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sealcove
09-11-2009, 02:08 PM
My tenor came with a rigid foam soft case. It's fine for light duty, but I would really like a proper hard case. A number of the tenor ukulele cases I have been looking at seem too large on all dimensions. Can anyone recommend a stock hard case that fits the Kamaka Tenor (HF-3) well?

Thanks for any suggestions, Douglas

Spooner
09-11-2009, 02:19 PM
My tenor came with a rigid foam soft case. It's fine for light duty, but I would really like a proper hard case. A number of the tenor ukulele cases I have been looking at seem too large on all dimensions. Can anyone recommend a stock hard case that fits the Kamaka Tenor (HF-3) well?

Thanks for any suggestions, Douglas

The best hard case known to man is Calton...but they cost as much as some mid-grade/high end ukes.

You're best bet is finding an Oahu or like brand from MGM. He's got all the goods and specs you need.

Kanaka916
09-11-2009, 02:29 PM
Mike DaSilva (http://ukemaker.com/DaSilva-PricingAndOrdering.html) has some cases also (scroll to the bottom portion) . . . take a look at this baby.

http://ukemaker.com/images/UkeGallery/Fiberglass-Open-1024.jpg

chris
09-11-2009, 02:40 PM
Beautiful cases from DaSilva, thanks for sharing!

I was also hunting for a good case for the Kamaka Tenor for awhile, and there are many around and so I picked up a Ko'olau hardcase. Pretty decent too~ :shaka:

http://www.koolauukulele.com/stock/case1.JPG

bbycrts
09-11-2009, 02:46 PM
Ko'olau/O'ahu cases are awesome.

Ronnie Aloha
09-11-2009, 02:48 PM
Koolau case is the best for cost/value IMHO. See my photo album for shots of my Kamaka tenor in an Oahu case. It has a pickup so its a tight fit.

Spooner
09-11-2009, 02:53 PM
Protec is another way to go also. They're pretty tough.

wickedwahine11
09-11-2009, 03:46 PM
I have the Kamaka tenor hard case that came with my ukulele. But I didn't order it direct from Kamaka so I'm not sure if they sell them on their own.

I actually have two of them...one for my Kanile'a as well, which always prompts people in Hawaii who see it to ask if it is a Kamaka inside.

I highly recommend this case because is is form fit to the ukulele, and has pretty good faux fur lining. The only downside is the lack of storage space, which leads me to put some strings, etc. under the headstock.

I had a strap installed on one of them, and I carry the other with the handle. The faux leather (or real, I'm not sure which it is) on the exterior does scrape on the edges if you aren't careful but I absolutely love this case.

For some reason, I can't get the image to post here, so you can see what it looks like by clicking on the link...
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=384&pictureid=3443

But I've heard lots of good things about the Ko'olau ones...

Ronnie Aloha
09-11-2009, 04:26 PM
I have the Kamaka tenor hard case that came with my ukulele. But I didn't order it direct from Kamaka so I'm not sure if they sell them on their own.

I actually have two of them...one for my Kanile'a as well, which always prompts people in Hawaii who see it to ask if it is a Kamaka inside.

I highly recommend this case because is is form fit to the ukulele, and has pretty good faux fur lining. The only downside is the lack of storage space, which leads me to put some strings, etc. under the headstock.

I had a strap installed on one of them, and I carry the other with the handle. The faux leather (or real, I'm not sure which it is) on the exterior does scrape on the edges if you aren't careful but I absolutely love this case.

For some reason, I can't get the image to post here, so you can see what it looks like by clicking on the link...
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=384&pictureid=3443

But I've heard lots of good things about the Ko'olau ones...

Pretty sure thats the Kamaka case. Its not branded Kamaka but if you order a hard case from the factory they offer that case for an additional $60. I'm not sure how much it is if ordered separately. Might be the same.

If it is the same price then the Koolau will be more expensive but like I said, IMHO, its a nicer case.

kailua
09-11-2009, 05:40 PM
I have a Ko'olau case for my Kamaka HF-3, and it fits like a clove with no wiggle. I have an Oahu case for my Kanile'a H-1T. I tried switching these two tenors into the other cases, but they fit best the way I have them. This Ko'olau link shows the prices and dimensions of each case (merchandise>ukulele cases>dimensions). http://www.koolauukulele.com/ As you can see they are slightly different in size. MGM might have them for less.

Kmetzger
09-11-2009, 06:40 PM
Mike DaSilva (http://ukemaker.com/DaSilva-PricingAndOrdering.html) has some cases also (scroll to the bottom portion) . . . take a look at this baby.


The DaSilva case is not a hard shell. Kind of soft. The great thing is the combination lock. (If you have kids running around, it's nice to have it locked up. Though you don't always want to have a key on you.) But you need to check your measurements. I tried to use this with my Moore Bettah tenor and it wouldn't fit. Was too small.

Kanaka916
09-11-2009, 07:28 PM
Thanks for the info on the case, looks good tho.

Kmetzger
09-11-2009, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the info on the case, looks good tho.

It does look enticing. I was very hopeful - as I really wanted a combination lock. The only other way I knew to get one, was to pay over $300 to have a custom case made by Cedar Creek Cases.

