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casarole45
03-21-2010, 11:03 PM
Hey dude, dudesess and gigapi.

Since joining this site I've found out about loads of ukulele's that I wouldn't have even thought of if it wasn't for people putting in their suggestions and thoughts.

So to give me ideas and expand my choice for when I get my next uke I was hoping you guys could tell me what you favorite ukulele's were.

Just two rules.
1) It has to have a concert size neck (body size can be anything but neck needs to be concert neck).
2) It's got to be solid top, back and sides.

Price range can be anything you want.

Thank you for feeding my UAS =D

haolejohn
03-21-2010, 11:17 PM
Hey dude, dudesess and gigapi.

Since joining this site I've found out about loads of ukulele's that I wouldn't have even thought of if it wasn't for people putting in their suggestions and thoughts.

So to give me ideas and expand my choice for when I get my next uke I was hoping you guys could tell me what you favorite ukulele's were.

Just two rules.
1) It has to have a concert size neck (body size can be anything but neck needs to be concert neck).
2) It's got to be solid top, back and sides.

Price range can be anything you want.

Thank you for feeding my UAS =D

Since you already have some nice mid-range/low high-range imports, I would recommend getting a Koaloha long neck soprano or koaloha concert. You would not be disappointed. My super soprano and concert might be my two favorite ukuleles and I got some nice ukuleles.

iDavid
03-22-2010, 12:19 AM
Since you have the Mainland. I would recommend the KoAloha Concert also. I just got one and the neck it perfect, absolutely perfect

fumanshu
03-22-2010, 12:57 AM
Seriously, the Koaloha Concert is very hard to beat for the quality, craftmanship, sound and price... So it's definitely worth checking it and should be somewhere on top of your list of ukes to consider if you're looking for a concert.

fivetide
03-22-2010, 01:09 AM
I have a Koaloha Concert and it is very simple, elegant and playable.

I now covet the rest of the range, starting with a super soprano.

heyjude
03-22-2010, 01:21 AM
My KoAloha concert can be a banjo killer with Worth CL strings and my KoAloha long-neck Pineapple soprano has the perfect voice for vocal accompaniment and fingerpicking. It sounds good with the Worth CL or Aquilla strings. But it doesn't matter, whichever KoAloha you might buy you'll want more. It's the KoAloha Curse, no one can be happy with just one.:)

dnewton2
03-22-2010, 01:23 AM
Here is my fav, Concert neck Soilid body:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5107

Might take a little while to get one though.

I am also considereing getting a Koaloha sometime soon due to all the recent hype about the Koaloha ukulele (Specifically the Concerts). Not that there was not hyoe before just seems to be a lot of it recently

haolejohn
03-22-2010, 01:28 AM
Here is my fav, Concert neck Soilid body:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5107

Might take a little while to get one though.

I am also considereing getting a Koaloha sometime soon due to all the recent hype about the Koaloha ukulele (Specifically the Concerts). Not that there was not hyoe before just seems to be a lot of it recently

I've noticed that too. After I get my koaloha tenor, the saving up for a MB begins.

SweetWaterBlue
03-22-2010, 01:51 AM
I would have to second HaoleJohn's and others' Koaloha recommendations. Since you already have a pretty good mahogany fleet, its probably time for some koa. I don't yet own a Koaloha, but have played HaoleJohn's many times at meetings - superb instruments. I'm thinking my next uke will probably be either a concert of a super-soprano, because I like the soprano size of the body on my Flea, but the concert neck makes it easier for me to play. Of course with a full blown concert you also get a bit more volume and the bigger neck, so both would be nice to have.

I also agree with funmanshu, that the Koalohas are good values for what you get. They are not as cheap as many of the Asian imports, but I think the quality is definitely better. I just wish the price would quit going up. I think I need to raise my rates lol.

sukie
03-22-2010, 03:45 AM
KoAloha for sure. They have everything you want in an ukulele.

Although if I could get Chuck Moore to make me a Moore Bettah I'd probably recommend one of those.

PorkLover
03-22-2010, 07:56 AM
Another vote for a KoAloha concert. I find the neck easier to get around on then my Mainland concert. I also had a chance to play the KoAloha along side a Kanilea concert. The Kanilea's neck width seems to be slightly wider which I actually liked more but the sound on the KoAloha was much more to my liking. Also, narrower width notwithstanding, I liked the look and feel of KoAloha's Koa fretboard over Kanilea's rosewood.

I didn't play the KoAloha longneck soprano or longneck pineapple but I definitely will next time I visit the shop. Given how awesome the KoAloha Noah, concerts, and super-concerts were that I spent allot of time with, I imagine those longneck sopranos are great too.

casarole45
03-22-2010, 08:32 AM
wow, thats gotta be 9 out of 10 cats prefer the taste of KoAloha. I have to admit the KoAloha Super Soprano has got me pretty excited, I love soprano uke's but sold mine as I found the fretboard too limiting on what I wanted to play, but with a concert neck that would be awesome. I'd love to hear a youtube vid of the super soprano and concert side by side... hint at haolejohn ;)

That Moore uke looks beautiful, I've just checked out his site, he's got some stunning looking ukes on there.

