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deach
09-15-2009, 07:22 AM
Features

* What year was it made? Where was is made? (Hawaii, Japan, China etc...) This year I guess. Made in China
* How many frets? 18
* Solid-Top? Laminated top? Solid mahogany body and neck
* Any pickups or electronics?Not on this model
* Body and neck woods? Mahogany
* Finish (Satin, transparent, quilted top, flamed top, etc...) Satin
* Body style (Soprano, Tenor, Concert, Cutaway, etc...) Tenor
* Bridge style ( String-thru body, stop tailpiece, etc...) Tail pins
* Tuners (Locking? Non-locking? brand of tuners - Sperzel, Gotoh, Grover, Schaller, etc...) Grover open geared
* Neck/Scale (Fat, Thin, Jumbo Frets, Rosewood, Maple, etc...) Thin-ish Mahogany
* Any included accessories? (Case, gig bag, strap, cable, tools, humidifier, etc...)T-shirt


Sound

* How does it suit your music style (and what is that style)?No surprises. It sounds like a nice mahogany uke should.
* What amps and effects are you using it with? n/a
* Is it noisy? On what settings? n/a
* Rich/Full sound? Bright sound? Balance of full and bright
* Likes and dislikes? Sure is purty


Action, Fit & Finish

* How well was the ukulele set-up at the factory? (How was the action?) Nice action. Not too high or low
* Properly bookmatched top? n/a looks to be one piece
* Properly routed bridge? yes
* Did the ukulele contain any flaws? (misaligned bracing, poorly filed fretwire, finish flaws, poor quality wood, rusted or oxidized hardware, loose tuning pegs, poorly cut nut, poorly fit saddle, noisy pickup selector, loose controls, etc...) The tuners seem a little"tall for the head stock. Maybe a milimeter too tall. Nit-picky...
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss46/deach-uke/nalu/Picture030.jpg

Reliability/Durability

* Will this ukulele withstand live playing? yes, I think. Seems rather sturdy yet light-weight.
* Does the hardware seem like it will last?yes
* Is the finish good enough to last, or does it seem thin and easy to wear off with lots of playing? The finish is pretty even and seems durable
* Can you depend on it? probably
* Would you use it on a gig without a backup?yes


Customer Support

* If you've dealt with the company, how helpful/friendly were they?Yes, I dealt with Gary. We spoke for several hours before I decided to purchase the uke.
* Ever try and get it repaired? n/a
* Was it under warranty?Gary said if there's ever anything wrong with the uke due to manufacturing, they would fix or replace the uke.
* How long is the warrantysee above comment


Overall Rating

* How long have you been playing?17 months
* What other gear do you own? buncha other ukes
* Is there something you wish you had asked before buying this ukulele? not that I can think of...
* If it were stolen or lost, would you buy it again or get something else? probably buy another one
* What do you love about it? sure is purty
* What do you hate? Aquila strings
* What is your favorite feature? inlays and laser etching
* Did you compare it to other ukuleles? Which ones? Yes, Kalas and Mainlands.
* Why did you choose this one? wanted something different and it sure is purty
* Anything you wish it had? should have gotten a pick-up
* Anything else you'd like to share?


Website - http://www.nalu-ukulele.com/products.html

Sound clip - Aquila's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USAxXaxHi2A
Sound clip - Worth CT's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrWXlOCjttg

Fred Miu
09-15-2009, 07:29 AM
gives such a nice tone with it. i wouldnt mind buying myself one.

RevWill
09-15-2009, 07:38 AM
Them's perty. I like it!

the new guy
09-15-2009, 09:21 AM
nice uke. perfect timing ive been thinking about getting a new one too.

ritzer012
09-15-2009, 10:46 AM
LOVE the wave in the sound hole

deach
09-15-2009, 03:30 PM
I blame Dominator's wife for sporting a Nalu Ukulele t-shirt at the SF bbq.

RevWill
09-15-2009, 03:53 PM
How does it compare to your Kalas and Mainlands?

deach
09-15-2009, 04:04 PM
How does it compare to your Kalas and Mainlands?

I no longer own any Kalas.

I've never owned a Mainland although I've played many. I would rate Mainland's mahogany tenor's sound comparable. I think Mainland's are set up a lot nicer. Nalu's set-up process should improve once they are more established though. As for looks, beauty is in the eye blah blah blah. Is the Nalu worth $50 more? Sound-wise, probably not. It's still a really nice uke though and I'm glad I have one.

haolejohn
09-15-2009, 05:12 PM
ukerepublic is starting to carry these Nalus and I'm pretty stoked about that. I enjoyed the sound of this uke and I like the wave design which is what nalu means I think.

Dominator
09-15-2009, 05:35 PM
I blame Dominator's wife for sporting a Nalu Ukulele t-shirt at the SF bbq.

