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Thread: Kala KA-SLNG... discontinued??!?

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    Default Kala KA-SLNG... discontinued??!?

    I was shocked and sad to see that this model is being discontinued. It's been a go-to for gifts and beginners.
    Such a great looker, alotta bang for the buck.

    Anyone know if there will be a replacement?
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    The Kala website says discontinued, so I guess it is true. They still have the KA-15SLNG (simpler model for a lower price) and KA-SSLNG (slightly more expensive with much better sound quality).

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    Yeah, I was a little disappointed too. That was what I started on. If it wasn't for YouTube and UU, I probably would have stuck with it.

    At least they're still selling long necks. I liked the style of the SLNG though - except those huge tuner buttons; I never understood why the concert model in the same line got smaller buttons.
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    My Kala SLNG was the first ukulele I bought when I started playing a few years ago. I’ve brought quite a few ukes home since then, but to to this day the SLNG is the only one that made my (non-musician) husband smile when he saw it. It’s such a cute little thing and lots of fun to play. Never thought it would become a collector’s item so soon...
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    The KA-SLNG was the uke I spent most of my learning time on, & I still think it's a great uke, even having bought lots more since its arrival, it still takes its turn when I grab up a uke.

    At the time that I bought mine it cost £67, just £5 more than the KA-S.
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    I can't say i am wholly upset by this. It's a uke they made a mistake with in my view - made the neck longer but still gave it a narrow 34mm nut...
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    Kala makes a lot of different models, and they just introduced half a dozen more. I guess they had to eliminate some - for whatever reason. I'm sure you can still find a nice $100 Kala in their line-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    I can't say i am wholly upset by this. It's a uke they made a mistake with in my view - made the neck longer but still gave it a narrow 34mm nut...
    I guess it depends on the hand size of the player.

    Do you know off-hand how that nut measurement compares to other inexpensive Kala instruments?

    As a "ukulele fairy" (my spouse dubbed me), I would like to keep this in mind...
    Tracie

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    Martin O sop, 1920's
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    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
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    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    I guess it depends on the hand size of the player.

    Do you know off-hand how that nut measurement compares to other inexpensive Kala instruments?

    As a "ukulele fairy" (my spouse dubbed me), I would like to keep this in mind...
    Same as their entry level sopranos at about 34mm.. whch is kind of my point. They put a concert neck on it but didn't make the nut any wider. Wasted opportunity.
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    I had one years ago. Gave it to a friend to see if she would take to the uke. She and her husband live far away now. I got the solid spruce last spring. Love it! I always come back to the long neck as my favorite size uke.

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