Window Shopping: Ohana CK-65D, Kala Slimline

The Ohana CK-65D is a bit of a strange beast. As well as the off-centre soundhole, it has a fretboard that is a mixture of rosewood and maple.

I think the Kala travel ukulele is a good idea. I can see how shaving a little off the size could help. But then way make one in tenor size?

I think I might have expressed my surprise at a bamboo ukulele before. But it sounds pretty good in MGM‘s video. But at $1,500 you’d expect it to.

Lovely Keech Banjolele on eBay UK.

Nice paint job on this Hilo.

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  1. todd April 17th, 2009 9:40 pm

    The Ohana CK-65D is ‘a bit of a strange beast.’ As well as the off-centre soundhole, it has a fretboard that is a mixture of rosewood and maple.

    that seems like a very good assessment Al….interesting….

    thanks for sharing….loved the banjo uke, but after having one for almost a year now….i’m still not sure how i feel about them…..fun to record with…..but very clunky and loud (at least with my meat hooks) ha ha

  2. cardboardfrog April 17th, 2009 10:04 pm

    i’ve played many an acoustic bass with an off centre soundhole and they tend to be louder, other than that no real difference.
    i still think travel ukes are the pinacle of unnessacary

  3. Luke April 18th, 2009 1:43 am

    I think Applause has the weirdest sound-hole design.

  4. Woodshed April 19th, 2009 6:53 pm

    todd: I’ve never bought a banjo-uke: can’t get over the Formby association.

    cbf: I think the soundhole shenanigans are more for looks than anything.

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