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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Ear View Post
    Congratulations on making your choice. Apparently you gave it a lot of thought. Sounds like a good one. There are so many Ukes out there at so many price points and so many selections. But that's half the fun of picking put a Uke. You gave it good thought. Enjoy the new Uke. Hope it's in your hands soon and it gives you much pleasure. I wish I had your restraint - I have more Ukes already than I should. Don't regret any choices I have made but mine's a whole another story. You are giving it all good thought and controlled, I bet you will like that new Uke. Congratulations again. Good Job picking your Uke.
    Thanks! Can't wait to get it and yes, I looked for hours and hours; the price limit made it both easier and more difficult to choose- lots to choose from but not a lot at the peak of the limit. I think the Koaloha opio is right there and "not too much, not too little but just right". Definitely a goldilocks ukulele!

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    You made an excellent choice that I bet you will be very pleased with! Like you, I'm pretty darn new to the whole uke world. My endeavors to learn it have come and gone for a number of years. I began the journey with a few different laminate kala's. None were terrible. But Then! My hubby took me to the beach a few hours away to a ukulele shop that had the nicer ukes! They had the normal affordable ones all the way up to the big K's! He told me to get whatever I wanted. After trying all the ones I had been pining over online and was dying to hear/try....I came home with a koaloha opio concert, and I absolutely adore it! It's my baby! I 100% agree with earlier posts that going from cheap - midrange is a huge improvement that you will both feel and hear. However, I couldn't hardly tell any difference between my opio and the koaloha koa concert beside it. And I had my hubby and the store owner play them both so I could actually hear how they sounded from people that can play! People say the koa wood will open up in time and maybe they might have a little bit more differences between it and the acacia down the road, but I didn't feel it was worth the extra $$. Perhaps one day we'll get one to test that out.

    All that to say, good luck with your new koaloha! You made an excellent choice! May it bring you many years of comfort and joy!
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    Eggs - let us know how you like it when it arrives. Nice responses here that reinforce your choice and I bet make you feel real confident and comfortable in your pick. Bet you are excited about it and anxious for delivery day. Enjoy !

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    I have a couple of friends who have the KoAloha Opio Acacia Concerts and another who has the Spruce top version. After quite a few years of moving to and fro between Soprano and Concert I settled on the Soprano size. These days I don’t lust after much in the way of Ukes but I do lust after one of those Acacia Concerts and have done for some years. The expense would be hard to justify (I don’t need to spend that much for a Uke that plays better than me and there’s other uses for money too) but they aren’t too costly and, well, one day I might just weaken. There are many good instruments out there but that KoAloha is, I think, a star choice.

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    Others before me have stated this-- directly, or in as many words-- but for some of us the entire sensory experience informs our playing enjoyment, and the outcome. I am grateful for my 'expensive' ukuleles, and everything I learn about them (and myself, and what I'm drawn to) in the playing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eggs_n_Ham View Post
    I'm so glad everyone here in this forum responded to this question and the related question I posted in the "buyer tips" thread. Honesty, forthrightness, experience and willingness to share opinions and recommendations helped me decide to purchase a Koaloha opio acacia concert ukulele. It's a beaut to look at and sound samples are very encouraging and right up my street.
    What a great choice! I have a Rebel Acacia Concert, built by the same team that builds the Opios.

    My Rebel Concert is a favorite (and pips the Anuenue AMM2, at least in my hands). You are in for a treat in build and presentation, however your own preferences clarify once you have your instrument in hand. (I hope you love your new Opio as much as I do my Rebel. )

    Have fun.
    ~ S.

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    Of course they are. Think car... or a gourmet meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    Of course they are. Think car... or a gourmet meal.
    That's a great analogy.
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    Kanile'a Steven Espaniola Signature Koa Custom Tenor
    Pepe Romero/Daniel Ho Solid Mahogany Tiny Tenor (Pepe is adding a side port!)
    Kala Soprano KA-ASOV-S Spruce and Ovangkol
    KLOS Carbon Fiber Tenor Deluxe Acoustic/Electric
    Ohana Mahogany Cynthia Lin Concert Performance uke
    Kanile'a KCS Super Soprano Premium Koa
    Brian Fanner Custom solid body/steel string tenor (Pixelator)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    Of course they are. Think car... or a gourmet meal.
    I suspect a dry sense of humour here but the examples given illustrate the point very well. Most people happily feed themselves without gourmet meals and move themselves about without high value / high performance cars. Yes, a posh meal is nice and riding along in a Rolls Royce is (I suspect) luxury travel but nearly everyone can - and does - happily enough meet their needs with much less.
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