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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillymo View Post
    I played a friend's KSM-02 a few years ago and remember being impressed, but it's been awhile. What would you say about the sound of this one?
    I am not the best at describing tone, as I am a newbie. It is fun and playful to me, jangly in that prefect soprano way, but it really projects. If I was not planning on getting a nice soprano I would not be selling it (and I just traded for a Kamaka HF-1).

    If someone is REALLY interested, I would be glad to do a zoom chat and play a bit (if you can handle Uke punk ruck ).
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    Harmony 1950s birch soprano
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    I'm interested but zoom really distorts the sound of a ukulele, even if you have a decent microphone. I've tried to zoom with friends who have great ukes and it never sounds good. Could you possibly post a sample on SoundCloud or YouTube?

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    I would be recording using zoom anyhow, and have no mic or anything to record with, so sorry.
    2003 KoAloha one piece koa LN soprano
    2017 Kamaka HF1 Soprano
    Ohana Ck-70B spruce Top
    Ohana CK 50G cedar/rosewood
    Harmony 1950s birch soprano
    Kimise Freaky Cat concert

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    Please forgive the newbie question, but is there any sonic benefit or advantage of a solid, one piece front and back over bookmatched front and back pieces?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TQuest View Post
    Please forgive the newbie question, but is there any sonic benefit or advantage of a solid, one piece front and back over bookmatched front and back pieces?
    I think it reflects a more traditional way of building ukes. The bookmatching is mainly a result of scarcity of koa as it allows smaller pieces to be used with less wood going to waste. Not sure if it has much effect on tone but I think it looks nice to not have the symmetry of pattern. I really love the koa fretboards of my old Kamaka and KoAloha even though they tend to darken in contact with fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    I think it reflects a more traditional way of building ukes. The bookmatching is mainly a result of scarcity of koa as it allows smaller pieces to be used with less wood going to waste. Not sure if it has much effect on tone but I think it looks nice to not have the symmetry of pattern. I really love the koa fretboards of my old Kamaka and KoAloha even though they tend to darken in contact with fingers.
    This seems right. It s a lovely uke that just booms. A bit surprised that nobody has bought it yet, but there are tough times for so many.
    2003 KoAloha one piece koa LN soprano
    2017 Kamaka HF1 Soprano
    Ohana Ck-70B spruce Top
    Ohana CK 50G cedar/rosewood
    Harmony 1950s birch soprano
    Kimise Freaky Cat concert

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    Weekly bump....Great uke, but I just ordered a custom Pohaku.
    2003 KoAloha one piece koa LN soprano
    2017 Kamaka HF1 Soprano
    Ohana Ck-70B spruce Top
    Ohana CK 50G cedar/rosewood
    Harmony 1950s birch soprano
    Kimise Freaky Cat concert

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    does this one have the Concert length neck or the Tenor length?
    Last edited by arktrav; 10-01-2020 at 10:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arktrav View Post
    does this one have the Concert length neck or the Tenor length?
    This is a Koa, concert neck.
    2003 KoAloha one piece koa LN soprano
    2017 Kamaka HF1 Soprano
    Ohana Ck-70B spruce Top
    Ohana CK 50G cedar/rosewood
    Harmony 1950s birch soprano
    Kimise Freaky Cat concert

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    Well, several Ukes on the way, so, time to bump and sell. The pictures here are the two very small dings I have created in the last two weeks (GRRR)..It is perfect besides, and now selling for $625 with shipping in the COUS. Trade for Kamaka HF-1L (long neck Soprano), with me kicking in a bit of cash, also considered.

    Given the board's "funkiness" with communication, feel free to email me at richfurmanphd@gmail.com
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    2003 KoAloha one piece koa LN soprano
    2017 Kamaka HF1 Soprano
    Ohana Ck-70B spruce Top
    Ohana CK 50G cedar/rosewood
    Harmony 1950s birch soprano
    Kimise Freaky Cat concert

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