[flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157633085116552″] (cross-posted from Ukulele Underground)
Well it’s been a long wait but eventually I made the call and chose this Kanile’a tenor that I’d first tried out before NAMM in January. Thank you to Edgar (at Aloha Warehouse in San Franciso) for all the time he let me spend trying out different ukes. It was the only Kanile’a tenor in stock at the time I played it, but more were promised “soon” and they would be gloss finish. And I was persuaded that the gloss finish was stunning and worth checking out. So I waited. Well “soon” turned into a couple of months as Kanile’a were very busy with NAMM, another festival, and getting many orders out.
Well this was the week that the gloss K-1T Deluxe arrived. It was as lovely as promised. I road-tested both side by side and still very clearly preferred the satin. I admit that was much to my surprise. I didn’t think the gloss finish, being so thin, would make that much difference to the sound (and maybe it didn’t, it could just be instrument to instrument variation). The K-1T deluxe certainly looked great, but it’s really about the sound and this one had the edge. Also our friend Mark was in the store to see what I bought! To help me decide he did a blind playing session of both. I couldn’t see which one he’d picked up. It was very clear which of the two I liked by the sound alone, and it was the satin one I fell in love with in January. So glad it hadn’t sold! (I might be in trouble next week if I go back in and the other gloss tenors shipping soon sound nicer – two regular K-1 and one ‘premium’ wood!)
UPDATE: 27-MAR-2013 – it’s playing well, but I certainly need the action lowered a bit. It’s currently at 4mm, and should be under 3mm, at the 12th fret.