Hi Marian, Sorry I didn't respond sooner...I haven't been online much lately. Sadly, I haven't been playing much lately either. My family has a winery here in Walla Walla that had regular open mic nights for a while that would get the occasional Uke player but now there are so many other venues in town that our nights are a bit hit and miss to guarantee a full booking.
Howdy ukunuke! I'm just getting around to answering mail & notices so please excuse the late response.
Ya know, right now it sure looks like I'll be a waanbe player for some time. But I *am* trying to learn and practice.
Yeah I know what you mean... I have a Kala KA-S soprano now but, eventually want a Pono or Kamaka Concert size when funds are available. I've learned and bettered my skills quite a bit from a month ago!
Thanks - appreciate your perspective. I'll be heading to Oahu in May and will probably stop by Kamaka, Kanilea and the Koaloha shops . . . just in case! I've really started playing a lot since picking up the Kanilea in Denver. But I love the headstock on the Kamaka concert. Makes me smile just to look at it. Let me know how you like the pineapple - I'm thinking that would round out the stable!
Aloha! Well... when I started getting into fingerpicking more, my uke instructor recommended that I have both low G and high G ukes. The concert is my favorite size to play, so I started shopping for another concert - thinking I'd get a different K-brand or something - but nothing really spoke to me. So when a Kamaka concert came up for a great price, I bought a second one. I call them the Twins
I've also played a Koaloha and a Kanile'a and didn't enjoy either one as much. I think part of why I like Kamakas best may simply be the fact that they have the thinnest necks, making it easier for my small hands to play. But there's something about the sound too - it's fuller? More depth? And I like the simple style - nothing flashy, minimal branding.
In Hawaii a couple weeks ago I tried a lot of high end ukuleles, but nothing tempted me - except a Kamaka pineapple, which will be the next acquisition! Anyway - enjoy that new Kamaka concert, I'm sure you will love it as much as I do mine.