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pakiboy949
02-20-2008, 12:06 PM
There's this tenor Kala KAASMT solid mahogany ukulele selling at the local music shop for $300. I WANT to get it, but am I being ripped off?

It's the one in front
http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/1921/pic0091vj3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

<'Tony'>
02-20-2008, 12:10 PM
i think its an ok deal get it

NukeDOC
02-20-2008, 12:21 PM
thats not a bad deal. but for just $100 more you can get a pono solid mahogany with a high gloss finish. might seem like a lot more to pay, but i would take any pono over any kala any day. kala is a great value, but that $300 you wanna spend on it is sooooo close to a much better uke IMO.

mossyoak
02-20-2008, 12:33 PM
thats not a bad deal. but for just $100 more you can get a pono solid mahogany with a high gloss finish. might seem like a lot more to pay, but i would take any pono over any kala any day. kala is a great value, but that $300 you wanna spend on it is sooooo close to a much better uke IMO.
I agree. the extra 85 dollars roughly for a Pono PT is worth it.

pakiboy949
02-20-2008, 12:35 PM
yea, that sound good but i've already pushed my budget by getting a credit card :D

davoomac
02-20-2008, 12:45 PM
What Nuke said. If you can save up a bit and go for that pono upgrade.

Ukulele_Junkie
02-20-2008, 12:57 PM
i'd wait and go for the pono, man nuke u buy a lot of ukes, ur like a real avid ukulele collector. I only have a few ukes that i use and my girlfriend gets mad at me for buyin just 2 ukes....:mad:

NukeDOC
02-20-2008, 01:57 PM
its the UAS man, its the UAS.

Ukulele_Junkie
02-20-2008, 01:58 PM
its the UAS man, its the UAS.

haha yeah. its got me too, jus wish i had money to get me another one also. and jus keep it on the hush from my girlfriend.

GX9901
02-20-2008, 02:52 PM
I tried a concert version of that Kala solid mahogany uke last month in Oahu and it was seriously one of the worse sounding ukes I've ever played. I looked at it wondering what was wrong with it. Maybe I just played a super-dud, but make sure you like the sound before getting one of those. All of the Kala ukes I tried with a solid spruce top sounded pretty good to me, so it's not like I have something against Kala.

For $300-ish, I would go for a Koa Pili Koko tenor or something.

Fred Miu
02-20-2008, 03:03 PM
id either get it or spend the extra $100 and get a Pono like what Nuke said

Ukulele Dude
02-20-2008, 03:29 PM
I'll just chime in here with my two cents to say don't get it. Not that it's a bad uke, but with $300 you could do better. I have one of the spruce top kala tenors myself, and I like it OK, but I also tried playing the mohagany one when I was shopping and didn't really like it that much.

NukeDOC
02-20-2008, 04:33 PM
i just wanna say +1 to the koa pili koko. ive seen it on youtube and it sounds really nice too. only thing i dont like is the shape of the headstock. but im superficial like that.

NukeDOC
02-20-2008, 04:51 PM
check it out. just $30 out of your price range. i seriously doubt you would be disappointed with this piece.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Koa-Pili-Koko-CURLY-TENOR-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ230224734872QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16224 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Ukulele_Junkie
02-20-2008, 05:26 PM
check it out. just $30 out of your price range. i seriously doubt you would be disappointed with this piece.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Koa-Pili-Koko-CURLY-TENOR-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ230224734872QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16224 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

thats a very nice uke for the price.

pakiboy949
02-20-2008, 06:59 PM
It seems nice, but i need to actually see, play, and feel the uke that i'm planning on buying for the amount i'm spending (It's like you guys said about preference). Anybody know any good music shops near Irvine (So Cal/Orange County) area?

The place I went to didn't have much of a selection, and now you guys convinced me that I can do better with that kind of money instead of the kala.

UkuLeLesReggAe
02-20-2008, 07:08 PM
i would wait for the estra 85 as well.. But i do that with everything, even pens.. its only a few more dollars or even cents... and you just buy it because they are better.

same sort of thing in this case, kalas are alright.. if i get a kala it will be a soprano or a concert.

