Wow! Beautiful instrument. Great look and great sound.
I got a great deal on this B-stock Satin Koa Tenor because of a small blemish. This is my first time owning a high end solid koa uke. I have a travel Kala, a concert KoAlana, a nice spruce top tenor Romero, and a little soprano Lainika. This Kala was going to be the crown jewel of my collection, so I had high expectations. What I have to say is WOW.
Overall look and feel: This is a really really really nice instrument. I love the weight of this uke (a little heavier). It feels solid on the neck and body. The satin koa is very nice to the touch. You're not holding a piece of cardbox, you're holding a beautifully piece of carved wood. The koa is not as aesthetically fun as a flamed maple, or mango, or some of the other exotic woods, but it feels perfectly right on a uke. I feel like I have a piece of Hawaii in my living room. It's got the perfect traditional ukelele look.
Sound-wise, it's beautiful. This uke has great resonance. It's the loudest instrument of my bunch. The sound is clear and bright. Even if you're not a uke expert, just doing an open string strum you can tell it's has a superior sound. I like the fluocarbon strings and the sound of the low G when I strum it, but the wound low G makes that screeching noise when you slide over that string. That's really the only negative I have on the sound. I might actually just change it to the fluocarbon high G or use a different low G string.
I was wondering if a high end uke would really make a…