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    Question Kamaka vs. KoAloha ??

    I am trying to decide between my next tenor ukulele being a Kamaka or a KoAloha. They are both beautiful and roughly the same price so what are the differences between the models? What would YOU recommend? Please help me out as I am really torn between the two! Thanks so much.
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    Since I'm assuming you're going to get either one mail ordered, I'd recommend listening to as many as you can on youtube and the like.

    They're both quality instruments built to last a lifetime. Major difference is tone and it's impossible to argue which one sounds better.

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    im biased because i work at KoAloha, but in all seriousness, i like our stuff better. much easier to pick up and play. very playable and also aesthetically pleasing. we also have the best warranty since like, ever. especially compared to Kamaka's yearlong wait list for repairs
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    i would prefer the kamaka than the koaloha.
    dont get me wrong, koaloha are great also, but as PERSONAL preference..


    KAMAKA

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    Not to hijack, but...I was torn between Kamaka and Koaloha and actually ended up getting a Kanile'a that I am very happy with. As long as you are considering the K's, it is a great ukulele at a competitive price, and they provide great customer service. Just a thought...I'm sure you will love whatever you choose.

    Edit: I now have the Kamaka, and I play that over my Kanile'a 99.9% of the time, so between Kamaka and KoAloha, for tradition, for elegant design (over more mod looks), for historical value, I choose Kamaka.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisureclub View Post

    They're both quality instruments built to last a lifetime.
    I think that's a bit of a stretch. Have a peek into Kamaka's repair room sometime and you'll see just how short life can be!
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    do they still make Pono with Koa?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    I think that's a bit of a stretch. Have a peek into Kamaka's repair room sometime and you'll see just how short life can be!
    hah! he didn't say anything about KoAloha's, because it'd be ridiculous to offer a lifetime warranty and not build our instruments to last a lifetime.
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    Default that's a tough one...

    Aloha,

    I've got to say that I LOVE both of these builders. They play wonderfully and hold a tone in their own rite. I must admit though...if you ever have an opportunity to play a full custom from either of these builders you'll really see (and hear) how complex a tone and masterfully built ukes can be.

    ahui ho,
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    Back when I was looking into and emailing MGM I asked the same ???? about the Soprano's....
    I was looking at the Kamaka cuz they were the oldest mfg. and I figured I couldn't go wrong...
    He told me they are both very well built and when I asked which he would buy....
    I ended up with a KoAloaha Soprano.
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