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Guting
08-06-2008, 11:54 AM
Im thinking about grabbing something new, something different, yet affordable.

LU21T < New uke < $300

I remeber playing Rays Kala/Lanikai(idk) Spruce Tenor and Freds Kala/Lanikai(idk) Mango Tenor.

They are pretty bahdas for the $, much easier to play than the LU21T.

I wanted something with a pickup but all the ones that fit the category are cut-aways which dont cut-it.

Another two that im checking out is the Lanikai Flamed maple and the Kala archtop (black).

As of now im sold on the archtop, trying to find some shops that carry them to sample. In the mean time, if anyone has input on this uke or any other options let one braddah know.

mahalos

upskydowncloud
08-06-2008, 01:47 PM
Hey I have the Lanikai curly koa model (same build as the flamed maple but different wood) and can't fault it really. The tone is bright and Hawaiian sounding, but also sounds good playing stuff like Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It's easy to play and for a fairly inexpensive uke is well built. There are signs it's a production model, like the painted on 'inlay' and the inconsistency of the finish in some areas, but these are really only noticeable if you look at it very closely. It has a couple of cool features like the contrasting wood purfling, a decent set of tuners (rarely goes out of tune) and half-moon shaped fret markers.

I know you said you were looking into the Kala but people often overlook Lanikai so I thought I'd have my say!

Good luck with your purchase!

Guting
08-06-2008, 01:54 PM
Hey I have the Lanikai curly koa model (same build as the flamed maple but different wood) and can't fault it really. The tone is bright and Hawaiian sounding, but also sounds good playing stuff like Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It's easy to play and for a fairly inexpensive uke is well built. There are signs it's a production model, like the painted on 'inlay' and the inconsistency of the finish in some areas, but these are really only noticeable if you look at it very closely. It has a couple of cool features like the contrasting wood purfling, a decent set of tuners (rarely goes out of tune) and half-moon shaped fret markers.

I know you said you were looking into the Kala but people often overlook Lanikai so I thought I'd have my say!

Good luck with your purchase!

Thanks for your input :)

Guting
08-06-2008, 02:36 PM
From what i've read, the archtop has less projection due to the f holes. Would this sound similar to an applause?

SailQwest
08-06-2008, 03:35 PM
The Kala spalted maple w/spruce top is very sexy!

salukulady
08-06-2008, 04:20 PM
Im thinking about grabbing something new, something different, yet affordable.

LU21T < New uke < $300

I remeber playing Rays Kala/Lanikai(idk) Spruce Tenor and Freds Kala/Lanikai(idk) Mango Tenor.

They are pretty bahdas for the $, much easier to play than the LU21T.

I wanted something with a pickup but all the ones that fit the category are cut-aways which dont cut-it.

Another two that im checking out is the Lanikai Flamed maple and the Kala archtop (black).

As of now im sold on the archtop, trying to find some shops that carry them to sample. In the mean time, if anyone has input on this uke or any other options let one braddah know.

mahalosMy neighbor and fellow uke player just bought the kala archtop. It's beautiful and sounds very nice. Where are you located? We're in Orange County, Ca. She got it at a local store out the door for $249. She didn't shop for it, (it was an impulse buy, but she's got bucks) so you may find it cheaper.

Guting
08-06-2008, 04:23 PM
My neighbor and fellow uke player just bought the kala archtop. It's beautiful and sounds very nice. Where are you located? We're in Orange County, Ca. She got it at a local store out the door for $249. She didn't shop for it, (it was an impulse buy, but she's got bucks) so you may find it cheaper.

how about a video :nana::rock: :)

salukulady
08-06-2008, 06:25 PM
She doesn't post here, but I'll suggest it.

NotoriousMOK
08-06-2008, 08:44 PM
I've had a lazy eye on that archtop too -- not really my style, but its just plain 'ol cool :cool:

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-06-2008, 09:10 PM
Rey's up for a new ukulele..
been waiting to hear this

i always thought the Kala archtop was like the koa pili koko... ill google now
*googling
ok... its basically the exact opposite

i dunno, so many nice ukes.

Plainsong
08-07-2008, 01:34 AM
I love that Kala jazz tenor. It's true that it's not as loud as other ukes, but the pickup in it is great. It has a cool factor that cannot be matched. It likes jazz, it likes rock, and it likes blues. I can't really get my hands around most tenors, but I love that one to bits anyway.

Guting
08-07-2008, 08:36 AM
i see

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-07-2008, 09:28 PM
any decisions yet?

Guting
08-07-2008, 09:42 PM
Archtop, theres a shop nearby that has an older model, gonna samps it to see if can.