
Here is a picture of my Koaloha thats been in my closet since i bought it in the early 2000s.

Are you considering selling since you havent been playing it?

dnewton2
07-11-2009, 12:18 PM
Are you considering selling since you havent been playing it?

I thought the same thing. It sure does look nice, bet it sounds sweet too.

Lanark
07-11-2009, 12:23 PM
Have a look at the neck block.
There is going to be a date stamped on it that will tell you when it was made. (at least month and year) I've got a Feb. & and April of 2000 with round holes, so my guess it's going to be somewhere shortly after that if I remember Paul's timeline correctly from another thread.

And seriously. Start playing it. It's way too nice an instrument to be languishing in a closet.

tkurita
07-11-2009, 12:27 PM
I have not thought about selling it, although i do play my tenor Pono and Kanilea more often. Who knows if the price was right i might just sell it to buy a new Koaloha tenor. BTW the tone is unreal.

seeso
07-11-2009, 03:02 PM
Argh! Why don't you play it? I hate you. :D

koalohapaul
07-11-2009, 07:48 PM
I don't mean to add to the uke-lust, but I wanted to point out that that ukulele is also 100% Koa. We didn't use the CNC shaped mahogany necks at the time and each neck was hand shaped by my dad, until he made me start doing it.

tkurita
07-11-2009, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the information koalohapaul, ive been playing this ukulele all day and have established a new love affair with it. I just changed the strings and its sounds "killer".

experimentjon
07-11-2009, 08:27 PM
Wow, even looks like it's got a one piece koa top, not bookmatched. Pretty special piece right there.

Kaneohe til the end
07-11-2009, 11:05 PM
Wow, even looks like it's got a one piece koa top, not bookmatched. Pretty special piece right there.

my guess is its also a one piece back and one piece sides too.

tkurita
07-11-2009, 11:29 PM
Yes it does, i never noticed that it has a one piece top, side and bottom. Thanks for all this information on my ukulele, it makes it even more special.

tkurita
07-12-2009, 02:04 PM
Here are more pictures. Any suggestion on how i can fix tuners, they are very stiff and hard to turn, thus tuning is always off.

sukie
07-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Are the tuners just too tight? Have you played around with the screws at all? Friction tuners are really touchy.

Lanark
07-12-2009, 05:44 PM
Yeah, what Sukie says. You can back off the big screw a bit which makes it a little easier. I've found a good middle ground with that. It's still a bit stiff, but I don't have any trouble tuning beyond a little tweak whenever I pick it up.