SweetWaterBlue
03-22-2010, 08:42 AM
Casserole - did you sell your Ohana SK-35G? I notice its not in your sig.

Maybe I will take my son's Zoom H4 to the SEUkers meeting tomorrow night. If haolejohn brings both his concert and his super soprano, we could probably make a sound clip of them side by side. I guess I could just use my phone, but the H4 does a far better job on the sound. That is assuming its warm enough and not too rainy to do it outside - too noisy inside Starbucks to hear anything well.

haolejohn
03-22-2010, 09:04 AM
wow, thats gotta be 9 out of 10 cats prefer the taste of KoAloha. I have to admit the KoAloha Super Soprano has got me pretty excited, I love soprano uke's but sold mine as I found the fretboard too limiting on what I wanted to play, but with a concert neck that would be awesome. I'd love to hear a youtube vid of the super soprano and concert side by side... hint at haolejohn ;)

That Moore uke looks beautiful, I've just checked out his site, he's got some stunning looking ukes on there.

I am trying to get a camera so that I can make videos. I spent my camera money on two mainlands so I am a little delayed in that process. Larry offered to bring his recording thing so that can work. I have actually been wanting to do video comparisons of all my koalohas. I'll try to get those up as soon as possible.

casarole45
03-22-2010, 09:17 AM
Casserole - did you sell your Ohana SK-35G? I notice its not in your sig.

Maybe I will take my son's Zoom H4 to the SEUkers meeting tomorrow night. If haolejohn brings both his concert and his super soprano, we could probably make a sound clip of them side by side. I guess I could just use my phone, but the H4 does a far better job on the sound. That is assuming its warm enough and not too rainy to do it outside - too noisy inside Starbucks to hear anything well.

Yeah, it was an amazing sounding uke, but most of the stuff I play around with now goes up into the frets that I couldn't get too on it. So with a tear in my eye I sold it on to put funds towards the next uke.

@haolejohn, I'm sure loads of people would find that a really useful vid, good call.

SweetWaterBlue
03-22-2010, 09:17 AM
John - forecast for tomorrow night is clear skies, but a touch cold. Supposed to be 61 degrees at 6 pm dropping to 51 by 9 pm. 61 ok if we do it early?

Ahnko Honu
03-22-2010, 07:27 PM
My R&L Koa supersoprano:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010167.jpg

My MELE Koa concert
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1010164.jpg

My S&J Mango concert
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Ahnkochee/My%20Ukuleles/P1140214.jpg

GX9901
03-23-2010, 08:45 AM
My favorite non-custom concert neck ukulele that I actually own would be the Collings UC-1. Great workmanship and sound. And it could potentially be the "vintage Martin" of tomorrow.

I also think the KoAloha concert is great. I've never tried one that didn't sound great. For the money it's difficult to beat the KoAloha concert.

Collings UC-1
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/SgKLp8-K5mI/AAAAAAAAAtE/Q5lR7Vb98XM/s512/DSC02624.JPG

CTurner
03-23-2010, 11:35 AM
I can't let this thread go by without suggesting you seriously consider a Kanile'a concert. I have a K-1 that I love: the neck width/depth, the superb construction, the lovely koa matching, the finish. I have Worth clears on it and love the balance, tone and ease of playing. Koaloha is excellent, of course, but the Kanile'a line is well worth a look for around the same price range top to bottom.

haolejohn
03-23-2010, 11:52 AM
I can't let this thread go by without suggesting you seriously consider a Kanile'a concert. I have a K-1 that I love: the neck width/depth, the superb construction, the lovely koa matching, the finish. I have Worth clears on it and love the balance, tone and ease of playing. Koaloha is excellent, of course, but the Kanile'a line is well worth a look for around the same price range top to bottom.

Kanileas are nice but they're not koalohas:).

I got my long neck and my concert. If larry (swb) brings his zomm thingy we will have sound samples.

haole
03-23-2010, 12:21 PM
If money is no object, go for a custom or semi-custom!

If you're willing to spend maybe $500-800, any one of the Hawaiian K-brands will be your best bet. I've been impressed with all of them.

If you're hoping to spend less than that, try to collect Mainland concerts in all three different woods!

SweetWaterBlue
03-23-2010, 06:07 PM
Yeah, it was an amazing sounding uke, but most of the stuff I play around with now goes up into the frets that I couldn't get too on it. So with a tear in my eye I sold it on to put funds towards the next uke.


I know what you mean. I like the way my SK35 sounds, but it really is harder to play for me than the concert neck on my Flea, not to mention the extra fret or two for going up the board. I played Haolejohn's Concert necked Koalohas again tonight (recording of John playing your request in the next post) and its the same with those. No matter how good the body sounds, if you can't finger the notes, it just doesn't do it. My next instrument may still be a soprano, but it will definitely have a concert neck.

