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Ubutunes
03-08-2013, 08:21 AM
I sent my Kala bari with the cracked brace back to HMS and while communicating with their crew decided to upgrade a bit to the Pono MB. Andrew credit me the full cost of the Kala.

I was just starting to find the nuances of the Kala, but am looking forward to the Pono. I would not have felt comfortable spending the $ for it as a first bari, but since a month later it is my second... Now I'm just waiting on my (Fed ex) man...
Mike

Dan Uke
03-08-2013, 08:26 AM
You'll like the Pono...I just got one and it's great to get introduced to the bari world.

Ubutunes
03-08-2013, 09:20 AM
You'll like the Pono...I just got one and it's great to get introduced to the bari world.

:D I'm looking forward to it!

wconley
03-08-2013, 03:28 PM
You will LOVE the Pono. I compared the Kala to the Pono before I ended up buying my Pono MB as my first baritone. I actually liked the looks of the Kala over the Pono but acoustically there was no comparison. I ended up later getting an MBD which has the sound and looks l like.

Flyke
03-08-2013, 03:29 PM
Good choice, you won't be disappointed!

Ubutunes
03-10-2013, 11:12 AM
I just wish the set-up que at HMS was moving faster!
Mike

PTOEguy
03-10-2013, 11:21 AM
Pono MBs are awesome. I love mine, but I should note that strings make a huge difference - in my (admittedly brief) experience even more so than on smaller scales. I've currently got a set of southcoast heavy gauge strings (wound 3rd) that are just awesome.

Ubutunes
03-10-2013, 01:50 PM
Pono MBs are awesome. I love mine, but I should note that strings make a huge difference - in my (admittedly brief) experience even more so than on smaller scales. I've currently got a set of southcoast heavy gauge strings (wound 3rd) that are just awesome.

Thanks for the string advice, PTOEguy! I've got some southcoast Bbs and a selection of linear G's to try, but do not have the SC heavies. Will check em out! Did you try Worth Browns?

pdxuke
03-10-2013, 01:52 PM
Pono MBs are awesome. I love mine, but I should note that strings make a huge difference - in my (admittedly brief) experience even more so than on smaller scales. I've currently got a set of southcoast heavy gauge strings (wound 3rd) that are just awesome.

I second this. The journey of discovery doesn't stop with the selection and purchase of the uke. It continues with finding the right string match. For example, I've found it on the Favilla (cuatro tuning in C) but not yet on my Martin. It's a journey!

Ubutunes
03-14-2013, 04:35 PM
Pono MB is in the house! Ooo it is the loveliest hog, light and understated, very little striping. Very resonant! Just ordered some SC heavies, the Aguilas that came on it do nothing for me. HMS set it up a scootch high as asked. Ok, time to play (and maybe get a photo or two...)
Mike:music:

mm stan
03-14-2013, 06:04 PM
I played one a couple months ago and it was sweet....it was so hard leaving there without it...believe me...

Ben_H
03-14-2013, 09:16 PM
They have a subtle beauty to them :)

I never got on with the wound strings on mine and have used both Living Water (High and low D)and Southcoasts (Bb flatwound and high d fluoros) on it and been very happy with them all.

Enjoy!

Ubutunes
03-15-2013, 07:55 AM
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couple of quick shots.
very resonant instrument, build if very clean on the outside, a few glue gobs on the kerfing. Simple and classic lines, chunky c-shaped neck is a delight. Waiting on the mail for SC and LW G linear sets!