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MGM
08-03-2009, 10:22 AM
Hey its a great movie but here are the 12 ukes in the blind test

1 Kala mango tenor laminate
2 Ohana laminate maple sides and solid sprucetop
3 Makala tenor all laminate
4 Pono pto
5 Kala flame maple tenor laminate with solid sprucetop
6 Lanikai solid mango tenor
7 Ohana solid rosewood with cedartop
8 Kala travel thinbody tenor mahogany lamninate with sprucetop
9 Ohana mahogany laminate with solid mahogany top Tk-20
10 Kala solid rosewood with cedartop tenor
11 Kanilea K-1 Koa tenor
12 New Kala all laminate flame mahogany with pickup

ukerazy
08-03-2009, 10:26 AM
Nearly everyone liked 11 the most! It's good that we actually chose a great one lol! I want one now!!

vahn
08-03-2009, 10:28 AM
haha I liked #6, solid mango lanikai!!! I almost bought that uke!!! I think i like my kala solid lacewood w/sprucetop better (glad that wasnt an option so I didnt have to choose one over mine!)

ukerazy
08-03-2009, 10:32 AM
There was a couple of people who liked number 3, it makes me lol! It just shows that you cant judge a uke by its cover!

Melissa82
08-03-2009, 10:35 AM
There was a couple of people who liked number 3, it makes me lol! It just shows that you cant judge a uke by its cover!I know! This is one I was wanting to get as my first uke. I'm so getting it now as my second. :D

ukerazy
08-03-2009, 10:39 AM
I know! This is one I was wanting to get as my first uke. I'm so getting it now as my second. :D

A good bit cheaper than the rest of them too ey? To be fair though i didn't think any of them sounded really bad, I do want that kanilea though! UAS!!

Ahnko Honu
08-03-2009, 10:49 AM
Most of us could hear the quality sound of Kanile'a, and at least I got half right in one try. :D #2 was a surprise, so was #5 for me, too bad they're the wrong shape. ;)

ukerazy
08-03-2009, 10:54 AM
Most of us could hear the quality sound of Kanile'a, and at least I got half right in one try. :D #2 was a surprise, so was #5 for me, too bad they're the wrong shape. ;)


I've told you, you're seriously going to turn into one!! :biglaugh:

Ahnko Honu
08-03-2009, 11:00 AM
I've told you, you're seriously going to turn into one!! :biglaugh:

Better that than a pumpkin. ;)

Ukeffect
08-03-2009, 11:29 AM
Hey its a great movie but here are the 12 ukes in the blind test

1 Kala mango tenor laminate
2 Ohana laminate maple sides and solid sprucetop
3 Makala tenor all laminate
4 Pono pto
5 Kala flame maple tenor laminate with solid sprucetop
6 Lanikai solid mango tenor
7 Ohana solid rosewood with cedartop
8 Kala travel thinbody tenor mahogany lamninate with sprucetop
9 Ohana mahogany laminate with solid mahogany top Tk-20
10 Kala solid rosewood with cedartop tenor
11 Kanilea K-1 Koa tenor
12 New Kala all laminate flame mahogany with pickup

Mike, I think this makes a good point about the sound of a ukulele being the most important part, but since you played them all...which was the most "playable" to your way of thinking. By the way, I thought they all sounded very good, and I didn't hear much difference in the high and low end ukes, which did surprise me! Have we been following the wrong UAS path?!?

ukeatan
08-03-2009, 12:15 PM
Awesome, very interesting...

I bet the good folks at Kanile'a just breathed a sigh of relief :p

Eric
08-03-2009, 12:34 PM
Fascinating! I wonder if we'd have judged differently if we'd been in the room, with our blindfolds on. I mean how much does the transmission homogenise the sound? Was it logic which won out in the end?
I'm going to listen to them again now. Thanks MGM this was fun and enlightening. :)

mailman
08-03-2009, 12:40 PM
It's beginning to seem as if I'd be ahead to just shop price. Apparantly my ears aren't going to tell me anything worthwhile! :o

Given the superior durability of laminates, I think I'll stay with those and save some $$$$. I may opt for solid tops, but I can't see buying high-end solid wood ukes if I can't hear the difference.

