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    Congratulations on a beautiful uke!

    I got my Kanile'a K1 concert a while ago. I love it and my husband absolutely adores it. It is funny that he hasn't been interested of ukuleles, but since the Kanile'a arrived, he can't put it down. So we play together now, nice (it would be nice to play the Kanile'a too...)!

    At first I thought it was a bit quiet, but after playing some more I noticed that it is very, very well balanced. Incredibly balanced my husband would say. Truly amazing, sweet and lovely, complex sound. And the sustain is superb. It is a responsive instrument, in good and in bad, and it challenges me as a player. I really do enjoy the neck profile. I was a bit worried as Kanile'a necks are often referred as 'meatier', but it is thin and as I almost always play classical or fingerpick, the extra room is great.

    I bought mine from SUS and they changed the strings to Martin fluorocarbons. I have a set of Living waters waiting, but now I'm too afraid to make the change.

    Congrats again and looking forward to hear how do you find it with other strings!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loska View Post
    At first I thought it was a bit quiet, but after playing some more I noticed that it is very, very well balanced. Incredibly balanced my husband would say. Truly amazing, sweet and lovely, complex sound. And the sustain is superb.
    I'm only guessing here but the sound of a Kanile'a might seem quiet because of the emphasis on mid and low range regarding the tone. We sometimes perceive this kind of tone as quieter compared to a higher or brighter tone of, say, a KoAloha. I would guess that is part of the reason for the excellent sustain as well.

    I'm planning on trying Martin fluorocarbons as well at some point. I'd be surprised if they sounded bad in some way.
    Last edited by Dohle; 05-29-2020 at 12:44 AM.

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    Congrat's! Kanile'as are superb instruments. Try Living Water strings...
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    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Martin Iz - Living Water low G
    UBass: Kala FS2 (fretless) - Pahoehoe | Kala Acacia - Pahoehoe

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    I have loved my K 1 tenor now for years. Itís been praised by others with much more expensive ukes. I say it sounds like butter. I use Southcoast strings. I donít change often and donít need to. Low G. Got a few small nicks on the back and front. Lived with and loved.Will take it to the grave and then pass it on.

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    My Kanile’a concert was about a year old when I bought it used, and I also thought it seemed quiet and dull compared to my white label Kamaka soprano. I even thought about selling it. I replaced the strings with low G Nylguts, played a lot, and it definitely sounds better. I don’t know if the wood has “opened up”, or if my perception of the sound has changed, but I’ll be keeping it while I look to add a tenor to my small collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xpathdoc View Post
    My Kanileía concert was about a year old when I bought it used, and I also thought it seemed quiet and dull compared to my white label Kamaka soprano.
    Dohle's new concert is beautiful and the stripe makes it special. I bought my first Hawaiian K ten years ago. It was a Kanile'a concert and I still have it. Although Kanile'a has made a few changes since then, everyone's comments make me think the sound isn't that different today than in 2010. I also own a 2016 Kamaka soprano and the two sound very, very different. IMO:

    The mids on the Kamaka stand out which gives it that "jangle" when strumming that many soprano lovers want. Fingerstyle...well, it's like a sports car; learn to handle it and it sounds great - miss just a little and that first string will bark at me.

    The Kanile'a, seems to have less interest in making any one string stand out. Some would call that well-balanced and want that in a concert or tenor. Mine is a little less resonant then some of my other concerts when played lightly, but that also means that a "firm hand" when strumming or fingerpicking has no problem. In short, it's well balanced and easy to play with an average or firm hand.

    They are both beautiful, well-made, yet different sounding instruments. I expect to keep both for a long time.

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    The biggest difference between pre and post 2019 models is the bracing system. I've no idea if there's any other difference than the weight of the bracing which should be lighter on the new one. I don't know if there's a noticeable difference in the sound either but of course they do advertise that there is. Go figure.

    Out of curiosity, which strings do you use on your Kamaka, Ed? I've heard several sound samples of a Kamaka soprano with stock strings and to me they just don't sound good. I also tried some black nylon strings on my KoAloha and I had to take them off immediately. They completely killed the sound for me. Not a fan.

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    Congratulations on your Kanile'a K1 Concert. Truly beautiful. I hope you find the strings that give you the sound you want.

    I have two beautiful older Kanile'a K-1T tenors. A gorgeous 2015 and a 2016. Both have Living Waters strings on. One is strung Re-entrant and one linear. They both have sound shifted more towards the bass end. They sound and play great. (Though I prefer satin necks to the high gloss ones on these.) It's amazing how loud the Kanile'a sound is for a somewhat thin body. Probably because of the curved back design.

    Kanile'a K-1T.jpg

    I'd like to compare the sound of the new tenors to these. But I like these a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Out of curiosity, which strings do you use on your Kamaka, Ed? I've heard several sound samples of a Kamaka soprano with stock strings and to me they just don't sound good. I also tried some black nylon strings on my KoAloha and I had to take them off immediately. They completely killed the sound for me. Not a fan.
    I've been changing the strings on the Kamaka soprano a lot lately looking for a sound I like across all the strings. The set before the current set were Worth CMs which I like a lot on other ukes but that 1st string on the soprano was a little "too much" for me. I think I picked it a little hard one day and two days later I woke up to the uke still ringing (OK, slight exaggeration :-)

    So, I decided to go back to the stock strings to just try to remember what Kamaka thinks is the sound they want for the standard soprano, and I find if I pick it "gently" it is my favorite overall sound - so far. However, next I'm going to go back to the Worth's on 2,3,and 4 and leave the black on 1. I've never combined fc and nylon before, so it'll be interesting for me.

    Again, congratulations on your new Kanile'a concert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed1 View Post
    I've been changing the strings on the Kamaka soprano a lot lately looking for a sound I like across all the strings. The set before the current set were Worth CMs which I like a lot on other ukes but that 1st string on the soprano was a little "too much" for me. I think I picked it a little hard one day and two days later I woke up to the uke still ringing (OK, slight exaggeration :-)

    So, I decided to go back to the stock strings to just try to remember what Kamaka thinks is the sound they want for the standard soprano, and I find if I pick it "gently" it is my favorite overall sound - so far. However, next I'm going to go back to the Worth's on 2,3,and 4 and leave the black on 1. I've never combined fc and nylon before, so it'll be interesting for me.

    Again, congratulations on your new Kanile'a concert.
    Thank you, and thanks for the answer as well. For softer playing and fingerpicking, black nylon might be ok but I like my ukes to have some punch and volume as well and the black nylons completely killed my KoAloha. I will try them on my baritone, however.

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