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MGM
08-22-2012, 06:00 PM
Now that the cat is out of the bag here's the deal on the new Koalanas from Koaloha.....AMAZING.....okay here's what they did...Unhappy with the offerings of chinese makers and dealings with past spec problems and cosmetics....Alan, Paul and Alwin came up with a new approach to making their import line...they set up their own factory in Thailand....their workers, their machinery...their jigs...the unibrace..and have been shuffling back and forth some of their key workers from the Hawaii factory. For months they have working alongside and training their Thai counterparts....no more quality control or changing specs issues. what you will be getting is the look feel and sound of a Koaloha....just made in mahogany and from Thailand....and yes no Koa ones as Thailand bans export of Koa...
I first tried the original prototypes about a year ago and they sounded just like a Koaloha...slighlty warmer since it was mahogany...heres a peek of what i first saw and played

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As posted earlier here is the final now in production models in soprano and concert with the Koaloha standard logo witht the pearl star above
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So there you have it...As mentioned..I've been told Koalohas will rise in price very soon...probably at the same time the KoAlanas arrive so get one now if you were wishing for one...

I should have videos of the new Koalanas tomorrow with sound samples

Skitzic
08-22-2012, 06:06 PM
Oh wow, I wish they stuck with the original headstock. That is awesome!

Any word on price points?

MGM
08-22-2012, 06:11 PM
I do but they are not finalized as of yet so no annoucement....

808boy
08-22-2012, 06:16 PM
Aloha Mike,
The open headstock is kinda different. I have an original one from the first attempt at this uke. Sounds and plays wonderful. Troy Fernandez played it and he was surprised as well. I now have his autograph on it along with Jay Luna of SOS, he liked it too. Brian at Koaloha gave me a set of genuine Koaloha tuners to replace the ugly ones that were on there. Looks like a Koaloha from a distance.
So my rare uke isn't so rare now, except it will be like my Maui Music prefire uke, right Mike?
Mahalo for the heads up.................................BO............. ..........

wickedwahine11
08-22-2012, 06:17 PM
That explains why Paul and Alan's Twitter feeds have been filled with reports from Thailand. They look lovely, I look forward to hearing how they sound. Thanks for the info Mike.

foxfair
08-22-2012, 06:31 PM
Oh wow, I wish they stuck with the original headstock. That is awesome!

Any word on price points?

Not too hard to guess, if the price range falls into the same one with Islander.... I'm game.

Trinimon
08-22-2012, 06:31 PM
Oh wow! When these puppies arrive at HMS, you boys gonna be working lots of overtime packaging/shipping ukes worldwide! I know I'm interested for a soprano to start with. :)
Thanks for the heads up, MGM. Gives me some time to save up!

tigersister
08-22-2012, 06:41 PM
Sweet! If I didn't already have a KoAloha soprano, I'd get one of these in a heartbeat.

mm stan
08-22-2012, 07:27 PM
Wow it was soo hard to keep quiet about this one......yup they will be a whole lot better than the chinese one....but you know they sounded not bad too...
I'm waiting for the price now...

ukuloonie
08-22-2012, 07:32 PM
Cant wait to see how much they are:)

Prius23
08-22-2012, 08:28 PM
MGM, didn't Koaloha increase their price earlier this year already? Will there be two price increases in one year??

PhilUSAFRet
08-23-2012, 01:24 AM
Tenors coming next?

chrimess
08-23-2012, 02:52 AM
I'd kill for the open headstock!


Aloha Mike,
The open headstock is kinda different. I have an original one from the first attempt at this uke. Sounds and plays wonderful. Troy Fernandez played it and he was surprised as well. I now have his autograph on it along with Jay Luna of SOS, he liked it too. Brian at Koaloha gave me a set of genuine Koaloha tuners to replace the ugly ones that were on there. Looks like a Koaloha from a distance.
So my rare uke isn't so rare now, except it will be like my Maui Music prefire uke, right Mike?
Mahalo for the heads up.................................BO............. ..........

joekulele
08-23-2012, 03:19 AM
That is really cool. Thanks for the sneak peek, MGM! Can't wait to see the finished product.

ksiegel
08-23-2012, 04:14 AM
Wow! I LOVE that open headstock on the prototype! That would be a gas - just wonder how strong it is.

