Many Hawaiian concerts weren’t able to be with us today. Nevertheless, these are some of our best selling Hawaiian concert models, the KCM from KoAloha and the K1-C from Kanile’a.
These are all base standard models, koa wood, and made in Hawaii. Each instrument is individual, but this could help as you decide on your next concert.
For the KoAloha comparison, you can reference a lighter color and darker color wood, each in a satin and gloss finish. The KoAloha satin finish is a sprayed nitrocellulose just like the gloss, but the final coat has a dulling agent that cuts back on the reflective quality in the finish and gives a more “woody” look.On the other hand, the two Kanile’a finishes are much different. Their satin is a hand rubbed oil finish versus the UV laquer sprayed on their gloss version.
We will soon get into more diverse comparisons. These companies are very consistent. So when listening to similar models it can be difficult to decipher much difference, but see what you think.
It’s a very flat recording for comparison purpose. What do you hear or prefer?