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    Seems weird they would use such contrasting wood, but the top and sides are gorgeous. (not that the back is bad)
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    Sure looks like koa to me . Nice uke! Tlki approved!!
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    I was considering buying this Tiki and sent a picture of the back to Kamaka. Tekla at Kamaka sent me an email that it is koa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lono View Post
    I was considering buying this Tiki and sent a picture of the back to Kamaka. Tekla at Kamaka sent me an email that it is koa.
    Thank you Paul!!

    Mystery solved: the back is just dark koa, prob a different different cut.

    I don't mind the back, or the fact that it's darker than the front, in person. Has this vintage handmade feel that is missing with many production ukes.
    The top is subtly flamed throughout and gorgeous, understated with a satin finish I really prefer to glassy/gloss.

    Love this uke but could use the money... and it's my most valuable one after selling a couple of other high end ones. Sigh.
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 04-19-2019 at 01:32 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    Just a note to all interested parties. I visited Tracie and bought the Tiki uke. It is in good condition with some scratches and dings that are normal for a uke of this vintage. The intonation and action are fantastic and the golden tone is aged perfection. I'm a player and was looking for a Kamaka with the tone from back when their ukes were lightweight and bursting with joy. I have added some photos that show the uke back in better lighting. It is a one piece slice of koa that curves over the frame with an almost driftwood style of grain. The front is also one piece. They don't make em like this anymore. Thanks Tracie for your kind hospitality and wealth of information. -Jim

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    Awww, thanks Jim!
    "Bursting with joy" is apt description of this one. So glad it will be played.

    It's a thrill for me to sell to (and meet) someone in town who is a real player and a great singer! We had a lot to talk about. I will miss this uke, but this way I get to see her again!
    To the Meteor Boys a la Tiki!

    Oh, and me thinks your great pics would have sold this uke faster. It just took some good light...
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 04-27-2019 at 07:36 AM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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