The first instrument is the Islander MC-4. The islander is an import line from local Hawaiian makers, Kanile’a. Their entry line or M series has a very simple look, yet a rich, sweet tone. Even though they are less than cosmetically perfect, it still has an elegance from the pin bridge and ebony appointments.
Next up is the Gretsch G9110. This is a well balanced uke with a vintage look and tone. Like the Islander, you can often find minor cosmetic blemishes on Gretsch ukes, but the tone is excellent and the uke has a rustic coolness.
Following is the Mino’aka from Fender. This uke has that hip telecaster headstock and excellent sustain. Less bass than some of the other models. Some prefer that, some don’t.
That’s followed by the Cordoba 15CM. This model from Cordoba is the highlight of their line, for me. Really punchy lower mids, more like what you get in a tenor.
Next is the Luna Mo’o. With it’s laser etched body, it has a unique style. The sound, IMHO, is warm.
We finish off with the Kala KA-C. This one has nice dynamics. It’s a model that has served many well.
Every single ukulele we ship goes through a time extensive setup from an experienced technician. These models greatly benefit from that. For this entry level price range it is hardly worth it for us in terms of what we profit, with the amount of time spent. But that is our biggest gift by far to the ukulele community. We are glad to perpetuate this wonderful instrument and share the aloha of Hawaii with our expertise.
SO what differences did you hear? Any sound similar? What would you take home? Thanks for tuning in and sharing you opinion with us.
From the North Shore of Oahu, A Hui Ho!