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Matt Clara
09-08-2009, 08:19 AM
I got my new Kiwaya from MGM on Saturday. I actually called the post office before they opened and had them hold the package for me (small town post office's are great!). I picked it up on my way to my mom's house for the long weekend. Mom pry thought I was crazy, as I had it in my hand almost the whole time. It is a beautiful and beautifully made ukulele. Its fit and finish is flawless, that I can tell. My Ohana CK-25 (another all mahogany concert ukulele) is very light, and yet it weighs a ton compared to the Kiwaya. The Kiwaya doesn't have as deep a sound as the Ohana, but it has more mid-range and treble. It has more subtlety to it, in that sense, but it wouldn't be my first choice to play in a noisy setting, or if I were wanting a uke with some bark to it. I've been playing the Ohana for an hour or so every day for the two months I've owned it, so it's had some time to open up, where the Kiwaya has had none, so it'll be interesting to see where they're at in another couple months, or a year. I will post pictures when I get a chance. Right now it's at Elderly Instruments getting its nickel plated gotoh tuners swapped out for some Pegheds. The tuners that came with the uke are really nice, with lovely ivroid buttons that simply glow when the light hits them just right, but screw friction tuners. I figured if I was going to spend that much on a uke, I might as well get the tuners I want with it, and the Kiwaya looks like an old Martin, so the Pegheds will not look amiss on it. I should have it back a week from today. Oh the pain.
:music: (uke on)

Matt Clara
09-08-2009, 11:12 AM
You guys aren't giving me negative reputation points for saying screw friction tuners, are you? All right, I admit, I came on a little strong... :D

/that's #100 for me, so from now on you junior members will have to refer to me as "sir".
//great, now you're going to give me negative reps for saying that, too!

MGM
09-08-2009, 12:20 PM
what are reputation points I'm clueless lol

bbycrts
09-08-2009, 12:36 PM
You guys aren't giving me negative reputation points for saying screw friction tuners, are you? All right, I admit, I came on a little strong... :D

/that's #100 for me, so from now on you junior members will have to refer to me as "sir".
//great, now you're going to give me negative reps for saying that, too!

You kidding? I'm going to give you props for that...

Bow down to a hero, pitiful senior...

Matt Clara
09-08-2009, 12:51 PM
what are reputation points I'm clueless lol

It's from another thread (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18728) started just this morning. Apparently if you click the little scales in the upper right of a message, like this one, you can add or take away from a member's reputation. Some people have been using it to make anonymous attacks against other members.

Thanks for the great price on that uke, Michael. It's a keeper. Unfortunately, now I won't be able to justify another one to my wife at least until after Christmas!

MGM
09-08-2009, 01:03 PM
i'm not seeing any little scales to click on Still looking clueless to me

MGM
09-08-2009, 01:04 PM
ah now i see it ha ha

Matt Clara
09-09-2009, 10:27 AM
You guys aren't giving me negative reputation points for saying screw friction tuners, are you? All right, I admit, I came on a little strong... :D

/that's #100 for me, so from now on you junior members will have to refer to me as "sir".
//great, now you're going to give me negative reps for saying that, too!

Two positives and one negative--I came out ahead! I think maybe MGM gave me the negative, the mischievous fellow that he is. The only comment was GRIN...

Doctroid
09-09-2009, 10:36 AM
The only comment was GRIN...

From a junior member. Sir.