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Thread: 1st time buyer: KoAloha, Kanilea, KoAloha...???

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoiDog View Post
    Not to sound like a complete and utter %#&$((@, but didn't this forum just have this very same discussion like a week or two ago?
    As long as there are new members, there will always be this and many other repeating questions, and that's OK! There are plenty of patient stewards of this forum that will always be happy to revisit them.
    Oh, and my vote is for the KoAloha. I really love their sound.

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    I'm a KoAloha "fanboy"

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    Play them so you can see how they feel, how they sound. I played both Kamaka and Kanilea right next to each other and each were vastly different sounding.
    I ended up getting the Kanilea K-1 Deluxe with UV Gloss and love it. You really should go somewhere that has some to play for sure. Would be a shame for you to spend $1000.00 and not be happy with it.

    Do you like C style necks, D style necks, nut spacing, 14 frets to the body. My uke has a very mellow rich sound but I am not sure if that is because it has UV Gloss as I played some other Kanileas and this one just grabbed my ears.

    I think whatever you find that you like is what you'll be happy with. I used to ask the same question when I started and the best advise I got was "Go play them".
    Luckily we have quite a few uke dealers in the bay area. Not sure where you are but if you ahve never played the K brands, you really should make a trip and check them out. Even if you like one brand, every instrument sounds different from the other. Then yhou have to decide if you like low G or high G ;-)
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    [QUOTE=blue_knight_usa;927064]...when I started and the best advise I got was "Go play them".QUOTE]
    Jay's absolutely right. The reason I know I'd take the KoAloha is because I recently did just that, and played a bunch of the big guys, Kamaka, Kanilea, KoAloha, Compass Rose, Collings, antique Martin, etc., all on the same day. I was surprised. Although all of them were fine instruments, it was the KoAloha that really sang for me, and it was not the one that I would have guessed.

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    Personal Preference...our choices may differ from yours....each individual uke has it's own voice like you and me due to the many building process and variations
    Like said above, if possible try before you buy.....and select the sound, size and asthetics you want....if not ask a reputable dealer to play them on the phone for
    you side by side....Good Luck...

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    Actually at that price range, there is a lot of choice and a lot of instruments at that higher point have individual voices, so it's more of a personal preference.

    And you may wish to consider a luthier built uke in addition to the workshop ukes- many of those start at that price point.
    ukes for sale!
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    You can't go wrong with the KoAloha customer service. Even if you buy a used one, they will honor the lifetime warranty.
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    Here's a link to a great video comparing the 4 K's in soprano. I know you're looking at tenors, but you can see and hear how they all sound great in their own way and while one may sound the best to one person it may not to another. Best case scenario would be to try each one side by side and the one that takes your breath away is "The One."


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    I'm a KoAloha fangirl
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    Yo PoiDog, this question is asked every other day brah. lol.


    But since the OP asked, I'll answer. KoAloha. I have only played a few Kanile'as that I actually enjoyed. I do think that the koAloha SC might be as good as their concerts and are very hard to beat. I enjoy the KoAloha tenors but they don't wow me like the SC and concerts. Kamakas, when good are hard to beat. The only problem is some are truly duds. Pretty duds but duds none the less. As I said, I have seriously only played three Kanile'as that I would have considered buying. I have played close to 50 of them. Maybe I was expecting too much?? Maybe I was set on wanting a Koaloha so that made me be prejudice. Not sure.

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