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Kala 'Metropolitan Series' All Solid Trembesi Wood Tenor Ukulele w/Deluxe Bag #1

£739.00 £615.83
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  • Fremont Squeakless Flatwound Low G (recommended) + £4.99 (Excl. Tax: £4.16)
  • D'Addario J4504 Polished Flatwound Low G (recommended) + £6.00 (Excl. Tax: £5.00)
  • Worth Clear Plain Unwound Fluorocarbon Low G + £6.50 (Excl. Tax: £5.42)
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  • Aquila 16U Wire Wound Low G string + £3.29 (Excl. Tax: £2.74)
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  • Black + £5.00 (Excl. Tax: £4.17)
  • Gold + £5.00 (Excl. Tax: £4.17)
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  • MiSi Rechargeable Active pickup (recommended) + £179.00 (Excl. Tax: £149.17)
  • Fishman Pro Passive pickup + £120.00 (Excl. Tax: £100.00)

We hve got a lot of time for the new metropolitan series of Kala ukuleles. This all solid trembesi wood tenor ukulele is something pretty special. 

Trembesi is a new kid on the block in the world of tonewoods being used sparingly by KoAloha in the past on some special issue ukuleles and not really much else that ukulele aficionados or enthusiasts would immediately know.

Trembesi is a variation of monkey pod and tonally looks very similar and sounds very similar to acacia. It is grown in many hot climates around the world and makes for a good stiff wood with mellow tonal properties. The stiffness directly translates in the attack when you strum the ukulele which is clean and clear without being too loud or overdriven. This tenor ukulele likes arpeggios and you will love playing them on it... 

The high gloss finish accentuates the stiffness of your strum and brightens up the mellower sound of Trembesi wonderfully... Kala have also spent a lot of time working on the headstock shape, creating the more rounded and instantly iconic looking 'horizon' design.

The neck on this ukulele is high gloss and feels much more refined than the more moderately priced Kalas. In my opinion, the biggest improvement on the classic Kala design is the feel of the neck which reminds me of Imuas, Ko'olaus and even some Japanese builders like Kiwaya and TkiTki.

This particular ukulele is actually the first metropolitan to be released to the public having been shown to us by Kala president Mike Upton at Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in June 2022... this is a chance to grab a piece of Kala history.

The Kala metropolitan series has been quietly simmering behind the scenes for years now. Kala have made it their mission to offer a ukulele for every kind of player which has resulted in everything from the makala dolphin ukes for young beginners to artisan one off custom shop pieces manufactured in Petaluma, California...

The one thing they've always been missing is a ukulele that sits just above the average beginner/intermediate player's budget. They like to call it 'a ukulele series for fast developing players' and you can see why as this metropolitan series offers both solid mango and solid trembesi, java Indonesian made ukuleles that meet the requirements of an advanced player.

For many moons, Pono have been at the forefront of the market with the similar pro classic series manufactured in the same country as these ukuleles. The similarities are undeniable but on closer inspection we found the body shapes of the tenors and baritones to be quite different. The Kalas have a pinched waist, creating more pronounced lower and upper bout widths and to my ear a slightly better 'ring' to the sound.

Specification:
Solid trembesi top, back and sides
High gloss body/satin neck
Ebony front and back binding
Rosewood rosette
D'Addario titanium nylon strings (high G)
35mm nut width
28mm string spacing at nut
Bone nut and saddle
Gold custom Grover open back machine heads

Please note that the Metropolitan series initially launched as the Skyline series so some of our online media may refer to the model by an earlier name.

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