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hungry4adobo
03-20-2011, 12:39 PM
I have heard of KoAloha's budget line but, what happened to them? I read somewhere that they made really good budget, solid wood ukes. But, What happened? I can't find to find anyone who is selling any KoAlanas

haole
03-20-2011, 01:17 PM
Supposedly they stopped production of them again because the quality control at the factory overseas wasn't up to their standards.

Mr Bill
03-20-2011, 02:41 PM
Hello Hungry,

I got a Koa concert made last year.

the good:
Sound is very nice, and is comfortable to play.

the bad:
The finish is mighty thick and doesn't
really adhere well to the wood, as it's a transparent
yellowish urethane, you can easily detect where it's separating from the wood.

Worksmanship is a bit on the lacking side and bracing is way too heavy.

Action and intonation not great but good enough.

Stock tuners also need replacing.

I suppose KoAloha, being top notch company felt it would be better
to halt production. Future of further Koalanas is in Limbo now,
KoAloha folks tell me if they can find a supplier to meet their specs they'll make em again.

Bottom line, I like mine

Cheers.