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Plainsong
06-25-2008, 10:55 AM
I prefer concert scale, but MGM had a deal that made me take a walk on the wild side, and I picked up a Koaloha standard soprano. Part of my problem is that I'd sold the pikkake model soprano I had as my first uke, and during my visitations with it at local uke meetings, I found I wasn't over it.

The standard model is more to my liking. The neck is more rounded and comfortable to play, and that right there is a huge plus. The gloss finish is gorgeous, but it's not too heavy, which is nice. And of course the tuners. Much nice than the cotton-filled monstrosities on my first Koaloha.

I THINK the strings are Worth clears. Perhaps MGM can clarify that.

So I was going to start another "Got a new uke!" thread, but then I thought this might be a nice time to start another soprano pride thread instead. We've talked about our sopranos, and now it's time to post some pics!

Here's mine, to get this party started. I was just marveling earlier this evening with how much fun I was getting from 12 frets.

http://plainsong.typepad.com/photos/uke_corner/dscn0723.png

http://plainsong.typepad.com/photos/uke_corner/dscn0722.png

Fresh from the Koaloha bakery!

http://plainsong.typepad.com/photos/uke_corner/dscn0716.png

And some headstock pride!

http://plainsong.typepad.com/photos/uke_corner/dscn0713.png

Now I've shown you mine, you show me yours.

'ukeWillis
06-25-2008, 10:57 AM
Mine's just a Johnson.
I'm sure you could find it if you typed it in at google.

freedive135
06-25-2008, 12:53 PM
Johnson owner here too,a uk120. It was the better sounding one of the 2 the store had. I had no idea there were so many high end uke's out there when I got mine.

I've been going to a folk music store here in Denver drooling over some of the nicer ones,It sucks that the big music stores have 100's of geetars and 1 or 2 ukuleles if I am lucky.
I am a little woried about getting a nice solid wood one as we have very LOW humidity here, I guess I could just turn this Johnson in to my camping/rafting uke.
Now its just choosing between a concert and tenor or do I get a new soprano, the other half has drawn the line saying I can't have one of each!!!

MGM
06-25-2008, 01:51 PM
Those are brand new Koaloha Brand 100% flourocarbon strings. Many are starting to come out with new lines. There is a new brown flourocarbon line coming out in a week....Keep you posted

Plainsong
06-25-2008, 02:41 PM
So being 100% flourocarbon, I could call them Worthish. They don't exactly have me saying "Ewww! Stock strings!" - I think I'll stick with these for the life of the strings. :) I know Risa has their own brand also, but in association with Worth.

nikolo727
06-25-2008, 05:56 PM
I am in the process of sanding and repainting my uke. I dont know if im even gonna paint it. im sanding everything off that was there before though. the "binding" was black paint. it just didnt look nice. so im taking all of that off and im probubly just going to put a nice stain and gloss on it. I think in the right amount it will help the uke. im getting new tuners for it because the other ones are just falling off. and i might replace the saddle and the nut too. not sure. any tips would be nice.

im using this uke cuz it barely plays any more. the tuners wont hold strings at all. there was a huge grease stain on the back.(i got it like that) and I want to be a luthier when i grow up so i think just getting the feal of a uke right now would be a good idea.



EDIT: why the pictures didnt work..i have no idea.

someone help me get picks up.


lol thanks.



http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=9u5gf9&s=3

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=xbbsk7&s=3

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2ev8b6b&s=3

SinisterDom
06-25-2008, 07:27 PM
Well, heres my Ohana Soprano. Oddly enough, It's not really common. It wasn't overly expensive either, but I love it :D:D

http://file045a.bebo.com/13/large/2008/05/23/13/4028243561a7816157550l.jpg

http://file045a.bebo.com/13/large/2008/05/23/13/4028243561a7816157803l.jpg

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-25-2008, 08:13 PM
you all have such nice sopranos and my mahalo isn't worth posting lmao! :)

NotoriousMOK
06-26-2008, 12:40 AM
C'mon Howlin' Hobbit! This is your thread, man! Line 'em up!

