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dallas2ny
02-08-2010, 08:49 AM
Hi yall,
I'm surprised to find very little on the topic after googling and searching this forum. Is there a real benefit to the musubi soundhole design? Looks pretty though.

Thanks,
d2ny

Lanark
02-08-2010, 09:33 AM
I think it's mostly a trademark thing that sets them apart from other makers and helps make their instruments instantly identifiable. (The crown headstock too). I don't think it really impacts sound so much, but it does look nice.

They started out with regular round ones (I've got a couple of those) tried ovals for a few months (custom maker Peter Liebermann uses ovals too.) and finally settled on the musubi shape if I remember my history correctly.

vehement
02-08-2010, 11:53 AM
I agree, i don't think there's much benefit to the shape of their soundhole, but I think it does look pretty cool, especially if you don't have a rosette on your uke.

uber_goober
02-08-2010, 12:40 PM
I've got 2 KoAlohas, and a few other ukuleles. I personally can't tell the sonic difference between sound hole designs, especially on such a small instrument. However, the only real way to compare would be 2 KoAlohas, one with a circular hole and the other with the musubi. But there's alot more that goes into those ukes than just the sound hole. I love my KoAlohas, and I think the musubi looks cool. Play what you like. :)

heyjude
02-08-2010, 02:23 PM
I prefer the oval shape they used for few months. The musubi shape reminds me of a mandolin pick. I did a google search for musubi and can't see the relationship with a Hawaiian snack food to a sound hole shape. Not bashing KoAlohas, got four, want more.:)

Jude

deach
02-08-2010, 02:34 PM
....I did a google search for musubi and can't see the relationship with a Hawaiian snack food to a sound hole shape...


The relationship is Papa Koaloha invented a mould or some type of tool to create musubi.

Ronnie Aloha
02-08-2010, 02:49 PM
The musubi soundhole will go well with his "Spam" Masterpiece Uke coming out in December!;)

Lanark
02-08-2010, 03:07 PM
The relationship is Papa Koaloha invented a mould or some type of tool to create musubi.

our Hello Kitty musubi mold is that shape.

Tigeralum2001
02-08-2010, 05:51 PM
The musubi soundhole will go well with his "Spam" Masterpiece Uke coming out in December!;)
Is the Juke the announcement? If not, what is the story with the Juke and how come the price is not on the website?
http://www.koaloha.com/products/signature/juke/

pithaya9
02-08-2010, 05:54 PM
Is the Juke the announcement? If not, what is the story with the Juke and how come the price is not on the website?
http://www.koaloha.com/products/signature/juke/

I think the price of the Juke is $4000

Ahnko Honu
02-08-2010, 07:13 PM
The musubi sound hole is a conspiracy between KoAloha and all the lunch wagons in Honolulu knowing that every time a local saw this sound hole he would get da munchies for a musubi. Pretty soon all da musubi eaters wanting a new 'ukulele would naturally buy a KoAloha. Win win situation for all parties involved including da consumers.

kenikas
02-08-2010, 07:35 PM
The musubi sound hole is a conspiracy between KoAloha and all the lunch wagons in Honolulu knowing that every time a local saw this sound hole he would get da munchies for a musubi. Pretty soon all da musubi eaters wanting a new 'ukulele would naturally buy a KoAloha. Win win situation for all parties involved including da consumers.
Oooh! Now I'm hungry, and I want a new uke too!

koalohapaul
02-08-2010, 09:46 PM
We started with a traditional circle, but moved on to an oval for a little bit, before settling on the musubi. We did notice a small acoustic difference, but the reason for the change was aesthetic. It makes doing a rosette the devil, but the bare hole is still unique and clearly a KoAloha.

My father did invent the one piece spam musubi maker, and we do frequent the close by lunch wagons, too...

jinny
02-09-2010, 03:31 AM
I think it looks more like Onigiri than what I would think of as the quintessential Musubi... Spam Musubi.
My KoAloha is older and has the round hole so i am not reminded of formed rice items when gazing into its beauty...
If I squint, I think I can imagine donuts.