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    Default Difference in mahogany and koa

    I am looking at one of the Kiwaya soprano ukuleles. I am looking at solid wood. My question is about the sound difference between mahogany and koa. Is there a lot of difference? It is difficult to get definitive sound samples since there are no stores in my area. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks-Ray

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    This might be helpful

    https://youtu.be/xIqp0ufnBgM

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    Thanks for this! I think I’m a mahogany guy.

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    Mahogany is a safe bet, as is cedar, if you like a more mellow sound, whilst acacia, koa, & spruce are slightly brighter.

    I have 3x mahogany, 2x acacia, & 1x spruce, all solid wood ukes, & I mainly prefer them in that order.
    Last edited by Croaky Keith; 11-09-2018 at 08:54 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Summ3rain View Post
    This might be helpful

    https://youtu.be/xIqp0ufnBgM
    Good video. Thanks for sharing that.

    I then watched the video on strings, and thought that was very good, too, (though off topic here. Sorry.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuR7Aw8pf6Y

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    Talking of woods and strings, I am personally looking forward to stringing my mahogany long neck soprano with some brigther strings.

    Trying different strings on my tasmanian blackwood (akacia) concert, I have taken a liking to Worth Browns, which mellows the akacia "jangle" and turns it into a rich warm tone. When I wanted to upgrade the Aquilas my Mahogany uke, I put those on that too, but I think it becomes too mellow. I bougth some Worth Clear to try on it, courious if that works better.

    Anybody else prefer bright strings on mellow woods and vice versa?
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    I like Living Water concert strings on my ukes, mahogany, acacia, & my one spruce all have them, all in low G.

    I have my Kala L/N soprano with some other flouros, possibly Worths, (took them off my Opio L/N concert), for the occasional strumming re entrant.
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    testing testing

    I'm back! I was "Forbidden. Blacklisted" all day yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    testing testing

    I'm back! I was "Forbidden. Blacklisted" all day yesterday.
    Yeah, me too. I wonder if UU got hacked? Any how, the two woods do sound different with different sizes of ukulele. For what it's worth I like the sound of mahogany sopranos and koa tenors. The jury is still out on concerts.
    Last edited by kkimura; 11-10-2018 at 02:16 AM.
    Martin OXK Soprano
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    Mahogany smells nicer........but cedar is best
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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