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Original Post By: slapbass Date: 3/16/2010 11:32:29 AM
Hello all...Just recieved my KPK tenor from ebay selled Local Zine..I read somewhere where there were fakes being out on the market and was wondering if anyone had any problems with theirs..
I believe MGM stooped selling them due to market being flooded with reproductions?
Mine has the KPK sticker and all but am just curious if I have a knockoff..
Cant complain though..Sounds and looks great..Thanx for any info..
Posted By: ChefJeff Date: 3/16/2010 1:02:29 PM   (Updated: 3/16/2010 1:03:45 PM)
I think Koa Pili Koko translates to "almost Koa" or "related to Koa," something like that. I've always seen that name as an attempt to mislead buyers into believing these ukes are made of Koa, all the while "telling" buyers that they are actually made of something else. Assuming you understand Hawaiian, you've been told.

They are probably Australian Blackwood, which many believe is an under-appreciated Acacia species that looks and sounds a lot like traditional Koa. If it was just the wood I'd have bought one happily but I try to avoid tricky people. The idea that someone is now flooding the market with imitations of this imitator is somehow amusingly poetic.
Posted By: mLKauai Date: 3/16/2010 6:24:23 PM
KPK, Kelii's import line is a what you see is what you get. If you like it, you're home.
KPK luthier Kelii makes a great tenor uke in Koa right here for a few dozens of bucks more.
- like anything else buyer beware; especially used. New ukes have a warranty.
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 3/16/2010 9:28:37 PM
from the mouth of KC He has not sold any kpk or authorized anyone to sell these kpk ukes now on ebay and WILL NOT honor any ukes purchased from tha seller KC droppd the line wiht his KPK name almost a year ago after too many had cracking problems from improprt seasoned wood
Posted By: slapbass Date: 3/18/2010 9:59:05 AM
Well..We'll see what happens..Im ok with it so far..Its a loud ukulele but lacks a smooth tone..
Good for public and backyard jams..
Thats why I bought it in the first place..

Thanx for the replies !!!
Posted By: mLKauai Date: 3/18/2010 5:26:33 PM
i saw those on ebay too.
Tenor KPK's with lots of bling for around $200.
they must have cleared out the stock.
fwiw, Most i've seen have done fine.

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