Maybe they could do some that way for a little higher price?



-Kurt


Now that the cat is out of the bag here's the deal on the new Koalanas from Koaloha.....AMAZING.....okay here's what they did...Unhappy with the offerings of chinese makers and dealings with past spec problems and cosmetics....Alan, Paul and Alwin came up with a new approach to making their import line...they set up their own factory in Thailand....their workers, their machinery...their jigs...the unibrace..and have been shuffling back and forth some of their key workers from the Hawaii factory. For months they have working alongside and training their Thai counterparts....no more quality control or changing specs issues. what you will be getting is the look feel and sound of a Koaloha....just made in mahogany and from Thailand....and yes no Koa ones as Thailand bans export of Koa...
I first tried the original prototypes about a year ago and they sounded just like a Koaloha...slighlty warmer since it was mahogany...heres a peek of what i first saw and played

42125
42126

As posted earlier here is the final now in production models in soprano and concert with the Koaloha standard logo witht the pearl star above
42132

So there you have it...As mentioned..I've been told Koalohas will rise in price very soon...probably at the same time the KoAlanas arrive so get one now if you were wishing for one...

I should have videos of the new Koalanas tomorrow with sound samples

seeso
08-23-2012, 05:22 AM
Thanks for the news, Mike. Anxiously awaiting pricing.

ScooterD35
08-23-2012, 05:34 AM
Now that the cat is out of the bag here's the deal on the new Koalanas from Koaloha.....AMAZING.....okay here's what they did...Unhappy with the offerings of chinese makers and dealings with past spec problems and cosmetics....Alan, Paul and Alwin came up with a new approach to making their import line...they set up their own factory in Thailand....their workers, their machinery...their jigs...the unibrace..and have been shuffling back and forth some of their key workers from the Hawaii factory. For months they have working alongside and training their Thai counterparts....no more quality control or changing specs issues. what you will be getting is the look feel and sound of a Koaloha....just made in mahogany and from Thailand....


Pretty much the exact same story as Martin when they opened their Mexico facility. Good deal!


Scooter

Uncle Rod Higuchi
08-23-2012, 05:38 AM
Hey Mike, obviously you're a guy who can keep a secret!

You're also a guy who can spill the beans when you have permission to do so!!

Wow, like everyone else, looking for finalized pricing!

I think the world will be filled with these babies in no time.

keep uke'in',

perep
08-23-2012, 06:04 AM
I too would like to see the open headstock. Hope to drop into the store next Feb 14-16th, you gonna be there Mike?

PedalFreak
08-23-2012, 09:00 AM
Tenors coming next?

Yeah, are there plans for a Tenor?



Hey Mike, obviously you're a guy who can keep a secret!

Which is why Mike is trusted by all of these companies and finds out about everything first :) Great guy!

OldePhart
08-23-2012, 01:00 PM
Sweeet! Are they going to make them in longneck soprano (concert scale)? If so I can already hear my plastic screaming for mercy...

John

coolkayaker1
08-23-2012, 02:47 PM
Good tip, MGM, about buying a KoAloha now before the price jump. I got mine yesterday.

UkuleleSprinter
08-23-2012, 05:21 PM
Looks like a nice ukulele. I remember when KoAlana ukuleles were first announced. Can't wait to see the pricing on these.

kimmylele
10-02-2012, 04:15 PM
Here's some update from retail Price in thailand is 9600THB(around 320USD) for soprano and 11200THB(375USD) for Concert.
The sound of Concert size is almost same with the Koaloha concert. Cheers!!