:D

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 03:56 AM
I should have said "Hobbit, I'm looking in your direction" - in my thread title!

That blue Ohaha is great! I've got an aqua tenor (Kala) but that Ohana looks nicer with the rosette around the soundhole and all. I do wish I had a decent case for the Koaloha though. That one with the Ohana looks nice. Every site I found with a nice case either doesn't ship international, or closed for the summer. Ukes.com only except international money order, which went defunct in this country about 40 years ago.

But anyhoo, where is the Hobbit? He's got some killer sopranos!

seeso
06-26-2008, 05:02 AM
Great sopranos guys. That Ohana is a handsome instrument, and I love KoAlohas.


EDIT: why the pictures didnt work..i have no idea.

someone help me get picks up.


lol thanks.

You have to copy the text in the "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards" text box, not the address bar text.

But your pictures are so big, I resized them. They were 1600x1200 and like 800kb each. I took them down to 600x450 and about 25kb each.

http://i30.tinypic.com/rsg7bs.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/5ujkug.jpg

http://i30.tinypic.com/v687dw.jpg

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 05:19 AM
Now there's a blues soprano if ever I saw one. But that's a great way to stay out learning how to make something.

NotoriousMOK
06-26-2008, 08:03 AM
Well, heres my Ohana Soprano. Oddly enough, It's not really common. It wasn't overly expensive either, but I love it :D:D

http://file045a.bebo.com/13/large/2008/05/23/13/4028243561a7816157550l.jpg




that little blue sucker is just plain 'ol COOL :)

koa
06-26-2008, 10:57 AM
MGM set me up with a very nice KoAloha concert scale soprano (KSM-02)almost couple years ago. Replaced the buzzing Schallers with a set of PegHeds and the stock nylon strings with Worth Brn Lights. Otherwise it's a 14 fret to the body darker streaked clone of your std KoAloha. When the humidity climbs up over the upper 50s this sweet little uke really sings bright and clear.

The new tuners with the etched logo on the buttons add a nice subtle bling to the instrument. Unlike the clunky, not the best functioning Schallers. Nice to know that the Okami family listens to our whining.

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 11:31 AM
I'm positive that the buzzing E string on my former pikkake standard (it didn't buzz when I had it), is because the tuner needs its diaper changed. I just can't get the guy who has it to actually do it. I gave him the link to the youtube tutorial, but what can ya do? Ah well..

MGM just said that these weren't nylon, and they don't sound it. I wouldn't be able to tell them from Worths, but I'll confirm that at the next string change. They do indeed listen to our whining. :D

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 03:56 PM
Replying to myself here to let everyone know that Koolau is selling their awesome cases under the Oahu brand directly on their site. The price includes US shipping, but they'll do international if you shoot them an email. I know there's a difficulty finding nice cases, and this is one, so I wanted to give a head's up!

cMejilla
06-26-2008, 05:44 PM
Here's my only soprano in my collection.

Koa Pili Koko from MGM with the Tweed Gig Bag :cool:
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=27&pictureid=213
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http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=27&pictureid=214
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http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=27&pictureid=215

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 11:37 PM
We're missing the pic. :( - But I've got that gig bag with my Kala aqua tenor, and it looks cool.

SinisterDom
06-27-2008, 01:07 AM
We're missing the pic. :( - But I've got that gig bag with my Kala aqua tenor, and it looks cool.

Your Kala aqua tenor, you say? How is it? I am thinking about buying that same setup from MGM. :)


I should have said "Hobbit, I'm looking in your direction" - in my thread title!

That blue Ohaha is great! I've got an aqua tenor (Kala) but that Ohana looks nicer with the rosette around the soundhole and all. I do wish I had a decent case for the Koaloha though. That one with the Ohana looks nice. Every site I found with a nice case either doesn't ship international, or closed for the summer. Ukes.com only except international money order, which went defunct in this country about 40 years ago.

But anyhoo, where is the Hobbit? He's got some killer sopranos!

