When this came into our shop we were skeptical, but we are amazed by this tenor ukulele! Sound-wise, the only ukes we have that rival it are our much more expensive Kamakas. Did anyone ever make cigar boxes out of Hawaiian Koa? We don't know, but this looks and sounds like solid Hawaiian Koa to us. Beautifully made, with quality Grover tuners. The best uke buy in our store right now.