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Thread: Pono vs. Kala - Thoughts on 3 Models I'm Considering

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    Default Pono vs. Kala - Thoughts on 4 Models I'm Considering

    I'm regretting selling the baritone uke that I had. Now, I'm looking these four options. I would like your $.02 on them. Which way would you go and why? Thanks!

    Pono Acacia Baritone (AB)

    Pono Mahogany Baritone (MB)

    Pono Mango Baritone (MGB)

    Kala Solid Acacia Baritone (KA-SA-B)
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    I was in the exact same boat last year, so I called HMS. Spoke to Corey and he recommended the Kala. He told me the Pono baritones were great and well made, but the Kala was a better sounding baritone.

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    I would be aware of the thickness of the Pono neck. You cannot tell by the photos but it is thicker than the Kalas I believe. Anyone have depth measurements? I bought a Pono tenor and can only play it for a short period of time because my thumb fatigues faster with it. Just my .01c

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    Hard to argue when Corey has recommended the Kala over the Pono. Still, I much prefer Pono over Kala, and not just for sound and overall build quality, but for the company's philosophy and transparency about the production of their ukes (whereas it is impossible to get any infos about who actually builds the instruments labeled Kala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Islander, etc.).
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    Personally, I'd take the Kala, & their acacia ukes always sound good to my ear.
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    Thanks for the replies. Sounds like either would be ok, I just don't want to put big bucks into this baritone. I will give it more thought. I appreciate the replies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mingus View Post
    I was in the exact same boat last year, so I called HMS. Spoke to Corey and he recommended the Kala. He told me the Pono baritones were great and well made, but the Kala was a better sounding baritone.
    That's a surprise, but sound is what a uke is all about. And there's a substantial price advantage with the Kala.
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    I just don't want to put big bucks into this baritone.
    Might be worth checking out the cedar topped Kala, myself & several others really like its sound.
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    MANGO for me....all the way..

    or get cedar top, rosewood Mainland baritone....hard to beat for the money
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Might be worth checking out the cedar topped Kala, myself & several others really like its sound.
    +1 for the Kala Cedar top.

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