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    Default New Kanilea model

    Saw the Kanilea NAMM video, where they introduced the Oha uke, a less expensive Hawaiian-made model. Solid koa top, solid mahogany B&S. Walnut fingerboard & bridge. Green fingerboard dots and logo. MSRP of $725.00 - $850.00. It's on their website now. Sounded very good on the video.

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    Also interesting that they're moving away from rosewood on most models (probably CITES), going with ebony fingerboard, bridge and headstock overlay. A classy look IMO.

    The new TRU bracing looks interesting too, new braces weigh 30% less.
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    And that pineapple shaped side port on the new pineapple tenor looks so cool!
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    I like that miniature bridge. They should have drawn tiny cars driving across it.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    The green--no. I don't want a Kanilea where I'm already thinking about attacking it with Sharpies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    The green--no. I don't want a Kanilea where I'm already thinking about attacking it with Sharpies.
    Agreed...that is a strange touch to an otherwise interesting tenor. Maybe they want to sell a bunch for St. Paddy's Day?
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    Why is Kanile'a so attached to the pin bridges?
    Those plastic pins don't live up to the beauty of their instruments, IMHO...
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    I don't mind the pins, it's the cheap plastic tuner knobs that irk me. With mold seams no less.

    I've sent emails to them asking if they sell replacements. Never gotten an answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Why is Kanile'a so attached to the pin bridges?
    Those plastic pins don't live up to the beauty of their instruments, IMHO...
    To each his own, right? I like pin bridges. To me, they look a lot neater than string ties, and are easier to work with.

    I replace most all of my uke & guitar pins with ebony pins -- they're not expensive. I like that teeny effect that ebony pins have on the sound & sustain. The sound difference is a matter of each person's ears/taste, of course, but the slight added sustain is discernible by almost anyone.

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    I also saw they are rolling out a line of ukes with solid cedar tops. I love the sound of cedar topped ukes I've played. To me, they sound totally opened up almost immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellgamin View Post
    To each his own, right? I like pin bridges. To me, they look a lot neater than string ties, and are easier to work with.

    I replace most all of my uke & guitar pins with ebony pins -- they're not expensive. I like that teeny effect that ebony pins have on the sound & sustain. The sound difference is a matter of each person's ears/taste, of course, but the slight added sustain is discernible by almost anyone.
    I didn't know that pin material makes a difference in sound!
    Makes sense, I guess.
    Not being very handy, I hadn't gotten to this great idea.
    (Wonder why Kanile'a doesn't do ebony pins to start with!)

    Do you just buy the pins and plug them in - do they work without modification?

    Oh, and I had a helluva time with the A string slipping out when I changed to Living Water strings. Was my solution of a BIG knot the appropriate one?

    Thx for your reply!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    ....Oh, and I had a helluva time with the A string slipping out when I changed to Living Water strings. Was my solution of a BIG knot the appropriate one? Thx for your reply!
    Tracie, yes, I've had A strings pop out of slot style bridges on sopranos; my knots were too small. I like this Ken Timms video about A string knots

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