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Ukeffect
08-07-2009, 03:58 AM
Hi ya'll, I got this Melokia soprano pineapple and thought I'd show it to anyone who's thinking of getting one! It's solid Acacia, and if it isn't made by the same people making the KPK ukes, then it is a very good copy! The fit a nd finish is very good, and the only concern I have with it is the name inlay on the headstock. I think they tried to make it look like the MOP had a brown shadow behind it, but not entirely successful. The uke arrived with GHS strings on it, which I quickly swapped for Aquila's vastly improving the sound quality! Overall, it is a very nicely made ukulele and well worth the $120 including shipping. I did rub out the finish in the same way I did my KPK (auto paint swirl remover). I think it shows the grain a lot better!


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vahn
08-07-2009, 07:00 AM
Anyone know if its the acacia that makes the KPKs prone to cracking, or the brands build methods? Because I had an Ohai Pono which seperated maybe its acacia wood. I'm in the market for a new pineapple and I was thinking of the Melokias, Acacia and Mahogany, and leaning toward mahogany due to its stability but I'd rather not get on off brand (does it include a warranty?) and have it crack on me, because it seems like a steal. I'll probably just get the Ohana or Bushman..

Ukeffect
08-07-2009, 08:16 AM
You know...I had heard of people having problems with KPK. Personally, I haven't seen that problem...but I have to say the Tenor I got was packed with dessicant in the body (that can't be good)! I got those packets out of there pronto and put it in a humidifier closet! Kept it at precisely 45% for a week before I even touched her. I don't know about their build practices...but I hope they don't warehouse them with desecant packs inside! That aside, the sound of both these ukulele's is super smooth...I honestly can't tell the difference between them and Koa, except in the pocket book! Also, check with KPK and I bet any manufacture problems have been fixed...I've not heard of any recent units cracking at all.
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generem
08-07-2009, 12:16 PM
You know...I had heard of people having problems with KPK. Personally, I haven't seen that problem...but I have to say the Tenor I got was packed with dessicant in the body (that can't be good)! I got those packets out of there pronto and put it in a humidifier closet! Kept it at precisely 45% for a week before I even touched her. I don't know about their build practices...but I hope they don't warehouse them with desecant packs inside! That aside, the sound of both these ukulele's is super smooth...I honestly can't tell the difference between them and Koa, except in the pocket book! Also, check with KPK and I bet any manufacture problems have been fixed...I've not heard of any recent units cracking at all.
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You know I had them packets in mine also.. took them out and the uke looked fine... Didnt bother humidifying it... i guess we will see :shaka:

vahn
08-07-2009, 05:16 PM
thats crazy... why would they put a dehydrator in there instruments? That alone makes me not want to buy one

jdbuddha
08-07-2009, 11:54 PM
aloha Ukeffect, i was wandering if you could post a sound or video sample of your new uke, really interested in hearing its potential:shaka:

wolf69
11-27-2010, 10:30 AM
I have the same ukulele but made with mahogany

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