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UkePhilly
01-26-2011, 05:28 AM
Just ordered my first premium Uke from MGM: a KoAloha Concert!

I'm going to be glued to PackageTrackr (http://www.packagetrackr.com/) for the next day waiting for its arrival.

19703

Not sure how the little blue truck is supposed to make it over the Pacific though. ;)

molokinirum
01-26-2011, 05:30 AM
Awesome!!! Congratulations!!!! Now comes the hardest part....the dreaded wait. Don't forget to let your new uke aclimate before you open the box....oh no....another wait!!!! (But it will be worth it!!!)

wickedwahine11
01-26-2011, 05:33 AM
Congrats, I'm sure you will love it. Pics please when it arrives!

UkePhilly
01-26-2011, 05:37 AM
Acclimatize??!?!? How long? That wait will really kill me...

And I hope the wonderful east coast weather doesn't delay it even further:
19704

:eek:

Gmoney
01-26-2011, 05:42 AM
Acclimatize??!?!? How long? That wait will really kill me...

And I hope the wonderful east coast weather doesn't delay it even further ...

Coming from Hawaii to Philly, your uke will go through many temperature changes. The "acceptable" acclimatize period is ... wait for it...

When it gets there DO NOT OPEN the box (unless of course it is already mangled beyond belief & you need to open it to make the shipper replace it!). Let it sit UNOPENED for a minimum of 24 hours!!! Then when you open the box, let the uke sit UNOPENED in its case for another several hours. The whole point is to not schock the instrument w/a quick change in temp to minimize the possible ill effects on the instrument (usually evidenced as finish cracks in the glossy finish).

steelie211
01-26-2011, 06:30 AM
Congrats!!! I hope to own a KoAloah one of these days. Pics Please...

mm stan
01-26-2011, 06:45 AM
Aloha Uke Philly,
Congrats on the new Koaloha....and now the dreaded wait....wait was that the mailman or the UPS truck???? Let us know how it turns out and some pic's if can...MM Stan

Plainsong
01-26-2011, 06:52 AM
It may not need 24 hours. My Kanile'a came from Hawaii to Charleston to Helsinki about this time last year. It was very much below freezing at the time. I even discussed the issue with Kanile'a as to whether it should just wait in Charleston until Spring.

If it takes 24 hours for the box to feel room temp, then so be it. But it probably won't take that long. As the box warms up, go ahead and open that, and then feel the case. Open that when it feels room temp. You should be fine. It shouldn't take 24 hours, but if it does, it does.

Mauimaster
01-26-2011, 07:42 AM
Congratulations on your new uke. A KoAloha uke is my dream uke.
Can't wait to see the pictures!!

Sake1one
01-26-2011, 08:05 AM
Congrads on the new uke! however this might only curb your appetite...I find the ukulele to be highly addictive..

Raygf
01-26-2011, 08:14 AM
Congratulations! Welcome to UU and be sure to join the KoAloha Crowns family! I love my KoAlohas! Strumming my pineapple right now, as a matter of fact!
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/group.php?groupid=21

Regards,
Ray

Ronnie Aloha
01-26-2011, 10:03 AM
Coming from Hawaii to Philly, your uke will go through many temperature changes. The "acceptable" acclimatize period is ... wait for it...

When it gets there DO NOT OPEN the box (unless of course it is already mangled beyond belief & you need to open it to make the shipper replace it!). Let it sit UNOPENED for a minimum of 24 hours!!! Then when you open the box, let the uke sit UNOPENED in its case for another several hours. The whole point is to not schock the instrument w/a quick change in temp to minimize the possible ill effects on the instrument (usually evidenced as finish cracks in the glossy finish).

Torture to have it sitting there right in front of you but better safe than sorry.

rem50
01-26-2011, 10:30 AM
Congrats! I love mine too! I am sure you will be well pleased!

Uncle Leroy
01-26-2011, 10:32 AM
Congrats,
I know you will dig yours. Mine has become my favorite. I am just waiting for a MiSi to arrive to install in it. I think then it will be my main uke. Don't forget the pics.

fabioponta
01-26-2011, 10:48 AM
which of us will receive the koaloha concert before?

I still wait my koaloha concert pikake with MI-Si pickup from MGM since january 8. My uke is in the Foreing Customs now...

experimentjon
01-26-2011, 11:31 AM
Man, all these threads about KoAloha concerts make me regret selling mine. Twas a good instrument, and mine had the one-piece front/back/sides. Enjoy yours! I gotta look for another one now. Haha.

UkePhilly
01-26-2011, 12:09 PM
24 hours?!!?!? I think I may need a restraining order to keep me from opening that box. :cool:

It's now in the CONUS!

19715

fabioponta -- I feel for you! Dealing with customs must be a nightmare...

Skottoman
01-26-2011, 02:18 PM
After reading this thread, I had to go grab my KoAloha Concert and enjoy.
You will too!!! :D
Cheers,
Skottoman

dkcrown
01-26-2011, 02:29 PM
Remember UkePhilly, good things come to those who wait.