Thanks, MGM, for a very enlightening lesson!

mailman
08-03-2009, 12:44 PM
As I think about it, I'm not feeling as bad as I did about my lack of ability to identify these ukes by ear.

The reality is that nobody, not even the winner, identified them by ear. Most of us were flinging out pure guesses. After a couple of good hints from MGM we were able to apply some logic and narrow it down.

Bottom line is, I've still got UAS, but I've been cured of my uke snobbery. :D

Eric
08-03-2009, 01:19 PM
Spot on mailman. I'd love to see (or hear!) MGM do the 30 sopranos blind test. This has been illuminating.

pithaya9
08-03-2009, 02:14 PM
Just goes to show that a talented player can make any 'ukulele sound good.

cocohonk
08-03-2009, 03:04 PM
Phew! All are revealed. :D

My 2 guesses were 6 and 7 out of 12, which I'm pretty happy about, since I don't really have much of any experience with solid tops or tenors, and I did make guesses based on what I heard. Anyway, this was a really cool contest, thanks for hosting it.

What I've learned from MGM's experiment:-
- For both solid rosewood with cedar top ukes, I rated them both down (one as a lam and one as a solid top). I'm now suspecting that there's something about the way cedar sounds that I don't like. Or is there something about mixed wood (even when they're both solids) that make it sound different somehow?
- I thought the New Kala all laminate flame mahogany with pickup was a solid! Is it because it's a new model? :D I want one now.
- At least, I guessed the other 3 solids - Pono, Lanikai and Kanilea -correctly. So, there is something to solids (or, at least these three) that made my inexperienced ears think they were solids. But the solid tops and laminates are a hit or miss.

Definitely up for a soprano challenge, if MGM finds the time to do one. :D

ukulelearp
08-03-2009, 03:11 PM
Great idea for a contest, in my opinion. Although I did have trouble with a few, I'm not ready to write off solid woods. That being said, the ukulele I play the most is a laminate. But it did make a very good point that a well-made laminate can hold it's own.

experimentjon
08-03-2009, 06:17 PM
Wow, #6 suprised me. I guess I need to try some Mango wood now...

Teek
08-03-2009, 06:46 PM
Well at least I picked the Kanilea and don't have to sacrifice a soprano to Pele.

:biglaugh: :nana:

:cool:

Teek
08-03-2009, 07:13 PM
Congratulations to the winner, BTW!

I would have made more than four guesses but

I was out buying a NEW CAR!!!!

:smileybounce:

:nana::nana::nana:












Used actually, but new to me.









Actually, new to my better half...





...his car.... I got to drive the old one home... sigh.

paw123los
08-03-2009, 08:47 PM
I'm very suprised with the sound of that lanikai mango ... It wasn't much worse for me than the Kanilea Koa. There was a moment I liked lanikai sound better but changed my mind later. I wonder how would these ukes sound with D'Addario strings instead of Aquila...

Skrik
08-04-2009, 01:17 AM
I was thinking in terms of guitars, and forgot that ukuleles are made of many different kinds of wood. That's my excuse for getting only one correct, and I'm sticking to it. But it is a little unfair to compare apples to oranges, or in this case mangoes to whatever fruit the koa bears. So, in the interest of my peace of mind, I call foul on the contest, and will be able to sleep again tonight. (Just kidding, really.)

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-04-2009, 01:42 AM
so, who did win? :D congrats

smithpaul60
08-04-2009, 03:09 AM
Bottom line is, I've still got UAS, but I've been cured of my uke snobbery. :D

I believe that sums it up for me as well

smithpaul60
08-04-2009, 03:12 AM
[SIZE="4"]NEW CAR


You know the same tyhing happened to me, we buy a new car and my wife gets it. oh well as long as they are happy right

Teek
08-04-2009, 06:51 AM
Hi smithpaul60,

Yes, because if THEY are happy, then we have a right to be happy as well, and a uke is considerably less expense than a car; generally.

They get a car, what's the big deal if we only get another little uke, LOL!

Yes, the joy on his face just lit me up inside too, :D

he's been so worried about the old car, which I get to have for a week or two, then back to the bus. Where theoretically I could practice chords and fingering on a soprano if muting the strings. String benefits as opposed fringe benefits???



I want a report from our WINNER about how you like the new KALA!! :shaka: