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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 GBD - Fingerpick
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Lo F BbDF Fingerpick
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGDA Fingerpick (5ths)

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-F BbDG Strum
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Strum

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift)
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift

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    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.
    Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Mainland Mahogany Classic; Mainland Red Cedar; Ohana SK-28; Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Musicguymic's "Kolohe" concert; Cordoba 24T; Cordoba 30T; Kanilea Islander MST-4; 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.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Kanilea and Kiwaya, then Romero Creations. aNueNue seem good too.
    Kala KA-ASAC acacia baritone
    Tiny Tenor spruce/mahogany
    Kiwaya KTC-2 mahogany concert
    aNueNue Khaya I mahogany soprano
    Flight Travel soprano

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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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