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    Default Nice New Kalas

    Tempting. I like the graphics ukes, the Zirakote, and the Bamboo.

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    Bamboo looks cool, sop, concert & tenor. The new Elite with rosewood B&S and spruce top looks interesting too.
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    I definitely want one of the zircotes.

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    I think the bamboo would have been a home run if they put a rosewood or ebony fretboard on it. As is, it’s just too monochromatic. Needs some contrast.

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    That Kala bamboo uke looks exactly like the Aklot bamboo uke I've been seeing on eBay. My belief is Kala just put their name on a ready made Chinese manufacturer product just as Aklot did. I actually ordered one with a cutaway as a knock around uke (to replace the Fluke I bought in the Marketplace here that I don't like). I really like the monotone style being that much different than all those "same" ones with contrasting fretboards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I actually ordered one with a cutaway as a knock around uke (to replace the Fluke I bought in the Marketplace here that I don't like).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Our Aklot bamboos should be arriving soon.
    I finally let go of the anticipation, whatever will be, will be.

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    Eeyuk!

    Most of those ukes look really naff to me - I wouldn't even want one as a gift!

    Who at Kala commissioned that load of tat!

    Won't be recommending Kala any more!

    (Well I might, depends on the rest of the range, but certainly not these.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Eeyuk!

    Most of those ukes look really naff to me - I wouldn't even want one as a gift!

    Who at Kala commissioned that load of tat!

    Won't be recommending Kala any more!

    (Well I might, depends on the rest of the range, but certainly not these.)
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    Most of the wacky ones are in the entry level line that already has a bunch of graphics. These look like some great additions for the target market. They remind me of the Magic Fluke graphics, but the figure eight body makes them look very different. I like Kala’s surf design, but not MF’s, and I love MF’s tie dye, but not the similarish Kalas.

    The higher end ones look a lot better to more traditional eyes.

    The elite looks fantastic and I’m intrigued by the bamboo. The high gloss ziricote is interesting but not my thing, and the fingerprints really jumped out in the video. The sparkle would look better on a solid body (I think they have it in a CA ubass) or for Taylor Swift songs.

    Of course my opinion’s pretty irrelevant since none of these target a market I’m shopping in.

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