Uke News from NAMM – Day 1 This year I’ll be posting a blog each day of the NAMM, or at least that’s my plan. Corey arrives tonight and we have scheduled recording with many of the manufacturers before the show starts to give high quality sound samples. Today I will just share photos and reviews of the ukes that …
New From Pono – Nui & TE Models
See these models and more from Pono at our store hereThe Ukulele Site -Pono Ukulele
The Best Tenors from $500-$700
Acacia or Mahogany?
HMS Listening Booth – Pono Tenor in Various Tonewoods
The Slack Key master at Higher Ground’s Ukulele Keaka
Growing up in Kalapana, on the Big Island, young Ledward learned how to play from his uncles who taught him the “Jus’ Press” method. Good advice for all of us. Just press down on the string and make sounds. It’s like the Taoist approach to guitar. Led’s use of chromatisism shows the fact that you are never more than one note away from a “right” note, or a note in any key. Led walks right up to that note with a playful resolve, having fun with a guitar or ukulele like a Harlem Globetrotter does with a basketball.
New Pono Pro Classic Ukulele – Custom shop quality at an affordable price
Pono is a production model version of the custom shop Ko’olau, but when you look at the build quality, and attention to detail, you can tell that only very skilled and experienced craftsmen could have such a critical “artist eye” for this precision and beauty.John Kitakis, owner of Ko’olau, didn’t want to just “move boxes” with a cheap import line. He wanted to make the quality and depth of a Ko’olau instrument available to you at a price. And even though their is an unsurpassed refinement to the Ko’olau custom models, Pono is built the same quality, design, woods, and most importantly, there is meticulous oversite by the builders at Ko’olau, and it shows!
Corey Fujimoto rips it up on the Super Mario Theme
Corey has a Pono tenor cedar/mahogany. They Pono was almost too loud for my mic. They are really loud!!Not too bright though, just pertfect.
Jammin’ at Hawaii Music Supply
We manage to always have a good time within our workday of helping people and stocking the shelves.