KoAloha Strings NOW Available

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I recently put a Low G set of these strings on my concert KoAloha and I love them. They are very comfortable under the fingertips, and the set has a wonderful, well balanced sound. I’m not generally a fan of Low G strings for strumming chords, but this Low G set shines at both strumming and finger-style. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to replace the strings on their KoAloha.
 
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The description of double layer sounds very similar to the gone fishin strings from Bytown Instruments. I wonder if they are the same and if anyone will be able to compare. Sure would be great news for the Canucks.
 

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I've been playing on these strings for a few weeks now and have found their sound to be lively, sweet, and fascinating. I've also been comparing them to Uke Logic soft tension strings (which are fantastic) to have something to juxtapose against. The Papaloha strings are relatively soft touch and tension with a bright tone that has just a touch of naturalness that I associate with gut strings. The A string rings out in a way that is absolutely fantastic and I was kind of obsessed with for an entire day. Very high and tight but also clear sounding. I also hear a lot of texture to the sound of each string (except for maybe the low g) compared to say worths or Uke Logic. The Uke Logics have a stunning clarity and balance with a touch of dark warmth to their sound that these strings don't have to my ear. Instead, they have more texture, personality, and kind of a sweet twangy sustain to them that I love and haven't heard from other Ukulele strings. In particular, the C & E strings harmonize together in a very unique way that really sings (true to the Uke SA description) and adds a lot of personality to the overall voice of a chord. When playing fingerstyle they give off a very sweet sound that makes me never want to stop playing. I'm curious to try them out with a different low G, maybe a Thomastik CF-30 or a Uke Logic Smoothwound.

I'm also curious what other people's experiences have been with these.
 
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Thanks for the review! I’ve been curious about trying these on my Kamaka and even though I do love the Uke Logics- I’ll give them a shot
 

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I've been playing on these strings for a few weeks now and have found their sound to be lively, sweet, and fascinating. I've also been comparing them to Uke Logic soft tension strings (which are fantastic) to have something to juxtapose against. The Papaloha strings are relatively soft touch and tension with a bright tone that has just a touch of naturalness that I associate with gut strings. The A string rings out in a way that is absolutely fantastic and I was kind of obsessed with for an entire day. Very high and tight but also clear sounding. I also hear a lot of texture to the sound of each string (except for maybe the low g) compared to say worths or Uke Logic. The Uke Logics have a stunning clarity and balance with a touch of dark warmth to their sound that these strings don't have to my ear. Instead, they have more texture, personality, and kind of a sweet twangy sustain to them that I love and haven't heard from other Ukulele strings. In particular, the C & E strings harmonize together in a very unique way that really sings (true to the Uke SA description) and adds a lot of personality to the overall voice of a chord. When playing fingerstyle they give off a very sweet sound that makes me never want to stop playing. I'm curious to try them out with a different low G, maybe a Thomastik CF-30 or a Uke Logic Smoothwound.

I'm also curious what other people's experiences have been with these.
As you would imagine, I use these strings on my ukes. I have them on a KoAloha tenor and was curious about swapping the Ukesa Low-G with the Thomastik CF-30. I did so but did not notice a difference in sound-- only a difference in touch. I could not believe it. I decided to record both and I sent the recording off to Pops. He also noted how the Thomastik wound low-G sounded like the Ukesa fluorocarbon Low-G. That being the case, I switched back to the Ukesa for more uniformity. Thanks for the great review. I am glad that you are happy with the strings. I will be sending your review off to Pops. I know he will enjoy reading it.
 

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@efiscella,

That's pretty crazy and helpful to read. Thanks for sharing!

Also, I feel touched to know that Pops will be reading something I wrote about one of his creations. He's an artist I hold in the highest esteem.
 

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What is the going price? I didn't realize I was reading an older post. I'd like to get a couple sets.
 

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@efiscella Do you have an estimate on the number of sets y'all have left? I was reading on another thread where you said that once these are gone they won't be offered anymore; does that still hold true?
 

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@efiscella Do you have an estimate on the number of sets y'all have left? I was reading on another thread where you said that once these are gone they won't be offered anymore; does that still hold true?
We now have an unlimited supply. Back in October 2020, the supplier wrote to Pops and Koaloha that they would no longer be supplying strings for ukulele outside of Japan. Pops told me that once our supply was gone, most likely there would be a new manufacturer for our strings, so I put that word out. Pops kept at it and found a way to get these same strings that he always used from a music company in Japan instead of the manufacturer, directly. Bottom line is that we are now able to continue to supply people with these strings that make our ukuleles sing. I not only have these strings on my KoAloha and Ukesa models, but they are amazing on my Kamaka and Kanile'a. I also have them on my 1967 Martin tenor but with a Thomastik wound low-G on that one. The sound of these strings on my other brands is clear like a bell, the volume is like a
loud cannon, the touch is soft, and every other acoustic property is perfect, for me. Personally, I am really happy that Pops kept at it and we are now able to keep supplying these strings. So, to go back to your original question, we have plenty of string to make available. Pops told me yesterday that he is putting together another 100 sets to send to me since there has been a large demand. For anyone in Europe who may be reading this, we just shipped 80 sets of strings to Southern Ukulele Store so you can find them there, also.
 

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We now have an unlimited supply.
I want to know whether the strings on my ktm-25 factory special are the same as the strings talked about here? I'm considering changing my 4th low-g right now. And I'd like to keep the strings' unity.
 