All three are just like mine, but two are different colors. I think Elderly ships international.
http://www.elderly.com/accessories/items/UCS21-RD.htm
http://www.elderly.com/accessories/items/UCS21-BK.htm
http://www.elderly.com/accessories/items/UCS21-BL.htm

It's a awesome case btw. Elderly has 'em for Concert too, I think I might get one.

UkeNinja
06-27-2008, 01:25 AM
I think the Koaloha style is very nice, and with the small soprano size, it's almost too good to be true. Just lovely! The koa grain they use is fantastic, in my opinion much more stylish than extravagant curly stuff.

My only soprano is an old Famous (Kiwaya) FU-150 that was about 100 bucks in the 1990s, but I got it for free and it has a nice sound (it's in my contest video). Unfortunately the wood is deep red bubinga and its finish is one ugly piece of work. Any suggestions as to a nice paint scheme are welcome :)

uke4chris
06-27-2008, 09:55 AM
This is my 67' Kamaka pineapple. She is lovely.

http://i308.photobucket.com/albums/kk343/uke4chris/Ukes/DSC_6215.jpg
http://i308.photobucket.com/albums/kk343/uke4chris/Ukes/DSC_6222.jpg
http://i308.photobucket.com/albums/kk343/uke4chris/Ukes/DSC_6212-1.jpg

deach
06-27-2008, 09:57 AM
This is my 67' Kamaka pineapple. She is lovely.


So nice! I bet she sings!!!

uke4chris
06-27-2008, 10:09 AM
She comes alive in my hands, too bad I can't play better. Someday... with much practice.

Plainsong
06-27-2008, 10:15 AM
I know the feeling, my two favorites are just begging me to really wail on them. No more blaming the instrument for what my own stumbling fingers do. :D

That pineapple Kamaka is just old skool goodness. It's the kind of thing mom should have bought back then when her family lived in Hawaii. :(

nikolo727
06-27-2008, 11:38 AM
You have to copy the text in the "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards" text box, not the address bar text.

But your pictures are so big, I resized them. They were 1600x1200 and like 800kb each. I took them down to 600x450 and about 25kb each.





you have saved me once again!

thanks alot!

:bowdown::worship::bowdown:

SinisterDom
06-28-2008, 06:41 PM
I'm digging that pineapple, I might just have to purchase a pineapple. :)

redsedge
06-28-2008, 07:53 PM
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll287/redsedge_photos/soprano%20world/SS850204.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll287/redsedge_photos/soprano%20world/SS850217.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll287/redsedge_photos/soprano%20world/ukeandchimney006.jpg
http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll287/redsedge_photos/soprano%20world/SS850047.jpg


My little yellow Mahalo, a Bolivian beaut by Adrian Villanueve and the La Foley. And the white case I had to buy, so gaining yet another soprano, which came free with the case.

redsedge
06-28-2008, 07:57 PM
Not a Mahalo but a Makala. Too tired! The Mahalo came with the white case. It'll be alright once I've lowered the action.

SinisterDom
06-28-2008, 11:09 PM
Nice case! Where'd you pick that little gem up?

redsedge
06-29-2008, 03:31 AM
Nice case! Where'd you pick that little gem up?

They come up on ebay every so often - with a limited edition top end Mahalo - you get a little certificate with it too. Here in the UK you're talking about 60 ($120). It was a bit of an obsessive quest! The uke inside it is my La Foley which is the loveliest ukulele on earth. ;)

SinisterDom
06-29-2008, 09:07 PM
Aw, to my saddened frustration I cannot find one, not that I expected to, but I will keep my eye out, it's a beautiful case, plus I don't have a hard case yet. :D

redsedge
07-01-2008, 03:49 AM
I saw three in six months - the first seller wouldn't post it, the second I bought and the third came up the same day I won the bid on the second. You just have to keep checking!

SinisterDom
07-01-2008, 09:24 AM
Any idea what the name of the listing is?

redsedge
07-01-2008, 10:45 PM
I just stuck 'ukulele hard case' in the search and went through what came up. There aren't many white cases. Sorry I can't be of more help.