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ed531
07-22-2009, 07:37 AM
Hi Folks,

So the story is I will only be able to buy one UKE this year... I've researched and considered getting this one.

I've never played a Pono and the reviews on the web is both positive and negative.

Does anyone have any experience with the Pono Tenor - spruce/ebony line ?

Any replies would be appreciated...

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haolejohn
07-22-2009, 08:38 AM
Is that the model they are about to discontinue? The only neg I have heard on ponos is the ohai wood ones. I just ordered a pono mango 8 string. (Pending wife's approval). That spruce ebony is stunning.

experimentjon
07-22-2009, 08:53 AM
No personal experience with that specific uke, but man, that thing looks hot. Vine inlay, headstock inlay, other abalone inlays everywhere, ebony body, spruce top. Go for it. Pono makes quality stuff from what I've sampled. I own a PKT-1 myself. Solid uke.

Pippin
07-22-2009, 08:58 AM
That sure is a beautiful instrument. I don't think I could resist that.

Raygf
07-22-2009, 09:07 AM
I own a solid mahogany Pono PT tenor and it is a fine instrument. The action was painfully high when I got it (did not purchase from MGM) and I recently got brave enough to take out the saddle, mark it and sand it down a bit and man did that make a difference. I've been playing it a lot lately. The next thing I need to do is take it by my local shop and have the nut slots lowered ever so slightly to make the action just right.

Hey, that ebony body is jaw-dropping gorgeous. Not so sure what kind of sound ebony produces, but the spruce top has much more to do with sound production that the body.

Also, mine came with a wound low G and wound C and I took them off. Did not like them at all. Tried Worth Browns with Low G and eventually took them off. I have Worth Clear High Gs on now and she sings.

Regards,
Ray

sukie
07-22-2009, 09:10 AM
That is one fine looking ukulele. Never played a Pono but if it's looks you are after, that one has it.

RevWill
07-22-2009, 09:11 AM
I've never played one, but that is drop-dead gorgeous.

12imnew
07-22-2009, 09:12 AM
if i had the cash, i would buy that thing for looks alone...

Uke Republic
07-22-2009, 09:24 AM
[QUOTE=ed531;178849]Hi Folks,

So the story is I will only be able to buy one UKE this year... I've researched and considered getting this one.

I've never played a Pono and the reviews on the web is both positive and negative.

Does anyone have any experience with the Pono Tenor - spruce/ebony line ?

Any replies would be appreciated...



I love them!:nana: They sound and look beautiful. Get them while you can as Pono has stopped making this line and also the mango line Oh yeah and the deluxe mahogany line.They will be bringing a cedar topped rosewood model out soon.
Pono has in limited availability of the ebony with cut-away. The figured ebony is becoming more rare and more costly.

ed531
07-22-2009, 09:27 AM
That spruce ebony is stunning.

MGM is selling the same model, the back of that one is pretty wild.

http://cgi.ebay.com/LIMITED-500-EDITION-PONO-PTES-500-sound-beauty_W0QQitemZ370230874510QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_ DefaultDomain_0?hash=item56337ad18e&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1| 294%3A50

GX9901
07-22-2009, 10:04 AM
I briefly owned a Pono ebony deluxe with cutaway and pickup last year. I ended up selling it because it was relagated to case confinement after I received a custom William King tenor a few weeks after getting it. I thought it was a very nice uke though. Great looking and sounded nice, although I didn't come close to playing it enough to open it up a bit. I made a comparison video at the time playing it and two other ukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgmvpZncKn8

I would say get it if it appeals to you. Even at around $800, this is the cheapest macassar ebony uke you could get. A KoAloha ebony/spruce Sceptre costs $4000+, and custom builders charges well over $1000 for ukes built out of macassar ebony. My current go-to uke is a King concert (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2009/04/studio-shots.html)built out of macassar ebony and adirondack spruce (sound sample (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8UDL5r8Glw)) and it has more or less put a stop to my UAS for the time being. I'm definitely a fan of macassar ebony ukes. One thing to consider though, if you have not handled one, is that it is very heavy. The ebony uke will feel like it's twice as heavy as a lightly built mahogany uke. Both the Pono and King felt significantly heavier than any other uke of similar size I've handled.

ed531
07-22-2009, 10:28 AM
I briefly owned a Pono ebony deluxe with cutaway and pickup last year. I ended up selling it because it was relagated to case confinement after I received a custom William King tenor a few weeks after getting it. I thought it was a very nice uke though. Great looking and sounded nice, although I didn't come close to playing it enough to open it up a bit. I made a comparison video at the time playing it and two other ukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgmvpZncKn8

I would say get it if it appeals to you. Even at around $800, this is the cheapest macassar ebony uke you could get. A KoAloha ebony/spruce Sceptre costs $4000+, and custom builders charges well over $1000 for ukes built out of macassar ebony. My current go-to uke is a King concert (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2009/04/studio-shots.html)built out of macassar ebony and adirondack spruce (sound sample (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8UDL5r8Glw)) and it has more or less put a stop to my UAS for the time being. I'm definitely a fan of macassar ebony ukes. One thing to consider though, if you have not handled one, is that it is very heavy. The ebony uke will feel like it's twice as heavy as a lightly built mahogany uke. Both the Pono and King felt significantly heavier than any other uke of similar size I've handled.

