View Full Version : NUD - Maurise Dupont D Hole Tenor Uke

09-01-2015, 11:50 AM
I don't need a new Uke, but my wife and I are in Paris for a few more days before doing a loop through the south of France and back up through Belgium.

So we made our way to Dupont's showroom and I checked out an unbound mahogany D hole that happrned to be strung with a high G string.

There is something about a well made unbound uke that I really like. Not to say that binding offers an opportunity to make up for subtle earlier mistakes, but the fact is that joinery that doesn't fit together immaculately will look sad on an unbound uke.

Slot head with Ebony headstock plate. It looks and feels very warm to me. The sound is full and rich. While it sounds plenty loud to me, it seems to project very well to those out front of it. Though it was strung with a high G, I got a good sense of its tone and volume. So I bought it. The dealer is ordering one of those well protected Rockstar (or Rock sonething) bags which will be here when we circle back and revisit Paris for 5 more days. I'll then pick it up and bring it home.

Uncle Leroy
09-01-2015, 12:28 PM
Of course we will need pictures my friend.

09-01-2015, 12:30 PM
Congratulations! Can't wait to see it.

09-01-2015, 04:42 PM
Congratulations... would like to see pictures and hear sound samples when your holiday is over and you have time.

09-01-2015, 05:03 PM

09-01-2015, 07:08 PM
Indeed, we want to see photos! :) (I actually have no idea what a D hole is, so I'd like to see.)

09-01-2015, 08:48 PM
The design comes from a guitar that's also called a gypsy jazz style by Selmer-Maccaferri, used by Django Reinhardt in the 1940s in France, on which he played the very indicative swing style with only three fingers on his fret hand. (In my signature is a D hole uke made for me in Vietnam. When I first looked for a builder, I emailed Maurise Dupont, but didn't hear back, so I went with Bruce Wei in Vietnam. A couple months later I finally received a reply from Maurise, but it was too late.)

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Selmer-Maccaferri guitars.jpg

09-01-2015, 08:56 PM
Thanks, Mike! I hadn't seen one of those before - interesting.

09-01-2015, 08:59 PM
Congratulations! Would love to hear a sound sample. I have been curious about his ukes, as his Maccaferri style guitars are highly praised.

09-03-2015, 12:54 PM
It gets complicated. We stopped by Dupont's showroom today so I could take a photo of the new uke that I had planned to pick up on the 16th prior to our return to the US. They showed me a new spruce/koa model that just came in. After playing it, I decided that the broader tonal range was more to my liking so I changed the order from the all mahogany to the spruce/koa. First photo is mahogany and second is spruce/koa.



09-03-2015, 02:20 PM
Looking at the pictures, it is clear there is only one course of action. Buy both!

09-03-2015, 04:00 PM
I'm a little surprised he doesn't go with the pointed tip bridge design or a tailpiece, which is so specific to that style.

09-03-2015, 05:43 PM
Dupont believes that the tailpiece does not translate well to the uke body; I agree.

09-03-2015, 07:53 PM
I wanted mine to have the 'complete' look so I had the pointed bridge and tailpiece done, but to each his own.

09-04-2015, 04:07 AM
I understand your dilemma, they both look nice! If they are anything like his guitars, you'll be getting a very special instrument.

Mike, while most of the original Selmer-Maccaferri guitars had indeed a pointed "Moustache" bridge and a tailpiece, the "Concert" model was made with a broad glued-on bridge very much like the one that Maurice Dupont uses on his ukes.

tenor madness
09-04-2015, 01:30 PM
Curious as to the scale of the two ukes, you looked at?

09-04-2015, 01:46 PM
They're very pretty. I could get used to that design. I've always enjoyed listening to old Reinhardt/Grapelli recordings.

09-04-2015, 02:26 PM
I'd be all over the spruce top koa back/sides model. Looks great.

09-05-2015, 04:44 AM
Never mind the uke, just bring me back some of that delicious Belgian beer. Lefe Blond, please. (but would settle for some of their Dunkel). Anyway, it's a beautiful instrument. Enjoy!

09-05-2015, 04:15 PM
They are listed as tenors, though I did not measure the precise scale length.

09-18-2015, 10:38 PM
Got back to Paris and picked up the Dupont uke. Went with Koa/spruce.

09-19-2015, 12:19 AM
It's beautiful. Congratulations.

09-19-2015, 05:13 AM
Great looking ukulele......... I'm sure it plays well. Interested in any comments you have on playability and how it sounds once you have settle in and played it for awhile. I'm a big fan of this style of ukulele. I also see its 12 fret neck joint so should be great to play with cutaway yet still have that 12 fret thing going on.

11-03-2015, 03:38 AM
We just visited Paris as well, and played a 'ukaferri' by Dominique Chevalier at the François Charle shop in the Vero-Dodat gallery.

Charle is an authority on Selmer-Maccaferri guitars - in fact, he wrote the book about them. He codesigned the Chevalier ukaferris, which look a lot like the Dupont ones: d-holes, spruce tops, fixed bridges without moustaches (as with the 'concert' nylon strung Selmer guitars) and no 'plié' or fold in the top. The main differences are in overall finish, size (the Chevalier ones are between soprano and concert size, the Dupont ones are a bith north of a tenor size), open versus closed headstock with geared versus friction tuners, fretboard markers (none on the Dupont) and fretboard extension (22 frets on the Dupont versus 19 on the Chevalier).

we tigers
01-19-2017, 09:34 AM
resurrecting this thread. I've kind of fallen in love with the Dupont tenors. There's a German shop that has made a wonderful sound comparison video of five Duponts. They all sound ace. Question for the topic starter: Is it made from solid woods or laminate?

The UK-35 (gloss koa) has me drooling... Time to start saving up some money and selling other stuff...

01-19-2017, 03:14 PM
Do you have a link to the tenor comparisons you can share. I like this style of ukulele and these Dupont D tenors look really nice.

we tigers
01-19-2017, 10:12 PM

we tigers
01-19-2017, 10:18 PM

01-20-2017, 02:07 AM
That's Andreas David!

I think Dupont ukuleles are built with solid woods all around, save for the headstock overlay. Do know that the original Selmer guitars had laminated backs and sides - lamination was part of the idea behind it, not just a way of cost-cutting.

01-20-2017, 05:17 AM
Very pretty!!

01-21-2017, 12:19 AM
Here is another demo video of one of Maurice Dupont's instruments:


For anyone interested, these models are listed on Dupont's website (in English):