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    Default New Klos ukulele to be 100% composite

    Just got a newsletter from Klos saying they are working on developing new versions of their instruments that will be 100% composite - no more wood necks. Which is pretty exciting, except that the anticipated price for the non-electric uke is given as $999. Not that it won't be worth that much, but that's a fare amount of money to spend on a uke. It's still less than a Farallon, but not quite the bargain the first Klos was.
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    what's wrong with the wood neck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyedoc View Post
    what's wrong with the wood neck?
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    Nothing "wrong" at all - it's just not as durable or weather resistant as a composite neck would be. And unless you get the optional carbon reinforcing rods it also would not be as stable as an all composite neck. But a great thing about the wood neck is that it kept the price down to something pretty reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    Just got a newsletter from Klos saying they are working on developing new versions of their instruments that will be 100% composite - no more wood necks. Which is pretty exciting, except that the anticipated price for the non-electric uke is given as $999. Not that it won't be worth that much, but that's a fare amount of money to spend on a uke. It's still less than a Farallon, but not quite the bargain the first Klos was.
    I know this is hard to do but please humour me. You own both a Blackbird Farallon (I did at one time) and an original Klos. How would you describe the tone between the two. Example: the Farallon is brighter, the Klos has more sustain, the Farallon is louder etc. etc. Thanks
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I know this is hard to do but please humour me. You own both a Blackbird Farallon (I did at one time) and an original Klos. How would you describe the tone between the two. Example: the Farallon is brighter, the Klos has more sustain, the Farallon is louder etc. etc. Thanks
    Hard to do? For Besley? Nah. Hold my coffee and watch how he responds....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    Hard to do? For Besley? Nah. Hold my coffee and watch how he responds....
    Now that is a funny line, love it, thanks for the laugh
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    Hard to do? For Besley? Nah. Hold my coffee and watch how he responds....
    No pressure at all........(must be getting back at me for the witness protection crack).

    Anyway, to start with I have both strung with Living Waters low G fluorocarbon strings, with pretty low action (12th fret) of 0.095" for the Farallon, 0.085" for the Klos, which certainly could be affecting the tone and volume. I really LIKE the Klos. It has a pleasant tone that I would characterize as a bit mellow, and with the setup I have done it is my best playing uke by far. That said, the Farallon is louder, brighter, with more sustain, and has a more complex sound, with more overtones. Like the difference between picking up a $1500 Kamaka compared with a $500 Kala. The Kala (or the Klos for that matter) sounds quite good, and if it's the first uke you play that day it sounds just fine. But if you then play the Kamaka (or a Farallon) you just notice something a bit more to the tone. Not all solid wood ukes sound the same, and not all composite ukes do either.

    I paid about $500 for my Klos, and felt it was a bargain (not sure what they cost now). A durable carbon fiber uke that sounds as good as anything else in that price range. But at $999? At that price you might expect more from the sound, and only you could decide whether the attraction of durability is enough to justify the cost. Of course we don't know if the new Klos composite neck will affect the tone, though if the neck is hollow (as with the Farallon) it ought to.

    If you can afford the Farallon it is the better uke, BUT, it's also at least $500 more.
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    Thank you Besley for the excellent side by side comparison. I owned a Farallon for about one year and eventually sold it because I was not in love with the tone. Finger picked it was excellent but the tone of it strummed didn’t do it for me.

    I bought it to travel with and take camping. We sit around a campfire strum and sing songs so I didn't like it for its intended purpose. It was bright and metallic sounding, lacked warmth and sweetness, almost clinically sterile. I went through 7 set of strings or more chasing tone and finally gave up.

    The person I sold it to plays fingerpicking exclusively, lots of classical type pieces and absolutely loves it. Tone is very personal and we are all different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    Just got a newsletter from Klos saying they are working on developing new versions of their instruments that will be 100% composite - no more wood necks. Which is pretty exciting, except that the anticipated price for the non-electric uke is given as $999. Not that it won't be worth that much, but that's a fare amount of money to spend on a uke. It's still less than a Farallon, but not quite the bargain the first Klos was.
    So that neck costs $500? Kinda pricey. Maybe they could offer that 100% composite uke with a wooden neck as a lower cost option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    So that neck costs $500? Kinda pricey. Maybe they could offer that 100% composite uke with a wooden neck as a lower cost option.
    Apparently not quite that much. Their pricing is kind of complex with all the options, but they give the anticipated price for a "deluxe acoustic electric" with all the upgrades AND a composite neck at $1099, while the web site gives the current price for a "deluxe acoustic electric" as $839. So if I have that right, a $260 upcharge for the composite neck sounds reasonable to me, but the total price is starting to get up there pretty high.
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