Value for Money
Kamoa Ukuleles are a Hawaii-based ukulele company but only their ‘Kaua’i Built’ range are made there. Their most prominent endorser is Pierce Brosnan.
Aldrine tests out a few Kamoa ukuleles.
Larrysmusic1952 plays a song using a Kamoa Ukulele.
I have one of the first of these made according to Sam. It’s one of the nicest ukes I have ever played. Mine is a spruce top and has far better resonance than the koas I have played. I picked the instrument up at Larry’s Music while on vacation in Kauai a few years ago. They educated me on the instrument and even showed me a few chords, good times. If your looking for an authentic made in HI uke with great tone, this is it.
I just got back from Maui and I bought a Kamoa E3-T solid wood tenor from Rodney at Bounty Music. I went to Mele and the sound was nice but the finish was rough, and then I went to Bounty and looked at some Made in Hawaii Koa ukes. Everything was more than my mental budget and, working his way down the price ladder, he showed me the Kamoa. Finish was excellent, I loved the shape (fatter lower bout than other tenors I looked at) and the color (reddish brown), and the tone was in the ballpark with everything else. I got out the door for about three hundred bucks for a solid wood uke and a hard case. The Kamoa is made in China, which I thought was an issue for me, but I got over it fast.
Ken i share your experience, and in fact you comment helped me make my decision, because the Kamoa E3 Uke is new i couldn’t find much talk about it online, i believe we have the exact same Uke, and i could not be happier with mine! excellent Ukulele and it looks amazing as well. 😀 i originally set out to buy the Eleuke EAS-T series but i think i made the right final choice
I love my kamoa uke!! im fourteen and this is the firt insrament i stuck with this is a great uke beacuse it has never fallen out of tune and i keep it in a soft case best sound ever i <3 my uke!
I recently bought a Kamoa E3-T and love it. The sound is top notch for something under $300. It’s hard to put down, I want to play it all day. I bought it at Larry’s Music on Kauai and the service was awesome.
Just picked up a Kamoa 700-T from Sam at Larry’s on Kauai and just love it. It’s beautiful and the sound is great!
I too bought the Kamoa E3T at Bounty in Maui from Rodney and couldnt be happier with the product price and service! I have played Guitars for over 35 yrs. and this is my first Uke.! 4 days later im setting in my Condo and Playing Somewhere over the Rainbow, the only thing missing is IZ’s Voice! feels like I have been playing for years! I Love it!
Just ordered my Kamoa Victor King Signature Series Concert from their website (they don’t sell it in my country). Shipping from China soon, so will tell more when I get the uku…
The Kamoa Victor King Signature Series Concert came by two days ago. Was fitted with Low G premium Aquila Bionylon strings, and this gives a more mellow tone as compared to the Nylgut. However I didn’t like the sound of the low G so I’m going to get it changed at Ukulele Movement. The sound is great, it’s loud and clear, wonderful playability and great intonation. It’s a great uku overall!
I’m in Kuaui and have just bought a 500T. It was from Larry’s shop down in Koloa. The lady in the store, Gigi, was a gem of a woman. She had so much patience for me and 2 other customers.
I have been playing the Duke for the past 3 days and love the sound more every time I pick it up.
Hello friends, I also have a concert Kamoa E3 Red and I am very happy with it.
I had to buy it in the U.S. because it was impossible to find it in Spain, and shipping and customs cost me a lot of money, but it was worth it.
Originally it came with Aquila Bionylon strings with wounded Low G, which I replaced it right away with Red Aquila Low G(unwounded, significantly improving the sound quality. Satisfied with result of this experiment, I changed the Bionylon by Nylgut Aquila and keeping the Low G Red Series and got fantastic sound. If you want to achieve even better sound, I strongly recommend you do it. I reckon it´s a very good combination.
THE KAMOA VIDEO DOESN’T SEEM TOO THRILLED WITH THE CONCERT E KAMOA, LIKES THE S, T AND B BETTER. ANYBODY HAVE A KAMOA E-C OUT THERE? WHAT DO YOU THINK? NOT MUCH ON INTERNET. TY I WOULD LIKE TO GET A CONCERT UKE NEXT. I HAVE A LITTLE LANAIKAI, LU11 AND I THINK IT SOULD GREAT FOR AN INEXPENSIVE LITTLE UKE. I HAVE TRIED OTHERS THAT DIDN’T NEARLY SOUND AS GOOD
I agree with your observation Susan however, I have an E3 C which is solid spruce and solid maple.
I love the tone and it has great volume.
I replaced the Aquila strings with Kooalu Mahana’s. Everyone who hears this uke loves the tone.
As far as the workmanship, the finish is somewhat plain but still very nice.
The assembly quality I think is A- as there are some flaws. The tuners I plan on replacing as a matter of preference. I do really love playing this uke and hope to get another some day.
I can never understand why customers will buy a uke by name, wood type or cost without playing. My Kamora 500T tenor has robust, rich warm tones, good sustain, wonderful sound balance, good fret action and beautiful bell tones. Purchased my uke in April 2013, at Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar in Waikoloa from Bob Yates.
I’ve played other ukes costing way much more and was always disappointed. Now, my only limitation is my lack of talent…..But in the mean time, am enjoying my new found treasure. Aloha.
I have ten ukuleles in all sizes, most of them have solid wood tops and backs and sizes. The most expensive one I have was in the $1,200.00 range. One of mine is a Kamoa E3-T. The first time I just strummed a chord on the Kamoa, I couldn’t believe it! They talk about the “BELL TONE” with Kamoa ukes….well, believe me, it’s there! The tone is just beautiful and the sustain is awesome. Do yourself a favor! If your looking for a uke try a Kamoa and compare it to anything…even ones more expensive! I think you will really be pleased!
I bought my first ukulele 9 months ago. I have to say I love the joy and happiness they give. I have a Kala, Lanaki and a Cordoba and looking at purchasing me next one. The information and comments on this site are so very helpful, thank you all.
I just bought a ‘pineapple’ from him. I swooned at his mastery, musicianship, and his great love that pours through any instrument he touches, even the least expensive. I bought it with a broken wrist and have never played before (still broken, can’t yet) but I couldn’t in a million years believe my great good fortune to find these gorgeous instruments (their store in Kauai), the pure grace to be able to watch and hear him, and to witness the divine love for the music that emanates when he plays. Anyone who can visit their store or just acquire one of their ukeleles is super lucky.
I researched ukuleles online before buying and liked the features and price of the E3-T. I found that my favorite music store, Joe’s Island Music on Whidbey Island, WA carried them, went there, played it, bought it and love it. I’ve played guitar for years and the move to the ukulele was pretty easy. It’s so fun to play.
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