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jordan bello
05-04-2010, 01:18 PM
I have a mainland concert mahogany gloss. First Ukulele. Love it. However, UAS is setting in and I will be looking to upgrade in the next few months. Everyone seems happy with their Koaloha Concerts. So that looks to be my next ukulele.

Sometimes, my Mainland Concert feels tight on the fretboard, e.g., squeezing 234 on the fourth fret for an E chord is tough when you got sausages for fingers. (I know that there are other ways to do it, but I like to learn the "traditional" method than vary once I have that down.)

So, if I upgrade I was curious if there are any likable/dislikable differences between the Koaloha Concert or the Super Concert in addition to the obvious difference that the fretboard would be a little more forgiving.

For example, does the weight difference in the neck throw it off somehow? Does it just feel wrong compared to other concerts? Or is it awesome? Any input is greatly appreciated.

sukie
05-04-2010, 01:32 PM
I have a KoAloha concert. I wish I had gotten a super concert. I can't help you other than that. I don't care as much for tenors as concerts but I do like the longer neck. I can't imagine a KoAloha that isn't designed perfectly. Hopefully someone who knows the difference will chime in.

jordan bello
05-04-2010, 03:34 PM
Do you wish you got a super concert just to have the extra finger room or for another reason?

Uke-lahoma
05-04-2010, 03:42 PM
I have a KoAloha super concert, as well as a Big Island Honu concert. I like both, but I like the extra room of the super concert more. I used to have a (non-KoAloha) tenor, but found it difficult to play standing up without a strap. The super concert body is much easier to hang onto. Plus, the super concert is loud and rich sounding.

sukie
05-04-2010, 03:47 PM
Do you wish you got a super concert just to have the extra finger room or for another reason?

I think the higher frets would be easier for me to play. The frets on a concert don't bother me. It's what I started on.

SailingUke
05-04-2010, 04:17 PM
I love my KoAloha Super Concert.
It has the sweet sound from a small body and the boom of a tenor.
I keep mine in low G.

heyjude
05-04-2010, 04:49 PM
I have a KoAloha Concert, Super Concert and Tenor. The concert is two years old and was played a lot before I got it. The other two I bought new from MGM and they really haven't opened up yet, or at least that's what I assume because they aren't nearly as loud as the concert. Each is unique in it's own right so I won't try to compare them. I like them all equally. Now if I could only have one of the three it would be the tenor. Only two, the tenor and the concert. High g on the concert and low G on the tenor.
My advice, keep your concert and get a tenor when you are able.

Jude

Ukulele Dude
05-04-2010, 05:45 PM
Go for the super concert. It allows you to still have that concert sound (if that is what you like)but with more room to work on the fretboard. I definitely prefer it to the regular concert scale. Or you could think about a tenor......

jordan bello
05-04-2010, 06:07 PM
Go for the super concert. It allows you to still have that concert sound (if that is what you like)but with more room to work on the fretboard. I definitely prefer it to the regular concert scale. Or you could think about a tenor......

I have several guitars, including a small body guitar. I love the smaller ukulele sound. The tenors I have tried are too close in sound to my small body guitar. There's just something about that soprano/concert sound.

koalohapaul
05-04-2010, 07:16 PM
Buy them both, so my son can go to college. I kid. The super concert that we produce is one of my favorite models. The smaller body and longer scale length make for a unique sound, between a concert's brightness and tenor's depth. Rather than lose apsects of one, you get the best of both. Aside from the tone, I do like the added room on the fret board. I feel most comfortable on a tenor scale.

beergeek
05-04-2010, 11:32 PM
Buy them both, so my son can go to college. I kid.

Good one! I think my brother and I (and lots of folks here) are contributing to the cause :D We're both solid KoAloha fans. I'm trying to figure out how I could explain the arrival of one of your new Herb Ohta, Jr. models to my wife. Sure, you'd get a semester or two at a nice college for your son but I would have live on bread and water for a few years. ;)

That is one seriously fine instrument. I had the pleasure of taking a class with Herb a couple weeks ago and I can't get the sound of that uke out of my head. Of course, his playing was no small part of that.

My Sceptre is killer and everyone is astounded at the tone and projection. My brother's concert floors people when they play it for the huge sound coming from such a small instrument. As he puts it, "each note is alive...they simply pop off the strings effortlessly." On top of that, it weighs almost nothing...incredibly light.

Ooops, going off topic a bit...

To the OP, I would go for the super concert...the tenor scale and string spacing is very comfortable and I also have sausage fingers. The concert is easier to play than some others but the extra room on the super will help you get the best tone when fretting. All KoAlohas I have played have a signature, resonant sound with tons of sustain. I recommend getting a MiSi pickup installed if you can. They make the uke sound the same amplified as acoustic, only now the uke goes to 11 :biglaugh:

deach
05-05-2010, 12:42 AM
Get the super concert so you can explain to everyone what a super concert is when they ask about your uke.

