Ohana TPK-25G Small Scale Sopranino

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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....

 

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I’ve got that uke, and have pretty much the same likes/dislikes…however, I have it strung with fluorocarbon strings and think is sounds fine in C tuning. I agree that it sounds WAY better than the O’nino (also with fluorocarbon strings), which sounded toy-like to me, no comparison really.
 

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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....

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.
 

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Thanks for another great review, Baz. I've seen so many of them, I can usually tell right off by the look on your face if you liked it or not.
 

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Looks like one for spoiled and talented keiki, though they must practice with supervision to avoid injury with pointy headstock.
 

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It seems to be a quality instrument but size is more suited for children (keiki) than many adults. My Hawaiian language skills are limited.
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)

I get that its styled kinda funky but then, I am 49 years old and like it!

Hey - in the right tuning this is a nice uke - sounds great - the nut width is a common thing with Ohana and Kala - they don't seem to get what the Hawaiian makers have always done in that department and are taking advice from Chinese factory lines. Shame really.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
Happens a lot - due to where the mic is positioned it always sounds catastrophic on video, but I hardly heard it in the room!
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
And that steel string Tiple with 10?
 

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I have this uke. It's never going to be my primary, but I really do like it. As someone with tiny hands even for a woman, the nut width doesn't bother me at all. It's fun when I want to take a uke that doesn't take up much space.
 

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you're right Kaelrie, it should never be a primary uke, just a fun novelty to have around.

I was looking at the Kiwaya catalog and they (their china factory) make 19" sopraninos (u-trip series)... had no idea. 35mm nut and only 8,000 yen with bag in Japan...but international shipping effectively doubles the price. Hmmm, Christmas is coming...
 
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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).
 

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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).
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.