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rickyricky
08-28-2009, 04:26 AM
There is nothing like a shiny new instrument, especially when it's a Kamaka HF-36!

This is my 3rd Uke, and is a significant upgrade from what I've been strumming on before... A Lanakai CK-T and "da Tiki-Fluke".

Things I like... How it sounds! Even with my newbie fingers, it sounds like a chorus of ukulele's is playing whenever I take one strum... Intonation is perfect! It's made of solid Koa wood with a mahogany Neck...

Things I don't like: String tension! Having 6 strings means more finger strength is needed. Having 6 strings that are much tighter than I'm used to (I play worth strings lately) means that this instrument, for now, is not as fun to play for long periods of time until I either develop significantly more finger strength, or maybe change out the strings to a set of Worth strings, if I can find 'em for this ukulele...

To make matters worse, I asked for a 2nd set of strings when I ordered this bad boy, and they sent me aquila strings... hah! I bet those would be even tighter... I may try them before I try the worth though.. Just to do it..

All in all, I am happy with my purchase and I know this is an Ukulele that I can steadily grow into instead of one I'm going to grow out of.. =)

sukie
08-28-2009, 08:51 AM
Enjoy your new ukulele!

I Ukulista
08-28-2009, 09:45 AM
UAS starting here call a therapist.

wfwhitson
08-28-2009, 10:06 AM
You can check out this site for Worth strings, I have been looking for Wroths for my Mele 8 string. Scroll down the list for 6 & 8 string, both brown & clear.

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/tenor/?sort=title

WhenDogsSing
08-28-2009, 10:50 AM
Elderly Music in Lansing, Michigan, also stocks Worth strings:

http://www.elderly.com/departments/ukulele

Have fun...:D

wickedwahine11
08-28-2009, 11:15 AM
Pics please! And don't forget to join the rest of us in UU's Kamaka Klub!

Playscool39
08-28-2009, 11:40 AM
Congrats on the Uke:nana:

Howie1947
08-30-2009, 03:35 AM
I just purchased a KoAloha 6-string. I too am finding somewhat of a difference going from 4 string. It definately requires more strengh pressing the chords. I love the sound of the 6-string. As I am mostly a "strummer" this KoAloha really great for playing traditional hawaiian songs, which are my favorites..............

Skrik
08-30-2009, 05:48 AM
... but I think I can safely speak on behalf of the whole forum when I scream:

PICS!

jdbuddha
08-30-2009, 12:00 PM
congratz man! im jealous now! haha

atexen
08-31-2009, 03:01 AM
ive recently (yesterday) get a kamaka HF-1.
i must play it more because my other uke it's a lanikai s-c.

My first impression is that its sounds louder than my lanikai. While i play it more ill tell you more impressions

:shaka:

vahn
09-01-2009, 05:22 AM
awesome man, but I can't believe you dont have more positive to say considering ur other uke

rickyricky
09-02-2009, 05:20 AM
Wow, and here I thought my thread was getting no responses.. =)

I'll post some pics tomorrow when I have a bit of time to set up the strobes! If I take pics, I do it right durn it! ;-)

Here's a little video I put together over the weekend...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaH4PYUu1v0

I love this thing! If you pick it right, it sounds wonderful! I'm actually considering restringing the G to a low-g as I really like how that sounds on my 4 string, but I'm worried it'll be too much low bass on the kamaka.. Well, it's only a single string.. heheh =)

Thanks for the info on the worth! I'll see if these strings break in nice, and if not, I'll be swapping 'em out soon!

rickyricky
09-02-2009, 12:33 PM
Pics please! And don't forget to join the rest of us in UU's Kamaka Klub!

Where is this Kamaka Club you speak of? =)

wickedwahine11
09-02-2009, 01:49 PM
Where is this Kamaka Club you speak of? =)

Hiya, the Kamaka Klub is a social group here on UU. I think there are about 45 members right now.

Join in, and it is also a nice place to post pics of your new HF-36!

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/group.php?groupid=19

TinyJim
09-02-2009, 04:50 PM
Please send me your new uke with the Aquila strings and I will gladly break them in for you ; )

Congrats!

veep
09-02-2009, 06:47 PM
congratz man!

rickyricky
09-03-2009, 04:16 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3639/3882224981_8826e56ccb.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2513/3883019504_c1537dd732.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3447/3882225135_6f24b35df7.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3882225217_35fc8907a4.jpg

wickedwahine11
09-03-2009, 04:56 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3882225217_35fc8907a4.jpg

Looks beautiful rickyricky...:D

Hey from that last photo, is that the input jack of a pickup? I'm sorry if you mentioned it before and I just didn't notice, but if the ukulele has a pickup, is it active or passive? I am guessing it was factory installed?

I ask because in December I'm taking my Kamaka to the factory to get a pickup installed and I'm debating between the active and passive ones...

Skrik
09-03-2009, 05:36 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3639/3882224981_8826e56ccb.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2513/3883019504_c1537dd732.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3447/3882225135_6f24b35df7.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3882225217_35fc8907a4.jpg

Yeah, baby!

How does having two double courses affect the feel?

rickyricky
09-03-2009, 08:41 AM
I actually didn't mention it before.. Good Eye wicked wahine!

It's a K&K passive pickup installed by Hilo Guitars when I ordered the Kamaka from them... I'm pretty sure it's a Big Shot although I don't have any proof.

I have yet to try it out since I don't have a guitar cable! I'll pick one up this weekend and let you know how it sounds when directly plugged into my imac.


Looks beautiful rickyricky...:D

Hey from that last photo, is that the input jack of a pickup? I'm sorry if you mentioned it before and I just didn't notice, but if the ukulele has a pickup, is it active or passive? I am guessing it was factory installed?

I ask because in December I'm taking my Kamaka to the factory to get a pickup installed and I'm debating between the active and passive ones...

rickyricky
09-03-2009, 08:43 AM
I've only been playing the Uke for about 10 months now, but it's different. It will take practice to pick it correctly... Strumming is not too hard at all... All in all, I really like it...




Yeah, baby!

How does having two double courses affect the feel?

Howie1947
09-03-2009, 12:16 PM
Looks like you have a wound string on one of the "A"s??? My KoAloha is pretty too, wish I were smart enough to upload some pics of it. I don't have any wound strings on mine.

rickyricky
09-04-2009, 05:57 AM
My low A is wound. I dont' like it. I plan on replacing the strings with Worth low or medium tensions so I don't have to have a wound string...


Looks like you have a wound string on one of the "A"s??? My KoAloha is pretty too, wish I were smart enough to upload some pics of it. I don't have any wound strings on mine.