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bueller
02-01-2011, 09:38 AM
I am looking for a koa concert ukulele. Would prefer something Hawaiian made, but my biggest preference is something Koa. I would like to stay around $500 but am not completely maxed out at that price....
If it helps I have a new Kala KA-KTG-CT Tenor that I purchased from MGM 2 weeks ago. Hasn't been played more than 6 times (as I am still playing my current Hula Uke concert a majority of the time). The Kala is perfect - upgraded Aquila strings and the supurb MGM set-up. Come with a Uke Crazy case and I've been storing with humidifiers to keep it all good.
So if someone has something for sale or would be interested in a trade I'm all ears.

BadLands Bart
02-01-2011, 09:43 AM
Check out Mele Ukuleles in Maui Hawaii. www.meleukulele.com
They have a solid Koa wood Concert for $399.

haolejohn
02-01-2011, 09:58 AM
Check out Mele Ukuleles in Maui Hawaii. www.meleukulele.com
They have a solid Koa wood Concert for $399.

I agree here. It will be brand new and though it isn't made in Hawaii, it has the final set up/assembly on Maui. Best import IMO. I ahve owned many Meles and even though I own 3 koalohas, my current Mele gets mopre play time than any other uke I own.

Also, if you would like to save a little money, you can get a solid koa top/mahogany back and sides.

If you are dead set on hawaiian made, then I'd look into Keli'i, I believe you can get a brand new one with in your price range.

I think that SpecialMike has one of those Kanilea made Lanikais for sale. I'll check.

haolejohn
02-01-2011, 10:03 AM
I agree here. It will be brand new and though it isn't made in Hawaii, it has the final set up/assembly on Maui. Best import IMO. I ahve owned many Meles and even though I own 3 koalohas, my current Mele gets mopre play time than any other uke I own.

Also, if you would like to save a little money, you can get a solid koa top/mahogany back and sides.

If you are dead set on hawaiian made, then I'd look into Keli'i, I believe you can get a brand new one with in your price range.

I think that SpecialMike has one of those Kanilea made Lanikais for sale. I'll check.

Here is the link: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?40796-FS-Lanikai-LK-1C-Solid-Koa-Concert-Ukulele-w-CASE&highlight=specialmike

dnewton2
02-01-2011, 10:27 AM
You might be able to get a Koaloha second for a little more than $500. You have to contact them to see what they have around the shop.

velofille
02-01-2011, 10:38 AM
I picked up a solid Koa off ebay that seems pretty decent for cheaper chinese style product. I have seen a few bad things from various other traders, but this one seems to be decent http://myworld.ebay.com/taisamlu/
I got a concert one, and it sounds great for $150USD

Doc_J
02-01-2011, 10:55 AM
Those sopranos ukes look just like the Kala solid koa ukes. I wonder if these are from the same factory.

velofille
02-01-2011, 11:21 AM
I bought it because it was cheapest, did some research and he seemed the best user. There is a couple of others selling cheap ones also, however apparently they are not as careful drying out the wood and they end up falling apart/cracking and the inlay falls out.
Only complaint i had (if you can call it that) was the pegs had the string layered, so i restrung it and it was fine.

haolejohn
02-01-2011, 11:21 AM
I picked up a solid Koa off ebay that seems pretty decent for cheaper chinese style product. I have seen a few bad things from various other traders, but this one seems to be decent http://myworld.ebay.com/taisamlu/
I got a concert one, and it sounds great for $150USD

I think those are actually acacia or somethng. Not sure that is pretty darn cheap but I have read too much bad stuff about those to risk it.

haolejohn
02-01-2011, 11:22 AM
Those sopranos ukes look just like the Kala solid koa ukes. I wonder if these are from the same factory.

those kala solid koa ones were from the larivee stock though right?

haolejohn
02-01-2011, 11:23 AM
I bought it because it was cheapest, did some research and he seemed the best user. There is a couple of others selling cheap ones also, however apparently they are not as careful drying out the wood and they end up falling apart/cracking and the inlay falls out.
Only complaint i had (if you can call it that) was the pegs had the string layered, so i restrung it and it was fine.

how long have you had it?

velofille
02-01-2011, 11:26 AM
I think those are actually acacia or somethng. Not sure that is pretty darn cheap but I have read too much bad stuff about those to risk it.

It may be, but i expected to get what i paid for and was happily surprised. I also read a fair bit both good and bad, and talked to a couple board members who have them also without problem. Of the people whining elsewhere on the web, most just didn't seem to know basic care (humidify!) for this user. The other users selling cheaper ones had bigger problems.
I'm going to eventually get a really nice one, but until i have more spare money this is happily my main Uke :D

hmgberg
02-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Yes, the Kala solid koa sopranos were from Larrivee stock.

haolejohn
02-01-2011, 01:40 PM
It may be, but i expected to get what i paid for and was happily surprised. I also read a fair bit both good and bad, and talked to a couple board members who have them also without problem. Of the people whining elsewhere on the web, most just didn't seem to know basic care (humidify!) for this user. The other users selling cheaper ones had bigger problems.
I'm going to eventually get a really nice one, but until i have more spare money this is happily my main Uke :D

many years ago, ok back in 2006 when i was looking to buy my first koa uke, I came across those and decided not to buy one b/c of the price difference. Then I heard of people having all the bad luck but the most recent press here on UU has all been positive. They are pretty neat looking ukes. Hopefully you got a good one. Keep us in the loop. It would be nice to know how they hold up over time.

velofille
02-01-2011, 01:54 PM
how long have you had it?

Not long yet, a few weeks. I gave it a super good going over and poking when i got it, checking for loose inlay or other faults and found none. I talked to DoctorFinlay who has one and he has no problems

Sorry just noticed your msg! I have had no probs with my taisamlu uke, although I do keep a humidifier in the case. It still sounds and looks as good as it did when I first bought it. Hope that puts your mind at rest! Enjoy!

joespraggan
02-03-2011, 10:13 PM
I currently have a GREAT Solid Koa Luthiermade Concert for sale. I am based in London UK and the maker is a great friend of mine Phil Collins, we studied together at university making instruments.

Phil Collins :
BOOKMATCHED SOLID FLAME KOA (HAWIIAN) back, sides and top & headplate!
True Mahogany neck
Snakewood binding B/F
Snakewood single band rosette
Wenge fingerboard

A True beauty made by a talented young luthier in London, England!

Price is $700 excl. postage which will be around $40. (Worldwide).
message me if you are interested in pictures!
thanks
Joe Spraggan (BA Musical Instrument Technology)

HornedOne
02-04-2011, 12:38 AM
can you post/pm some pics and a sound sample of that ukulele?

joespraggan
02-04-2011, 03:19 AM
Yes of course I can
I'll have it all here tomorow is that okay?
Cheers
Joe

joespraggan
02-05-2011, 08:47 AM
Hey, here are some pictures.
I know they aren't perfect forUU but they are the only ones I have, I'll take some more detailed pics tomorow with the UU sign date etc.
I'll also get a sound clip recorded too!

It really is a great looking and sounding Uke!

http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz360/joespraggan/uke6.jpg

http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz360/joespraggan/uke5.jpg

http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz360/joespraggan/uke4.jpg

http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz360/joespraggan/uke3.jpg

Joe