KoAloha KTM-00 Solid Hawaiian Koa Tenor Ukulele #02 - slight flaw
2021 has been a bit of a transitional year for many of us... the best laid plans were put on hold for many people in 2020 including KoAloha's Silver Anniversary. Having to down tools during a landmark year was the perfect recipe to go back to the drawing board and redesign the companies staple instruments.
The 25 series anniversary ukulele models brought about a more streamlined appearance and new geared tuners across the range as well as expanding upon the redesigned tenor body which moved the neck join down to the 14th fret, made the waist of these tenor ukuleles more pronounced and rounded out the bottom bout out both on the ear and to the naked eye.
What does this all mean? Well it means that KoAloha are moving into a new period in the companies history and I can tell you hand on heart that all of these changes have made for a more exciting and refined ukulele. KoAloha were to us here at SUS the cheeky sibling of the Hawaiian K brands with an untamed and open sound.
These new designs have given the wilder frequencies a bit of a haircut and the overall appearance of modern KoAlohas and the sound is sleeker and smoother. These new appointments and the quality of the wood make for an instrument at 'standard' Hawaiian prices that more closely resemble the popular factory/custom Red Label Ukuleles that we would fawn over in previous years.
For years we have said that the KoAloha's had sustain, tone and looks to die for... and we rightfully called them one of the best tenors available.
The KoAloha KTM-00 has all the brightness you expect from koa, bags of volume and sustain owing to the fabulous proprietary unit brace system that the clever people at KoAloha use. It feels very light in the hand, very balanced. What you notice most when you play is the clarity of its voice. It has great note separation and a huge expressive range.
Bear in mind that no grain filler is used on these ukes, which helps to keep the instrument sounding as good as it does. But, it can mean that you can find a few small pits in the finish, where the gloss sinks into pores, features or grain in the wood. There is one such mark to the top on the bottom bout just near the edge shown in the pictures, but there are other similar around the body.
Pictures show actual instrument you will receive. This one is reduced by £100 on account of a small mark near the bridge (see pics) which looks like it was caused when it was being strung. It is very small, and under normal lighting you cannot really see it.
All solid Hawaiian koa body
CNC shaped neck
Ebony fretboard and bridge
TUSQ(tm) nut and saddle
KoAloha 5-pointed crown headstock
20-fret fretboard joined at the 14th fret
Fretboard inlay dots made of abalone
Wooden label (new for late 2021/early 2022)
KoAloha's patented "Musubi" soundhole
37mm nut width
KoAloha low G strings installed
New KoAloha abalone headstock logo
KoAloha woodshell hard case included