- Sep 5, 2009
Always a fan of smaller than soprano scale ukes - so was keen to see how this one from Ohana worked out
Street price about $225… I’d have a hard time spending that much on a “novelty uke”, esp when the bag or case is a separate item/cost.Nice review as always! There is also the slightly more expensive "Pequeno" series that have the vintage-style finishes and white Gotoh friction tuners. Ohana specs say the nut width is 1 3/8" (34.9mm) so I wonder if that's a bit more comfortable....
Our Ohana Pequeno is vintage charm and class in a petite package. Part of our Sopranino Series, this is an all solid premium mahogany build that will develop resonance and sustain as its played. Bags/cases that fit this ukulele: UCH-19 DB-19BK UB-19BK Specs Body Top: Premium Solid Mahogany...ohana-music.com
Ah sorry - not sure I agree when you consider this is part of a solid wood range by Ohana at prices that probably rule out the kids market (this is 160 UK pounds over here - not an entry price)It seems to be a quality instrument but size is more suited for children (keiki) than many adults. My Hawaiian language skills are limited.
Happens a lot - due to where the mic is positioned it always sounds catastrophic on video, but I hardly heard it in the room!You could add long necks, 5 string, 8 string to your list as well... quite the range.
I forget to mention, I am impressed that baz didn't flinch one bit when the 2 ukes knocked together towards the beginning...lol.
That is definitely very appealing about Ohana brand. They even used to have a Taropatch, which hardly anyone makes any more. Also quite nice Artist signature models.Whatever one might think about the uke itself (and I do agree it seems decent) you really have to commend Ohana for making so many of these non-standard ukes. Name me one other uke brand that lists several different sup-soprano models, Nunes style models, Vita uke models, a Lyon & Healy bell uke, and loads of other vintage style models. They're very distinctly a beginner to mid-range uke brand but I'm always impressed with their range of different and quirky ukes.
In my experience - extremely hard to dial in intonation and string tension with low G on sub-soprano instruments. In fact hard enough to get right on sopranos. Shorter the scale - the more fussy the instrument on accuracy, but flabby tension is also a problem for me.My sopranissimo version TTPK-25G of this is on long-term loan to a 8 yr old neighbor, whom I totally trust. Normal tuning so he can play-along /continue lessons with friends online. Strung with Seaguar blues & Hi-Seas fluorocarbs…
Am thinking about trial-&-erroring various options to find a wound lowG for my sub-sopranos incl this one... (this 8 yr old, like me, prefers lowG, lol).