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Thread: Spruce top - Flight Voyager or Koahola Opio Spruce

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    Question Spruce top - Flight Voyager or Koahola Opio Spruce

    Hi UU,
    I've been loving the bright sound of a spruce top uke and looking into getting a concert or tenor. I wish there is a way to try and compare both in person.

    I've been listening to sound samples of the Voyager and the Koaloha opio. Reviews on both seems decent. Thoughts on which one? I like that the Voyager has a pick-up although not as important. Not really looking for a custom, any others I should consider?
    The sopranos: Martin S1, Island Koa, Pohaku Pheasantwood, Pohaku Mahogany
    For sale or trade: Martin 3K koa

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    I would definitely recommend Pono realizing that some have a strong dislike of their neck profile. I thought I liked thinner necks and these would not be for me - but I bought a MTSH-SP kind of on a lark, mainly to try out a radius fretboard. It is now one of my favorites. A really great instrument.

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    Personally think Opio has more sustain and a richer sound even in higher fret positions, and I am a fan of KoAloha's unibrace. It is an instrument handcrafted by a small workshop, while Voyager is still very much a mass produced factory instrument.

    You may also take the nut width into consideration though.
    Some prefer wider ones like Opio (38mm), while some are prefectly happy with a 35mm one like Voyager.
    Last edited by chenx2; 01-08-2021 at 10:03 AM.

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    Thank you both! Appreciate your feedback. I did not think of Pono and but will definitely look into it.
    The sopranos: Martin S1, Island Koa, Pohaku Pheasantwood, Pohaku Mahogany
    For sale or trade: Martin 3K koa

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    I love Koaloha, as a company, as a builder and definitely for their sound. They are open with great sustain, resonance and projection. I have owned a couple concerts and have owned a few Ponos. Pono is an excellent instrument but if you really like the Koaloha then go for that with no worries or regrets.
    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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    Thanks, Dave! I think the I'll be going for Koaloha opio spruce in concert. Saw that it's not available at Mims right now but maybe that is good thing.
    The sopranos: Martin S1, Island Koa, Pohaku Pheasantwood, Pohaku Mahogany
    For sale or trade: Martin 3K koa

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