Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: New Models

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Catskill Mountains, NY
    Posts
    7,803

    Default New Models

    I see the occasional notice about a company introducing new models of ukuleles. That's got to be tough. I mean how much meaningful variation can there be? They have to be careful about putting designs on the top, or it will look cheap and gaudy.

    They can play around with the shape a bit, but that's limited, too. Non-wood materials are getting more popular, but some people insist on actual, solid wood. I'm glad my only responsibility is buying them and playing them.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    1,478

    Default

    Dang it, Jerry! I had firmly resolved not to add any new ukes to the herd this year, but if it's our collective responsibility to buy and play them... well... as the expression goes... "You're killin' me, man!!!"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    2,796

    Default

    Like Kala, bringing out every wood, color, texture, graphic. Every week, it seems there's some new gimmick to sell.
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Martin Iz - Living Water low G
    UBass: Kala FS2 (fretless) - Pahoehoe

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Location
    Sparta, Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    3,022

    Default

    Like most products, the hype outstrips the actual improvements.

    I will say, the improvents in the Ko'Aloha and Kanile'a lines are a step up. And it's great that Kamaka has offered other wood tops for some of their ukuleles.
    There is a subtle yet profound difference between the learning of something and the knowing of that thing.
    You can learn by reading, but you don't begin to know until you begin to try to do.

    --Lou Churchill, Plane & Pilot Magazine

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    2,153

    Default

    Kamaka is also producing special microtonal models. They have 142 frets to the body

    http://www.kamakahawaii.com/products/41-standard.html

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Capital District, New York
    Posts
    3,864

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Kamaka is also producing special microtonal models. They have 142 frets to the body

    http://www.kamakahawaii.com/products/41-standard.html
    I guess that would be a super-duper-extra long neck soprano...?
    Banjo Ukes: Southern Cross, Firefly, Stella
    Sopranos: Donaldson, Timms, Moku, Waterman, Bugsgear, Outdoor, Waverly Street, Harmony
    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
    Tenors: Kala KA-KTG-CY, KoAloha Sceptre, Fluke, Cordoba 20TM
    Bass: Fluke Timber

    Am I done?

    ...Maybe?...

    My YouTube Channel

  7. #7

    Default

    Fwiw, I just had a 2018 long neck soprano Koaloha replaced under warranty and the new one unequivocally has more sustain and ring to it right out of the box. Shape is exactly the same, though Koaloha did make some adjustments - apparently noticeable - since just two years ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Like most products, the hype outstrips the actual improvements.

    I will say, the improvents in the Ko'Aloha and Kanile'a lines are a step up. And it's great that Kamaka has offered other wood tops for some of their ukuleles.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Posts
    9,351

    Default

    The last time I bought an ukulele with 142 frets, it wouldn't fit in my car. It was a b---- to play.
    "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.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    2,017

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Kamaka is also producing special microtonal models. They have 142 frets to the body

    http://www.kamakahawaii.com/products/41-standard.html
    Scale length: 13-9/16"
    So those frets must be mighty close together. Glad I don't have to figure out how to make that work. :-)

    Of course, they said 142 frets to the body, but didn't say where on the body, so maybe that's the secret.

    I hope they fix their typo, though, for those who might be genuinely confused by it.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Catskill Mountains, NY
    Posts
    7,803

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Like most products, the hype outstrips the actual improvements.

    I will say, the improvents in the Ko'Aloha and Kanile'a lines are a step up. And it's great that Kamaka has offered other wood tops for some of their ukuleles.
    The "improvements" are generally in appearance, and people are attracted to good looks.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •