B-STOCK Ohana TK-39 All Solid Mahogany Vintage Style Tenor Ukulele
This Ohana took a knock on its way over the Atlantic -getting an unfortunate couple of cracks down at the bottom. Not a difficult fix for someone in the know.
I first saw this matt-finish uke at the Winchester Ukulele Festival, where the fantastic songwriter, Krabbers was sporting a new one. I was immediately taken by its looks, modelled on the old Martin 3M series of tenor ukes. As well as the almost optical-illusion style of the maple and ebony purfling and binding, the inlaid maple decoration at the bottom was very striking, not to mention the stripes down the centre of the fingerboard.
The all solid mahogany construction is nice and light, making this a breeze to hold - as well as the advantages that thin tonewood (increased resonance) has. Aquila strings are fitted, the fingerboard and bridge are made from ovangkol and, as vintage ukes would have, a bone nut and saddle. A nod towards modernity is the addition of very good quality Grover geared tuners.
Having run through the spec and the looks we come to the real star of the show, the tone. This is very well balanced, with a clarity that rings true, allows melodies to strongly develop against a well balanced and rounded warmth.