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buc mcmaster
06-12-2014, 01:42 PM
Hurrah! A new ukulele arrived yesterday: Kamaka HP-1D Pineapple Deluxe. The first pineapple I've laid my left-handed hands upon.....pretty nice. Did not like the factory strings at all (Kamaka, I assume). Quite large gauges with terrible intonation. Whipped on a set of Fremont Blacklines Hi Tension (my fav string for my other sopranos) and bingo! Very good intonation, great clarity and note separation, a bit better volume and much better sustain. Sounds a little tight, which I attribute to it being new wood, and I'm thinking it will open up nicely in time.

If I could change one thing it would be the machine heads. I much prefer a lighter machine like Pegheds or just straight up friction pegs, but I can live with these...........

http://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s606/bucmcmaster/kamaka1_zps0b0614ae.jpg (http://s1308.photobucket.com/user/bucmcmaster/media/kamaka1_zps0b0614ae.jpg.html)

buc mcmaster
06-12-2014, 01:51 PM
.....and here's the new Kamaka with the first uke I ever bought, a Collings UC3K in sunburst....... Kan you say K-O-A?

http://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s606/bucmcmaster/koa_zps06ceae47.jpg (http://s1308.photobucket.com/user/bucmcmaster/media/koa_zps06ceae47.jpg.html)

Jim Hanks
06-12-2014, 02:08 PM
Sweet! I'm hoping to add a pineapple soprano (longneck) to the stable soon - but not a Kamaka. congrats!

Telperion
06-12-2014, 02:11 PM
Buc, that Collings is probably the nicest "first" uke I've ever seen! Congrats on the new pineapple. She's no slouch either. Happy playing!

-Steve

janeray1940
06-12-2014, 02:21 PM
Oh, it's gorgeous! Congratulations. But those factory strings - just awful. Fremont Blacklines are a good choice, but I prefer Martin M600s on my Kamakas (including an HP-1).

KevinV
06-12-2014, 05:43 PM
Beautiful! I love the flame and rope inlay. I've got my eyes set on a Kamaka soprano for sometime down the line. A great addition indeed.

iamesperambient
06-12-2014, 07:14 PM
Hurrah! A new ukulele arrived yesterday: Kamaka HP-1D Pineapple Deluxe. The first pineapple I've laid my left-handed hands upon.....pretty nice. Did not like the factory strings at all (Kamaka, I assume). Quite large gauges with terrible intonation. Whipped on a set of Fremont Blacklines Hi Tension (my fav string for my other sopranos) and bingo! Very good intonation, great clarity and note separation, a bit better volume and much better sustain. Sounds a little tight, which I attribute to it being new wood, and I'm thinking it will open up nicely in time.

If I could change one thing it would be the machine heads. I much prefer a lighter machine like Pegheds or just straight up friction pegs, but I can live with these...........

http://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s606/bucmcmaster/kamaka1_zps0b0614ae.jpg (http://s1308.photobucket.com/user/bucmcmaster/media/kamaka1_zps0b0614ae.jpg.html)


im drooling you are one lucky person!!!! beautiful I hope won day I will be able to afford a kamaka pineapple amazing!

FrankB
06-13-2014, 02:07 AM
Hmmmm..... It's hard for me to appreciate the Kamaka after seeing your Collings. :D

OldePhart
06-13-2014, 02:55 AM
Sweeet! You are building a stable of very nice ukes, my friend!

John

Telperion
06-13-2014, 03:08 AM
But those factory strings - just awful.

It's a bit puzzling that Kamaka sticks with these nylon strings. I just tried a set on a Kanile'a concert, and thought they were just terrible. However, I have heard sound samples and comparisons to other strings where they sounded quite nice, so maybe some people like them. :confused:.

Personally, I don't care for the feel of them. They seem a lot better for strumming than finger picking, and it's more difficult for me to get optimal tone out of them. I still occasionally try out different strings, but I'm getting to a point where it feels like a waste because I'm never quite happy until I go back to Savarez.

-Steve

buc mcmaster
06-13-2014, 04:18 AM
It's a bit puzzling that Kamaka sticks with these nylon strings.

Yes, it is. They go to all the time & trouble to build a nice ukulele and string it with terrible strings. Can't figure that myself.

I think I've hit my uke ceiling with this Kamaka. A Collings concert, Kamaka pineapple for "modern" instruments, and a pair of old Gibson sopranos: Uke 2 from the 40s and a 30s-something Poinsettia (currently with Jake Wildwood for some fret work). There is definitely a contrast of tone between the old and the new!

niwenomian
06-13-2014, 05:52 AM
Beautiful pair! I have a kamaka soprano that I play with living water strings, but I am playing the blacklines on my koaloha. I wonder how the blacklines would sound on the kamaka....please let us know how you like that combo.

You have nice taste in ukes, for sure. Happy strumming.

Nick

Ukejenny
06-13-2014, 06:19 AM
.....and here's the new Kamaka with the first uke I ever bought, a Collings UC3K in sunburst....... Kan you say K-O-A?

http://i1308.photobucket.com/albums/s606/bucmcmaster/koa_zps06ceae47.jpg (http://s1308.photobucket.com/user/bucmcmaster/media/koa_zps06ceae47.jpg.html)

Wow, you most certainly are living right!!!! They are both stunning.