I love the sound. So like I said at the intro of this page, check models at our website HERE regularly to see what’s new. You can definitely hear the difference – there is more bottom end to the tone and more volume. I received my Kanilea Baritone K-1 on Wednesday. First day!!! When I first wanted to upgrade to a Hawaiian made instrument, Kanile’a was my first choice, and I still think it is the best choice. Easy to play, nice range of options at different prices and epic “hawaiian” sound. I have two amazing Kanile’a tenors and am shopping for a third. MADE IN U.S.A. Your email address will not be published. And yes, they constantly offer the nicest Koa. I have a Kamaka Tenor and I think this uke is superior in every way. This is such a great idea and works perfectly!You can see the grains of sand sparkle as you look closely, and you get a piece of the Hawaiian beaches forever. The koa wood is stunning. Kanilea Custom Shop - Premium Koa SUPER Tenor Ukulele! Kanile`a uses bridge pins instead of the more common tie-block found on most ukuleles. This is not a "model". KCS-SCP Concert Long Neck Premium Koa Slothead. They’re not as glamorous as their more expensive siblings but they sound every bit as good. This is a look at a few of the models. I’ve had enough problems with bridges on vintage ukuleles to know that they may be onto something. I love my Kanile’a concert. I also liked that the long fingerboard allows you to fret all the way up the neck to the soundhole. The sound is bright and happy, though very subjective to humidity (the humidity where I live fluctuates wildly). These come with a free pod case to protect your uke perfectly. They have amazing, and I mean amazing koa all the time! I’ve had my KANILE’A CONCERT KOA – ISLAND TATTOO ukulele for three years now. Absolutely love my Kanile’a K1 concert uke! Strange to have such a beautiful instrument with plastic that shad obvious manufacturing seams. When I hear that this ukulele is the most affordable in Kanile`a’s lineup of instruments, I think of Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, James Carville, who said (to paraphrase), “It’s the tone, stupid.” Binding, purfling, and other trim look great, but they don’t affect the sound or playability, except sometimes to get in the way. But it is not a loud instrument. Because of such a wonderful uke that I have gotten, I got poison-ed so badly that I eventually I bought another Kanilea K4. It has a full, rich, round tone that I think is especially well suited to linear (low G) tuning. Definitely more by the time I publish this website. This instrument challenged me to take advantage of the Oha’s sweet tone and longer sustain. The TRU bracing system makes them nice and light and a joy to play for hours. I am starting to feel guilty about not playing my other ukes more. Your email address will not be published. I like the looks and tone a lot… But I find it harder to strum bar-chords than in any of my other ukes. But I knew I was absolutely sure when I had to go back and edit the word “sweet” out of this review a dozen times, because sweet is really the best way to describe this ukulele. The first thing I noticed on the Oha-T tenor was the wide, 1.5-inch nut that gives just a little more space for your fingers between strings than you get on most ukuleles. The koa they use is stunning – and they spend their time and money to replant koa trees, which is a nice touch. With the price of Koa going up all the time an all koa Kanile’a will set you back well over £1000. Would I get another Kanile’a. It’s light and nicely balanced; I usually like playing with a strap and I figured I would want one for this tenor, but I didn’t miss it. I have a k1 concert dlx. A few days later, I brought the ukulele to a jam session with a dozen or so folks playing folk and American songbook tunes. I bought it for a few reasons – one being the different look than most ukes – the tattooing. I have 16 ukuleles at last count. It’s ridiculous. How can you not be drawn toward such beautiful koa, and finished to perfection. But when the Kanile`a was heard over the bluegrass-tinged din of a Journey hit, it just sounded lovely. And again, the sweet subtle tone of the ukulele was mostly lost on the crowd. In a heartbeat. Corey gives us a “raw” sound sample of the soprano Kanile’a in both the gloss finish and the “natural” finish. The cobra slothead, like the KCS models, is thinner, lighter in weight, … It stays in tune even when I don’t play it for awhile, which is nice. With widened frets, it makes for easier playability without sacrificing the sound of the `ukulele. Great build ,tone ,well a sound of their own ! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. They’re rich in tone, look gorgeous, and are reasonable for what you get. I have the natural finish which I prefer especially for the neck. Can’t beat the craftsmanship and tone, and they are just beautiful to look at. That said, it’s one uke I won’t ever part with. A tenor, beautiful—really beautiful—and plays like a dream. Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published. Everyone there was so friendly and willing to share their insights and information about what goes into the making of their ukulele. The results speak for themselves. It maintains a tenor scale but has a widened bout at the bottom and a bigger body size. Hawaii Music Supply set it up beautifully. Leave a comment or question below. I love that the instrument is built on Oahu and the family-owned company restores and replants native Hawaiian rain forest and sources all their woods responsibly. This is a great-sounding instrument, even to a committed traditionalist who’s never sure why anyone would even try and improve on circa 1920s designs. I ended up fingerpicking through Andy Iona and Sam Cooke tunes, and soon found that this is an instrument for accompanying a voice, picking through chords, and filling a quiet room with sound.