Howie1947
05-05-2010, 03:14 AM
I have a KoAloha Concert and Super concert. While I must admit that I love to play them both, I especially like the feel and sound of the super concert. My vote....................get the super concert

jordan bello
05-05-2010, 04:16 AM
Buy them both, so my son can go to college. I kid. The super concert that we produce is one of my favorite models. The smaller body and longer scale length make for a unique sound, between a concert's brightness and tenor's depth. Rather than lose apsects of one, you get the best of both. Aside from the tone, I do like the added room on the fret board. I feel most comfortable on a tenor scale.

Thanks Paul. You guys are the talk of UU. Everyone seems to agree that for quality, value, and consistency, KoAloha is the best.

jordan bello
05-05-2010, 04:21 AM
Looks like the Super Concert is the way to go for me. I knew there had to be a reason why most people call it a "Super" concert rather than a longneck concert. Thanks all.

haolejohn
05-05-2010, 04:55 AM
Looks like the Super Concert is the way to go for me. I knew there had to be a reason why most people call it a "Super" concert rather than a longneck concert. Thanks all.

I wonder why the longneck soprano isn't called a super soprano??? I have one of those and it might be my best sounding 'ukulele.

teletodd
05-05-2010, 07:00 AM
Super must be a ukuele term of art: shorthand for the next neck size up. Kanilea makes a "Super" Tenor. Ohana makes a long neck Soprano with a Tenor neck. Query the point: doest that make it a Super, Super Soprano? dare I say Super Duper Soprano?

Kimosabe
05-05-2010, 07:08 AM
A few quick questions: (I might be thinking about a Koaloha concert or super concert in the future) Is the spacing between frets the same on the super concert as on the regular concert? I play and enjoy my tenors but being able to stretch another fret or two on a concert would be nice, assuming the fret spacing is closer than on a tenor. Also, how do Koalohas stack up against Kanilea concerts?

SailingUke
05-05-2010, 07:39 AM
A few quick questions: (I might be thinking about a Koaloha concert or super concert in the future) Is the spacing between frets the same on the super concert as on the regular concert? I play and enjoy my tenors but being able to stretch another fret or two on a concert would be nice, assuming the fret spacing is closer than on a tenor. Also, how do Koalohas stack up against Kanilea concerts?

No, the spacing is a tenor. The super concert is a concert body and a tenor neck (17" scale)
I primarily play tenors and have no adjustment period to the super c.

sukie
05-05-2010, 08:44 AM
Looks like the Super Concert is the way to go for me. I knew there had to be a reason why most people call it a "Super" concert rather than a longneck concert. Thanks all.

applause, applause, applause!!!

I honestly think you're making a wise choice. Oh, I really wish I had done that. I wasn't thinking about it at the time. I was in too big of a hurry to get a new ukulele. I'm so glad MGM was watching out for me and recommended the KoAloha. Enjoy.

fromthee2me
05-05-2010, 10:12 AM
I wonder why the longneck soprano isn't called a super soprano??? I have one of those and it might be my best sounding 'ukulele.Without trying to hijack this thread, I would like to agree with HaoleJohn in that my longneck Koaloha soprano sings!!!! I also own 2 Tenors, and enjoy the extra space on the fretboard . The sound of the Tenors is very nice and the sustain is noticeably better ! The latest word that I have picked up from the Bulletin Boards is that the soprano has more snap, which I think describes it very well! Perhaps the qualities to pursue are space and snap?

jordan bello
05-05-2010, 01:04 PM
Without trying to hijack this thread, I would like to agree with HaoleJohn in that my longneck Koaloha soprano sings!!!! I also own 2 Tenors, and enjoy the extra space on the fretboard . The sound of the Tenors is very nice and the sustain is noticeably better ! The latest word that I have picked up from the Bulletin Boards is that the soprano has more snap, which I think describes it very well! Perhaps the qualities to pursue are space and snap?

You can hijack it if you want. I am going with a Super Concert. I may just have to make the next purchase a longneck soprano.

fabioponta
05-11-2010, 08:07 AM
All you have managed to convince me: I just bought my Koaloha Super Concert with MGM and had to install mi-si pickup with Paul!
This will be the first and the best ukulele koaloha of the south of Brasil!!! I just have to wait some weeks.

Thanks for all!!!

sukie
05-11-2010, 08:23 AM
All you have managed to convince me: I just bought my Koaloha Super Concert with MGM and had to install mi-si pickup with Paul!
This will be the first and the best ukulele koaloha of the south of Brasil!!! I just have to wait some weeks.

Thanks for all!!!

It'll be there before you know it.

Lori
05-11-2010, 08:42 AM
You can hijack it if you want. I am going with a Super Concert. I may just have to make the next purchase a longneck soprano.:agree:

Yes, I think for me, the top two uke sizes are Super Concert and Super Soprano. I love my Kanile'a Super Concert (which was actually louder and brighter than the tenor Kanile'as I was comparing it to), and my next big purchase will probably be a KoAloha long neck soprano.

I think the tenor scale neck is more forgiving on fingering. I find it is easier to keep from bending the notes accidently on the tenor size necks. The soprano size seems to need more precise finger placement, especially on the higher frets.
–Lori