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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    While Pono has been absent from NAMM for the past couple of years, the company who builds their instruments is now being present with their own line along with other makers from Indonesia. Among the things they are showing are a couple of ukes with Javanese paintings:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B7XoaJLlJbr/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B7IrcfplDTz/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B5AE3sQFVKo/
    The floral-themed uke bodies are quite attractive. Very decorative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    Mim doing a demo of the KoAloha Silver Soprano, limited edition to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B7ZNYgLH...=1d60qpp5tdpw3
    I guess that settles the question about which of their instrument sizes are the most popular. A lot more tenors are going to be made.
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    I think last year HMS didn't post a video until the end of NAMM. But I'm sure I'm not alone looking forward to their videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    I guess that settles the question about which of their instrument sizes are the most popular. A lot more tenors are going to be made.
    i think it does, and personally speaking (for what its worth) I find that a shame. I hear the same from specialist uke stores in the UK AND from luthiers - that sopranos just dont sell as well. I fear the media marketing machine has one this one.

    I say a 'shame' as my favoured scale is soprano and always will be. Don't mind admitting being disappointed that the 200 limited Silver Series Koaloha sopranos ONLY come with geared tuners. Rules them out for me, and for a lot of soprano fans I know too. They will all sell of course, but a bunch of us are disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibes37 View Post
    Is nobody gonna mention master Uke player Feng E in the back?!
    Dang! You beat me to it. The wunderkind himself. Great player. Wonder if Kanile'a has signed him as a performer spokesperson?
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    Thanks Rakelele, DanY & Ghostrdr for the photos and comments.

    Ditto Baz for the comments. And of course everyone else who commented. Makes everything more interesting to read.

    I'm not sold on the design of the Kanile'a Platinum this year. I'd be interested in the stories behind the design decisions. Right now, to me it looks like razor wire curling up the body and neck. And the squared off fretboard just doesn't work between the D-soundhole and the scoop. Why old English typeface for the Kanile'a name on the headstock? I like the build and love the woods, but just don't think the details work together very well.
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    I had someone from Hawaii comment on a post of mine re the Platinum who said (I quote - I am NOT Hawaiian)

    "Those images are based on ʻohe kāpala, or traditional hawaiian bamboo stamp, designs used to decorate kapa and other materials"

    And Craig Lavin - the chap who did the inlays on the blue Kanile'a said:

    "The uke symbolizes the three sons involved with the company. Joe Souza had the idea and I created the Inlays"

    And in both cases I say... fair enough. I like them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    i think it does, and personally speaking (for what its worth) I find that a shame. I hear the same from specialist uke stores in the UK AND from luthiers - that sopranos just dont sell as well. I fear the media marketing machine has one this one.

    I say a 'shame' as my favoured scale is soprano and always will be. Don't mind admitting being disappointed that the 200 limited Silver Series Koaloha sopranos ONLY come with geared tuners. Rules them out for me, and for a lot of soprano fans I know too. They will all sell of course, but a bunch of us are disappointed.
    I am with you on this. While I have heard some characterize soprano as if it is something one begins with before moving on, or for kids, the soprano has something really special and unique. I agree that it is disappointing to see that instrument with geared tuners.

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    Is it just me, or is this year's NAMM yielding a rainbow of dyed woods? Kanile'a has blue. Lannikai has new purple models. I think I saw a green Breedlove. And that pink Kamaka!

    Just kidding about that last one.

    Has anybody seen the Rebel booth (if they're there this year)? Just wondering if they have anything new or interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfoo6952 View Post
    Yes, the Kamaka crew were there. Here is a clip that I took of Pomaka'i Laney yesterday.
    That looks like a UBass that Chris Kamaka is playing.

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