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    Default Mystery NUD - Kala Elite tenor

    Hi

    I'm at work. A box from Hawaii Music Supply is waiting at my house. Since I can't see what's inside, neither can you, lol. Any guesses? It's a tenor, made in the USA, not a koa top.

    Andy

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    Did you forget what you ordered or are you not sure which one arrived first?
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Did you forget what you ordered or are you not sure which one arrived first?
    Thankfully I do not have UAS that badly; I do know what is in the box.

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    Blackbird?
    Kamaka HF-3DC - Kanile'a Custom Tenor - KoAloha Special Issue Tenor - Pono MGTP5-PC

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    Kala had some gorgeous sounding Elites at HMS recently, spruce top I think? I will be envious if it's one of those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Jim View Post
    Kala had some gorgeous sounding Elites at HMS recently, spruce top I think? I will be envious if it's one of those!
    We have a winner, folks

    Andy

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    This is an unsolicited gift?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy2353 View Post
    We have a winner, folks

    Andy
    Ooooh, yep, I'm turning green!

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    Default Kala Elite Tenor

    I came home yesterday to this Kala Elite tenor with Port Orford Cedar top, Koa back and sides. I have been playing soprano almost exclusively for the last six months, but I recently started playing along with my son, 8, who's learning violin. We were even able to play in front of church a couple of weeks ago along with another violin, a cello and a guitar.

    Basically, the soprano does not really cut it when it comes to accompanying a violin; too much treble, not enough bass. So I started looking for a nice tenor to have set up with a low g string. I was looking out for a Kamaka when I saw this Kala on the HMS website, and the sound really drew me in. And in my hands it has not disappointed.

    It has a really warm, full sound. I've owned a couple of decent tenors, including a Koaloha, and while I liked the tone, I felt like there was not balance across the strings. This Kala has really great balance in tone and volume across all four strings. I had HMS install a LR Baggs pickup and now I'm ready to go.

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    That low G balance was exactly what struck me in the HMS videos as well. I've only really had success finding that balance in GCEA baritones. Glad it matches up in real life!

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