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    Lfdm tenor ( should have stopped buying right there)
    Koolau tenor
    Blackbird Clara

    Yes in that order!

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    When I started out, it was Kala, then I got some solid mahogany Ohanas, but decided to splash out on a KoAloha Opio, so it's KoAloha now, closely followed by Ohana, (both long neck concert ukes).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I have three Kala Ukes (see below) and a Kala tenor guitar, so I guess Kalas are my favorite. However, I really like my Luna concert a lot.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    I've tried one tenor each of Ko'olau, Kanile'a, Koaloha, and Kamaka. I'm not convinced the Ko'olau was a good example of the brand, but I think the others are representative. Of these individual instruments, the Kanile'a is by far my favorite, so Kanile'a is my favorite brand. I just love the clean, pure tone it produces, especially on the 1st string.
    Martin C2M Concert
    Grimes Redwood Ziricote Tenor
    Kala KA-EBY-T Tenor
    Kanile'a K-3 TE Premium Tenor
    Koaloha KTM-00 Tenor

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    No question about it, a WWII Martin concert. I Just stick to old stuff but I've been impressed with the current Luthier made, it's the way to go if you have just one.

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    Kiwaya first, I love the two I have.

    Cordoba next. I've got two - love the cedar top tenor but I'm not bonding as well with the same series baritone. I have another Cordoba tenor coming tomorrow - all solid hog

    I think if I were to "step up" to a "K" brand, I'd likely try a Kanilea as I like the neck carve and ample nut width on my Islander tenor.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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    Loprinzi
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    LfdM (I own three, a tenor, super tenor and a baritone) I could sell everything else and be happy.
    I'iwi
    Ko'olau and Kimo are tied for third

    A whole bunch of others have come and gone. It's all just personal preference.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Kanilea and Kiwaya, then Romero Creations. aNueNue seem good too.

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    I have several and my favorite is my DaSilva.
    My Mike Pereira is very close though.
    Keep Strummin'

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