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    Default Kala KA-EBY-T Ebony Tenor - REVIEW

    I've reviewed a fair few Kala's in my time and they rarely put a foot wrong.

    I rather liked this one too..

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    Thanks for a great, honest review. I agree on the nut specs, they really should expand the nut width to 36-37mm, with string spread of 29-30mm. New players don't notice these things, but many experienced players won't even consider Kala ukes because of this.
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    Thanks John.

    Yes I agree - even one of their Elite tenors had a narrow nut too. Madness.
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    My Elite concert has 38mm nut, and 31mm string spread at nut, Very roomy!
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    They actually made two variants as I recall - the width you have but also a 34mm version.
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    Yes, they also have a "Slim Neck" model with 1 3/8" nut, which is what they probably sent you. What were they thinking?

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    KoAloha have a 37mm nut but only 27mm string spacing same as the Kala. I think the extra width still helps though. The Kala looks very good considering the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveyG View Post
    KoAloha have a 37mm nut but only 27mm string spacing same as the Kala. I think the extra width still helps though. The Kala looks very good considering the price.
    IMO, a narrow string spread defeats the whole purpose of a wider nut, as seen below, compared to a Kala Elite with 38mm and 31mm. If I ever get a Koaloha or Opio tenor, I'd absolutely have a new nut cut with a 30-31mm string spread. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    IMO, a narrow string spread defeats the whole purpose of a wider nut, as seen below, compared to a Kala Elite with 38mm and 31mm. If I ever get a Koaloha or Opio tenor, I'd absolutely have a new nut cut with a 30-31mm string spread. YMMV.

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    I can't figure out why Ko'Aloha did this either. I don't have any playing issues with it, but it goes to show that the string spread is important.
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