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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyDog View Post
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    I like your signature -
    "Got a whole lot of nothing, and I watch it like a hawk." - Louis Prima, 'I'm Living in a Great Big Way'

    It reminds me of this one -
    "The food here is awful."
    "Yes, and such small portions."
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    Quote Originally Posted by frolicks View Post
    So will I. Even more so, as it seems they abandoned the model I own, the KSM-T2, the soprano body model with the tenor neck. Its a pity, its a wonderful instrument, with a marvelous sound an fantastic playability, mostly due to the tenor neck. And there arent many builders who offer this specific size.
    I am not much of a tenor guy, as I prefer the percussive sound of the smaller ukulele sizes. But I really enjoy the comfort of the longer fretboard/the wider frets. So Ill definitely keep mine.
    It's customers like you who keep the custom builders in business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frolicks View Post
    So will I. Even more so, as it seems they abandoned the model I own, the KSM-T2, the soprano body model with the tenor neck. Its a pity, its a wonderful instrument, with a marvelous sound an fantastic playability, mostly due to the tenor neck. And there arent many builders who offer this specific size.
    I am not much of a tenor guy, as I prefer the percussive sound of the smaller ukulele sizes. But I really enjoy the comfort of the longer fretboard/the wider frets. So Ill definitely keep mine.
    I owned this model of KoAloha before ... it has great sustain and is a lot of fun to play.
    How bad is your UAS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyDog View Post
    I wonder if they're going to make the same changes to the concerts and sopranos?????
    I‘m pretty sure they will. I suppose it has to do with the restrictions on the international rosewood trade. It requires quite a bit of paperwork to get all the necessary permissions and certificates to sell an instrument that contains rosewood internationally. I think it was about three years back, that all kinds of rosewood were added to the CITES treaty.
    Koaloha were a little unfortunate here, as these new restrictions were introduced shortly after they had changed all their fretboards from Koa to rosewood. I‘m sure that‘s tthe reason for the new changes. But of course they are still good enough PR specialists to advertise these changes as a full relaunch of their different lines of instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyDog View Post
    I wonder if they're going to make the same changes to the concerts and sopranos?????
    The change to ebony happened much longer than a year ago for all Koa and Mango models. My concern with that is the higher density of ebony, and those ebony fretboards felt pretty heavy compared to the koa ones they have for the rosette models. I assume that they make the fretboards thinner now to save some weight. In the video they also mentioned the reduced weight compared to the previous models, and I wonder where else they could save weight as they were already light builds compared to other brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I like your signature -
    "Got a whole lot of nothing, and I watch it like a hawk." - Louis Prima, 'I'm Living in a Great Big Way'
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    I picked it up from from a song sung by the great ukulele player, Del Rey. Anytime you have a chance to see her perform, jump on it!
    "Got a whole lot of nothing, and I watch it like a hawk." - Louis Prima, 'I'm Living in a Great Big Way'

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyDog View Post
    I picked it up from from a song sung by the great ukulele player, Del Rey. Anytime you have a chance to see her perform, jump on it!
    Yes, I know. She was at the Funky Frets Uke Fest last year. Excellent!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    For all of you KoAloha owners that are now going to rid yourself of those old crummy tenors to buy a new one, I nominate myself to become the worlds first KoAloha rescue home for all of those unwanted instruments...

    I will sale you my KoAloha Opio Tenor Acacia. It in like new condition - $400 shipped.
    TomtheBaptist

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    Quote Originally Posted by efiscella View Post
    I do know that all KoAloha sizes are getting the ebony upgrade.
    If they would only upgrade from friction tuners to UPTs, Id be happy.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019
    Kanilea KCS-SSP super soprano - circa 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    If they would only upgrade from friction tuners to UPTs, I’d be happy.
    I remember on the Ukulele Site Podcast interview with Paul Okami, he said there would be an announcement hopefully by NAMM and maybe before and that friction tuners "may or may not" be a thing of the past.

    So, you may get your wish!

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