SweetWaterBlue
03-23-2010, 06:26 PM
Well the outdoor recording did not work out so well. There was way too much wind, so the mic was picking it up. I think you can still tell how differently the Koaloha concert sounds from the Koaloha Soprano with concert neck though. Take it away John:

Koaloha Soprano with Concert Neck (http://www.box.net/shared/hl1zrvrzun)

Koaloha Concert (http://www.box.net/shared/y2tfougy1l)

haolejohn
03-23-2010, 08:30 PM
Well the outdoor recording did not work out so well. There was way too much wind, so the mic was picking it up. I think you can still tell how differently the Koaloha concert sounds from the Koaloha Soprano with concert neck though. Take it away John:

Koaloha Soprano with Concert Neck (http://www.box.net/shared/hl1zrvrzun)

Koaloha Concert (http://www.box.net/shared/y2tfougy1l)

I'm going to try and get a video up of the two ukes after school tomorrow.

casarole45
03-24-2010, 04:07 AM
hey that was great, the microphone on that zoom seems really good. They both have a nice bright tone to them. The soprano is winning me over at the moment just because its got higher tone too it which is going back to what I love about soprano's.... I'm sure I'll listen to it another dozen times yet and change my mind half a dozen though :D

Cheers for that guys, is very useful, made me wish I was down there with you. It'll be awesome if you manage to get the vids up. Very nice tune you had going also.

SweetWaterBlue
03-24-2010, 04:22 AM
Too bad we didn't anticipate the wind - then we could have made one of those cardboard box wind blocks that HoosierHiver uses. John also played the same song on my SK-35. I think it was a bit out of tune, and he is not used to the tiny soprano fretboard, so I didn't think it sounded as good as Koaloha soprano (what a surprise lol). I liked the sound of the long-neck soprano better than than the concert, just as you did, just because I like soprano sounds.

I think it is also easier to get good intonation with the longneck than with a conventional soprano. So, the soprano body with the longer neck seems like the best combination if you like the sound.

haolejohn
03-24-2010, 05:23 AM
Too bad we didn't anticipate the wind - then we could have made one of those cardboard box wind blocks that HoosierHiver uses. John also played the same song on my SK-35. I think it was a bit out of tune, and he is not used to the tiny soprano fretboard, so I didn't think it sounded as good as Koaloha soprano (what a surprise lol). I liked the sound of the long-neck soprano better than than the concert, just as you did, just because I like soprano sounds.

I think it is also easier to get good intonation with the longneck than with a conventional soprano. So, the soprano body with the longer neck seems like the best combination if you like the sound.

LOL!! That is the politically correct way of telling someone they suck:) J/K. Larry did tell me one time that I was a better player in person than on YT:) I am not used to soprano necks at all and the whole time I was playing his ohana I kept telling myself, don't screw this up, your being recorded. That zoom was impressive.

SweetWaterBlue
03-24-2010, 05:28 AM
Hey John - I play that soprano everyday, and I still find it easier to play the concert neck on yours, not to mention my Flea. There just isn't a lot of room for fingers on there!

casarole45
03-26-2010, 10:35 AM
music guy mic has a KoAhola long neck soprano in so just waiting for him to get back to me with some info.... wasn't really planning on buying till July but hey ho =D

casarole45
04-11-2010, 09:44 AM
music guy mic has a KoAhola long neck soprano in so just waiting for him to get back to me with some info.... wasn't really planning on buying till July but hey ho =D

Just thought I'd close this thread off, (one of my pet peeves is when people go through all this and then you never find out if they actually bought the instrument)....

Ended up gettiing the Koaloha Concert Neck Soprano. She's a beaut, the detailing on the woodwork is amazing. I love the details like the Koaloha tuners and the lasered in date stamp and logo on the inside bracing block at the neck.

Thanks to all folks, input was great, especially Sweetwaterblue and John (haolejohn) who I feel went on my journey with me in spending my 500 clams (although didn't supply me with any money just the enthusiasm to spend it ;D )

Got it from MGM who has no doubt blocked me as a buyer for being such an anal 'get, he is awesomely helpful and defo recommended for commitment to customer service as no doubt many of you will agree.

Cheers all :cheers: (I'm too tight to buy you all an actual pint so this will have to do)

SweetWaterBlue
04-11-2010, 09:53 AM
Casserole - Your finger picking on the Ohana SK-35 (before you sold it) has always been amongst my favorites on YouTube. It influenced me heavily to get one myself. Too bad I didn't get a long neck. I can't wait to hear what kind of sounds you will make on a soprano body with room to place your fingers on the neck.

casarole45
04-11-2010, 10:49 AM
Casserole - Your finger picking on the Ohana SK-35 (before you sold it) has always been amongst my favorites on YouTube. It influenced me heavily to get one myself. Too bad I didn't get a long neck. I can't wait to hear what kind of sounds you will make on a soprano body with room to place your fingers on the neck.

Cheers man, I was just listening to some recordings of it and I kinda semi regret selling that uke, it had a great tone to it, through the massive range Ohana have in ukes its a shame they don't do a concert neck version of the SK-35 I would have had it like a shot.