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Jake Wildwood
11-03-2013, 11:54 AM
This pretty rope-bound curly-ish koa soprano was in the shop via a customer of mine. Love it -- but it's definitely suited to ADF#B tuning. It sings when it's tuned up there.

Click here for the whole blog post & more pics (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/11/c1920-kumalae-koa-soprano-ukulele.html).

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hmgberg
11-03-2013, 01:22 PM
Beautiful uke! Nice job with the bridge, Jake. I say keep the wood pegs...like it matters what I say.

connor013
11-03-2013, 01:28 PM
Another beauty.

I love the single piece tops (and backs)!

Peterjens
11-03-2013, 02:09 PM
Beautiful 'uke. Someone on this forum told me Kumalaes are "tourist ukes." Some of the cheaper ones were but it looks like you have a style 23. I bet it plays well. I picked up a 1925 Style 25 Kumalae with the banjo head earlier this year. Yours is in better shape than mine but has been repaired by a luthier and it's good for another 90 years.
Have fun with it.