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mds725
01-07-2013, 09:43 AM
I received an email today from Kala announcing that it would be introducing banjoleles in soprano and concert scales at Winter NAMM 2013 in a few weeks. Here's a link to an online version of that email message.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=ra7pmmjab&v=001zsj4A0_3E1FPRz7q-7mPk070n0ROGUl7JXVN8Ef8UC3U6H0KP_kZAull1KZwnTVpCWX qr62UekO046ODkRskRHk2Xs-cXlhKCOp3WsaIUSr9C5iLiLI6p2t3mwOf64d0cDgv5qgmv3qtm xeEBmAsgCZj4HVnwJ95

I'm still waiting for Flea Market Music, or even Kala, to make an affordable banjolele in a tenor scale.

TheCraftedCow
01-07-2013, 08:03 PM
In one of the other new offerings...they will have a tenor resonator.
Morgan-Monroe makes a tenor scale 5 string banjo called a Travel banjo. Gold Tone's is a concert size. Others have just taken off the 5th string to play it as a tenor scale banjo.

TG&Y
01-08-2013, 02:10 AM
Uh-oh. I think I may in trouble with that concert. Black, maple...shoot.

PhilUSAFRet
01-08-2013, 03:52 AM
Thanks for the link.....didn't know about entering to win a Kala UBass

PedalFreak
01-08-2013, 06:29 AM
We just put all these on order! Can't wait to get them in. Also got their new Redesigned Resonator and the new Mahogany Lite models :D

TG&Y
01-08-2013, 07:50 AM
Does anyone have a notion what retail might be on the banjoleles? Or even list?

kvehe
01-08-2013, 07:57 AM
Oh, dear, the concert may have my name on it......

PedalFreak
01-08-2013, 10:02 AM
Does anyone have a notion what retail might be on the banjoleles? Or even list?

Pricing hasn't been set yet. End of the week they are saying. I'll post the pricing when I hear about it.

I do know they are saying we will have them early April :)

PedalFreak
01-16-2013, 10:07 AM
Looks like the street prices for these are going to be:

$239 for the Soprano
$299 for the Concert

They said it's not 100% finalized yet, but it should give you an idea.

mds725
01-16-2013, 11:07 AM
What do you suppose would be the best way to convince Kala (or, for that matter, Flea Market Music) to start making their banjo ukuleles in tenor scale?

PedalFreak
01-16-2013, 11:20 AM
What do you suppose would be the best way to convince Kala (or, for that matter, Flea Market Music) to start making their banjo ukuleles in tenor scale?

Not sure. Have you ever played a tenor scale banjo uke? They're nice, but the concert length really seems to be where banjo ukes shine. The tenor size just seems to be lacking something in their sound. Probably why most don't offer that scale.

TG&Y
01-16-2013, 11:25 AM
Thanks for the update - I looked in yesterday hoping to see something.

$300.00 - ouch. Was hoping for closer to $200.00. Can't wait to see them and start hearing reviews.


Looks like the street prices for these are going to be:

$239 for the Soprano
$299 for the Concert

They said it's not 100% finalized yet, but it should give you an idea.

PedalFreak
01-16-2013, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the update - I looked in yesterday hoping to see something.

$300.00 - ouch. Was hoping for closer to $200.00. Can't wait to see them and start hearing reviews.

I was told we are one of the first stores to order them so will be one of the first to get them. I'll post some clips and a review when we get them.

We're hoping to get a video setup going at our store this year, so I'll be able to start posting videos of this stuff :)

Chris Tarman
01-16-2013, 12:07 PM
They look nice. I wish they had used friction tuners on the soprano, though!

bigchiz
01-22-2013, 04:37 PM
The Kala announcement could explain why the local music shop dropped their price on the Recording King banjolele I picked up today. Doh! Regardless, I'm very happy with it.