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Thread: Kanile'a Manakō-T Tenor - REVIEW

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    Default Kanile'a Manakō-T Tenor - REVIEW

    Another exclusive Kanile'a for Southern Ukulele Store - and something extremely special!

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    I was salivating over the Manako Concert when they were first announced earlier this year. The whole range looks and sounds fantastic but... well, let's just say you hit the nail on the head regarding the price. I bought the SUS Concert not long after the SUS Tenor review. I think those models are a steal since you're basically getting a custom Kanile'a with the price (or actually even less) of a K1. But these Manako models are almost twice the price of the SUS models. I don't mean to say they're too expensive since if someone is after that kind of quality they are definitely getting their moneys worth. They are simply just too expensive for my taste.

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    Very pricey. And too rich for my means too..

    But tone wise I think this has a tonne more complexity than the cedar models.

    Will be small volume of course - knowing that whilst there certainly are many buyers who spend these levels, it's not an endless list of customers!
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    Thanks for the review. After seeing and playing a few Kanile'as with slothead and stealth tuners I would not want to own a slothead with different design. This is definitely a worthy upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    But tone wise I think this has a tonne more complexity than the cedar models.
    Well great, now my UAS is on full throttle again...

    Then again, that's not really surprising. The cedar mahogany combo probably just doesn't offer that complexity. I find it's probably better at projection, the cedar specifically.

    I've been eyeing a mango uke for some time now so I'm wondering if a more affordable brand, like Rebel or Pono, could get even close to the sound of this one. I doubt it...

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    I've not played a massive amount of mango ukes (maybe half a dozen) but this is the best I've both seen and heard by a country mile. I did know someone with mango Pono found it was very quiet. Not sure which model
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Thanks for the review. After seeing and playing a few Kanile'as with slothead and stealth tuners I would not want to own a slothead with different design. This is definitely a worthy upgrade.
    My first time seeing Stealth tuners in the flesh. I'm a big fan - not only on looks - but how 'direct' they work too. Wonderful gear system.

    Google examples of luthiers who have used them in regular headstock use and 'hidden' them - amazing things!
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    Excellently done review. Just a “wow!” of a ukulele. Congrats to SUS and Kanile’a!

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    Yep - really is - I find it hard to impartially review Kanile'a when I have always been so vocal about liking them - but.. as I say at the end about the T Shirt - it's not like I need encouragement to give them a positive review - anyone who plays one will see they are a LONG WAY from being shabby!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    My first time seeing Stealth tuners in the flesh. I'm a big fan - not only on looks - but how 'direct' they work too. Wonderful gear system.

    Google examples of luthiers who have used them in regular headstock use and 'hidden' them - amazing things!
    Didn't know what you meant by 'hidden', but think this is it? Very different design, never saw this before, tuner posts on the back of the headstock. Talk about precision drilling! Pic from Little River Ukulele website http://littleriverukuleles.com/

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