Ha, that's funny.

I've played one of their tenors at Hayward. I belive it was Old Smelly Bob's. It sounded great. I played one of the top of the line models at the Tahoe fest and it sounded fantastic. It sounded much fuller than my Dominator spruce top. I almost used it for my set during the concert.

The Kala's I've played don't sound as good as the top model I played. My issue with Kala's are string spacing. The strings are too close together around the soundhole where I do my fingerpicking. A deal breaker for me. Not an issue for someone just starting out who will just automatically get used to it without knowing the difference.

Congrats on the new uke Deach.

specialmike
09-15-2009, 05:58 PM
How did you "receive a Nalu uke?" Or did you purchase it?
haha, it sounded like you're starting to get Deached by companies who want some cheap marketing. :D Then again, if you bought it, nvmd.

deach
09-16-2009, 06:30 AM
How did you "receive a Nalu uke?" Or did you purchase it?
haha, it sounded like you're starting to get Deached by companies who want some cheap marketing. :D Then again, if you bought it, nvmd.

I purchased it Saturday and received it Tuesday.

RevWill
09-16-2009, 07:33 PM
You can't Deach the Deach. To do so would seriously warp the space-time continuum and create a disturbance in the force.

Spooner
09-16-2009, 08:03 PM
Nice review...but how does it look? :p

The sound is real nice on it...and I like the wave thing that they have going on.

EXCELLENT tune as well!!

Nalu...who knew? :shaka:

veep
09-17-2009, 04:14 AM
Nice review

buddhuu
09-17-2009, 01:30 PM
Nice one, Deach. On the vid it sounds really petty full and decent volume.

What strings do you think you'd prefer?

deach
09-17-2009, 01:33 PM
Nice one, Deach. On the vid it sounds really petty full and decent volume.

What strings do you think you'd prefer?

I changed strings later that day. I replaced them with Worth CTs. I love the sound now!

buddhuu
09-18-2009, 12:33 AM
I changed strings later that day. I replaced them with Worth CTs. I love the sound now!
How about another demo vid with the new strings? :)

deach
09-18-2009, 02:52 AM
How about another demo vid with the new strings? :)

Here you go....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrWXlOCjttg

buddhuu
09-18-2009, 02:05 PM
Thanks, Deach. Yeah, the Worths do sound better. :)

Congrats on the new uke. :)

Honu Uke
09-19-2009, 06:47 PM
Whoa, i was so surprised to see this thread seeing as not many people have heard of Nalu Ukuleles. The Nalu Ahua was my first ukulele! I just got it at The aloha festival in San Francisco. I love the wave and the feeling of the wood when i hold it in my hands! I hope Nalu comes out with more ukes!:iwant:

the only problem i have with them is that it buzzes a lot more than my ohana.

CheezeGrater
09-20-2009, 05:58 AM
Hey Deach, why don't you own anymore Kala's? Are they that terrible? I was thinking about getting the new flamed mahogany...but being on the salary of a poor college student, I didn't want to have buyer's remorse..

deach
09-21-2009, 04:46 AM
Hey Deach, why don't you own anymore Kala's? Are they that terrible? I was thinking about getting the new flamed mahogany...but being on the salary of a poor college student, I didn't want to have buyer's remorse..

Not terrible at all. My friends try mine out and like it so much that I end up giving it to them.

CheezeGrater
09-21-2009, 05:31 AM
Oh alright, Now all I have to do is wait for financial aid check...

wikiboy
09-21-2009, 08:37 AM
Aloha UU’ers! This is Rick, one of the founding partners of NALU UKULELE COMPANY. First of all, thanks for the review by Deach on our entry level ukulele, the Ahua Tenor he recently purchased, which he posted here, as well as a fairly detailed clip he posted on YouTube. Deach was very quick to post a review, as he received the ukulele shortly after he received it in the mail! After reading his review, it sounded very favorable, and we welcome and anticipate receiving some questions regarding the details, as was posted by this person. Thanks Deach!

