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Elegant.
01-11-2012, 07:08 AM
I've gotten my Kala Acacia Tenor today!

I ordered the ukulele (and the beginner's package) 29th December 2011 from Hawaii Music Supply and I finally have it here in Sweden! That was a very quick shipping, I expected three weeks. :)

However, here are some pictures:

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Very nice!

In the beginner's package I also got a book (included a CD), digital clip-on tuner, strap and humidifier! The last two wasn't stated in the description, so that was a nice surprise! Now I'll wait some hours in order to get the wood to adjust to the weather and climate here, and after that I'll tune it many times the first days. :)

Thanks to Drew Bear for helping me! :)

hammer40
01-11-2012, 07:21 AM
Congrats! I think I read on their site that HMS sends humidifiers with there Ukes now.

Drew Bear
01-11-2012, 07:24 AM
Congratulations!!! Beautiful uke! I've always liked the grain on acacia ukes and the slotted headstock is very cool. HMS includes a case humidifier with every solid wood uke. If you're referring to a case strap (instead of a uke strap), I think that also comes with the case. Still, that's a nice package deal and glad to hear you didn't have to wait long for the uke to arrive.

Have fun playing. Remember to give the uke & strings a little time to settle into their new home. In my very limited experience, new ukes seem to sound better after a few days.

ukuraleigh
01-11-2012, 07:33 AM
Ooh, that's purrty! Enjoy!

Elegant.
01-11-2012, 07:33 AM
Thanks everyone! Yeah, a case strap, is what I've figured. :) I'll have patience and wait some hours before I'm starting to tune and play on it.

Trinimon
01-11-2012, 07:45 AM
Congrats on the new uke! I got one just like it. :)

fretie
01-11-2012, 07:52 AM
How exciting! I think you'll love this uke.

I have a concert acacia by Kala and find it a wonderful instrument to start with.

Elegant.
01-12-2012, 01:57 AM
I've recorded a sound sample from the intro of Postcards From Italy. The microphone is from my headset, so there's not an excellent audio.

What do you think? Should I play some chords and upload here? I think it sounds really nice, although the strings and the wood may not be adapted to its new home after one day yet. It'll probably get better, but it's still great!

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LMJ1CVI9

raecarter
01-12-2012, 03:41 AM
Lovely stuff. I have the same uke but notice the bridge is different where the strings are tied is this new?

Trinimon
01-12-2012, 03:49 AM
Lovely stuff. I have the same uke but notice the bridge is different where the strings are tied is this new?

Looks like the eight hole tie bridge. I have the 4hole tie bridge on mine.

I didn't like the sound of Aquila strings on my Kala acacia (both concert and tenor) and went to Worth hard instead. Just my personal preference.

Elegant.
01-12-2012, 04:09 AM
Lovely stuff. I have the same uke but notice the bridge is different where the strings are tied is this new?

Hmpf, I don't know. This is my first ukulele, so I haven't heard anything about an old model or a new model.

Elegant.
01-12-2012, 10:55 AM
Okay, the first day with this beautiful uke is done. Since I'm a beginner I've started with learning the following chords: C, D7, G7 and G, and I also mixed around with transitioning between these chords. Works fine. I combine this with playing my favourite song, Postcards From Italy, only using tabs to actually here the beauty sound that this uke has. I only have the second part to work on. I guess combining between real learning exercises and some real song playing is the way to go, or do other members here have any different recommendations? :)

Elegant.
01-15-2012, 05:48 AM
I've played repeatedly with this uke for some days now and this ukulele is GREAT. I'm still struggling with learning my first song, I'm nearly there! Just a transition between C and Bbadd9 that isn't smooth enough. At first my fingers could barely play for 30 minutes, but now I can play at least 2 hours before they get sores. :)

raecarter
01-15-2012, 06:00 AM
I've played repeatedly with this uke for some days now and this ukulele is GREAT. I'm still struggling with learning my first song, I'm nearly there! Just a transition between C and Bbadd9 that isn't smooth enough. At first my fingers could barely play for 30 minutes, but now I can play at least 2 hours before they get sores. :)

Excellent don't over do it if you're getting sores. Its better to stop before then otherwise you may have to stop playing for a few days. It is a wonderful uke what a great first uke too

Drew Bear
01-15-2012, 06:35 AM
I assume this is one of those "lost in translation" deals and that your fingers just are sore (adjective), rather than having open sores (noun). That second 's' radically changes the meaning of the root word.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the new uke. I've tried several times to access the sound file you posted, but it remains unavailable.

mds725
01-15-2012, 07:47 AM
Congratulations on your new ukulele! It's a very pretty one. My second ukulele and first tenor was a Kala solid acacia tenor and I love it to death, even though I've since bought more expensive ukuleles. It sounds like you're learning really fast. Have fun!