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I want to know whether the strings on my ktm-25 factory special are the same as the strings talked about here? I'm considering changing my 4th low-g right now. And I'd like to keep the strings' unity.
when was the Ktm-25 made? I ask this because for some KoAloha Ukes made as of January 2021, there could be different strings, which I can get from the factory. All KoAloha's prior to January 2021 are these strings. Let me know-- either way, I can get you the correct strings. The original strings I can send out myself. The strings that KoAloha used as of January 2021 I can ask Pops to send out from the factory. I cannot tell you what the difference is but Pops says it is a small difference. Either way, it is not a problem to get either as long as I know the build date if it was January 2021 or after for KoAlohas and Opios only.
 

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It says August, 2020 on the neck.
when was the Ktm-25 made? I ask this because for some KoAloha Ukes made as of January 2021, there could be different strings, which I can get from the factory. All KoAloha's prior to January 2021 are these strings. Let me know-- either way, I can get you the correct strings. The original strings I can send out myself. The strings that KoAloha used as of January 2021 I can ask Pops to send out from the factory. I cannot tell you what the difference is but Pops says it is a small difference. Either way, it is not a problem to get either as long as I know the build date if it was January 2021 or after for KoAlohas and Opios only.
 

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It says August, 2020 on the neck.
The Strings that I already have in my possession are exactly the same. These strings are used for all KoAloha, Opio, and Ukesa no matter the scale. Each packet has enough string for a tenor uke and then some. The only difference is a High or Low G packet.
 

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@efiscella Do you have an estimate on the number of sets y'all have left? I was reading on another thread where you said that once these are gone they won't be offered anymore; does that still hold true?
We now have an unlimited supply.
@necessaryrooster, thanks for asking-- I was about to, as I opted not to purchase the strings previously because I didn't want to get used to (and likely love) strings that would be unobtainable going forward.

@efiscella, wonderful news! Just to clarify, if possible: are these also the strings that Rebel ukuleles ship with? The feel of my Rebel strings is unlike others I've tried but also are consistent with your descriptions.
(I believed I confirmed earlier that they are the same strings, but just want to be sure.)

Thanks!
~ S.
 

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@efiscella, wonderful news! Just to clarify, if possible: are these also the strings that Rebel ukuleles ship with? The feel of my Rebel strings is unlike others I've tried but also are consistent with your descriptions.
(I believed I confirmed earlier that they are the same strings, but just want to be sure.)

Thanks!
~ S.
I really don't know about the Rebel Strings. It is not something that I have direct knowledge of. Indirectly, I have wondered that myself since I have a Rebel double creme standard and the strings feel very similar. When I play the Rebel, it does feel or sound much different than my KoAloha or Ukesa Wow's. There are differences but I have always felt that the differences were reflections of the woods and not the strings.
 

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I really don't know about the Rebel Strings. It is not something that I have direct knowledge of. Indirectly, I have wondered that myself since I have a Rebel double creme standard and the strings feel very similar. When I play the Rebel, it does feel or sound much different than my KoAloha or Ukesa Wow's. There are differences but I have always felt that the differences were reflections of the woods and not the strings.
Sorry but I have not figured out how to edit on this new platform for the forum. In this last statement- it should read, "When I play the Rebel, it does NOT feel or sound much different than my KoAloha or Ukesa Wow's."
 

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We now have an unlimited supply. Back in October 2020, the supplier wrote to Pops and Koaloha that they would no longer be supplying strings for ukulele outside of Japan. Pops told me that once our supply was gone, most likely there would be a new manufacturer for our strings, so I put that word out. Pops kept at it and found a way to get these same strings that he always used from a music company in Japan instead of the manufacturer, directly. Bottom line is that we are now able to continue to supply people with these strings that make our ukuleles sing. I not only have these strings on my KoAloha and Ukesa models, but they are amazing on my Kamaka and Kanile'a. I also have them on my 1967 Martin tenor but with a Thomastik wound low-G on that one. The sound of these strings on my other brands is clear like a bell, the volume is like a
loud cannon, the touch is soft, and every other acoustic property is perfect, for me. Personally, I am really happy that Pops kept at it and we are now able to keep supplying these strings. So, to go back to your original question, we have plenty of string to make available. Pops told me yesterday that he is putting together another 100 sets to send to me since there has been a large demand. For anyone in Europe who may be reading this, we just shipped 80 sets of strings to Southern Ukulele Store so you can find them there, also.
@efiscella This is the best news I've heard all week! Koalohas are my all-time favorite strings. I've been trying to find a substitute since I didn't think they'd be available much longer, now I don't have to! I just ordered a bunch; planning on trying them out on a Pete Howlett soprano I just acquired. Also, regarding the edit feature, it appears that there is a glitch for UU VIP members at the moment that doesn't allow editing. I'm sure the staff is working on it and will have it fixed in no time.

@Spieler I was reading on another UU thread that someone asked Rebel and they use a brand that is only distributed in Asia; someone else said they asked and were told they are Worths. Looking again at that thread I see that you were active in it so you know what I'm talking about.

When I go on the Rebel website, they have two types of strings listed but there doesn't appear to be any way to buy them. I agree with you though, Rebel's strings are great. Very similar to Koaloha.
 

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Now I’m super curious about the what is different about the post January 2021 strings.
 

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Now I’m super curious about the what is different about the post January 2021 strings.
Here is what I know. In terms of touch, and tone it is basically the same but manufactured by a different company. Some of our customers have tried both and they don't see or hear any significant difference. Their choice of strings usually comes down to wanting to put the same strings on that originally came with their instrument-- the same strings when they fell in love with their ukulele.