A little story about NALU if you will, and I would like to start by saying this is NOT a post for “advertising”. Along with my partners, Gary and Mark, we set out to introduce a line of ukulele products well over 2 years ago, so this wasn’t an just idea we introduced to the public overnight. In fact it was not until April 2009 that we debuted our product line at Northern California Ukulele Festival. Being passionate about our objectives, we took the time to assess what was out there, and wanted to develop a product that was set apart from the norm, providing the ukulele enthusiast and community a solid wood instrument, that was easy to play, has great tone and sound and with unique visual appeal. Realizing that there are a wide variety of ukuleles to choose from, along with tone and playability, there are many instruments out there that basically look like they come from the same mold, just with a different brand name. Certainly nothing wrong with that, because there are ukuleles that do play and sound good. At NALU, we wanted our products to be different, starting with visual appeal. We discerned sound and tone from other makers, as well as playability, selected what was already good out there, and how we could make it better on NALU. Seeking the advice of friends involved in design and build, along with accomplished ukulele players, we put our first prototypes to the test by our expert friends. With their valued input, we enhanced some details on our instruments that may not be immediately noticeable. Prior to this step, having interviewed quite a number of manufacturers to build our products was also a very selective process. In the end, we chose a manufacturer that wrote down our every detail and concern, were attentive to our goals our company presented in making our ukuleles, with visual appeal and unique embellishments, while maintaining a very good and rich sound. This selection process although time consuming, is the reason our ukuleles to this point display a high level of quality…we are still improving on it! Since the start of the manufacturing process, I have been involved almost weekly on the finite details of design, quality, and ensuring that even with minute changes, sound and tone would not be compromised. With that said, we at NALU are confident that any instrument in our product line will be of quality that will provide years of playing satisfaction and lasting value. Though we may still be ironing out our warranty details as a new company, we stand behind our instruments and will do our utmost best to provide you with the customer care and attention, should it be needed. We are just a phone call or email message away...

Finally, to the consumer, we at NALU know there are a lot of ukuleles to sift out, try out and compare…so many choices! We certainly don’t expect to satisfy every ukulele enthusiast or player, beginner or advanced with NALU ukes. We do know that the time we have taken to improve and perfect our products for the discerning player, will more than likely make it a tough decision to not consider a NALU in your selection process…and after all, NALU is "The Shape of Things to Strum".

Please visit our web site at www.nalu-ukulele.com and please bear with us, as we are preparing to launch a more enhanced and robust web site in the very near future. You can also email any one of us and we will be more than thrilled to hear from you;
Gary@nalu-ukulele.com
Rick@nalu-ukulele.com
Mark@nalu-ukulele.com

There is growing interest in finding out more about NALU ukuleles. We are excited about that, and we do apologize should it be difficult for anyone to acquire an instrument on demand, as we are already experiencing some new company growing pains. Thank you very much for all that have expressed interest in NALU ukuleles and even those that have already purchased a NALU uke! Please don’t hesitate to email Team NALU, as we would love to hear from you. Best of luck in "your" ukulele search!

Rick aka "wikiboy"

wikiboy
09-21-2009, 08:50 AM
Honu Uke, this is Rick at NALU. I just saw and read your post regarding your comment on the uke you just purchased at our booth at SFAF. You have a problem with buzz? As I mentioned in my post about the NALU story, I want you to know that we will take care of your problem. Again, being a new company, our current warranty is "CALL OR EMAIL" if there is a problem, we will take care of it. If there IS one thing I can't stand myself is a "buzzy" uke! Please call me and let me know your problem, repair of replacement, NALU stands behind their product. I want you to be more than happy with our product WITHOUT the problem. Please give me a call at your convenience. My number is 510.714.7623. Thanks! Rick aka wikiboy

For anyone else that might have purchased our ukuleles, know that we will take care of any issues or problems that occur. Just give us a location that you are in, and we can direct you to the right contact person.

Honu Uke
09-22-2009, 10:33 AM
Thanks Rick,
I'll be sure to send you an email!

deach
09-22-2009, 10:43 AM
I love the Nalu uke more and more and more. Sweet uke indeed.

wikiboy
09-22-2009, 11:38 AM
Honu Uke, great talking to you. Let's take care of your problem, so we'll meet up so I can get the uke from you. We'll get your buzz problem fixed...if not, replaced. We know you like your NALU, but we want you to "love" it, and it's hard to "love" a NALU with a buzz. See you next week! Rick

Honu Uke
09-23-2009, 12:51 PM
I'm still a beginner though, so i'm not completely 110% sure that something is wrong with the uke. We'll see though...

rayan
09-23-2009, 10:28 PM
Honu Uke, this is Rick at NALU. I just saw and read your post regarding your comment on the uke you just purchased at our booth at SFAF. You have a problem with buzz? As I mentioned in my post about the NALU story, I want you to know that we will take care of your problem. Again, being a new company, our current warranty is "CALL OR EMAIL" if there is a problem, we will take care of it. If there IS one thing I can't stand myself is a "buzzy" uke! Please call me and let me know your problem, repair of replacement, NALU stands behind their product. I want you to be more than happy with our product WITHOUT the problem. Please give me a call at your convenience. My number is 510.714.7623. Thanks! Rick aka wikiboy

For anyone else that might have purchased our ukuleles, know that we will take care of any issues or problems that occur. Just give us a location that you are in, and we can direct you to the right contact person.

great job Rick. awesome customer service.

UkuEroll
09-24-2009, 12:50 AM
Here you go....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrWXlOCjttg

Sounds nicer with those strings, nice tats:D