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    My brand spanking new Pono arrived yesterday from The Ukulele Site. Set up was spot on; I had them set it up with a low G string. Playability is exceptional. It is a really well constructed instrument. No excess glue or anything in the interior. Cosmetically it appears flawless.

    I do have a bit of a beef with the tone so far. It seems a bit muted and quiet. I actually think my Flight has better tone and is louder too. Plus it was about $250 less. I have wanted a Pono for a long time, but this one may not be it. I need to decide if this one is going back or not-I'll be playing it a lot in the next day or so before I decide........
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    What strings are on it?
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadpool View Post
    My brand spanking new Pono arrived yesterday from The Ukulele Site. Set up was spot on; I had them set it up with a low G string. Playability is exceptional. It is a really well constructed instrument. No excess glue or anything in the interior. Cosmetically it appears flawless.

    I do have a bit of a beef with the tone so far. It seems a bit muted and quiet. I actually think my Flight has better tone and is louder too. Plus it was about $250 less. I have wanted a Pono for a long time, but this one may not be it. I need to decide if this one is going back or not-I'll be playing it a lot in the next day or so before I decide........
    You Pono's sound will open up with play and become somewhat louder. I have no experience with the Fight ukes. But make sure you compare them with the same strings.

    Ponos are not the loudest ukes. But they have a very musical, chimey sound.
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    It has the stock Ko'olau Alohi strings with a Uke Logic wound low G. The Flight is strung with Worth Browns including the low G. I also have an Islander strung with Fremonts. Maybe I just like flourocarbon strings. I know I did on my nylon string guitars (when I owned some).
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    I used to have a spruce top Pono tenor. I found the same when I first owned it. It responded well to flourocarbon strings and after about 6 months lost a lot of that muted / quiet tone. Was never the loudest uke but, given time, got a lot better. One I probably should have kept in hindsight, would love to have it now!

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    I had a pono and noticed the sound was a lot louder and less muted with fluorocarbon strings. I think you have to dig in and play pretty hard to get a really loud sound out of them. Just my experience on that one instrument.
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    Absolutely get some flourocarbons on it before you decide. Maybe Oasis brights or PhD would get the sound you are after
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

    !Flukutronic!

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    I do not like the stock Pono strings. Fluorocarbons are the way to go. So far I like Uke Logic soft tension, and Worth Browns. Ponos are not the loudest of ukes, but they do open up and become louder.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

    Kanile'a KSR-T premium koa tenor
    KoAloha KTM-00 tenor
    Rebel Double Cheese spruce/mahogany tenor, my BFF.
    aNueNue AMM3 mahogany tenor
    Romero Creations Tiny Tenor spalted mango
    Romero Creations SK koa soprano
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo 5 string tenor #28
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano
    Brad Donaldson cedar/rosewood custom tenor


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    Another vote for Flurocarbon strings. Both my AT (satin finish] and MTD-SP were muted until Imput fluro carbon strings on them. Former plays in high g. The latter is strung with low G. Build is exceptional on both. Great value. Don’t give up until you have explored more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    Another vote for Flurocarbon strings. Both my AT (satin finish] and MTD-SP were muted until Imput fluro carbon strings on them. Former plays in high g. The latter is strung with low G. Build is exceptional on both. Great value. Don’t give up until you have explored more.
    I totally agree that the build is exceptional for the price.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

    Kanile'a KSR-T premium koa tenor
    KoAloha KTM-00 tenor
    Rebel Double Cheese spruce/mahogany tenor, my BFF.
    aNueNue AMM3 mahogany tenor
    Romero Creations Tiny Tenor spalted mango
    Romero Creations SK koa soprano
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo 5 string tenor #28
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano
    Brad Donaldson cedar/rosewood custom tenor


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