Kvowens89
01-26-2011, 06:04 PM
So is KaAloha the way to go? I've been pondering what ukulele to get when I decide to get a new one. Mine is listed in my signature and it's nice but I want something more authentic. If that makes sense. But I havent done any research.


And congratulations on the new uke! I'm happy for you!

UkePhilly
01-26-2011, 06:27 PM
kvowens -- to be honest, I don't know for sure. I did all of my research here on UU as well as on YouTube. Not too many places to play high end Ukes side-by-side here in Philly. To be honest, I think the thing that really tipped me towards KoAloha were the stories and videos about the company and the family. Those guys are truly passionate about their instruments.

I don't know how I'm going to be able to stare at that box for 24 WHOLE HOURS knowing that such as sweet instrument lies inside.... :uhoh:

My KoAloha is now flying over Oklahoma. I wonder if she's strumming some cowboy tunes to herself...

19741

experimentjon
01-26-2011, 07:42 PM
So is KaAloha the way to go? I've been pondering what ukulele to get when I decide to get a new one. Mine is listed in my signature and it's nice but I want something more authentic. If that makes sense. But I havent done any research.


And congratulations on the new uke! I'm happy for you!

"Authentic" is very subjective. But I would say that KoAloha is very authentic and they make excellent instruments. I love their Superconcert in particular.

Kvowens89
01-27-2011, 08:36 AM
Well the thing is I think I might already have an awesome ukulele. I'm not sure where a Mitchell sits on the list of ukuleles. As far as I know Mitchell only makes 2 ukuleles so I guess when I say authentic I mean something made by a ukulele company. I have nothing to compare my Mitchell to though.

BadLands Bart
01-27-2011, 09:48 AM
...I want something more authentic...

And congratulations on the new uke! I'm happy for you!

Looking for authentic....better include Kamaka Ukuleles in the mix!!!

hopkid
01-27-2011, 09:59 AM
Hey, how come no one told me about this acclimatization thing?! ;) I just received my KoAloha concert from MGM this past Tuesday and opened it right away. I just checked the finish and thankfully it all looks fine.

I've been a musician for exactly two days and I'm loving it!

Gmoney
01-27-2011, 10:09 AM
You lucked out! First the decision on the KoAloha, second the decision to get it from MGM, and you REALLY lucked out that the finish didn't crack at any point in its journey from sunny Hawaii to VA! KoAloha also does their finish a bit different than some that have the pore-filled + thick glossy polyurthane - I've seen some nasty finish cracks in those that clearly came from extreme climate transisions.

hopkid
01-27-2011, 10:49 AM
I'm definitely thanking my lucky stars!

Oh, and congrats on the purchase, UkePhilly (and fabioponta)!

Kauai808
01-27-2011, 12:27 PM
I fly with my solid wood uke(kanilea) from Kauai to Texas all the time and I take it out and start playing as soon as I get there. Right now the heaters are pumping in Texas and I never had a problem with any cracking, never even thought of it to be honest. I think these ukes are tougher then we give them credit for. But then again, the plane ride from Lihue to Dallas is 11 hours so maybe it isn't affected by the humidity changes as much.

Gmoney
01-27-2011, 05:21 PM
I fly with my solid wood uke(kanilea) from Kauai to Texas all the time and I take it out and start playing as soon as I get there. Right now the heaters are pumping in Texas and I never had a problem with any cracking, never even thought of it to be honest. I think these ukes are tougher then we give them credit for. But then again, the plane ride from Lihue to Dallas is 11 hours so maybe it isn't affected by the humidity changes as much.

It's not so much the humidity changes that cause finish cracks (from what I've learned). Instead its extremes temperature changes during transit. Think coming from Hawaii, through the Northeast US during the last several months & then maybe down to the Southeast, still through extreme temp changes. Various shipping methods, time sitting in an unheated truck, time maybe left on a porch somewhere (I've had UPS do that w/several ukes I've bouth).

An example is the An'ole that DKcrown swapped for a Kamaka w/Haolejohn. DKcrown packed it up great; the shipper didn't take as much care w/it & after it arrived & was allowed to rest, it still ended up w/finish cracks that UPS is now reimbursing Haolejohn for to get it repaired! See the pictures from Haolejohn's post in another thread here:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?40752-WTB-G-String-Tenor-Ukulele&p=577476#post577476

Its a GREAT uke, sounds & plays like a dream, but temperature changes did a number on it.

UkePhilly
01-27-2011, 06:02 PM
Wow - that is scary... I think those pictures helped instill some discipline for me to allow the Uke to rest before opening it. I would hate to see that on my new KoAloha!

Raygf
01-28-2011, 12:55 AM
I would contact MGM and/or KoAloha to see if there is any need for concern or what they recommend/suggest. Knowing it was in the box right in front of me would drive me crazy. This page discusses finish cracking.
http://www.frets.com/fretspages/musician/genmaint/finishintro/finishintro.html

I do not know what finish KoAloha uses. My guess is they use modern catalyzed polymer finishes that this page mentions.
Regards,
Ray

The_Oddness_of_It_All
01-28-2011, 04:59 AM
Congrats!!! i really like that mgm gives free 2nd day shipping.

lkdumas
01-28-2011, 05:47 AM
I received my new KoAloha "Pikake" concert from MGM a few weeks ago, and couldn't be more pleased with it. It came in a nice, tweed case and has clear strings, which I am told are Worth that are sold as KoAloha. The intonation is perfect to my ear and the overall sound is very rich. I found out that "Pikake" means "sweet jasmine" in Hawaiian, and that is just how this uke sounds. Hope you have equally good success with your new uke.

