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09-30-2010, 01:23 PM
I am the proud owner of only one uke thus far Greg Bennet Uk50 (I think).... Nothing special and I am really looking forward to an upgrade.

So I hear so many speak of all your uke's so I am curious, which is your favorite ukulele and why? In all your collections and ukes what makes you take it out and play it the most?
Curious? Maybe it will help me in the direction I will go...

Thanks and I am looking forward to all your responses!

09-30-2010, 01:31 PM
Not that i have a 'collection'. I only own 2.
They are both different sizes (A concert and a tenor)
I love the tenor more. It's a KoAloha tenor :)

09-30-2010, 01:32 PM
I love koaloha too!


09-30-2010, 02:14 PM
Thats like askin me my favorite Ice Cream!!!!:drool:

But to choose only 1 it has to be my KoAloha Soprano, 1st cuz its a Soprano 2nd it's a KoAloha.
She plays like butter and sounds like angels singing!!!!

09-30-2010, 02:18 PM
Well, I only own one but have played many - and I just like having one near, so my favorite is the closest one!

Ronnie Aloha
09-30-2010, 02:31 PM
My KoAloha Tenor Sceptre.

mm stan
09-30-2010, 02:34 PM
My new kamaka soprano by far with aquilla strings...

09-30-2010, 02:40 PM
My old Kamaka Pineapple....


Because it reeks of Hawaii....

09-30-2010, 02:43 PM
My favorite is the one I am holding and strumming.

09-30-2010, 02:59 PM
My Kamaka soprano. I love everything about it - the sound, the size, the way it makes me sound good even on bad days :)

09-30-2010, 03:22 PM
I got this thing off eBay for $42. It's bright, precise, and sooo playable. I really got lucky!

09-30-2010, 03:24 PM
I have a pretty big collection of ukuleles. I have several that I love to play for various songs or certain tones. Ohana CK-300G is one of my favorites because it is clear and sweet. It is not too punchy and the tone doesn't break down if it is played harder. The Ohana CK-70 is another favorite. I love finger-picking it. IT is the LOUDEST uke I own. Played plugged, I love the Oscar Schmidt OU5LCE. It has an extended neck (tenor on a concert body) and a cut-away body for the upper frets. I love my KoAloha tenor-necked soprano. You'll be able to read about it in the next issue of Ukulele Player Magazine. I am reviewing it. The new Oscar Schmidt OU280SWK just arrived today. It has one of the sweetest tones I have ever heard in a uke. It is not as loud as several of my ukes, but, it is beautiful and plays like silk. I love my Ohana BK-32 baritone. Solid mahogany, it sounds smooth and sexy.

09-30-2010, 04:24 PM
mine wouldbe my KoAloha concert uke. Papa KoAloha himself gave it to me so it has a very special sentimental value to it. It is truly priceless.

Hippie Dribble
09-30-2010, 04:37 PM
that's such a tough question...each of my ukes is very special in their own way, and each has it's own history and story to tell. If pressed, I guess my favorite ukes would be my Harold Teen comic soprano uke from the 30's, with the famous caption "music self played is happiness self made" - this one is particularly important to me as it was from the personal collection of Ward Kimball, Walt Disney's main film animator in the early years and is in near mint condition... another fave is a custom Black Bear concert uke - a favorite because I had a hand in it's design...many others...but maybe my third fave would be a Mango Mya-Moe tenor resonator, because it's the one I've just bought!!! But like SailingUke said, your favorite is always the one in your hand!

09-30-2010, 05:29 PM
My Kamaka tenor...it is the easiest for me to play, the most versatile (the Pineapple Sunday sound is great but is a niche), and most importantly, the deep historical connection to Hawaii. Even though my KoAloha and Kanile'a were made in Hawaii, for me, Kamaka IS Hawaii.

09-30-2010, 05:30 PM
My favorite tenor is my KoAloha tenor. My favorite concert is my National Resophonic. My favorite soprano is my vintage Favilla. Overall, it's probably my KoAloha, but the National is still new and I think once I get used to it, it may be it. Maybe.

09-30-2010, 06:08 PM
My david gill concert pineapple.
It is light, and sounds awesome. main uke for life
Here is an article about it:

Chris Tarman
09-30-2010, 07:11 PM
It's hard to pick just one, but it would probably be my ca 1930 Martin Style 2. It's old and well-played, moderately rare, it sounds fantastic and is a joy to play. I like old things that have character, and that are no longer made. I like things that are well-made, with old-fashioned craftsmanship. I always wanted an old Martin guitar, but I'm not much of a guitar player, and couldn't ever justify spending that much money on something that would really just be a vanity item. But as soon as I started playing ukulele and found out that Martin made ukes, getting an old Martin became a reasonable goal. And it really is a gem. It has a loud, punchy, full, round voice. It sounds good strummed or finger-picked. It sounds good played softly or pushed nearly to "overdrive", and it's very responsive. It even smells nice (don't laugh... I've seen some old instruments that smelled HORRID!). It's clearly been well-loved during it's 80 or so years, and I am happy to help it continue to sing.

