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Thread: Cockroached White Label Kamaka

  1. #11


    A new label might make people think it was a counterfeit. That was an issue for Kamaka then.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Oak Park, Illinois


    I'd surely send it to Kamaka to be appropriately restored. Probably cost next to nothing.
    If everybody wanted peace instead of another TV, then there would be peace.
    -John Lennon-

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Victoria BC



    I had the Kamaka Standard repaired by Steve Doreen who made some interesting observations in the process.

    The instrument is 100% Koa, including fretboard and braces:

    A thin solid strip is used instead of a kerfed one:

    There is no fan bracing, only ladder:

    There is no longitudinal brace from the bridge plate to the soundhole; and

    The logo is a decal, not an inlay.

    The wood had dried out over time and a crack in the soundboard along the seam was repaired.

    Steve expressed mild concern that the lack of any bracing between bridge and soundhole might cause the top to deform under the increased tension of modern fluorocarbon strings like the Martin M600s mounted. He advised monitoring. A week after repair, the soundboard did separate near the rear block but a quick shot of CA sufficed.

    The sound is AMAZING. What a voice for a small instrument. In the club jam sessions, it rang out clear and loud prompting others to ask what I was playing. The downside is that my mistakes are no longer lost in the din.

    I am thrilled to own this “Benchmark” of the genre. This to me is what a uke should sound like. Everything else is a variant.
    Marquesian (Tahiatian) Ukulele by Ah-Sha Venance, Ua Huka
    Kala Soprano
    OHana CK-28 Concert
    Driftwood Cedar/Eucalyptus Concert by Steve Doreen, Esquimalt BC (now Lone Tree Guitars)
    Islander Soprano
    Kanile’a K1-T SF Tenor
    Makala Waterman
    Beaver Creek Tiger Tenor
    Kamaka HF-1 Standard

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Sparta, Wisconsin, USA


    That is great that you had it repaired and found out so much more about the build. You shuld have a great time playing such a lovely instrument.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL


    I love stories like this.
    I feel like any instrument that has been played well has a soul.
    They should be preserved to whatever extent is practical.
    Congrats on your "new" Kamaka!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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