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ed531
07-13-2009, 11:51 AM
Hi Folks,

I'm new to the forum and I just wanted your opinions. I currently have a Kamaka Concert and a Kanilea Tenor both tuned to a high G, both koa. I find that I enjoy playing the Tenor much more. I was thinking of getting another tenor and have come across a few Ponos I like (spruce top w/rosewood OR mango top, back and sides). and I was thinking of having a low G string as well.

The question is how much should I expect to spend for a Pono tenor. And how does mango top, back and sides or spruce w/rosewood compare to the koa sound ?

Thanks
Ed

mangouker
07-13-2009, 12:26 PM
well i know if i was in the market for a tenor and didnt just buy a koaloha i would get this bad boy
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330344318833&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

RevWill
07-13-2009, 12:51 PM
well i know if i was in the market for a tenor and didnt just buy a koaloha i would get this bad boy
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330344318833&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

That is beautiful in ways I can't even begin to describe!

http://i22.ebayimg.com/08/i/001/34/e2/1c31_12.JPG

Ukeffect
07-13-2009, 02:09 PM
Gawddd! That looks like flowing gold! I'd be afraid of scratching her...:eek:

mailman
07-13-2009, 02:24 PM
Maybe it's just me. But that's a bit much, IMHO. It actually looks gaudy to me....:eek:

gabzuke
07-13-2009, 03:08 PM
OMG that is soooooooooooooo gorgeous

Kanaka916
07-13-2009, 09:55 PM
You have a Kamaka and a Kanile'a, why not get a KoAloha?

wickedwahine11
07-14-2009, 05:16 AM
You have a Kamaka and a Kanile'a, why not get a KoAloha?

Exactly what I was going to say...

ed531
07-14-2009, 05:41 AM
That is beautiful in ways I can't even begin to describe!

http://i22.ebayimg.com/08/i/001/34/e2/1c31_12.JPG

I was looking at this but I didn't like the knots on the top of the uke, I felt that they should have used the back wood for the top. Plus I didn't like the headstock logo. Superficial I know, but if looks is the only thing you can go with for $775...

I haven't looked at the Koaloha but I will now.

What do you guys think of this one ?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250461756745

ukerazy
07-14-2009, 05:43 AM
Maybe it's just me. But that's a bit much, IMHO. It actually looks gaudy to me....:eek:


I agree completely!

ukerazy
07-14-2009, 05:48 AM
The Pono is gawgus! :love:

mailman
07-14-2009, 05:50 AM
I agree completely!

Whew!! I was beginning to feel like the Lone Ranger, here....

Glad to see someone else feels the same way. :)

ukerazy
07-14-2009, 05:54 AM
lol nope, you're not alone! What do you think of the Pono?

mailman
07-14-2009, 07:28 AM
lol nope, you're not alone! What do you think of the Pono?


I like the Pono better than the other one, that's for sure! I still think this one has a bit too much "bling"..I'm not sold on the wild grain pattern or the abalone binding on the back of the body. I guess I just like my ukes a bit tamer....:D

RevWill
07-14-2009, 07:47 AM
http://i.ebayimg.com/20/%21BVKLdgg%21mk%7E$%28KGrHgoH-C8EjlLl3wEGBKRCeIZ9zw%7E%7E_1.JPG

Very, very pretty. I'm a sucker for Abalone, though.

ed531
07-14-2009, 09:03 AM
Right now I was either thinking about aquiring the Pono or this Hillebert.

http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/images29000-29999/nuc29636-hilleberttenor/index.html

One day I will like the Pono and another day I will like the Hillebert. Wish I had money for both.

mailman
07-14-2009, 10:39 AM
Is it just my aging eyes, or is the G string tuner on the Hillebert uke crooked?

jazzuke
07-14-2009, 10:43 AM
That is a beautiful instrument. I just recently got a Kanile'a tenor and I absolutely love playing it.

However, since you have two already...?

Have you thought about getting a really good concert size? To sort of round your selection of instruments? I go to the concert when I have to travle and I want to bring something a bit more portable.

ed531
07-14-2009, 11:55 AM
That is a beautiful instrument. I just recently got a Kanile'a tenor and I absolutely love playing it.

However, since you have two already...?

Have you thought about getting a really good concert size? To sort of round your selection of instruments? I go to the concert when I have to travle and I want to bring something a bit more portable.

I was at one point searching for a long neck concert. I don't travel with my ukulele, I'm a "play my ukulele when I get home from work" person.

I think I've leaned towards the tenor because I like to do a lot of finger picking. I do find myself playing towards the 12 to 14th fret.

On an earlier note... I believe you are correct. The G tuning peg on the Hillebert is crooked.

CTurner
07-14-2009, 12:46 PM
My wife just looked at the Kanilea picture with me (I said, "Look at this!") and she was also struck with its beauty. She said, "Is that one you would like?". But I called on all the reserves of common sense and maturity I could muster and just agreed it was another beautiful Kanilea. I don't think its "too much" for the eye, and I know from my Kanilea concert that it'd be so wonderful to play...

Craig

jazzuke
07-14-2009, 01:05 PM
She, thought you should....buy it?

Does she have a sister?