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    Quote Originally Posted by NoKaOi View Post
    I've yet to sample the Clara -- although I'm more of a tenor guy, I'm anxious to see what flavour (for you Canadians..) the "Ekoa" offers to Blackbird's bullet-proof line of strumming devices..
    I tried out the Clara the other day (at Bernunzio in Rochester, NY) -- if I had discovered a forgotten $1500 in my pants pocket, I would have bought it. It was strung low-G, and had a full, deep, tenor-like sound. (Or maybe I'd buy this tenor for sale, and put the extra $600 back in the pocket.)

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    Or maybe I'd buy this tenor for sale, and put the extra $600 back in the pocket.
    Yah, I'm not sure mixing in some Koa shavings & etching a grain pattern into the carbon fiber exonerates one from kissing those extra 6-snappers goodbye - plus, I'm more of a tenor dude anyway..

    Had you played the BB carbon tenor, and if so ... did you experience any tonal difference(s) in the Ekoa??
    (apologies for the hijack - serious business/info exchange at work here.. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyK View Post
    Thanks guys. In February I can go from here in Saskatoon at -40 and 0 % humidity to the usual Hawaii temperature and humidity and not worry.
    Let me know how you like it. I bought an outdoor uke for my winters and it didn't do that great. Not terrible, but not quite what I wanted. The blackbird is a little out of my price range, but their guitars are great.

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    I just got a Clara (at the Reno Festival).
    I played one at NAMM and was blown away, but I am really a tenor guy.
    Also NAMM is really noisy so it was hard to hear it.
    At Reno I could really hear it. It will probably be a few years before the E-Koa tenor will be developed.
    I played the black tenor and it has a great sound, but the Clara has a more robust voice to me.
    Being that it is several inches shorter and well it will make an excellent travel uke as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailingUke View Post
    I just got a Clara (at the Reno Festival).
    I played one at NAMM and was blown away, but I am really a tenor guy.
    Also NAMM is really noisy so it was hard to hear it.
    At Reno I could really hear it. It will probably be a few years before the E-Koa tenor will be developed.
    I played the black tenor and it has a great sound, but the Clara has a more robust voice to me.
    Being that it is several inches shorter and well it will make an excellent travel uke as well.
    I had been after a used Blackbird tenor for quite some time, but since the come on the market fairly infrequently, I recently ordered a Clara (having mine made with Pegheds). I tipped to the Clara for its richer tone and greater portability. They both sound great to me and had this Blackbird tenor been offered a few weeks ago, a might have done that route instead.
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    I just got a Clara (at the Reno Festival). I played one at NAMM and was blown away, but I am really a tenor guy. Also NAMM is really noisy so it was hard to hear it. At Reno I could really hear it. It will probably be a few years before the E-Koa tenor will be developed. I played the black tenor and it has a great sound, but the Clara has a more robust voice to me.
    I recently ordered a Clara (having mine made with Pegheds). I tipped to the Clara for its richer tone and greater portability. They both sound great to me and had this Blackbird tenor been offered a few weeks ago, a might have done that route instead.
    Mahalo for this info, folks! & please excuse my poor attempt at humor regarding the "Ekoa" comments. I know how serious Joe & Kyle are about their product and have great respect for the research that was involved in the development of these novel instruments -- I really appreciate the input & comparison to the std c.f. model.

    Now, whether to roll out to the city & get one in my hands, or try to avoid teasing myself & hold off until my larger preferenced instrument is developed(?) That'll be a good pre-Hawaii quandary for the next few weeks..

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