So instead, here is what I did (hot tip): There is a company called G&G Quality cases. The owners are the guys that created the original Fender Guitar case for Leo Fender back in the 50's. I got in touch with them, and they're making me a custom case for $90 - one with a combination lock, and tweed on the outside. They had me send them a tracing of my uke, so it will really be custom fit. I'm amazed and appreciative that there was a resonable way to solve this and get what I needed. They can be found at: http://www.ggqualitycase.com/ If you want them to make one for you, just email them at info@ggqualitycase.com and tell them what you want - they'll give you a quote. You get to even pick out the color fur on the inside!

Kanaka916
09-11-2009, 07:41 PM
You mentioned this in another thread, I think. I'll have to check out the site and keep them in mind. I have cases for both my tenors and I agree spending the extra $$ in getting a good, quality case to protect your investment.

upskydowncloud
09-12-2009, 03:39 AM
My tenor came with a rigid foam soft case. It's fine for light duty, but I would really like a proper hard case. A number of the tenor ukulele cases I have been looking at seem too large on all dimensions. Can anyone recommend a stock hard case that fits the Kamaka Tenor (HF-3) well?

Thanks for any suggestions, Douglas

The best case you can get before you get into Jake S crazy Calton case territory is the Ameritage tenor case. I have one of these for my HF-3S and can't fault it, it's a perfect fit. Stong plywood design with an interior padding system that means your uke never directly touches any exterior material. It's humidity controlled and extremely well made, check it out:

http://www.finecases.com/browse/ameritage/ameritage-3306.html

sealcove
09-12-2009, 06:56 AM
Thanks for all of the great suggestions! From what I am seeing, I think the Ko'olau would be an easy choice for cost, fit, & ease of aquisition. The higher end cases are certainly fantastic, but probably overkill for my use. I have a fiberglass Eastman case for my Phoenix mandolin, and I wish they would branch out to uke cases.

sealcove
09-30-2009, 03:04 PM
The Koolau case arrived today and as promised, it fits like a glove. Anyone need a foam case for a tenor (I think it is the one pictured below)? Free when I can find a box to ship it in.

http://elderly.com/images/accessories/138N/UC-TEN_open.jpg

MGM
09-30-2009, 03:45 PM
Check out the new uke crazy kala alligator cases with built in hygrometers........

the.ronin
09-30-2009, 04:15 PM
The Koolau case arrived today and as promised, it fits like a glove.

Whoa when I think Koolau case, I think of this ...

http://www.koolauukulele.com/stock/case1a.jpg

sealcove
09-30-2009, 04:56 PM
Whoa when I think Koolau case, I think of this ...

http://www.koolauukulele.com/stock/case1a.jpg


That's what I got. The picture I posted above is of the old soft case that I need to get rid of.

the.ronin
09-30-2009, 05:39 PM
Hahaha ok cool. I totally misread it.

Ronnie Aloha
09-30-2009, 06:04 PM
The Koolau case arrived today and as promised, it fits like a glove. Anyone need a foam case for a tenor (I think it is the one pictured below)? Free when I can find a box to ship it in.

http://elderly.com/images/accessories/138N/UC-TEN_open.jpg

That case will work for me. Just let me know shipping.

Did you get the Koolau case with the red trim? I want one of those but they don't make them anymore.

the.ronin
09-30-2009, 07:26 PM
Did you get the Koolau case with the red trim? I want one of those but they don't make them anymore.

Really?? The red trim is what attracted me to the Koolau case.

sealcove
10-01-2009, 02:23 AM
The case I got looks to be of the same design shown in the picture (the hard case not the soft case), but it is brown, and there is no red thread or trim. Seems like a pretty good case for the money and my HF-3 fits in it perfectly with zero movement. I can take a picture of it if that would be helpful for anyone.

Ronnie Aloha
10-01-2009, 04:22 AM
The new Koolau cases are brown while the Oahu cases are all black. The old Koolau cases had the red seam on the black case.

bbycrts
10-01-2009, 05:04 AM
Really?? The red trim is what attracted me to the Koolau case.

I think - think - that the Ko'olau cases are all brown now (my last two have been) and the O'ahu cases are black with black stitching (not red). I have an O'ahu for my concert and a Ko'olau for my soprano (Kanile'as both). Both are perfect fits.

bbycrts
10-01-2009, 05:04 AM
The new Koolau cases are brown while the Oahu cases are all black. The old Koolau cases had the red seam on the black case.

Yikes! You beat me to it!

Ronnie Aloha
10-05-2009, 05:09 PM
Scored an older model Ko'olau case with the red thread trim at the So Cal Uke Fest this past weekend for $70 tax included. It was a great deal but too nice to take as a travel case. I'll be using Sealcove's case for that.

molokinirum
10-06-2009, 12:16 PM
I have the Kamaka tenor hard case that came with my ukulele. But I didn't order it direct from Kamaka so I'm not sure if they sell them on their own.

I actually have two of them...one for my Kanile'a as well, which always prompts people in Hawaii who see it to ask if it is a Kamaka inside.

I highly recommend this case because is is form fit to the ukulele, and has pretty good faux fur lining. The only downside is the lack of storage space, which leads me to put some strings, etc. under the headstock.

I had a strap installed on one of them, and I carry the other with the handle. The faux leather (or real, I'm not sure which it is) on the exterior does scrape on the edges if you aren't careful but I absolutely love this case.

For some reason, I can't get the image to post here, so you can see what it looks like by clicking on the link...
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=384&pictureid=3443

But I've heard lots of good things about the Ko'olau ones...

:agree: Sounds like we have the same case. It fits the uke like a glove and yes there is very little storage space but the fur (fake) lining is great. It traveled well with me from Hawaii to the Mainland.