When did Koaloha Switch to an Inlaid Headstock Logo?

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When did Koaloha switch from engraving their logo on the headstock, to an inlaid abalone (I am assuming it is abalone) logo?

I am talking about their regular Hawaiian made Koa line (e.g. the KTM-00 Tenor).

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The bridge design I don't care so much about but the inlay on the headstock was a huge improvement in my eyes.
 

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There's always the Opio. Doesn't even say "Opio" anymore on the headstock.
 

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Around 2017/2018 I think.
I think that's when they went to outsource necks to mainland CNC production that also cut a straight end instead of the beautiful crown. Bridge design changes quite often it seems.
 

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So according to my records I bought a tenor in June 2016 which had the impressed logo on the headstock and then a super concert in December 2016 which had the abalone logo. Can't believe it was that long ago!
 

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I got my soprano in March, 2011, and it does not have the inlay. I've compared the sound of the inlay and non-inlay ukes, and the one that sounds better is definitely the ... :D
 

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I got my soprano in March, 2011, and it does not have the inlay. I've compared the sound of the inlay and non-inlay ukes, and the one that sounds better is definitely the ... :D
The real question is does a real, natural, solid abalone inlay sound better than one made with a synthetic (plastic) material?
 

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On the factory tour it is certainly an interesting stop when they show the tiny abalone pieces and how they are fit into the space.
 

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On the factory tour it is certainly an interesting stop when they show the tiny abalone pieces and how they are fit into the space.

Inlays absolutely amaze me. How can they cut a depression to exactly fit a piece of material? I don't believe they can. I think it's all an optical illusion. They say there a beautiful inlay, and we agree, not wanting to look stupid. :D
 

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Inlays absolutely amaze me. How can they cut a depression to exactly fit a piece of material? I don't believe they can. I think it's all an optical illusion. They say there a beautiful inlay, and we agree, not wanting to look stupid. :D

The Emperor's new Abalone Inlay? :cool:
 

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The Crown Bridge looked like this on a Dec 2004 made tenor:

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