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freedive135
10-23-2008, 08:40 AM
I don't see much chatter about the Pono Ukes on here or anywhere else...

What do you think of them??

Thinking about adding a Mango Tenor to the wall of shame!!!!!

SuperSecretBETA
10-23-2008, 08:54 AM
I have a PTM-CE. I think it's great!

One of the Grover tuners was a little sharp (snapped multiple A strings before figuring it out), but I fixed that. Also, the frets are a little sharp when it reaches the body. I'm planning to fix that soon.

I think they're not producing any in Mango Ponos in 2009, so I feel like I have a limited edition. LOL

deach
10-23-2008, 08:55 AM
While there isn't as much Pono chatter as Kamaka chatter on here, there is certainly enough threads to read over. I think most people think it's a great deal. GrumpyCoyoteTunes has a Mango and seems to be enjoying it.

NukeDOC
10-23-2008, 09:25 AM
for the price, my pono was the best bang for the buck ukulele i ever bought. i love that uke.

freedive135
10-23-2008, 09:38 AM
The Pono website says only Soprano & Concert Pineapples startin next year.

I was playin it yesterday and it sure sounds sweet and is very pretty too...

I was wanting a Koaloha Tenor but the not making them (Mango Pono) anymore is pullin at me along with the way it sounds and plays, and its about half the price of the Koaloha hmmmm.... what to do.... not that I "need" another Tenor and there is always next year for the Koaloha...

allinfun
10-23-2008, 09:46 AM
We are HUGE pono fans, our first was a simple mahogany tenor, which we got from Andrew at Hawaii Music Supply. That same night I drug home their all mango prototype guitar as I couldn't leave without it. Both are built like tanks and love their sound. Then in August hubby wanted an 8string and had heard Pono was discontinuing them so we had Andrew pick one out for him as we were on the mainland.

Now tomorrow morning we are awaiting a solid tenor mango pono, and a koa concert from Pono. I had Dean at Ko'olau and Andrew play them all and pick out their favorites again. I can't wait to get my hands on them.

Pono's are solid wood, all come with a kick butt hard case, and have a beautiful sound. I consider them fantastic value and their finish is quite nice. I've held Martin guitars that had just as many imperfections in their finish. I could pay a whole lot more for one uke, but for my ears and skill level these are perfect.

julie
10-23-2008, 09:59 AM
The PKC 1-E was my first uke and it was a very nice instrument. I even reviewed it for my site :)

Regards,
Julie Strietelmeier
http://ukulelereview.com

uluapoundr
10-23-2008, 10:08 AM
Played a Pono for the first time last week, koa cutaway with pickup. Was impressed with the craftsmanship for an import manufactured ukulele. The sound was quite good and for half the cost of other island made ukes, definitely worth the money.

berylbite
10-23-2008, 10:10 AM
There was a time when I was planning on purchasing one, I did alot of research and ound there to be many mixed reviews. In the end I've decided to save of for a top of the line Kamaka instead. If all goes well, it will be the last uke I ever buy.

LoMa
10-23-2008, 10:57 AM
I had a Pono tenor - mahogany with cedar top and high gloss finish - it sure looked real nice, but the tone was very mellow - way too mellow for me. It sounded deader than a doornail when I played it, but I sold it to someone who loved it and made it sound very lovely indeed...

One thing I noticed about it right away - the string tension was hard even though the action was low - the neck must be angled back to give you that high tension. Other Pono tenors I've played all had the at same high string tension.

Toucan Mango
10-23-2008, 11:30 AM
I bought a Pono, I have had it for about a week now. It's a PKS-1 with beautiful wood grain, it is among the ones that will be discontinued (koa) The one thing I do not like is, well the Kala that I have been playing for the past month or two at the 2nd fret the A string is about 3/16" from the edge of the fingerboard & the Pono is 1/8" and I find on some chords my palm mutes the A string if I'm not careful, I like the 3/16" clearance better. I'm still trying to decide if I like the gold strings, before I bought the pono I saw a lot of people did not like the Ko'olau golds so I have some Aquila strings on the way to try. All in all I'm glad I bought it.

Nurdaben
10-23-2008, 12:03 PM
out of all the ukes i played at the uke festival the solid koa pono was one of my favorites for price/sound/look

Kanaka916
10-23-2008, 01:20 PM
The Pono website says only Soprano & Concert Pineapples startin next year.

I was playin it yesterday and it sure sounds sweet and is very pretty too...

I was wanting a Koaloha Tenor but the not making them (Mango Pono) anymore is pullin at me along with the way it sounds and plays, and its about half the price of the Koaloha hmmmm.... what to do.... not that I "need" another Tenor and there is always next year for the Koaloha...
I dunno what kind of inventory your local music store has, but if you want one you bettah get 'um now while some are still available. You might wanna check HMS (http://hawaiimusicsupply.com/pono.html) for availability.

leo76dragon
10-23-2008, 09:29 PM
I have a PTM-CE. I think it's great!

One of the Grover tuners was a little sharp (snapped multiple A strings before figuring it out), but I fixed that. Also, the frets are a little sharp when it reaches the body. I'm planning to fix that soon.

I think they're not producing any in Mango Ponos in 2009, so I feel like I have a limited edition. LOL


I have a PONO TENOR MANGO... just picked it up in August... I had the nut shaved down a little cause it was hard to fret in the 1st and 2nd... but the action was already low... then I went through 4 sets of A strings... it kept on breaking because of a sharp edge in the gap of the A string which was also shaved down a little... and now I have buzz on the C (3rd) string... the luthier I take it to says the action is on the lower side.... I'll get that fixed later as well, just having them raise the saddle... but I will probably take it back to Ko'olau when I fly home again and have them set it up properly...
overall, I like the sound, it's very mellow compared to Kamaka, Sonny D, and Koaloha... which were koa's anyways... I expected that... fretting is definetly a lot easier on those other ukes... I've used Koolau Golds, Aquilas, and D'addarios, which I have on it now... the Aquilas were probably the best match for it, Daddarios J71 are soft, and with the mellow sound, it probably doesnt help... I like the feel of the Daddarios vs the Aquilas... although the Aquilas wake the uke up... it is also a bit heavier than other ukes, probably cause of the truss rod in the neck... it'll take a little more fine tuning, but overall, I love the uke...

:music:

k0konutz
10-24-2008, 08:11 AM
I have a Pono Tenor Mango and it's a beauty. Sounds great too, http://myspace.com/jharsonomusic


Edit: I'm currently using the J71's and haven't done anything to adjust the action. I've tried the Ko'olau Golds that they came with and they were really mellow sounding and the 71's sounded brighter and a nice blend. I haven't tried the Aquilas yet or Worths; I'm very happy with the tone right now.

freedive135
10-24-2008, 10:46 AM
So I went to the Uke store to talk my self out of getting this Tenor...well I didn't have to it was sold!!!! To one of my classmates he picked it up lastnight....

Well I didn't come home empty handed though this is what I was looking at in the first place when my eyes landed on that Tenor, no it's not a Tenor nor Mango!!!!

leo76dragon
10-24-2008, 01:48 PM
I have a Pono Tenor Mango and it's a beauty. Sounds great too, http://myspace.com/jharsonomusic

where did you get the tabs for the "cant help falling in love" song... thats a nice one to learn?

mahalos

Woodstocksp3
10-25-2008, 04:05 PM
The PKC 1-E was my first uke and it was a very nice instrument. I even reviewed it for my site :)

Regards,
Julie Strietelmeier
http://ukulelereview.com

Your reviews are definitely the best ukulele reviews I've ever seen!

UkuLeLesReggAe
10-25-2008, 09:35 PM
PONO YES!

i want the pono... pono PTE... its the uke i want after the koko... then a flea, then the PTE

i think they said awesome.

uluapoundr
11-16-2008, 05:04 PM
Since I posted on this thread, I purchased a Pono Tenor from MGM. This model is PTRC-CE with rosewood back and sides and cedar top, ebony fretboard and bridge, and cut away with Pono pickup. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be the best player as my other ukes cost me two, three, four times more than this Pono. I played other Pono's before and although they sounded okay, they were a bit quiet.

This new model has lightened bracing which we all know should help with the acoustic sound and in this case, it does! I'm also guessing that the rosewood/cedar combination also contributes towards the sound of this uke. The volume is good for a brand new uke, although volume doesn't always mean great sound. The Koolau gold strings had a really mellow sound and since I was looking for a brighter sound and more sustain, I switched out the strings to Savarez Alliance classical guitar strings which made a huge difference. Sustain and volume is very good now. The notes are clear, especially the trebles, but it also has decent bass which I'm sure will open up as the instrument loosens up. Strumming sound is balanced and not muddy. I honestly am totally impressed that an uke that cost less than $550 can look and sound so good.

My uke had a couple minor flaws being a production uke. The peghead had a small dent on the corner and the fretboard had a small 1-1.5 cm scratch just past the last fret. Although a little disappionted that a new uke already had two flaws, I wasn't willing to send back such a great sounding uke. I can live with the dent which is not noticeable and the scracth can probably be sanded out given it's past the last fret.

I have yet to play it plugged in, but I will to make sure the electronic are working properly.

BTW, the new Pono tenors come with an adjustable truss rod for neck adjustment. The action was good, but could probably be lowered just a bit as the notes were ever so slightly sharp up the fretboard. The uke came with a beautiful $90 Koolau hardshell case.

The Pono also has a 5 year original owner warranty. I'm quite tempted in picking up another Pono, dang, and I thought this purchase would cure my UAS, all it did was make it worse!

UkuLeLesReggAe
11-16-2008, 05:58 PM
i say yes, pono - yes!

thejumpingflea
11-16-2008, 07:05 PM
I've played a spruce top tenor and an all mango tenor before. I was impressed very much so by both. :D

ichadwick
11-17-2008, 05:42 AM
I have two Ponos, both tenors, both reviewed here:
www.ianchadwick.com/essays/ukuleles.htm#pono (http://www.ianchadwick.com/essays/ukuleles.htm#pono)
They are very well made, and sound beautiful. The cedar top is quite different from the all-mango. The mango is visually stunning, but the sound is very mellow - muted, mid-range with very little bass or treble. I prefer it as a strummer. The cedar top is good for both strumming and picking.

The mango has Ko-olau gold stings, so it may brighten if I change to Aquilas or Worth strings. I changed the cedar top to J71s and am ambivalent. They're nice strings but not as bright and as loud as Aquilas.

uluapoundr
11-17-2008, 07:28 AM
I have two Ponos, both tenors, both reviewed here:
www.ianchadwick.com/essays/ukuleles.htm#pono (http://www.ianchadwick.com/essays/ukuleles.htm#pono)
They are very well made, and sound beautiful. The cedar top is quite different from the all-mango. The mango is visually stunning, but the sound is very mellow - muted, mid-range with very little bass or treble. I prefer it as a strummer. The cedar top is good for both strumming and picking.

The mango has Ko-olau gold stings, so it may brighten if I change to Aquilas or Worth strings. I changed the cedar top to J71s and am ambivalent. They're nice strings but not as bright and as loud as Aquilas.

I've played mango ukes before and never really liked the sound. My impressions were just as you described, "muted" and "little bass or treble". I see Pono and Kala are pumping out their mango models and from youtube vids, they sound pretty good but I'm not willing to purchase one sight unseen.

I now have 3 ukes with cedar tops and I love the rich sound that it provides.

My first impressions of the Koolau Golds are that they are very warm in tone. Add this to an uke that already is lacking in sound and well, you got a "muted" uke. I chose to use the Savarez Alliance strings because they seem to have clear tones, good volume, and long sustain for all the ukes I've used them with.

I played my Pono for the second time last night and all I can say is that I'm still impressed and can't wait for the instrument to loosen up as it already sounds great. When the strings settle, I'll attempt a video.

Gelli
11-17-2008, 07:50 AM
I ordered one, it should come in like a week. Then ill say a few words about it :-)

Im really excited.

nikolo727
11-17-2008, 09:21 AM
yeah ive also decided that my next uke will probubly be a custom or a mahogany sides/back, spruce top pono.


i will probubly go with the latter, and get a custom when i get a job lol

allinfun
11-17-2008, 10:17 AM
We have 5 pono instruments right now, and bless it all I am ordering 2 more for Christmas. Last January we picked up a PTO (mahogany tenor) for my husband and a prototype guitar that was tucked away at Hawaii music supply and I just couldn't leave hawaii without it. It was his first uke, but obviously not his last. I love the guitar, solid mango steel string, and play it at least every other day.

Then this summer hubby wanted an 8 string, so we called up HMS and voila it showed up 3 days later. It's his favorite instrument of all. Fit and finish is gorgeous, and it sounds amazing.

Last month we picked up a solid mango tenor and a Pikake Concert. We promptly put black flurocarbon strings on the mango and aquilas on the koa concert. Now I love the sound of both instruments, the strings made a HUGE difference to my love factor. Again they are beautifully finished, no complaints or issues.

Our next order is a koa tenor and a koa 6 string, and like the last purchases Andrew and Dean pick out what they think has the best intonation and action and sound, takes pix then sends them to us for final approval before shipping. It works out great.

nikolo727
11-17-2008, 11:32 AM
We have 5 pono instruments right now, and bless it all I am ordering 2 more for Christmas. Last January we picked up a PTO (mahogany tenor) for my husband and a prototype guitar that was tucked away at Hawaii music supply and I just couldn't leave hawaii without it. It was his first uke, but obviously not his last. I love the guitar, solid mango steel string, and play it at least every other day.

Then this summer hubby wanted an 8 string, so we called up HMS and voila it showed up 3 days later. It's his favorite instrument of all. Fit and finish is gorgeous, and it sounds amazing.

Last month we picked up a solid mango tenor and a Pikake Concert. We promptly put black flurocarbon strings on the mango and aquilas on the koa concert. Now I love the sound of both instruments, the strings made a HUGE difference to my love factor. Again they are beautifully finished, no complaints or issues.

Our next order is a koa tenor and a koa 6 string, and like the last purchases Andrew and Dean pick out what they think has the best intonation and action and sound, takes pix then sends them to us for final approval before shipping. It works out great.




wow that sounds amazing. Im not even aloud to get a new uke this christmas let alone having like 8. I wish I had that kind of money lol!

allinfun
11-17-2008, 05:34 PM
We have the strangest priorities in the world. Our "new" car is a 1983 cj7, our bedset is not on a bedframe but resides on the floor, we have no kids, and our furniture is tasteful post modern dorm. Which means more fun coupons for his vices.

ookcrayZ
11-20-2008, 04:03 PM
I tried Ponos. They are lovely to look at, and their company makes GREAT uke cases. But I sold my Ponos as I thought the sound much inferior to KoAloha or Kanile'a. The thickness of the wood is heavier producing a duller sound. Does not resonate like a KoAloha. But as always, I'm sure some people like em. I'm just not one of them. Hopes this helps.