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MGM
10-04-2013, 02:09 PM
Here's a sneak peek at the latest production models available. Tenor size

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/dlxkamakatenor_zpscae00387.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/musicguymic/media/dlxkamakatenor_zpscae00387.jpg.html)

I like I like

MGM
10-04-2013, 02:11 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/dlxkama-2_zps5ded428b.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/musicguymic/media/dlxkama-2_zps5ded428b.jpg.html)

a Koa Sprucetop tenor deluxe

dkcrown
10-04-2013, 02:30 PM
Looks sharp Mike. Glad to see you back on the forum.

Osprey
10-04-2013, 03:47 PM
They look great

caukulele
10-04-2013, 04:39 PM
wow, I love the spruce top....can't wait to hear a sound sample!

oahugrl
10-04-2013, 05:15 PM
Too rich for my blood but they look great. Glad to see you are feeling better.

Mistyface
10-04-2013, 07:35 PM
MGM, are u better now?

They look great!
How much for these 2 deluxe?

kohanmike
10-04-2013, 09:06 PM
Bindings are a little much for me, but I'm sure they're great ukuleles.

paw123los
10-04-2013, 11:35 PM
Bindings are a little much for me, but I'm sure they're great ukuleles.

I can agree with that. I prefer the clean look of HF-3 with nice koa curls - or the nice elegant bindings on Jake's ukes, but that's someting different.

PhilUSAFRet
10-05-2013, 12:20 AM
Glad to see your posts again. Hope you are feeling better. Those "deluxe" Kamakas sure sound sweet.

UkuEroll
10-05-2013, 12:31 AM
You can't help yourself...can you! You are supposed to be resting up. Glad your feeling better.

guitharsis
10-05-2013, 01:12 AM
Here's a sneak peek at the latest production models available. Tenor size

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/dlxkamakatenor_zpscae00387.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/musicguymic/media/dlxkamakatenor_zpscae00387.jpg.html)

I like I like

Good to see you back again Mike!

The rope binding is available on the concerts too. I opted to have just the 3A curly koa, no binding, because I have an Ohta San

trowacat
10-05-2013, 01:26 PM
I like a lot!

JulianUker
10-05-2013, 01:55 PM
Beautiful!

Sporin
10-06-2013, 03:17 AM
Beautiful!

I'm so used to seeing nothing but full, Koa bodies from Kamaka that it seems odd to see a spruce topped one. Have they done a lot of that in the past?

molokinirum
10-08-2013, 06:33 AM
That Koa is beautiful!!! Kamaka makes a great uke....but I am not a fan of the rope binding. Phew......saved me some $$$ there!!!

wayfarer75
10-08-2013, 08:48 AM
wow, I love the spruce top....can't wait to hear a sound sample!

Me too! I like the rope binding on the spruce top deluxe Kamakas. It seems to work well with the different colors in the spruce and koa.

guitharsis
10-08-2013, 11:30 AM
Was not a fan of rope binding either but love the sound of my Ohta San cedar top so much, that the rope binding is more appealing to me now. My uke looks like a spruce top because the cedar is white cedar. The koa used for the back, sides and headstock is just gorgeous. It's a striking combination. Casey Kamaka chooses the wood sets for the Ohta Sans.

flyingace
10-09-2013, 07:07 AM
Welcome back Mike! These are beautiful! I've always had my heart set on a Kamaka and my lovely wife just bought herself a $5000 sewing/quilting machine, so she's feeling a little guilty! Looks like I can maybe get one and that Koa is just to die for! How much and when will it be available?

