Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 20 of 20

Thread: Next choice after Kiwaya KTS-4/5?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    PNW
    Posts
    1,524

    Default

    I think you’d be better off waiting for a Kiwaya, including a used one, than buying one of these others that’s “just about” as good and eventually buying a Kiwaya as well. It will be worth the wait. As I think I mentioned before, you may also find a used KTS-6—one step down from the KTS-7—for about the same price as a KTS-4. I’ve had some very nice sopranos and it’s by far my favorite. And the Ohanas—any Ohana—are like a different instrument in terms of build and sound. I could mention several very nice mahogany sopranos that are much better than the Ohanas, but the review always ends with “not quite as nice as a Kiwaya.” I’m sorry. I know how hard it is to wait. But they’re out there, and they’ll show up.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    PNW
    Posts
    1,524

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    I'd wait for them to become available again. If the sound and playability of Kiwaya appeal to you (and I really enjoy their instruments), you won't get quite the same experience from other models. But if we're talking great sopranos in general, the aNueNue US200 Moonbird or a KoAloha soprano won't disappoint. The KoAloha LN pineapple I had was one of the nicest soundest ukes I owned. Still regret that I let it go when I thought I would be happy with a Kanile'a guitarlele (fantastic instrument, but six strings weren't for me).
    Exactly. I’d love a Moonbird! But it’s not a replacement for a Kiwaya, if you want that sound. Nor would a Kiwaya replace a Koaloha.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Posts
    2,331

    Default

    Ken puts new ones on eBay with some regularity. If you can wait, either that or a Kiwaya should become available. Ziret is right. The others are great ukes, both they’re not modeled after the classic Martins.
    The site truncates my signature so I can't tell you

  4. #14

    Default

    [QUOTE=hendulele;2272561]Ken puts new ones on eBay with some regularity. If you can wait, either that or a Kiwaya should become available. Ziret is right. The others are great ukes, both they

  5. #15

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hendulele View Post
    Ken puts new ones on eBay with some regularity. If you can wait, either that or a Kiwaya should become available. Ziret is right. The others are great ukes, both they’re not modeled after the classic Martins.
    Thanks hendulele. Unfortunately, new Ken Timms Ukuleles are not readily available and based on recent EBAY prices plus shipping to the US places them quite a bit above my budget. I have decided to sell my Ohana SK38 (now with Gotoh UPTs!) in order to add a little more to my budget. I'm not sure if Kiwaya will keep their KTS-4 and 5's priced as before they sold out here so I may need the extra.

    Thanks again to everyone who has contributed suggestions. Much appreciated.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    575

  7. #17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mingus View Post
    Thanks for that Mingus.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    West Philly, PA
    Posts
    539

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mingus View Post
    Agreed! I'm still totally smitten by mine. Much like Kiwaya's they play and sound an awful lot like the old Martin's, but Peter Hurney put's his own unique aesthetic on them.
    Last edited by CPG; 03-28-2021 at 03:09 AM.
    Pohaku "Yellow Label" Mahogany Soprano
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    Uke.S.A. Hawaii (by "Pops KoAloha") Bearclaw AO Soprano

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Location
    Tacoma, WA
    Posts
    187

    Default

    As mentioned, Brad Donaldson's Martin 0 style is really great, and less expensive than the Kiwaya and for sure the Timms.
    Brad Donaldson mahogany Martin 0 style soprano
    Pohaku Concert 10 (small concert), Bearclaw spruce top/maple body and neck
    Weymann 1920 Model 10 soprano
    Japanese no name soprano, 1950s Burch sunburst
    Japanese no name soprano, 1940s mahogany Laminate
    Japanese no name soprano, 1950s mahogany
    Anuenue Flame Maple Soprano 2012

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Posts
    9,385

    Default

    If you can find one, the William King soprano is the best I've ever gotten my mitts on. Unfortunately, they tend to be expensive, and rare as hen's teeth.
    "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.

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
  •