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    Lightbulb I bought a Kanile'a Platinum 2016 really "cheap", now I need your help

    Aloha, UU members. I've been playing baritone Ukulele for 2.5 months, love it. Last week, I feel like trying something different, so I decided to get a nice tenor. After doing research, I ordered a KoAloha KTM-00 on HMS, turns out I need to pay a 93$ permit fee for having shells on the Uke. The KoAloha Tenor was already on the edge of my budget, I do not want to overpay for it. So I decide to take a tour to local music shop ( Cosmo Music in Toronto, the largest music instrument store in NA). They have a few Kamaka but no tenor size and a tons of Kanile'a in all size. After trying a few Kanile'a basic model, a particular Uke caught my attention. The curl and the finish are breathtakingly beautiful, I didn't dare to look at the price knowing that it is probably 4 times as my budget. But to my surprise, it costed 2000CAD ( 1500USD) after tax. It was a pre-owned Kanile'a Platinum 2016. Fast forwards to today, I ended up buying it, they have a 30 days return/exchange policy and a 90 days warranty, so I really need your expertise to help me determine if there's anything wrong with the Uke.

    Here's what I know, the Uke is ordered in 2016, it was not sold until the end of 2018. The previous owner owned it for 6 weeks and ended up trading it in for something else. He didn't full refund because it was over a month.

    I did the following check:
    ( credit to this thread and forum member Choirguy
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...a-used-ukulele)

    1) Check body for cracks : there's no crack.
    2) Check body for finish issues: no issues, there isn't any strumming mark.
    3) Look for dents/dings: one on the head
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    A little dent on the fretboard
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    The previous owner was a little rough when installing strings.
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    4) Check neck for extreme curvature: no curve
    5) When tuned, check that the tuners hold intonation: holds tune
    6) If missing strings, insist on strings on the ukulele: checked
    7) Check for buzzes on individual strings : no issue
    8) Check for buzzes with chords: no issue
    9) Check fret ends for sharpness : I was a little disappointed during this step. The first 7-10's fret end looks nice and neat. The last few frets looked a bit messy. Let me know if this is acceptable.
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    10) Observe condition of case: brand new
    11) Observe condition of included accessories including extra strings, tuner, humidifiers, string wonders, etc. : checked
    12) Do research before seeing the ukulele; know current value, original value...and consider that a used value is often 15%-30% or more off original pricing.
    Well, in my case I got it for more than half off retail price, so I can't help but to feel a little skeptical, even though Cosmo Music is very very reputable.
    13) And most importantly: ask yourself, does this ukulele make me happy: Yes, Yes and Yes. The Uke sounds like an angel hugging me.

    The Ukulele itself is by no means cheap, I used "cheap" in the title because 50% off retail seems too good to be true, that's from a guy who knows nothing about Ukulele resell value.

    My questions are: Are any of the problems that I mentioned above a deal breaker?
    Is there anything else that I could check? Is there any particular parts that you guys want to ckeck in pictures? I'll take pictures for you as soon as I see request.
    I can tell that the Ukelele was not humidified in its life, will it affect its play-abilities in the future?
    Does 4K's Ukuleles have "meh" resell value or I got a good deal?

    This Ukulele is a joy to play, sounds like heaven, looks so stunning. I really wish that there's no serious problems and I can keep it!

    What do you guys think? Any input is appreciated, thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Ukujiji; 02-06-2019 at 11:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukujiji View Post
    This Ukulele is a joy to play, sounds like heaven, looks so stunning. I really wish that there's no serious problems and I can keep it!

    What do you guys think? Any input is appreciated, thanks in advance.
    I know you are trying to play it safe.. but a uke is for playing unless you want to collect it.. you have your answer right there.. getting uke where you get drawn in by the sound is not common and if you do find a uke where the sound is what you want then dont bother with any thing else..
    Uke Set:
    Sopranos: Ken Timms, TinGuitar Khaya, Rip Tide Acacia, Martin: 3k Koa, 3M centennial, 1927 1K
    Super Soprano: Cocobolo
    Tenors: Moore Bettah(Sitka, ebony slothead), Compass Rose Koa, Tyde learner Spruce n Koa, Ono 18 wahoo Adirondack n rosewood, Fluke spruce top, MyaMoe 1848
    Baritone: Les Stansell PO Cedar walnut, Les Stansell Incense Cedar Myrtle. Vintage unbranded laminate mahagony.
    Cello Banjo: Waldman Cello Banjo D dGBE
    Always buying, tradings & selling,(kerneltime)at gmail

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    Wow, you got a fantastic uke for a fantastic price! For me, the issues you described would be of no consequence at that price. I have a Kanile'a tenor that I just adore the sound of. It's also quite pretty, but not as pretty as yours. Plus, mine doesn't have the cutout or the arm rest bevel, which I would love to have.

    Congratulations!
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    Grimes Redwood Ziricote Tenor
    Kala KA-EBY-T Tenor
    Kanile'a K-3 TE Premium Tenor
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    What kerneltime said is so true. One of the main drivers of UAS is the hunt for a uke that you could say this about:

    The Uke sounds like an angel hugging me.
    This Ukulele is a joy to play, sounds like heaven, looks so stunning.
    Folks buy and sell a lot of ukes looking for what you have apparently already found.
    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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    Nice deal, nice uke. If you like it don't worry about small imperfections...…………..most every instrument has some insignificant blemishes.
    Congrats!!

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    Send it to me and I'll try it out for you. Keep it or regret it...your choice.
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    You are over thinking this. Your uke, you say, looks great and sounds great. No problem. You got a good price but 2nd hand ukes often sell for 50% retail. I bought my Martin T1k for 250 when the retail was about 500. The seller was an IT consultant. He had bought a new Opio and didn't want the Martin and didn't want to waste time.

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    The only check I don’t see made is intonation. I’d make sure everything is in tune up the neck. I would imagine it will be good, but worth checking.

    Everything else is minor.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    The only check I don’t see made is intonation. I’d make sure everything is in tune up the neck. I would imagine it will be good, but worth checking.

    Everything else is minor.

    John
    If the intonation is not perfect, it might be the strings and for a Kanilea I highly doubt it is the instrument. Even if the intonation is a bit off, it is fixable if the neck is straight, body is structurally sound and the top does not have a crazy belly, fixing it is mostly a nut and saddle adjustment.. if you like how the instrument sounds and plays.. go for it
    Uke Set:
    Sopranos: Ken Timms, TinGuitar Khaya, Rip Tide Acacia, Martin: 3k Koa, 3M centennial, 1927 1K
    Super Soprano: Cocobolo
    Tenors: Moore Bettah(Sitka, ebony slothead), Compass Rose Koa, Tyde learner Spruce n Koa, Ono 18 wahoo Adirondack n rosewood, Fluke spruce top, MyaMoe 1848
    Baritone: Les Stansell PO Cedar walnut, Les Stansell Incense Cedar Myrtle. Vintage unbranded laminate mahagony.
    Cello Banjo: Waldman Cello Banjo D dGBE
    Always buying, tradings & selling,(kerneltime)at gmail

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    Thanks guys! I've checked the intonation, the difference between 0 and 12th fret are within 5hz across the four strings. It seems there's no serious issue, I'll learn to love its imperfections. I guess I'm now a proud owner of a sweet Kanile'a tenor!

    I didn't take proper photos with my camera because I didn't want to create bounding with it, I might have to let it go. Now that I decide to keep it, I just feel surreal that I am the owner of this instrument. I'll take some sweet photo for it when I got time. Since I can post no more than 5 photos per thread, I'll post them in the new members introduction section.

    Thanks again UU members.

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