Brad Bordessa
09-30-2010, 08:40 PM
My Kamaka tenor. I never play anything else unless I have to. Rarely am I more than a mile from it.

09-30-2010, 08:49 PM
I don't have any fancy "K" brands, but I do have a 40's style 3 Martin that I love to play. Know what though, if my Makala tenor is closer to me when I get the urge- I play it with the same joy...$70 well spent I figure.
I would say my Kala Spalted Tenor is my favorite- birthday present from my wife even though I have more ukes then weeks playing them ;)

09-30-2010, 09:39 PM
Mine is probably my KoAloha Pineapple Sunday. It sounds exactly like what I think of when I think of ukuleles. Played quiet it has a sweet sounds played aggressive the tone is really bright and punchy. I find it to be quite versatile. :)

09-30-2010, 10:08 PM
It even smells nice (don't laugh... I've seen some old instruments that smelled HORRID!).

You've got that right. I can't stand the mildew odor that I have on many old instruments. It's in the wood and you can't get rid of it at that point.

10-01-2010, 04:44 AM
I just received a new Kamaka tenor last week - so right now that is my favorite. I have really enjoyed my Mainland tenor as well - I have played that many hours. The plan is to primarily enjoy the Kamaka at home and maybe some local jams. The Mainland will be primarily for travelling and at home when not playing the Kamaka.

10-01-2010, 05:42 AM
It's kind of lame to say it, since it's the newest ukulele I have and I've only had it for a couple of weeks, but right now it would have to be my Glyph mezzo soprano. The reason it's the favorite right now, other than its newness, is that after gaining the experience of ordering several customs in the past, this one probably comes closest to having everything I want in a custom ukulele. It also has a sound that I really like and very suitable for the type of music I enjoy playing.

It remains to be seen if this will be my favorite for the long haul though. Before this one, my favorite had been a William King concert for the last year and a half, and it may regain that spot down the road.

And how about a couple of pics?

Previous favorite

Current favorite

10-01-2010, 05:49 AM
My Kamaka Tenor, she was my first!! :love:

10-01-2010, 05:51 AM
My Kamaka tenor...it is the easiest for me to play, the most versatile...and most importantly, the deep historical connection to Hawaii....Kamaka IS Hawaii.

wicked...I agree with you 100%!! :agree:

10-01-2010, 06:12 AM
I don't have a "collection" of ukuleles. But from my perspective a favorite ukulele is not a specific brand, but a ukulele that can "do it all" so to speak.

I want to be able to play a variety of styles... strumming, fingerpicking, individual notes, fast & slow without feeling compromised.

In other words my favorite ukulele gives me a nice strum and great chime. That will be the one I pick up.


10-01-2010, 06:16 AM
My favorites change with the wind. Sometimes, I am in a baritone mood, sometimes a soprano, sometimes. ........ I am not so much tied to brands.

Coconut Willie
10-01-2010, 06:21 AM
Easy, that would be my new baby....Kanile'a Tenor 6 string!!

10-01-2010, 07:24 AM
Well I am such a newbie but have been very quick at getting the UAS. So I love the sound and playability equally of my KOA Soprano and the Mahogany Concert but prefer the Soprano size so the Bushman Koa is my favorite.

10-01-2010, 07:58 AM
My Kamaka tenor...it is the easiest for me to play, the most versatile (the Pineapple Sunday sound is great but is a niche), and most importantly, the deep historical connection to Hawaii. Even though my KoAloha and Kanile'a were made in Hawaii, for me, Kamaka IS Hawaii.

Very well said.

Strummingbird Stu
10-01-2010, 03:09 PM
I enjoy playing different ukes for different reasons, but if I had to pick only one I'd have to say my Kanile'a concert uke with D'addario strings. It just feels great playing it and the sound is so mellow and resonates well. She's really "easy on the eyes" too!

When I play in public for a larger audience, I take my Kala acacia tenor with Aquila strings. It looks good, sounds nice and has a pickup so I can just plug in.

10-01-2010, 06:31 PM
It's a tossup between my Kanilea Tenor (for sentimental reasons) and my KoAloha Sceptre (for pure awesomeness reasons).

Sadly, My Kamaka Tenor is not one of my favorites. Maybe I need to try some different strings on it...

10-01-2010, 06:37 PM
Pretty crazy about my KoAloha concert, but I just got it a few hours ago.

10-02-2010, 01:30 AM
All my ukes are favorites for different reasons and different songs.

I pick up the KoAloha and Ohana tenors most frequently. They're strung low g and I play a lot of pop songs on them (James Taylor, Van Morrison, Beatles, etc.)

For traditional uke sounding songs, the Pineapple Sunday and the Sceptre are the bomb!

I recently restrung the Kala in low g so I take that to parties ;) cuz the kids always want to play it.

The Lanakai is for my 7 year old and her friends to fool around with.

The Pono is the only one I haven't really bonded with :biglaugh: but it's certainly a beauty with a deep, rich tone. I recently restrung it with Ko'olau Gold strings so I need to spend some quality time with it ;)