Thursday, 29 January 2015

Kala KA-TEM Exotic Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

One of the benefits of playing in a group is the chance to see everyone else's instruments. In this new series we'll be asking our members to say a few words about their particular ukulele, including why they chose it and how they like it.

Our first up is Carla's KA-TEM, described by Kala with the following stats:
  • 17" tenor scale
  • 26-3/8" overall body length
  • 11-3/4" body length
  • 6-3/4" upper bout
  • 9" lower bout
  • 5-1/4"waist
  • 3-1/8" body depth
  • 1-3/8" at nut
  • figured mahogany body
  • satin finish
  • black binding
  • 19 silver nickel frets
  • fret position marks at 5th, 7th, 10th and 12th frets on neck and top of fingerboard
  • rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • mahogany neck
  • chrome die-cast tuners with black buttons
  • premium aquila nylgut strings

"I walked into Watermelon Music, and I said, "I want the biggest ukulele you've got." And they came up with this one–it's a tenor.

I like it a lot, but this is my first experience–my first and only. It sounds good to me."

Below, YouTube user raynstudio plays a KA-TEM:

Saturday, 24 January 2015


None of us set out to create an ukulele group and yet here we are, two years into this blog and three years after a few friends took to goofing around at a New Year's Eve party. In that time our group has doubled in size simply by word of mouth, despite our total lack of publicity.

We have been lucky in many ways. So far we haven't had to pay for space, and we all have a schedule which allows us to meet at the same time each week.

But the real luck one has been in membership. When you have people who are cheerful and easygoing; who enjoy playing and socializing in equal measures; who readily share food, drink, information and resources; and who are accepting of each other's differences and bad days; then everything else somehow comes together. We can meet anywhere and at any time because we all look forward to playing together. That may well be the secret of a good ukulele group.