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olokun82
02-06-2009, 09:09 AM
Check it out.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3IUSd5c6VM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJIrdYhd58o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke-fuHcGtJQ&feature=channel_page

dnewton2
02-06-2009, 09:17 AM
An affordable (assuming) Bass ukulele. I want one. That thing is cool.

Stackabones
02-06-2009, 09:24 AM
An affordable (assuming) Bass ukulele. I want one. That thing is cool.

Sign me up, too!

MGM has that Roadtoad Custom Uke Bass, but it's $1499! I hope the Kala UBass is much further south than that! ;)

Renaissance-Man
02-06-2009, 09:27 AM
Sweet looks and sound on the videos. Interesting...

hotnanas
02-06-2009, 10:33 AM
I've been about .25 seconds away from clicking buy-it-now for that travel uke on MGMs ebay store.

i wonder how that bass is tuned...i know what I am gonna get soon.

SuperSecretBETA
02-06-2009, 10:43 AM
$600 bass ukulele? Pretty sweet!

sweets
02-06-2009, 11:27 AM
I'd really like to hear the acoustic sound of that bass.

fuller
02-06-2009, 12:09 PM
I'd really like to hear the acoustic sound of that bass.

Yeah, hard to tell how it really sounds when it's unplugged.

Also wondering how it's tuned.... if the notes correspond to normal uke then that's kind of cool because it might sort of mean it's a good bass for people used to playing normal guitar.

BUT... I just don't know if I see the point. I mean, it sounds pretty much like a bass. Also, I don't see the point of the travel uke... I mean I usually grab the uke instead of the guitar when I want something portable. Now I need a more portable uke? What are these ipods?

C

SuperSecretBETA
02-06-2009, 12:18 PM
For those wondering about the bass ukulele tuning, Road Toad bass ukulele strings are EADG like a traditional 4-string bass guitar, and they cost $20 a pack!

sweets
02-06-2009, 01:17 PM
From mike's comment on the video, it sounds like the bass is a plugged-in-only deal.

deach
02-06-2009, 01:24 PM
For those wondering about the bass ukulele tuning, Road Toad bass ukulele strings are EADG like a traditional 4-string bass guitar, and they cost $20 a pack!

But if you buy a spool of each cable, it would only cost you 8 cents a day.

Bassukuguy
02-06-2009, 01:34 PM
But if you buy a spool of each cable, it would only cost you 8 cents a day.

*Claps* well done sir...


the thing that really looks intresting is the thin body travel uke. seriously that thing has a monster sound...

as a bassist im really not that intrested by the bass ukulele. like the only advantage is that its small... something i find intresting is the Ashbory bass. and its roughly half the price... http://www.largesound.com/

MGM
02-06-2009, 02:38 PM
For the most part the acoustic build of the uke is to add realistic acoustic tone when played amplified it is not meant at all to be played unamped unless for quiet practice......All these models will be available about aprl thoiugh i will sneak a few out now and then....

ONYX
02-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Solid acacia model with slotted headstock = :eek: i want

therimidalv
02-06-2009, 05:47 PM
I gotta say the travel uke looks so cool. I wonder if its balanced though, cuz with the smaller body it might feel weird holding it closer to yur body? I dunno, looks amazing and sounds even better tho!

paw123los
02-06-2009, 09:52 PM
Solid acacia model with slotted headstock = :eek: i want

Yeah ... I want this one too :rock:

grappler
02-06-2009, 11:04 PM
they all sound awesome. esp the bass!
:eek:

khrome
02-06-2009, 11:08 PM
I kind of wonder if the travel uke is more resilient in some way? On the Kala website, they talk about tossing it in a backback and you are ready to go. I'd imagine it'd get pretty thrashed doing that unless it was built sturdier.

cpatch
02-09-2009, 07:20 AM
Yeah ... I want this one too :rock:
Ditto, although the swan inlays on the fretboard may be a dealbreaker...I mean, seriously, swans?? Anyway, Elderly's taking pre-orders at $266.50:

http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/KACT.htm

GX9901
02-09-2009, 07:58 AM
Solid acacia model with slotted headstock = :eek: i want

I think that one just might sell like hotcakes. A solid wood tenor with slotted headstock for under $300 street price? It's almost too good to be true. Heck, I want one since it's got some Taiwan acacia (I'm from Taiwan)!:rock:

NukeDOC
02-09-2009, 08:45 AM
so does anybody have any pre-release photos of these fabled beasts? im almost afraid to see what they look like because of the possibility of my UAS coming back out of remission.

edit: i know i should just watch the video. but im at work. and my comp at work has flash player download blocked. can someone that can watch the video take a screen cap and post up some at different angles? that would be greeeeeaaaat.

hotnanas
02-09-2009, 09:20 AM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/Picture175-1.jpg

you have to tilt your head hard to the left,just enough to strain, for real world view...

cpatch
02-09-2009, 10:11 AM
so does anybody have any pre-release photos of these fabled beasts? im almost afraid to see what they look like because of the possibility of my UAS coming back out of remission.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.

hotnanas
02-09-2009, 10:15 AM
man look at those strings! I just wanna eat one!

They remind me of udon or something!

Stackabones
02-09-2009, 01:50 PM
man look at those strings! I just wanna eat one!

They remind me of udon or something!

If you get one, you should name it Udon!

