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    Default Pono AT or Kala SMHT SC

    Hey guys!

    I recently discovered two great deals on the internet. I can get the Kala mahogany scallop tenor for around 180 euro's and the pono acacia tenor for 200 euro's. Does anyone here have experience with these ukes? I'm stuck between them. Would like to hear about your recommandations!

    Kind regards,

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    Join Date
    Jun 2013


    I own Pono AT and love it. I played the mahogany scallop. I prefer the AT. Kala was nice but..... I lean more to the spruce scallop. Also, depends on neck. Pono is thicker. I like it. Kala was shallow. Pono is Matt finish and I lied it better for sound than gloss. In the end the Pono sounded better and felt better playing. YMMV.
    Good luck with choice!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.


    Kala are usually a safe bet, I'm not that keen on Pono, so I'd most likely go with the Kala, if it were me.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Oahu Isle, Hawaii


    Ponos sing sweetly. Buy a Pono for $X & in 10 years it will be worth $X or (probably) more. Not so likely for Kala.

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    Thanks for the advicd guys! I ended up getting both... UAS is kicking in!

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    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    San Francisco Bay Area


    Good choice! Congratulations on your new ukes. Post some photos if you have a chance.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by View Post
    Thanks for the advicd guys! I ended up getting both... UAS is kicking in!
    Their strings are really different. So it will be a different experience when you play each. I have both Kala Ukuleles and a Pono Uke.
    Enjoy and Congrats
    Sopranos, Concerts, and Tenors

    4 Sale: Pineapple - MP Cali, Tenor: Washburn, Luna Tattoo

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