Kamaka's HF-1 soprano ukulele (sometimes known as standard) is a cracking little instrument with a big voice and a bigger character. It's a precision bit of kit, with compensation to bring the intonation into line further up the fretboard. As with most soprano ukes, there is a tendency towards being sharp at the 12th, but it is better than most other sopranos in this respect, and is only marginally off.
It is a clever trick to pull off, and one that all the Big K brands manage with their sopranos: how to make such a small soprano size body ring with such volume and for so long. Like most Hawaiian made sopranos this is featherweight light, and made with such skill and precision that all the vibrations of the strings are translated into sound. In the hand the light body and the slender neck make it an absolute joy to hold and play.
And when it hits your eardrums the sound is rich, full, complex and smooth, with very pretty harmonics and a mellow tone. This could be tweaked a bit brighter by a different choice of strings, but it sounds so beautiful the way it is. This instrument with Kamaka's black nylon
soprano strings makes for a very distinctly Hawaiian sleepy/dream sounding ukulele.
We know there's no need to explain the history and tradition of Kamaka instruments, other than to say that since 1916 they've been making seriously beautiful instruments. They're very, very good at it.
Pictures show actual instrument you will receive. Videos show a different ukulele, but you get a good idea of how they sound.
Premium solid Hawaiian koa body Rosewood fret board and bridge Mahogany neck 16 frets, 12 to the body Light gloss finish Planetary geared tuners 35mm nut width NuBone nut and saddle Kamaka Black Nylon High G strings Kamaka hard case included