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    Default Kala prototypes

    I noticed some Kala prototypes being sold on Reverb, just search there by typing in Kala prototype to see them all. To me, this one looks real nice. Love the woods with herringbone purfling and rosette, very classy. This one was a one-off 2020 prototype which they decided not to move forward with. If they made this with wider than 35mm specs at the nut, I'd be very interested. There is also another tenor, 1 of 4 prototypes that they made for James Hill, but that one is almost twice the price.

    https://reverb.com/item/34433192-kal...ntent=34433192

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    Very attractive. It has a nice classy understated look

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    Interesting! Are these wood or laminate backed models?
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

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    I like that look too, John.
    I've been watching with interest as those "used" and prototype ukes go up for sale.

    I'm not sure if he'd appreciate this insider info, but I have figured out that the lister is none other than Mike Upton, the owner of Kala Ukuleles in Petaluma (where the Elite line is made). I believe he's clearing house of their large collection of prototypes.
    I've noted, however, that the "used" prices plus shipping are little different from similarly appointed Kala retail sale ukes - that are new with tags and free shipping.
    So he's not selling these off very fast...

    If you love that herringbone look, I think this model is a screamin' deal (with fancy mahogany back/sides rather than the ebony). I love that they have ebony fretboards rather than walnut. Never got used to the light walnut. Nice appointments, I don't think they'll last long.

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    The Kala Factory in Petaluma has an outlet sale a couple times a year... Ukes like this used to end up there. I guess during the pandemic they have figured out a different way to sell them!

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    Saw some more Kala prototypes on Reverb. These appear to be prototypes for the Elite line of ukes. I like the mahogany/cedar, with the ebony fingerboard. One of a kind, I expect.

    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=kala%20prototype
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    Would love to hear some sound samples. I also liked the spruce/rosewood. The back join on the rosewood displays its grain beautifully.

    Bet a customer could negotiate a deal on one of those.

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    Saw another Elite prototype today, a doghair tenor, but this one looks like it has ebony fretboard and bridge, and also a top binding. Not sure whether the ebony would affect the sound at all, but I like the look.

    Kala Elite Doghair Tenor Satin https://reverb.com/item/40821195-kal...ntent=40821195
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    Nice looking instrument

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Saw another Elite prototype today, a doghair tenor, but this one looks like it has ebony fretboard and bridge. Not sure that would affect the sound at all, but I like the look.

    Kala Elite Doghair Tenor Satin https://reverb.com/item/40821195-kal...ntent=40821195

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    Here's this one, on the right, compared to my Elite doghair, on the left. My doghair is the standard version, with pau ferro FB and bridge, no top binding, and standard tuners.

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