First up is the K1-C in gloss. Kanile’a has a beautiful gloss finish and this is their standard Koa, still super nice. I consider this model a great value. Expensive, yes, but when you consider the materials and quality it’s a good deal. As is the satin finish K1-C. Kanilea just started offering a UV satin finish, but all of the satin instruments here are an oil finish. It feels very close to raw wood when compared with gloss. It will scratch if your fingernail slides across it. But this natural look and feel have their own appeal. So after the regular gloss concert, we hear the regular satin one.
Now we go back to a gloss finish, but to the K1-CP- premium grade koa. This wood is so attractive it’s almost alluring. As you turn it in the light, figuring in the grain takes life and curls with dimension, just beautiful. But this is a sound comparison, so don’t look too hard. Another model with added visual appeal is the next, the Island Tat concert. Early on Kanile’a got a laser machine for their logos, dots, inalys, and for creative purposes like you see in this model. I have wondered how lasering off a portion of the soundboard affects the tone? Another thing that could change subtleties in the sound is the shape of the soundhole. Which brings us to the heart shaped soundhole model, Ku’uipo.
The ku’uipo models normally have premium koa and this one has the standard koa. But it has all the other traits of a Ku’uipo , including ebony appointments, sand inlays, and a heart shaped soundhole. The last model is a satin concert, but with a tenor length scale. it’s called a longneck or super concert. I think this model works really great with the kanilea design.
So that’s a short video and maybe we should have been more extensive with it. It’s just another video and sound reference, #699 on vimeo. 6 of the options available when deciding on a Hawaiian koa concert ukulele from Kanile’a.
I’m always trying to describe what I hear. I’m interested in what you hear. They are all Kanile’a Koa concerts, so you may have to listen very closely. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Aloha!