AndrewKuker
10-09-2013, 07:58 AM
That's the thing with camera phones under fluorescent lights. We already have to deal with images being digital and 2 dimensional. These new models need a bit of pro gear to even attempt a fraction of the beauty they behold. These are the nicest Kamaka's I have seen short of Casey's custom work.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1270985_10151637176810863_1791841430_o.jpg

hawaii 50
10-09-2013, 08:02 AM
Nice Andrew...

are the bindings Koa or Cocobolo...matches nice on the uke...

flyingace
10-09-2013, 08:06 AM
Belay that Mike, I just saw them on the Ukulele Site website! around $2K with case. Nice!

dkcrown
10-09-2013, 01:44 PM
Here's a pretty one. Gotta change the strings though. And Andrew's right about the photography
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/014_zpsf03f6e47.jpg (http://s1106.photobucket.com/user/dkcrown1/media/014_zpsf03f6e47.jpg.html)http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/010_zps4a6b95a2.jpg (http://s1106.photobucket.com/user/dkcrown1/media/010_zps4a6b95a2.jpg.html)

hawaii 50
10-09-2013, 01:51 PM
Belay that Mike, I just saw them on the Ukulele Site website! around $2K with case. Nice!


i have a crazy question...
you know that Mike(MGM) works at The Ukulele Site right?
just checking...haha

soupking
10-09-2013, 02:14 PM
Here's a pretty one. Gotta change the strings though. And Andrew's right about the photography
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/014_zpsf03f6e47.jpg (http://s1106.photobucket.com/user/dkcrown1/media/014_zpsf03f6e47.jpg.html)http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/010_zps4a6b95a2.jpg (http://s1106.photobucket.com/user/dkcrown1/media/010_zps4a6b95a2.jpg.html)

Dana, leave the strings! You gotta have at least one of your Kamakas with a signature set! :cool: That thing is SICK. I haven't had any signs of UAS in at least six months and then enter these damn Kamaka deluxes :mad: Haha

AndrewKuker
10-09-2013, 02:53 PM
Nice Andrew...

are the bindings Koa or Cocobolo...matches nice on the uke...
Thanks Len, it's rosewood, their woods always have nice coloring, well selected. Little things like the koa/ebony purfling strip on the side and also inside the maple/koa/rosewood rope make these extra nice.


Here's a pretty one. Gotta change the strings though. And Andrew's right about the photography

Ya, this koa will curl as you twirl. The dimensional quality that makes it extra beautiful is hard to capture. That one's super nice Dana! ..does she want a spruce top sister. no?...lol (still got that MM?)

http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kamaka-deluxe-models-TUR-682x1024.jpg

AndrewKuker
10-09-2013, 03:12 PM
actually the edge purfling looks like mahogany & ebony...

hawaii 50
10-09-2013, 03:25 PM
Wow...

Thanks Andrew...I just listened to the Kamaka's on the Ukulele Site...

wow the HF3DS long neck sounds sweet....all of them are nice

dkcrown
10-09-2013, 03:51 PM
Dana, leave the strings! You gotta have at least one of your Kamakas with a signature set! :cool: That thing is SICK. I haven't had any signs of UAS in at least six months and then enter these damn Kamaka deluxes :mad: Haha

Well Matt, we shall see. They do have a very sweet tone, but they don't have that crispness and clarity that I like.

dkcrown
10-09-2013, 03:56 PM
Ya, this koa will curl as you twirl. The dimensional quality that makes it extra beautiful is hard to capture. That one's super nice Dana! ..does she want a spruce top sister. no?...lol (still got that MM?)

http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kamaka-deluxe-models-TUR-682x1024.jpg

Sure she would love to have a spruce top sister. Or perhaps even a cedar top cousin. But unfortunately the piggy bank is empty now. And yes, the MM is still much loved! :)

AndrewKuker
10-09-2013, 04:12 PM
Sure she would love to have a spruce top sister. Or perhaps even a cedar top cousin. But unfortunately the piggy bank is empty now. And yes, the MM is still much loved! :)

Totally, me too. Not shameless promotion. Small kine shame.. ey, but this concert is pretty psychedelic, right?!

http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kamaka-deluxe-models-TUR-HF-2D-682x1024.jpg

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-09-2013, 05:32 PM
Totally, me too. Not shameless promotion. Small kine shame.. ey, but this concert is pretty psychedelic, right?!

http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kamaka-deluxe-models-TUR-HF-2D-682x1024.jpg

Showing off your mad photo skills again. We call that "velvet" curl.

