- Apr 13, 2020
I completely expected Koaloha to win because they go cheap and appeal to the hoi polloi. More power to them and their marketing department. I personally have a Kamaka to appease the traditional ukulele gods. I have a hf3-LDS. It is my concession to the traditional sound of the assembly line product. It is my only re-entrant instrument. I bought and keep it to remind me of the ways of our ukulele forefathers. It keeps me grounded whereas my other custom ukes soar to new, unexplored heights.
That's a lame reason to expect KoAloha to win, and this post does sound snooty. The OP is asking a valid question regarding the Hawaiian K brands. I have a Kanile'a. a KoAloha, and a custom. All three sound great. But because of ease of playability I seem to prefer the KoAloha. So I guess I'm one of the hoi polloi. The Kanile'a is beautiful, but the string spacing is a little wide for me. Though honestly, I love all my ukes, and they all sound very good or better. I would really like to try a Ko'olau, though. I did try two Kamakas, a soprano and a concert, but they did not impress me. Perhaps I haven't met the right Kamaka yet.