UkePhilly
01-28-2011, 04:49 PM
Now the long wait begins... it arrived this afternoon so I'm vowing not to touch it until 3pm tomorrow. The longest 24 hours EVER! I don't think I'll be able to sleep. :uhoh:

19796

cletus
01-28-2011, 05:23 PM
Congratulations, a little early I know, but if you are half as happy with yours as I am:love:.... you might just plotz!

:rofl:

Ronnie Aloha
01-28-2011, 06:11 PM
Now the long wait begins... it arrived this afternoon so I'm vowing not to touch it until 3pm tomorrow. The longest 24 hours EVER! I don't think I'll be able to sleep. :uhoh:

19796

Cruel and unusual punishment...

Nephidoc
01-28-2011, 06:45 PM
You have more patience than me!
I live in COLD DRY Utah and still open 'em up after an hour or two.
But... I also peeked at Christmas presents as a kid.
Open that dang thing and post some pics!


Stan

UkePhilly
01-29-2011, 10:58 AM
FINALLY! Those 24 hours felt like eternity - but my KoAloha is finally free!

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Now I just have to practice enough to do this beautiful Uke some justice...

Uncle Leroy
01-29-2011, 11:14 AM
Congrats on making the wait. Mine came with Worth clears on it, nothing like a solid Koa uke fromHawaii, huh? Enjoy the uke and play the snot out of it.

cletus
01-29-2011, 01:05 PM
Nice uke porn pics!

:drool::cheers::music:

Gmoney
01-29-2011, 02:44 PM
FINALLY! Those 24 hours felt like eternity - but my KoAloha is finally free!

Now I just have to practice enough to do this beautiful Uke some justice...

Beautiful! Sweet sounding as well, I'm sure. KoAloha does make great instruments.

RyanMFT
01-29-2011, 04:06 PM
Very Beautiful Uke! Enjoy!

UkePhilly
01-29-2011, 04:52 PM
Thanks! Not only does it sound wonderful - it's amazingly REALLY loud. It's my first nice solid body Uke, so I only have my cheaper Soprano and Tenor to compare with. This KoAloha Concert sounds twice as loud as those other two ukes and really sings!

RyanMFT
01-29-2011, 06:17 PM
Thanks! Not only does it sound wonderful - it's amazingly REALLY loud. It's my first nice solid body Uke, so I only have my cheaper Soprano and Tenor to compare with. This KoAloha Concert sounds twice as loud as those other two ukes and really sings!

Yes, my KoAloha concert is similarly very loud. It has no problem keeping up with most tenors as far as volume goes. As my grandmother always said to me.....Use it in the best of health!

iDavid
01-30-2011, 12:02 AM
There is a definite problem with getting a KoAloha concert. They are way to close to perfect. I had to sell my Mainland tenor after getting the KoAloha concert. I much prefer the concert KoAloha over the tenor KoAloha as well. I see myself as a tenor guy but the KoAloha has made my search very difficult. I have a Kanilea Sound monster which is the best tenor I've played so far.... but I am go back and forth on it being in that same league as the KoAloha concert. I do have another tenor on order and I will see how that goes. As far are as concerts go, I think I've got the one. and you probably do too!

UkePhilly
01-30-2011, 04:23 AM
I couldn't be happier. Honestly, I was apprehensive about a couple of things prior to buying the KoAloha Concert:
1. Friction tuners
2. The finish

Fortunately, all of my fears were unfounded:

I have only every used geared tuners in every guitar and uke that I've owned so I was concerned about going to 'old fashioned technology' with the friction tuners. Why would such an expensive instrument not use the latest and greatest tuners? Well, it took me all of about 5 minutes to get used to the friction tuners and now I love them. They're so much lighter than geared tuners and so the Uke is wonderfully balanced. Stylistically, I also love the way they look on my Concert: simple and beautiful.

As for the finish, in several pictures that I saw prior to buying, the KoAloha finish seemed a bit flat and boring. Particularly next to the high gloss finish of some of the Kanileas and the MOP ornimentation around other similarly priced Ukes. But again, once you have the KoAloha in your hand, the simple finish allows the beauty of the wood to shine through without other eye candy to distract from this wonderful Hawaiian instrument.

mm stan
01-30-2011, 04:41 AM
Now the long wait begins... it arrived this afternoon so I'm vowing not to touch it until 3pm tomorrow. The longest 24 hours EVER! I don't think I'll be able to sleep. :uhoh:

19796

Woo woooo...betcha just can't wait ....it's torrrrture...I'm happy of you....Have fun and enjoy.....Happy Strummings buddy!! MM Stan:music:

joekulele
01-30-2011, 06:30 AM
I love my KoAloha Concert (Leilani). Congratulations on choosing one of the most beautiful instruments ever made!