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    by any chance, does anyone own or happen to be knowing the feel of the old koaloha models (2015 and earlier (with the koa fretboard) and the new models from 2019/2020?

    my dilemma is that I tried a koaloha in early 2020 and it felt AWESOME. I didn’t buy it at the time because I didn’t have the money. now I stumbled over a (not so much used) 2015 koaloha and well I jumped the gun and bought it without seeing it.

    aaaanyways it felt different and I am not quite sure if it is due to a different build or because I tried the one in january in a nice shop full of good smelling amazingly awesome and not-cheap ukuleles^^

    the thing is, after I’ve been playing it for a few days it DOES feel quite good and plays amazing. I am still not sure because I was expecting that initial spark that I got from the newer one (I know it sounds like I’m talking about a love relationship 😀 😀 ).

    so by now it’s mostly a money issue. I’ve been saving up for this for almost a year and I could afford a new model as well. Am I deceived from the new ukulele = better ukulele idea? or is this real?

    I do by no means collect ukuleles, why it is no option to save up for a second one.


    Kanile’a changed their neck size in 2016. I think I talked about it in this video.

    They became thicker, whereas the old ones were the opposite (like my K-1 from 2015). I’m on the same boat as you, it comes down to preference in which one you like more.

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