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    I went down to The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA to look at mid-line Pono and Martin concerts. They're the only place within driving distance that stocks mid to high end ukuleles. They had a few Kamakas and Kanileas too. Nice to see and try them in person.

    Long story short, they also had a used Ko'olau C1 concert. From what I gather that model is from early 2000 and was Noa Bonk's attempt to make an affordable Ko'olau selling for less than a grand but built with the same attention to detail and quality that the more expensive Ko'olau models have. I don't think they made any money with them because they don't sell them anymore. Instead Ko'olau came out with the less expensive Pono brand and now all Ko'olau branded ukuleles are wicked expensive custom builds.

    This C1 sounds as good as any of the other "K" brands in the store and sold for significantly less. Great intonation up the neck and no loss of volume up there either.

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    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert

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    Some side pics.

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    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert

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    Did you buy it. Looks like a great Uke. I’m a tenor player but if I ever run into one of these in Tenor at a good price, I’d buy it. Great sounding ukes. Great quality. Under stated beauty.

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    I should add I own a Pono AT and MTD-SP which I really like. The Ko’olau by Noa will be a big jump up in everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    Did you buy it. Looks like a great Uke. I’m a tenor player but if I ever run into one of these in Tenor at a good price, I’d buy it. Great sounding ukes. Great quality. Under stated beauty.
    Yup, I couldn't resist buying it! It was a little more than what I budgeted for but a lot less than a comparable new "K" brand.
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    I went down to The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA to look at mid-line Pono and Martin concerts. They're the only place within driving distance that stocks mid to high end ukuleles. They had a few Kamakas and Kanileas too. Nice to see and try them in person.

    Long story short, they also had a used Ko'olau C1 concert. From what I gather that model is from early 2000 and was Noa Bonk's attempt to make an affordable Ko'olau selling for less than a grand but built with the same attention to detail and quality that the more expensive Ko'olau models have. I don't think they made any money with them because they don't sell them anymore. Instead Ko'olau came out with the less expensive Pono brand and now all Ko'olau branded ukuleles are wicked expensive custom builds.

    This C1 sounds as good as any of the other "K" brands in the store and sold for significantly less. Great intonation up the neck and no loss of volume up there either.
    That's a beauty, especially for its age.
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    I assumed you bought it as the title was “NUD” (new uke day, for those unaware).

    Congratulations that is an awesome score. That koa is as primo, with all the curl and color as a $2500 custom Koolau.

    If you paid less then a standard K brand you really did SCORE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That's a beauty, especially for its age.
    Thanks! It's definitely a "keeper".
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert

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    Good choice. Enjoy playing your beautiful uke. And if you can - videos :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I assumed you bought it as the title was “NUD” (new uke day, for those unaware).

    Congratulations that is an awesome score. That koa is as primo, with all the curl and color as a $2500 custom Koolau.

    If you paid less then a standard K brand you really did SCORE.
    Wait, wait, there's more. The salesman and I noticed a small hole in the tail pin. Too small for a 1/4 jack but there was an 1/8 to 1/4 adapter in the case. Plugging into an amp reveled that it has a passive pickup too. A Seiko ST01 tuner was in the case also.
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert

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