Paul December
02-14-2009, 07:49 AM
That Solid Acacia Tenor is giving me major UAS!
...I'm guessing they will be shipping for around $300... not bad, but I wonder how it would compare to a Concert Sized Uke from a brand a bit more up-market.

cpatch
02-14-2009, 11:01 AM
That Solid Acacia Tenor is giving me major UAS!
...I'm guessing they will be shipping for around $300... not bad, but I wonder how it would compare to a Concert Sized Uke from a brand a bit more up-market.
I'm ready to pull the trigger on the Acacia as soon as it's available! Elderly has the tenor listed for pre-order already at $270 and, interestingly enough, also has it available in soprano ($230), concert ($245), and baritone ($280) sizes:

http://elderly.com/search/elderly?terms=kala+acacia

Only the tenor is listed as having the slotted headstock though.

GX9901
02-14-2009, 12:22 PM
I'm ready to pull the trigger on the Acacia as soon as it's available! Elderly has the tenor listed for pre-order already at $270 and, interestingly enough, also has it available in soprano ($230), concert ($245), and baritone ($280) sizes:

http://elderly.com/search/elderly?terms=kala+acacia

Only the tenor is listed as having the slotted headstock though.

Yeah, I'm planning on picking up one of those tenors too. It seems like such a good deal. I think the slotted headstock tenor will sell like hotcakes.

SuperSecretBETA
02-14-2009, 01:48 PM
It's interesting to see that simply using a slotted headstock can increase the potential buyer's incentive substantially.

It's about time, though. Reasonably priced slotted headstock ukes are pretty rare. Does anyone know why?

cpatch
02-14-2009, 02:22 PM
It's interesting to see that simply using a slotted headstock can increase the potential buyer's incentive substantially.
That's just a part of it for me. I really like the look of the acacia, especially with the dark binding. Along with the headstock and the satin finish it gives it a really nice antiquated (not sure if that's the word I want) look. I don't expect it to sound as good as my Kanile`a, of course, but it's the one that I'll be taking with me when I go to jam with others.

Paul December
02-14-2009, 07:18 PM
It's interesting to see that simply using a slotted headstock can increase the potential buyer's incentive substantially.

It's about time, though. Reasonably priced slotted headstock ukes are pretty rare. Does anyone know why?

Good question....in nylon stringed guitars they are a dime-a-dozen

the new guy
02-15-2009, 06:16 AM
man i want that ubass

Stackabones
02-15-2009, 06:44 AM
These look really sharp! Love the slotted head and the fretboard inlays are fascinating. I'm not sure what I think about the headstock being a different color (wood?) than the body.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJIrdYhd58o

uke201
04-02-2009, 11:40 PM
has anyone splurged on any of these instruments yet? I'm interested in any feedback about the ubass.

Ahnko Honu
04-03-2009, 02:19 AM
I'm holding out until KALA decides to make a solid top pineapple (mahogany/spruce) or better yet solid acacia. KALA has one the best shaped pineapples in my opinion but all laminate which limits the appeal. I did write them about it but they replied they didn't think they could sell any. Oh well. :rolleyes:

dnewton2
04-03-2009, 02:39 AM
I'm holding out until KALA decides to make a solid top pineapple (mahogany/spruce) or better yet solid acacia. KALA has one the best shaped pineapples in my opinion but all laminate which limits the appeal. I did write them about it but they replied they didn't think they could sell any. Oh well. :rolleyes:

Keep writing back from friends addresses and names. If you could get people here, on UU, to write them also they could see a demand. I guess it would be better if the people really had an intrest as to not make Kala go down a road under unrealistic demand.

I don't have a pineapple uke nor have I played one. I wouldn't mind having one but I think I need to wait a while to convince the wife i should have one.

ichadwick
04-03-2009, 10:34 AM
Yeah ... I want this one too :rock:

I second that. Assuming it's a solid top. If not, I'm not interested.

Big_Island_Ukulele
04-03-2009, 02:49 PM
hey all,
here is THE video from the premier uke distributor in Europe- RISA Musical Instruments- distributor of Big Island Ukulele and Kala brand- here are some videos of some live performances that just happened today!

the HONU in action!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyAH4JZQ0Iw

the BASS UKE that has been the rave of the show (no kidding... it's been a HOT item!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNxc38waQrI

the bass was much better live than what is coming out of this video. I think they had the bass amp turned down a bit so as not to overpower the uke. by they way... these are ALL Kala ukes!

BTW, this was an improntu session with the three of them. Andreas (far left) was mostly playing solo and Mike and Rigk jumped in for a couple sessions.

:bowdown: Go MIKE! :nana:

thassall for now... gotta sleep... one more day of the show to do!

Jorma

cpatch
04-03-2009, 05:55 PM
the BASS UKE that has been the rave of the show (no kidding... it's been a HOT item!)
I hate to say it but this video killed my interest in the bass uke...it looked kind of silly. Even a stick bass like this (made in HI, incidentally) would have been better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yBsMLXROAU

deach
04-04-2009, 01:56 AM
I hate to say it but this video killed my interest in the bass uke...it looked kind of silly. Even a stick bass like this (made in HI, incidentally) would have been better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yBsMLXROAU

I've seen both side by side and the big ass strings on the bass uke look cool. The stick player even wanted one.

ichadwick
04-04-2009, 04:09 AM
I'm holding out until KALA decides to make a... solid acacia.
Well, the new Kala acacia ukes ARE solid, albeit not pineapple shaped, according to this video...
kala-ukulele-tenor-solid-acacia (http://video.aol.com/video-detail/kala-ukulele-tenor-solid-acacia/972434656)
So I want one, yep...