Fred Miu
02-20-2008, 07:14 PM
check it out. just $30 out of your price range. i seriously doubt you would be disappointed with this piece.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Koa-Pili-Koko-CURLY-TENOR-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ230224734872QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16224 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

i would so get that if i had money haha. then again, i really want to make my uke with Mike DaSilva

NukeDOC
02-20-2008, 07:57 PM
It seems nice, but i need to actually see, play, and feel the uke that i'm planning on buying for the amount i'm spending (It's like you guys said about preference). Anybody know any good music shops near Irvine (So Cal/Orange County) area?

The place I went to didn't have much of a selection, and now you guys convinced me that I can do better with that kind of money instead of the kala.
it might be a little bit of a drive, but if you must see, hear, and play your instrument before buying, there are a couple here in san diego that you might want to check out.

giacoletti music center
505 carlsbad village dr
92009
these guys seem to carry mostly the budget ukes from $500 and less. so it might be more your style to check out what theyve got there. i havent checked them out yet though so i cant say how much of a selection they have. but theyre closer to you.

blue guitar
5959 mission gorge rd
92120
these guys seem to carry the higher end stuff. like $1000 and up. but you never know. you may find the ONE. and believe me, when you find the ONE, you'll find a way to get her. this is why im scared to walk into that store. haha

pakiboy949
02-20-2008, 08:59 PM
when my credit card comes in, i'll check out the store in carlsbad. I DEFINITELY won't have the money for a high end uke :D

UkuLeLesReggAe
02-20-2008, 11:24 PM
check it out. just $30 out of your price range. i seriously doubt you would be disappointed with this piece.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Koa-Pili-Koko-CURLY-TENOR-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ230224734872QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16224 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

i dunno, i dont like it to much, the red part of it i dont like so much... the wood for the body is fine!

davoomac
02-21-2008, 02:33 AM
you better get that ukulele or I will. ;)

NukeDOC
02-21-2008, 07:05 AM
i dunno, i dont like it to much, the red part of it i dont like so much... the wood for the body is fine!
that red part is actually some pretty fine looking rosewood. haha but to each his own. i already said that i dont like how the headstock looks. but if i could get over that, i would definitely be considering this as my next uke.

Ukulele Dude
02-21-2008, 08:40 AM
Pakiboy, I just decided to sell my Kala Spruce top tenor to make room in my collection for my new Kamaka (HF3 that I just ordered from Gryphon), if you want the Kala let me know and I'll let it go cheap.

If Paki's not interested, I'm going to put in on the Marketplace; if anyone's interested, pm me.

Thanks

pakiboy949
02-21-2008, 09:57 AM
Can you post up a demonstration how it sounds? I'm very picky at the moment, and people made me lose interested in Kala ukes :p.

dajoka
02-21-2008, 10:05 AM
eh pakiboy,

i know you been getting choke "advice" from everybody about ukuleles fo buy ... but try check out:

http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_Brand-New-Ukuleles_Pono-Ukes_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ7330324QQftidZ2QQtZ km

Mike get solid mahogany ponos fo $299.96 + FREE SHIPPING :-) I tink dass a great deal! Goin sound way mo betta den da kalas and lanikai's fo shua.

Ukulele Dude
02-21-2008, 10:41 AM
"Can you post up a demonstration how it sounds?"
Unfortunately, no, I don't have the technology or the know how or the time right now. I noticed that Bounty Music has a clip of the cutaway version with a pickup (which mine is not) on this page:

http://www.ukes.com/kala-ukes.html

It's not a bad sounding uke, it's just not in the same league with my Maui Music, and I want something that is. Good luck with your shopping. I agree with dajoka though, if you can get a pono for the same price, get the pono.

NukeDOC
02-21-2008, 10:57 AM
that $300 pono mahogany is a concert size. i think he is looking for a tenor. those go for $385. still not a bad deal.

mine was $425 but has a cutaway and a passive ko'olau pickup.

pakiboy949
02-21-2008, 04:16 PM
definitely looking for a tenor, prefer no other :D

dajoka
02-21-2008, 05:32 PM
ha ha ha ooops. see how good I read, wen I tink I find a deal. i try un-cross my eyes nex time :o

bluesuke
02-21-2008, 05:44 PM
have you played any bushmans? I played 3 diferant ones today and for the price they are nice and have a nice tone. they are solid wood not a plywood