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    Default Which to get Kala koa elite tenor or koaloha ktm?

    I had posted asking about Kala koa elite tenor vs two others. Someone purchased the koa elite before I decided. In further looking for another kala elite, I found a gorgeous koaloha KLM tenor. Both are supposed to be in excellent condition. The prices are pretty much the same. I can’t try them out before I purchase because of the distance. I have a kala 1koa elite concert that I love. I am a relative newbie, and these are above my ability but I want a good instrument that I will enjoy forever. . Any advice would be appreciated .
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    Hey Aloha1985,

    Since you've already got a Kala elite why not try out a differnt brand? KoAlohas are awesome. Neck thickness will probably be thinner vs the Kala Elite. I have a KoAloha soprano and a Kala Elite concert. 2 totally differnt ukes but love em both. I'm more of a variety type of person than staying loyal to just 1 brand and/or size.

    I like to be able to pick up any size and any brand and be able to play it. Nothing wrong with sticking with one brand and size but I'd get bored. Mix it up!

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    After visiting the Hawaiian family operated factories I would never consider a koa uke from another brand. That said, I had opportunity to compare koa gloss elite to KoAloha a couple of years ago and it was surprisingly nice. But it was also in the same price segment as the Hawaiian ukes so there's no point. I might consider one at about 2/3 of the price.

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    Thank you for the advice

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    Thank you for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    After visiting the Hawaiian family operated factories I would never consider a koa uke from another brand. That said, I had opportunity to compare koa gloss elite to KoAloha a couple of years ago and it was surprisingly nice. But it was also in the same price segment as the Hawaiian ukes so there's no point. I might consider one at about 2/3 of the price.
    I am in complete agreement here. A Hawaiian "K" uke at the same price is a better purchase in that they are "authentic", sound and play great, and hold value (so if you decide to part with it, you may sell for about the same as what you pay for this used one). The only way to purchase the Kala is if you actually were able to play them side by side.

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    The condition is mint. It’s hardly been played. It looks perfect in the photos, and a very interesting wood grain. .Thank you for your advice.

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    Thanks for the advice. My local shops don’t have much of a selection. I wish I could see and play them before, but I will be going for the Koaloha, as soon as I tell my husband.

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    I have a KoAloha KTM-00 and it is a wonderful instrument.
    "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.
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Kala is a Chinese company. Yeah maybe it has a workshop on the west coast of the USA, but when you find you need to sell it, the buyer will see a Chinese company.
    ....
    Kala is a US company. They make their lower- and mid-range ukes in China; just like KoAloha makes their lower- and mid-range ukes outside of US.

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