Product Review (submitted on September 20, 2012):
I started out with a Cordoba 15-cm and thought that it was a beautifully build and great sounding uke. Then I got an itch to upgrade and pono was calling my name. At first I thought the sound was muddy and the build to be a notch below the cordoba, well it turns out that the pono is braced for TONE as opposed to shear volume that the lower end cordoba is going for. After stringing it with worth clear strings, the instrument took on a new sparkle and the playability became much easier due to the thinner strings. If you like mellow sounds though stick to the stock strings as they are thicker and have a more rounded tone at the expense of a top end shimmer, mid range snap and playability. over all I'm loving this instrument more and more every day.