Mistyface
10-09-2013, 10:10 PM
Moore, is that difficult for finding (4A+) Stress Curl KOA now?

During i order a Kamaka special, they said that they dont have these.
But i really like the appearance of 4A+...


Showing off your mad photo skills again. We call that "velvet" curl.

hawaii 50
10-09-2013, 10:37 PM
Moore, is that difficult for finding (4A+) Stress Curl KOA now?

During i order a Kamaka special, they said that they dont have these.
But i really like the appearance of 4A+...


there is 4A Koa all over the place..... many builders have very nice curly Koa....

but Kamaka does not have any for their Special orders....they use for their custom ukes.......or maybe saving for their100th anniversary models....

guitharsis
10-10-2013, 01:48 AM
59675

2011 HF-2S, 2013 Cedar Top Ohta San, 2013 HF-2+

These 3A Concerts ordered directly from Kamaka; Ohta San from HMS. Love them all!

Cornfield
10-10-2013, 07:05 AM
Am I the only Kamaka lover that is not going all gooey eyed over the specials? The existence of these things makes the concert bell (Ohta San) seem less special to me.

AndrewKuker
10-10-2013, 10:06 AM
The existence of these things makes the concert bell (Ohta San) seem less special to me.

It doesn't make them less special in reality though. The bell shaped concert has a deeper richness than any of them. It's almost like a baritone voicing at the standard tuning. If you like warm tones, the Ohta San is still where it's at.


https://vimeo.com/76500470

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-10-2013, 11:26 AM
Moore, is that difficult for finding (4A+) Stress Curl KOA now?

I wouldn't call that "Stress" curl. Stress or compression curl is the result of the wood grain buckling under the pressure of tons of weight above the tree. It's normally found lower down at the base or where large limbs grow. Many trees that normally are not genetically predisposed to being curly may develop this kind of curl if conditions are right (age, size, weight, shape, environment, etc.) It's beautiful wood but the grain is radical and inconsistent. I won't use it for instrument building. Compared to stress curl, the kind of curl shown in the Kamaka picture here is in the tree's DNA and may be (or not) more or less consistent throughout the tree, with the curl being heaviest toward the outer bark edge. There are many different kinds and degrees of curl and they are called different things by different people; tiger curl, pin curl, fiddle back, quilted curl,or as I call this stuff, velvet curl.


there is 4A Koa all over the place.

I wish this were true. Of all the koa that is harvested, that which has nice curl and is suitable for building instruments with is probably about 1%. That's the reason it's not hard to pay $100 or more per board foot. Those of us with good curly koa are grateful indeed. BTW, the lesser grades of koa can be just as good for building ukuleles or even better than the fancier stuff. Some of us can't resist the eye candy though........

hawaii 50
10-10-2013, 05:25 PM
wow, I was at HMS when an Aussie guy got the Concert Cedar Kamaka....
looks they are all sold now! that was fast....

coolcow
10-10-2013, 06:42 PM
oh my....I just woke up...and all the Kamakas are gone...wow.....that was fast!!!
i was so close to get a cedar tenor.....but my bank account said no :P

hawaii 50
10-10-2013, 06:49 PM
oh my....I just woke up...and all the Kamakas are gone...wow.....that was fast!!!
i was so close to get a cedar tenor.....but my bank account said no :P

Andrew put the Kamaka's on the website late last night...
they all sold today...wow

wmboy
10-11-2013, 12:25 AM
Andrew put the Kamaka's on the website late last night...
they all sold today...wow

That was fast :mad: My favorite of the lot ...


http://vimeo.com/76536502

Kamanaaloha
10-11-2013, 01:00 PM
the HF-3LDX sure went fast! as did the HF-3 and the HF-2 along with the spruce tops! I did not even get a chance to post another HF-3L sighting lawls!