That was some great info... thank you.

WhenDogsSing
07-22-2009, 10:57 AM
MGM had one of those a while back, I haven't looked lately...You can check him out...That is one drop-dead gorgeous ukulele...:D

Get it, play it, and love it dearly...:D

ed531
07-22-2009, 11:21 AM
MGM had one of those a while back, I haven't looked lately...You can check him out...That is one drop-dead gorgeous ukulele...:D

Get it, play it, and love it dearly...:D

He still has it and is selling it for $800. The back on his uke is crazy looking.

RevWill
07-22-2009, 11:37 AM
He still has it and is selling it for $800. The back on his uke is crazy looking.

I, for one, LOVE crazy looking wood grain.

itsme
07-22-2009, 12:57 PM
The woods are absolutely gorgeous, but the abalone purfling and fretboard inlay are a bit of a turnoff for me. The rosette and headstock are okay, but the rest is just a bit over the top for my (simple) tastes.

Gcow55
07-22-2009, 01:22 PM
I've heard nothing but praise towards the Ebony Delux line. I waited too long to pull the trigger on purchasing one. However, I have a Pono mahogany/spruce, and it sounds FANTASTIC. I can only imagine that the ebony will sound just as great, if not better. The build quality of Ponos are great as well. Go for it!

Link
07-22-2009, 01:23 PM
I think gcow and ronva both have this uke. Hopefully one comes along this topic.

sukie
07-22-2009, 01:56 PM
Ok, I take back all the things I think about UAS! I bow down in apologies. That uke of MGM's is to die for. It's gorgeous!

iamdanielle
07-22-2009, 06:50 PM
my god, that is gorgeous.

ke leo
07-22-2009, 07:07 PM
I briefly owned a Pono ebony deluxe with cutaway and pickup last year. I ended up selling it because it was relagated to case confinement after I received a custom William King tenor a few weeks after getting it. I thought it was a very nice uke though. Great looking and sounded nice, although I didn't come close to playing it enough to open it up a bit. I made a comparison video at the time playing it and two other ukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgmvpZncKn8

I would say get it if it appeals to you. Even at around $800, this is the cheapest macassar ebony uke you could get. A KoAloha ebony/spruce Sceptre costs $4000+, and custom builders charges well over $1000 for ukes built out of macassar ebony. My current go-to uke is a King concert (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2009/04/studio-shots.html)built out of macassar ebony and adirondack spruce (sound sample (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8UDL5r8Glw)) and it has more or less put a stop to my UAS for the time being. I'm definitely a fan of macassar ebony ukes. One thing to consider though, if you have not handled one, is that it is very heavy. The ebony uke will feel like it's twice as heavy as a lightly built mahogany uke. Both the Pono and King felt significantly heavier than any other uke of similar size I've handled.

My experience is similar to GX's except I still own 2 ponos, but only own 1 King custom.

Bottom line, I whole-heartedly agree w/ GX. Thanks for saving me typing time George :D

bbycrts
07-22-2009, 07:33 PM
If you can only buy one, that is a pretty spectacular "one!" Go for it! Ponos are great ukes.

gabzuke
07-22-2009, 07:40 PM
man thats the zex bro
id go for it if i was you

ed531
07-23-2009, 07:13 AM
Hi Folks,

Thanks for all the info and comments. Looks like I'm going to go for it. I'm just going to have to decide if I want the one pictured on the first page or the one MGM is selling.

Thanks
Ed

ichadwick
07-23-2009, 09:51 AM
I've never played a Pono and the reviews on the web is both positive and negative.
Check my review page for my comments on Pono. They're good, but one of the two I bought had build quality issues that I thought should not have appeared on a $550+ instrument. The mango benefitted from a Tusq saddle upgrade, too.

Joe F
07-23-2009, 10:04 AM
I own and play a Pono Mahogony PTO-E Tenor and absolutely love it. I do need to experiment with the strings some, but the current strings sound great right now! The Pono you are looking at is beautiful...BUY IT!

Have fun,

Joe

ed531
07-23-2009, 10:27 AM
Check my review page for my comments on Pono. They're good, but one of the two I bought had build quality issues that I thought should not have appeared on a $550+ instrument. The mango benefitted from a Tusq saddle upgrade, too.

Actually your negative review of the Pono Cedar top tenor was one of the reasons I hesitated in purchasing a Pono.

I was going to get MGM's Pono PTES-500 limited. But after reading your review, especially the part when you said "...but the rough fret edges remain annoying enough to make me prefer other ukes." It made me think twice and I ended up NOT bidding on it (Ebay).

I didn't want to end up buying a Uke I wasn't going to play.

I have two ukes right now. A Kamaka Concert and a Kanilea Tenor. Both I was fortunate enough to buy at the store, play it and buy it. This would be my first mail order purchase.

molokinirum
07-23-2009, 12:10 PM
Love that look of the ebony wood. Sweet!!! There have been both +/- reviews but the good seems to outweigh the bad. If you like it go for it!!!!! I would.:cool: