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Leodhas
07-16-2012, 07:12 AM
Hello, won a wee bit of extra cash on the horses this weekend and want to treat myself to a new uke before I decide to be sensible.

Spotted these Pacific Walnut and they look fairly cool in the pictures online, has anyone handled one and what's your feedback?

I realise most of these Kalas are of a good standard for the cash, but is there anything unusual about this one that anyone can report? Think I'm going to go tenor or soprano, but I want to buy before I change my mind. Basically it just looks fairly cool and fun, is it?

Thanks for any feedback.

PS, By no means am I a big gambler, just got a good tip this weekend that couldn't be ignored and checked the results this morning and to my surprise it came in. Most of the cash is going towards my holiday in August but I'm holding 200 back for a treat.

PoiDog
07-16-2012, 07:46 AM
I don't have any sort of help for you, or answer to your questions, but it does bring up one of my own: does the type of wood in a laminate really make a difference? I mean, I know that mahogany is different from cedar is different from koa is different from spruce, etc etc etc, but when laminated, are the differnece tonal qualities retained so those character differences come out, or is one lam basically the same as another?

Just wondering ...

Mandarb
07-16-2012, 08:20 AM
Its pretty. Sound - not so great.

Leodhas
07-16-2012, 08:23 AM
Its pretty. Sound - not so great.

Cheers. That's what I feared, glad I checked.

Leodhas
07-16-2012, 08:25 AM
I don't have any sort of help for you, or answer to your questions, but it does bring up one of my own: does the type of wood in a laminate really make a difference? I mean, I know that mahogany is different from cedar is different from koa is different from spruce, etc etc etc, but when laminated, are the differnece tonal qualities retained so those character differences come out, or is one lam basically the same as another?

Just wondering ...


Aye, different laminated woods will have their own character, It won't be as defined as solids but it will be there.

Leodhas
07-16-2012, 08:27 AM
Checking for a different uke/treat now.

PedalFreak
07-16-2012, 08:35 AM
I've got a Tenor and Concert in my shop right now. They are nice, but not very loud, nice tone, a little on the warmer side.

Mandarb
07-16-2012, 08:44 AM
Checking for a different uke/treat now.

Good luck.

Uke Republic
07-16-2012, 01:07 PM
I like them. The ones we've had in project very well and look gorgeous. Each one is different. Cheap as nails too!

Total Ukphoria
09-29-2012, 02:23 AM
Played one and I was very impressed with the sound. Bright and well balanced. Seriously thinking about getting one.

ukegirl
09-29-2012, 02:36 AM
I owned one for a bit...it has nice tone, but is very quiet...gave it to a customer of mine who loves it...

Gillian
09-29-2012, 08:54 AM
I tried one and found it too quiet. 200 BPS at today's exchange rate is around $322. For that amount, you could get a solid wood Kala acacia concert or a solid wood Islander mahogany concert, both of which, i my opinion, have more sound and resonance.

Pundabaya
09-29-2012, 11:46 AM
I tried one and found it too quiet. 200 BPS at today's exchange rate is around $322. For that amount, you could get a solid wood Kala acacia concert or a solid wood Islander mahogany concert, both of which, i my opinion, have more sound and resonance. No, you can't, unfortunately. the Islander is 245, the Kala all solid acacia clocks in at 260. Yes, ukuleles are a lot dearer in the UK.

AndrewKuker
09-29-2012, 12:34 PM
I don't have any sort of help for you, or answer to your questions, but it does bring up one of my own: does the type of wood in a laminate really make a difference? I mean, I know that mahogany is different from cedar is different from koa is different from spruce, etc etc etc, but when laminated, are the differnece tonal qualities retained so those character differences come out, or is one lam basically the same as another?

Just wondering ...

you should start a new post with this question. Should have some interesting thoughts

Gillian
09-29-2012, 04:24 PM
No, you can't, unfortunately. the Islander is 245, the Kala all solid acacia clocks in at 260. Yes, ukuleles are a lot dearer in the UK.

I stand corrected. Thank you. That's around 40% higher than we pay in the US. Wow.

vanflynn
09-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Don't want to side track the post Leodhas, but the nature of laminates warrants the "play before you pay" adage. You don't know if the middle wood layer is clear or knotty. There are lots of great laminates out there but some duller ones there too.

GKK
09-29-2012, 09:21 PM
I bought the Kala Soprano Walnut uke for a gift and it sounded terrible!...Too, plinky and toy like.

I returned it and bought a Soprano Islander MS-4 and it sounds Awesome!...

poppy
09-29-2012, 10:05 PM
I don't have any sort of help for you, or answer to your questions, but it does bring up one of my own: does the type of wood in a laminate really make a difference? I mean, I know that mahogany is different from cedar is different from koa is different from spruce, etc etc etc, but when laminated, are the differnece tonal qualities retained so those character differences come out, or is one lam basically the same as another?

Just wondering ...

I suspect the quality of the laminate vs the exposed veneer and care of construction will be the greatest factors in tone volume etc. there are some vg laminates out there. Just because a brand x uke is solid wood is no guarantee its better than a brand y laminate. theres a point in construction where the solid is best I think we all agree on that. The ability to layer wood with cnc control and control density and thickness has improved greatly in recent years as laminate design and bonding agents improve so will the characteristics of the wood. consider what we have done with tape layer s and carbon fiber.

kaizersoza
09-30-2012, 12:11 AM
as stated in previous posts there are some lovely solid wood ukes to be had for 200, shop around the Kala solid mahogany range are really good value for money and sound great

Lalz
09-30-2012, 04:18 AM
If you're ever south of the border there's an excellent uke shop in Monkseaton near Newcastle called Hound Dog Music (the website only shows a fraction of what they sell). All ukes are set-up beautifully and the prices are very competitive.