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    Default Kamaka concert or soprano

    I'm keeping alive this dream, that maybe in the future I could buy a Kamaka ukulele. But until my bank account says yes and this lockdown is over, I can spend my time pondering which size to get - a soprano or a concert.

    I really do enjoy the concert size. But since the Kamaka soprano is THE ukulele, I wonder. So how do those two compare?
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    They’re both great, but I find the concert to be particularly awesome. The tone’s a little deeper, the fretboard’s a little more roomy (and comfortable) and it’s just a great ukulele.

    That said, the soprano’s no slouch either. You can’t go wrong with either one, but I think the concert is the often overlooked gem in the line.

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    My ultimate uke collecting goal is to get a Kamaka Deluxe soprano some day. In fact, I'm planning to go to Hawaii during the next few years so I can pick one up since the Deluxe models are near impossible to get in Europe. But I do mainly play soprano. If you mainly play concerts I don't really see why you should necessarily get a soprano unless you absolutely, desperately want to have that quintessential traditional ukulele. Personally, I would think a Kamaka concert would be traditional enough.

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    Here's a great comparison of the Kamaka sizes: https://vimeo.com/52301326

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    If you can play soprano comfortably then it's probably the way to go. Tuned in D that gives the quintessential classical uke sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    Here's a great comparison of the Kamaka sizes: https://vimeo.com/52301326
    That was fun. They all sounded like ukuleles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    If you can play soprano comfortably then it's probably the way to go. Tuned in D that gives the quintessential classical uke sound.
    Nothing like a good soprano!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loska View Post
    .....I really do enjoy the concert size. But since the Kamaka soprano is THE ukulele, I wonder. So how do those two compare?
    I've always thought the vintage Martin sopranos were THE ukulele. YMMV.

    If looking for a Kamaka, I'd prefer the HF-2 concert, just a bit more room on the fretboard, a slightly bigger body, and the sail headstock looks so cool! Not much experience here apart from one 50s Kamaka gold label soprano, but from what I've heard, the more recent Kamakas are built better than the 50s/60s/70s models, which were not as consistent.
    John

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    I'd get the concert. But that's me.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

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