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    Default New Uke Day - Rapid fire UAS - KPK Concert

    Turns out this is more like New Uke Week than New Uke Day at our house. Had to have a concert sized one. :)

    The solid acacia is a bit heavier than I expected and a bit darker as well. But it sounds just great with the Worth clears that they sent on it.

    After playing the lacewood soprano and the okoume and cherry tenors, I really like the size of the concert neck.
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    Soprano: Brüko longneck, maple, arched back :: Concert: KPK acacia, Ono walnut
    Tenor: Kala okoume slothead (low G), LoPrinzi cherry (high G) :: Baritone: Brüko mahogany (dGBE), Lanikai S-B
    Shared: Pono TE-1 :: Reverb Tin-Bin Ukulele

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    I really loving mine! Becoming the main axe. Really great action, easy to play! Gotta get a MiSi in it now!!! Always something to spend money on.
    Kala KA-ACP-CTG. Had the tenor version. Decided tenor's not for me. Got the concert.
    Mainland Classic Concert Solid mahogany, no bling, beautiful.
    Bonanza Concert Oreo Slimline black walnut and cherry CNC marvel.
    Ohana SK-39 Great little Martin wannabe.
    Mahalo Smiley Face. Cute little bugger and Jake signed it!
    Kala KA-15S. Good starter.

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    Aloha and Congratulations....
    Yup I have a KPK and it was one of my first ukes...Actually I bought several KPK ukes..and still play mine...my Deluxe had a richer woodsy tone while my regular basic one
    was brighter....have fun and happy strumming...yes the are very comfortable and eay playability....I know one of the sellers too, he is a friend of my friend...woo hoo Your friend Stan

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    I have the concert cutaway standard model with ebony nut and saddle. A little heavy, but rings like a bell. Has aquilas on it (I think the ebony tames them) and I wouldn't change a thing. This one' a keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukemunga View Post
    I really loving mine! Becoming the main axe. Really great action, easy to play! Gotta get a MiSi in it now!!! Always something to spend money on.
    That makes me happy to hear, man. Glad it went to a good home.
    Lanikai SMP-TCA Monkeypod Tenor * RISA Uke-Solid Tenor * Kala KA-TG tenor * Ken Timms Style 0 Soprano * Ohana SK-38 Soprano * Mainland Honeybee Soprano * 1930's KlearTone banjolele
    1920's Favilla soprano * 1920's Criterion birch soprano * Makala Dolphin

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoaDependent View Post
    That makes me happy to hear, man. Glad it went to a good home.
    Yes, I must admit I wasn't sure at first but had been used to hearing my red cedar pineapple with Fremonts on it... bright and loud!!! The KPK I thought was too quiet but that's not really true. And the sound is great, very Koa-ish. Love it. Definitely got a good home! And it's strange how much better it sounds when someone else is playing it.
    Kala KA-ACP-CTG. Had the tenor version. Decided tenor's not for me. Got the concert.
    Mainland Classic Concert Solid mahogany, no bling, beautiful.
    Bonanza Concert Oreo Slimline black walnut and cherry CNC marvel.
    Ohana SK-39 Great little Martin wannabe.
    Mahalo Smiley Face. Cute little bugger and Jake signed it!
    Kala KA-15S. Good starter.

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    I have 2, a Standard Concert and a Deluxe Tenor. KPKs are a great bang for the buck. Both bought from Jason on ebay who has great customer service and a pleasure to deal with................
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    Okay all you KPK owners, which strings do you prefer on the acacia and why? It's been fascinating to me in switching strings on a couple just how big a difference they make.

    Oh, and do you have the rosewood or did you opt for bone nut and saddle?
    Soprano: Brüko longneck, maple, arched back :: Concert: KPK acacia, Ono walnut
    Tenor: Kala okoume slothead (low G), LoPrinzi cherry (high G) :: Baritone: Brüko mahogany (dGBE), Lanikai S-B
    Shared: Pono TE-1 :: Reverb Tin-Bin Ukulele

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    The Worth Clears were very nice but Living Water had an even clearer and sweeter belltone in the higher frets. I had the bone nut and saddle, btw.
    Aquilas were the worst.
    Lanikai SMP-TCA Monkeypod Tenor * RISA Uke-Solid Tenor * Kala KA-TG tenor * Ken Timms Style 0 Soprano * Ohana SK-38 Soprano * Mainland Honeybee Soprano * 1930's KlearTone banjolele
    1920's Favilla soprano * 1920's Criterion birch soprano * Makala Dolphin

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    When I got the concert, it had Aquilas on it and an ebony nut and saddle. savagehenry played it also and we agree....wouldn't change a thing. Not sure if I'd be as happy with the Aquilas if it had a bone nut and saddle...never tried it, probably never will. Too happy with it the way it is.

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