Pono AS - Acacia Soprano

Pono AS - Acacia Soprano
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Love it!
You don't have to spend a small fortune to get that classic soprano sound, and the Pono AS looks so good, too. You can't go wrong with this little beauty!
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Review by obert / (Posted on 6/17/2014)
Small dog, big bark!
Picked this little puppy for my wife after searching countless video & sound samples of sopranos - but we just weren't prepared for the tone & volume. Only one way to describe it: It's... ALIVE! From the start the tone is warm & woody, with a dry crunch - must be that satin finish Acacia. We were looking for that light, high-pitch 30s-style tone, but this packs a full-bodied punch with plenty of mid-range and bass. But it doesn't stop there; the tone evolves as we play it - seeming to really love warm, humid conditions and actually becomes richer and fuller. And volume? Ridiculous! It drowns out our solid mahogany tenor from a room away. The finish is clean, with a bold, organic grain that perfectly embodies its tone, and feels as smooth as the proverbial baby's... We did experience the wonky A string issue that another reviewer had, which explains the reduction in a star for quality, but Joel at HMS recommended replacing with a Worth Clear and we trust our man Joel. If you're looking for a light, singy soprano this may not be for you, but if you want to take something out and watch the jaws drop this is the one.
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Review by Tom / (Posted on 6/24/2013)
Little dog, BIG bark
Got this as our first Soprano based on the HMS description and LOTS of web sound samples, but none of that prepares you for the real thing live. And that sums up the character: it's ALIVE. first, the volume it punches out is ridiculous! It drowns out our solid all-Mahogany tenor, even from a separate room. And the tone: full, rich, woody - pushes midrange and bass tones that rival our cedar concert - must be the acacia. The satin finish gives it a dry crunch and let's the grain belt out the volume and the wood and craftsmanship go way past the price. Might have been our little guy, but the A string tone decays quickly compared to the top 3 -that's why we didn't give it a full 5stars for quality. To our newbie ears it doesn't have the traditional high-pitch 30s soprano tone, but pull it out, play it and watch the jaws drop.
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Review by Tom & Syl / (Posted on 6/20/2013)
best soprano I've ever owned
well this uke speaks.......clear and loud, I love it. I'm used to setting my own stuff up, I didn't have to do a thing, you guys are great ! I'm your customer now, Thanks tons. I'm a bass player, the bass players lament = thank God for ukuleles !
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Review by randt / burntdinner / (Posted on 6/18/2013)
Sweet sounding soprano
My wife had an older Pono Koa soprano with a gloss finish that she loved and gave to her brother as a gift. We replaced it this summer with this satin finish acacia tenor. This new Pono is marked improvement from its predecessor.

The most noticeable change is the balance of the instrument due to the lighter friction tuners. The older model had heavy geared tuners. The acacia is lighter in color than the koa but it reminds my wife of driftwood on the beach and she likes it even better for that reason.

The tone of this instrument is very sweet, clear, and with good volume. It has the classic hawaiian sound. Fit and finish is impeccable. Pono is just leaps and bounds ahead of where they were just a few years ago. This company is on the rise!
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Review by NewKid / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Great Mid-range Uke
I got this uke when I was ready to upgrade to a solid ukulele after learning on a laminate. First of all, it is a beautiful uke. The pictures don't do it justice. The color of mine is darker than this one looks, but that could just be differences in wood grain. I really like the satin finish, but that's just my preference.

As for sound, it has great sustain. Most of the notes ring clear and it's nice and loud, especially for a soprano, but it still maintains that sweet "Hawaiian" sound. It's louder than my laminate concert (which has a very "punchy" sound).

The only complaint I have is that my A string buzzes pretty badly. I switched out the stock strings because I wasn't a huge fan and the new strings were thinner than the stock strings. I had to put the stock A string back on because the buzz from the thinner string was awful. I'll probably have to replace the nut at some point.

Overall, for a ukulele right around the $300 price point, it's a great ukulele. It's one of the most basic Pono models, but it looks and sounds really nice.
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Review by Kat / (Posted on 12/23/2012)
Excellent!
Sweet sound. Superb value. Attentive service. Can't go wrong here.
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Review by frankieammo / (Posted on 12/23/2012)

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