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we tigers
10-12-2012, 02:52 AM
Hi guys,
yes it's one of those threads again... I'm saving up for a nice concert ukulele to fill the gap between my Kiwaya KTS-4 and my Pono MT-E. If you had about 500 euro to spend on a concert ukulele, what would you recommend?

Should I just buy the bigger brother of my beloved KTS-4, the KTC-1? or should I finally add a Hawaiian made koa uke to the collection and buy a KoAloha? Or go custom with a nice Covered Bridge? Or go for one those arch-top beauties made by Toby Chennell (http://www.jazzboxukes.com)?
Or save a few bucks and get me a KoAlana?

sbpark
10-12-2012, 02:57 AM
What kind of sound are you looking for? What kind of music so you mostly see yourself playing on it? The KoAloha concerts are very hard to beat and regarded as one of the absolute best concerts around hands down. I used to have one and it was amazing. Sort of regret parting with it, but koa is just not the sound I was looking for, but if that's what your after, I'd say go KoAloha.

we tigers
10-12-2012, 03:04 AM
I mostly play old jazz songs on my Kiwaya (trying really hard to sound just a tiny little bit like guys as Ukulelezaza, with only a 0,001% of his talent...) and bossa-nova sort of stuff on my Pono.

Doc_J
10-12-2012, 03:08 AM
Talk to Sven. He makes some nice looking ukes.

http://argapa.blogspot.com/

Lalz
10-12-2012, 03:42 AM
There aren't any KoAlohas under 620 euros on the market in Europe I'm afraid. If I were you I'd jump on the occasion of getting one of those KoAlana concerts from HMS, they seem fab and even with tax and shipment they're cheaper than their big brothers. You'll be struggling to find a better deal at the moment I think.

coolkayaker1
10-12-2012, 03:52 AM
There aren't any KoAlohas under 620 euros on the market in Europe I'm afraid. If I were you I'd jump on the occasion of getting one of those KoAlana concerts from HMS, they seem fab and even with tax and shipment they're cheaper than their big brothers. You'll be struggling to find a better deal at the moment I think.
yep. agree.

frankiefirefox
10-12-2012, 04:01 AM
What kind of sound are you looking for? What kind of music so you mostly see yourself playing on it? The KoAloha concerts are very hard to beat and regarded as one of the absolute best concerts around hands down. I used to have one and it was amazing. Sort of regret parting with it, but koa is just not the sound I was looking for, but if that's what your after, I'd say go KoAloha.

I have one. It's tremendous. I won't play my other three!

Plainsong
10-12-2012, 07:15 AM
If you can possibly wait and save a little more, the Koaloha concert just can't be beat. Musique83 (an excellent authorized dealer in the EU) often has pikake versions. You can save a little money than with the gloss version, and it screams like a super car when you play it.

Wongo
10-12-2012, 07:41 AM
Southern ukulele store has some koaloha's in at the moment. They are a great shop to deal with. Here's the link http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/Category/ea042a07-fc76-4501-a89d-acfd6feff0e1/KoAloha

strumsilly
10-12-2012, 07:49 AM
Hi guys,
yes it's one of those threads again... I'm saving up for a nice concert ukulele to fill the gap between my Kiwaya KTS-4 and my Pono MT-E. If you had about 500 euro to spend on a concert ukulele, what would you recommend?

Should I just buy the bigger brother of my beloved KTS-4, the KTC-1? or should I finally add a Hawaiian made koa uke to the collection and buy a KoAloha? Or go custom with a nice Covered Bridge? Or go for one those arch-top beauties made by Toby Chennell (http://www.jazzboxukes.com)?
Or save a few bucks and get me a KoAlana?
I had a KTC-1, and they are amazing. almost perfect, but , I sold it when I acquired a Koaloha KCM-10. The sound is awesome, and for me it's a little easier to play with the bigger frets and longer fretboard. It is the best sounding concert I have played. now , a KTC-2 might be a different story. you really can't go wrong either way, but since you don't have a Hawaiian?

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-12-2012, 08:29 AM
I'm sure your lovely mahogany ukes would love to have a koa brother or sister. Go Hawaiian.

patfia
10-12-2012, 11:54 AM
Hi guys,
Or go custom with a nice Covered Bridge?
Eugene Ukulele had his Covered Bridge concert up for sale a few days ago. Don't know whether it has been sold. Listening to his YouTubes with it, it has great sound.

mo9090x
10-12-2012, 12:12 PM
Eugene's CB concert sold pretty quickly. It's gone.


Eugene Ukulele had his Covered Bridge concert up for sale a few days ago. Don't know whether it has been sold. Listening to his YouTubes with it, it has great sound.

we tigers
10-13-2012, 09:18 PM
I'm sure your lovely mahogany ukes would love to have a koa brother or sister. Go Hawaiian.

That's the direction I think I'll take. But I'm going to give it some time. Not rushing things; I want to make the right decision.

katysax
10-14-2012, 07:12 AM
I've got both the Koaloha and the Koalana. If you are just itching for Koa, then the Koaloha obviously. However, I think you'd be really really happy with the Koalana. Of course it's new so that influences me, but at this moment I much prefer playing the Koalana to the Koaloha. It's just amazing how resonant it is.

we tigers
10-23-2012, 04:35 AM
I'm leaning heavily towards ordering something special from the guys at Covered Bridge. I don't really think the Hawaiian thing is my style and I've pretty much fallen in love with a myrtle and redwood concert they built earlier...