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    Default NUD Koaloha Opio Spruce concert

    I have been looking forward to making my first NUD post, and here it is!

    I consider this my first serious ukulele purchase as I have only been playing since June and all of my other ukes are from previously unknown sellers on internet shopping sites like FaceBook Marketplace, Craigs List, etc., in questionable condition, and usually under $100.

    This beautiful ukulele arrived last Thursday. It has a build date of August 2018 and was originally purchased from Mims Ukes by UU member Cluze. After answering many questions that I asked about how his Ohana CK-35 (which I also own) compares to his other Opio concert ukuleles, Cluze graciously offered this one to me for sale. The price was more than reasonable for a ukulele set up by Mim and cared for by a trusted UU member. It was shipped securely and quickly, in Like New condition - not even a strum mark on it that I could see.

    Every time I pick it up, I cannot believe how amazing this Koaloha Opio sounds, especially compared to all my other ukuleles! This ukulele was re-strung with Oasis Warm high G strings a few months ago, and they sound great. I love the sound of my Kumu tenor with Martin M620 and my Ohana CK-35s with Worth BM, but the sound of this Koaloha Spruce Opio… well maybe it’s just the early glow of owning a new ukulele but the sound of this Opio goes above and beyond anything else I own or have played at local music shops (limited due to COVID).

    I’m equally amazed at both how light the body is, and how loud and resonant it is – so much sustain! This is my first experience with friction tuners, but I am learning to adjust to them. I know I’m not the only one who thinks the Koaloha headstock is one of the most attractive, but I think the five-point fretboard end is equally beautiful – I wish they brought this design element back for all of their ukuleles.

    While I believe this ukulele has satisfied my UAS - for now - it has definitely shifted my UAS focus from a shotgun “Quantity” approach to a more selective “Quality” approach.

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    Congratulations, Koalohas are special instruments. They have tons of volume, sustain, projection and resonance, it’s not your imagination. You have crossed a threshold where higher quality instruments show why they cost more but prove they are worth the added cost. Unfortunately you are now ruined
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    So strange that this thread title got cut off and would not allow me to edit it.

    Also the attached photos are showing up rather small. I can't figure out how to upload better quality photos here on UU.
    So here's a link to the Google Photos album of these pictures - I hope it works

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/QN33eGi6xZvJ3nXB8
    Last edited by TQuest; 10-19-2020 at 11:24 AM.
    Kumu TF-72 Thinbody Feather tenor
    Ohana CK-35s concert
    Kala KA-TEM tenor - sold
    Kmise Tiger Flame Okoume concert - sold
    2012 Islander MST-4 tenor
    Luna UKE-GWC concert - sold
    Ohana SK-10 soprano - gifted
    2018 Koaloha KCO-10S Spruce Opio concert
    Kala KA-SLNG Mahogany Long Neck soprano
    2014 The Rebel "Tiramisu" thin body concert

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    It was a bittersweet parting; I was sad to see her go, but I am happy that she is now seeing more play time than I was able to give. I was just spread too thin with too many nice ukes for the scant few hours I have in the day...

    I do love that KoAloha sound!
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2A | KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia)
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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    Congrats! Now you have an ukulele to be proud of! Enjoy!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Awesome. I hope you enjoy it greatly!

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    Congratulations!

    Nice upgrade uke. I really like the Amber tuner buttons. That's a nice touch. Other versions had black tuners and buttons and I don't think it worked as well as the ones on yours.

    Enjoy it. The neck is very comfortable to play. Mim's setups are the best.
    Last edited by Kenn2018; 10-19-2020 at 06:48 PM.
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    TQuest,
    Welcome to the KoAloha Ohana!
    Joe
    KoAloha Tenor, Concert, Long Neck soprano, Pineapple Soprano
    Concert Pineapple Flea
    Soprano Uke Can Change the World Flea
    Kala Mighty Uke Concert

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    Nice, congratulations! Those KoAloha Opios are reportedly excellent. I have a Hawaiian-made KoAloha but I'm still intrigued by the spruce top Opios since that's a configuration you can't get otherwise unless you pay silly amounts of money.

    Quote Originally Posted by TQuest View Post
    I think the five-point fretboard end is equally beautiful – I wish they brought this design element back for all of their ukuleles.
    Couldn't agree more on this. It's actually bizarre that they only do that fretboard shape for the spruce top Opios.

    Also, you mentioned that the build date is 2018 but I thought KoAloha stopped putting the Opio label on the headstock only last year. Am I mistaken or was that something they did only occasionally? Anyone know?

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    Very nice. Yes, KoAlohas have great sound.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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