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Plainsong
05-28-2008, 03:16 PM
The Aqua Kala Tenor was ransomed from customs today!


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http://plainsong.typepad.com/photos/uke_corner/dscn0640.html

So now that the pretty aquaness is out of the way, here are my impressions of the ole girl so far:

She's bright and has nice projection but will never be accused of being too loud. I had hoped that would be the case actually, because I live in an apartment, the "YOU JUST PLUCKED A STRING!" voice of the koa Flea isn't always what you want. The tone on the Kala is very, to use the G-word, guitar-like. Very behaved.

The action I don't think could be nicer for the instrument. The neck feels a bit small and flat, and that makes bar chords a bit harder for me. It's nothing I can't adjust to though, hardly impossible - just understand that bar chords have always been my nemesis on string instruments. This is where MGM shines I think. Ok, so he left the wound C on, but the neck and action are probably in better condition than from the factory. Probably less of a problem on the higher end instruments, but ya know what a crap shoot budget stuff can be if you just buy sight unseen from an internet box store.

Now more about the looks: the gloss finish scratches easily. So easily that when under harsh lighting, the front is a bit scuffed up, before I even put my hands on it. It's not noticeable in normal lighting. The scuff marks don't go through the paint or anything like that - I mean really it looks like something the case is capable of doing by itself. You know how ipods could be scratched by looking at the wrong - yeah, like that. Also whoever painted the neck hasn't heard of using tape because there's blue on the fretboard in some places.

But the same uke I'm talking about is the same uke in the pictures, and I used an external flash, and some shots in macro mode under harsh lighting, so you can see for yourself that I'm splitting hairs, the good with the bad.

Warts and all, she's sweet and pretty, and I call her Lois (the color of the shirt ya see).

grappler
05-28-2008, 03:22 PM
congrats dude.
it matches ur wall
lets hear how she sounds

russ_buss
05-28-2008, 03:24 PM
she's a beauty. i like the color and the binding. so when's the first video?:D

seeso
05-28-2008, 03:28 PM
Sweet lookin' uke, Plain!

Howlin Hobbit
05-28-2008, 03:30 PM
It's a good day for getting new ukes.

Yours is really pretty. I love the MOTS binding.

Oooh! Sparkly! :)

Jam hearty!

la_ingrit
05-28-2008, 03:34 PM
Nice uke Kim!!!!!!!
thanks for the info!!!!!!!

deach
05-28-2008, 03:38 PM
New toys are always fun.....so what's your next ukulele going to be? lol

NewbieUkie
05-28-2008, 03:58 PM
I think she's a BEAUTY!!!
Where and how do I get one?? (And if it isn't too rude...can I ask how much $$$??)

UkuLeLesReggAe
05-28-2008, 08:02 PM
hahaha! matches your wall nice.. i like the lining..

very good ya :D

Bassukuguy
05-28-2008, 08:22 PM
@NewbieUkie, one would assume its from here, http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Kala-KA-TAQ-AQUA-TENOR-UKULELE-w-tweed-gigbag_W0QQitemZ330237804628QQihZ014QQcategoryZ162 24QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
MGM is the savior of a ukulele player on a budget

@plainsong,
that is one pretty Uke, i just got my kala concert mahagony and i love her to death. So whats "Its"(could be a guy or girl) name... i would go with something like azul, granted not hawaiian but it seem fitting...

well done sir.

NotoriousMOK
05-28-2008, 08:46 PM
hey plainsong, looks great! congrats!




hey, uhm, we're still a go for the spiked starbucks gig though yeah???

hawaiianmusiclover06
05-29-2008, 12:33 AM
Nice 'uke. Love the color of it cause it matches your walls. LOL

JackT
05-29-2008, 01:59 AM
@NewbieUkie, one would assume its from here, http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Kala-KA-TAQ-AQUA-TENOR-UKULELE-w-tweed-gigbag_W0QQitemZ330237804628QQihZ014QQcategoryZ162 24QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
MGM is the savior of a ukulele player on a budget


I wish you hadn't put that link up because it had me looking through MGM's stock again making me wan't to buy an Eleuke when I'm supposed to be getting a new Electro Acoustic for my band.

Nice looking uke though, don't normally like stuff so garish, but thats ukes pretty.

SailQwest
05-29-2008, 05:42 AM
Congrats, Plainsong, Lois is a beauty!

UKISOCIETY
05-29-2008, 06:45 AM
Yes, it's a beaut!

And yes, she needs a name!

Plainsong
05-29-2008, 08:23 AM
Yeah, her name is Lois, because that old Family Guy episode where Peter writes a song for her on his guitar was on. The one where he tries to spell Love saying things about Lois, and failing because he's Peter. :) It's the color of Lois's shirt, so I thought "Lois." :) Brian would approve. ;)

My next uke is a tough one, because my husband is kind of almost sort of warming up to the idea of the black mahogany tenor Kala, or maybe I'll wait and see what the ultra-special UU uke is gonna be. All I know is, whatever happens, there's going to be a Pete Howlett uklectic in there somewhere. He's bringing one for me to test out next month at the uke jam. My wallet is afraid!

Woodstocksp3
05-29-2008, 12:30 PM
Awesome! I really like the binding on the sides. I really want to get a black one just like it...

adellethegreat
05-29-2008, 02:32 PM
Yeah, her name is Lois, because that old Family Guy episode where Peter writes a song for her on his guitar was on. The one where he tries to spell Love saying things about Lois, and failing because he's Peter. :) It's the color of Lois's shirt, so I thought "Lois." :) Brian would approve. ;)

Lmao Yes! I remember that one! Didn't the pet rock have a solo in it?

Great lookin uke, there. It's one of the few instruments you can get in such a flamboyant shade & totally pull it off ;) I love it!

sukie
05-29-2008, 03:30 PM
"It's one of the few instruments you can get in such a flamboyant shade & totally pull it off I love it!


Well said. She's fabulous. It looks like it'll be so fun to play. Enjoy.

cMejilla
05-29-2008, 04:22 PM
the beauty! she blinds me!