Was not a fan of rope binding either but love the sound of my Ohta San cedar top so much, that the rope binding is more appealing to me now. My uke looks like a spruce top because the cedar is white cedar. The koa used for the back, sides and headstock is just gorgeous. It's a striking combination. Casey Kamaka chooses the wood sets for the Ohta Sans.
Welcome back Mike! These are beautiful! I've always had my heart set on a Kamaka and my lovely wife just bought herself a $5000 sewing/quilting machine, so she's feeling a little guilty! Looks like I can maybe get one and that Koa is just to die for! How much and when will it be available?
That's the thing with camera phones under fluorescent lights. We already have to deal with images being digital and 2 dimensional. These new models need a bit of pro gear to even attempt a fraction of the beauty they behold. These are the nicest Kamaka's I have seen short of Casey's custom work.