Nickie
01-15-2012, 07:53 AM
Congratulations! What a lovely uke! I have a Kala, also, and am very happy with it. It's solid mahogany, a different sound, but I don't care. Don't be concerned about being slow to learn, you are progressing very well. I am trying to learn Somewhere Over the Rainbow, for 1 year now! It took me 10 months before I could play and sing at the same time...

Elegant.
01-15-2012, 09:31 AM
I assume this is one of those "lost in translation" deals and that your fingers just are sore (adjective), rather than having open sores (noun). That second 's' radically changes the meaning of the root word.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the new uke. I've tried several times to access the sound file you posted, but it remains unavailable.

Yeah, I wasn't aware of that. :p Thanks for correcting me, I like when people from USA or GB corrects me since I always want to improve my English grammar and knowledge. :) About the sound file I don't know what the problem is, but I'll probably post another sound sample in a week or so.


Congratulations on your new ukulele! It's a very pretty one. My second ukulele and first tenor was a Kala solid acacia tenor and I love it to death, even though I've since bought more expensive ukuleles. It sounds like you're learning really fast. Have fun!

I'm yet very impressed with this uke. It maybe sounds like I'm learning way to fast but that's probably because I've played one hour per week since October 2011 on my "cheapy" ukulele.


Congratulations! What a lovely uke! I have a Kala, also, and am very happy with it. It's solid mahogany, a different sound, but I don't care. Don't be concerned about being slow to learn, you are progressing very well. I am trying to learn Somewhere Over the Rainbow, for 1 year now! It took me 10 months before I could play and sing at the same time...

Okey, I'm currently struggling with the the transition between C and Bbadd9, I guess I just have to keep practicing. :)

However, thanks everyone! I really enjoy it so far. :)

Elegant.
01-20-2012, 03:52 AM
Hm, I've been so busy with my uke that I forgot my humidifier. What should I do with it? I've read the description on it, but it only tells me how to clean it. Where should I have it? Right now it is in the bag case together with the clip-on tuner.

Plainsong
01-20-2012, 04:00 AM
What kind of humidifier is it? The Oasis ones attach to a plastic thing and suspends itself on the strings, inside the soundhole. If you don't want to use it that way, then just inside the case with the uke.

There are lots of uke players in Sweden!

gokidd
01-20-2012, 04:36 AM
Happy happy UKE to you, Elegant.
That is a very pretty instrument!

Elegant.
01-20-2012, 04:52 AM
What kind of humidifier is it? The Oasis ones attach to a plastic thing and suspends itself on the strings, inside the soundhole. If you don't want to use it that way, then just inside the case with the uke.

There are lots of uke players in Sweden!

I have this: http://www.theukulelesite.com/herco-humidifier-he-360.html

But should I just really let this can be inside the bag case? For now I have it inside a "box" (or tray) in the case.

gokidd
01-20-2012, 06:11 AM
I have this: http://www.theukulelesite.com/herco-humidifier-he-360.html

But should I just really let this can be inside the bag case? For now I have it inside a "box" (or tray) in the case.

I would place it in the area close to the body of your uke. If you leave it in the little "box" (accessory area) the humidity does not get to the uke body.

Plainsong
01-20-2012, 06:47 AM
I would place it in the area close to the body of your uke. If you leave it in the little "box" (accessory area) the humidity does not get to the uke body.

Yup, second this. Open the top of the humidifier and let the entire thing sit in water for about 5 minutes. Then drain it so that there's no standing water in the humidifier and close the lid. Repeat that about once a week, as needed.

lozarkman
01-20-2012, 06:56 AM
Congrats Elebant. It is a truly beautiful, sweet sounding Uke. I have the same Acacia Kala in the baritone, and next to my spruce top spalted maple baritone, it is my favorite to play. I have my Acacia strung with Southcoastukes soft strings tuned to High F tuning (FA#DG) and it is a really wonderful sound. You are going to love your first Uke and it will be a joy every time you pick it up. Don't over do the fingers until they get conditioned a bit. Lozark

Elegant.
01-20-2012, 07:23 AM
Thanks for the advices! :)

Elegant.
02-03-2012, 07:38 AM
Well, I have had the uke for three weeks now. I've been playing around ~30 minutes to 2 hours per day.

So, this is a sound sample from my Kala, song title; Postcards From Italy (just a very crappy headset microphone recording):

http://speedy.sh/dtGMA/PostcardsFromItalySampleElegant.mp3

Feedback is welcome. I'm still trying to improve the playing and some other parts of the song.