The KTM-00 solid koa KoAloha
tenor ukulele has been a benchmark for Hawaiian tenors since we started stocking them over a decade ago. They are just so vibrant, and resonant, owing in no small part to the very clever unit bracing that KoAloha employ. Other koa tenors are world-class but it's incredibly difficult to overlook the KTM-00 on any list of the worlds best ukuleles.
So, after 25 years of making the world a better place KoAloha have released their Silver 25th Anniversary series of instruments. They have taken an already excellent instrument and added a few twists and tweaks to make a really desirable heirloom instrument, which will hold value a well as get better and better sounding with playing.
There is only a small increment in price as well, so still very affordable for what it is. And, they have serial numbered stickers in the soundhole, which is quite important as they will be making very few silver series tenors and each shop will only receive a limited amount. This one is 299.
The ebony fixtures and fittings give it a very classy look, and give it an almost silvery hue when the light strikes it in a certain way. The tuners have been upgraded to a brushed steel effect closed back Der-Jung tuner with a KoAloha logo which can normally only be found on the elite black label KoAloha ukuleles at 4-5 times the price of a KTM model. The choice of geared machine heads is very much down to Paul and Alan Okami, the sons and heirs of Pops Okami, who have taken the lead in developing the silver series.
The most important thing though is that KoAloha sound, which is present in spades; all of the bombast, warmth and liveliness that you have come to expect from a KTM is here, wrapped up in a very special package.
This stunner is finished with a high gloss finish on an open pore body. No grain filler is used, which helps massively to make this amazing tenor uke sound quite as magnificent as it does, but it can mean that some small pits and marks in the finish are inevitable, where the gloss sinks into features and grain in the wood.
Pictures show actual instrument you will receive.
All Hawaiian koa body CNC shaped sapele neck, gloss finish Ebony fretboard and bridge TUSQ(tm) nut and saddle KoAloha 5-pointed crown headstock Ebony faceplate on headstock Ebony binding on the edge of the fretboard Der Jung geared machine heads KoAloha’s patented “musubi” soundhole Abalone headstock decal High gloss finish 37mm nut width Clear fluorocarbon low G strings TGI ABS case Serial numbered soundhole sticker