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Recstar24
02-26-2016, 09:31 AM
https://youtu.be/XjtzpnVCbJQ

http://myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=1818

Feel free to take a listen and a look, the recording was made through the ipad so nothing fancy. Below are some quick thoughts that have popped up in the first day of ownership, with the hopes of a more full comparative review with my other ukes.

Build Quality: The uke is designed and built as flawlessly as you can expect from a hand-made instrument. It is built super light, with excellent quality woods. The redwood top has tons of silking with very tight straight grain. It has some color streaking which is normal for old growth wood. The binding looks great with very clean purfling lines, and the binding and purfling work all the way up the fretboard and the headstock is all very clean. All the joinery is excellent. For the anal-retentive types, I just don't see anything here that can be critiqued for a hand-made custom instrument, and is consistent (if not even slightly better in some aspects) with my other customs.

Playability: This area is where the uke truly shines. The fretboard feels fantastic - I notice that they bevel the edge of the fretboard binding towards the end of the fret, which gives it a little relief and feels super smooth on the fingers. You just don't get any rough edge whatsoever. The neck is really nicely shaped - I would call it a D shape, with the edges sloping down towards a more flat neck bottom, which feels great. It reminds me of a traditional guitar-style neck shape but sized appropriately for an uke, that I would define as "medium-thin" if that makes sense. The neck slides really fast and for whatever reason, I notice and feel the improvement of the radius fretboard more so than my 1st MM, a myrtle tenor.

I am most impressed with how well this thing intonates - the intonation is about as perfect as you can get for a small fretted instrument equally tempered in my experience. I am really going to start taking my classical playing more seriously with this instrument as it will really highlight the rock solid intonation cross string and up the neck.

Sound: This is my 2nd Mya-Moe and I find it superior acoustically to my first one in almost every aspect. It has more volume, it has more punch, it has longer sustain, and is richer in tone. Basically, it has significantly more of the Mya-Moe goodness. I have been playing low-g exclusively for the past few weeks and this is making me fall in love with high-g again. The tone on my 1st myrtle tenor was excellent but sounded muted in comparison to this redwood walnut tenor. This may have affirmed that I am probably in the camp that prefers a very light top with a denser back and sides, and I am sure what I am hearing is the quality of the redwood top and how its braced, because the thing is amazingly responsive.

Hope that helps anyone considering getting a MM!

70sSanO
02-26-2016, 09:46 AM
Outstanding!

What a great sounding ukulele!

Really enjoyed your playing too!

John

DownUpDave
02-26-2016, 09:57 AM
Yes Ryan.....Yes Ryan........Yes Ryan. What an awesome instrument. I love the sound, redwood top at it's finest. Like you I am a huge fan of a softwood top with hardwood back and side.

Congratulations that is such a fabulous instrument and you play iy beautifully. Well done, enjoy it for many years to come.

Snargle
02-26-2016, 09:58 AM
Congratulations! You and Mya Moe made a good partnership. That's a gorgeous instrument and the sound is spectacular.

May I ask what was the strumming melody that you played in the video? That sounded really nice and I'd love to add that to my somewhat-limited repertoire.

Recstar24
02-26-2016, 10:23 AM
Congratulations! You and Mya Moe made a good partnership. That's a gorgeous instrument and the sound is spectacular.

May I ask what was the strumming melody that you played in the video? That sounded really nice and I'd love to add that to my somewhat-limited repertoire.

Thank you for the compliment! The strumming melody was "Spanish Fandango" from Aaron Keim's Fingerstyle Book. The first page of that song is a typical simple finger pick arrangement but I played the 2nd page which is sort of a strummed/chord-melody thing (and is my favorite from the book)

Camsuke
02-26-2016, 10:46 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful in every way!

Snargle
02-26-2016, 11:03 AM
Thank you for the compliment! The strumming melody was "Spanish Fandango" from Aaron Keim's Fingerstyle Book. The first page of that song is a typical simple finger pick arrangement but I played the 2nd page which is sort of a strummed/chord-melody thing (and is my favorite from the book)
It looks like my next purchase might be Aaron's book! Thank you.
EDIT: Whoops...I already have that book! Now I need to sit down and learn the tune. :-)

mkatz
02-26-2016, 12:48 PM
Beautiful and sounds great!

Mitch

strumtheory
02-26-2016, 04:31 PM
Jus stunning and oh that sound! :)

Ukulele Eddie
02-26-2016, 05:47 PM
Excellent sound sample and lovely instrument!! Time to graduate that beauty from your upcoming list! ;-)

sam13
02-26-2016, 06:14 PM
Super sound sample ... fabulous instrument ... I love the centred and clean tone. Congrats on the purchase.

Nickie
02-26-2016, 06:31 PM
CONGRATULATIONS! Spanish Fandango is one of my faves too!

igorthebarbarian
02-26-2016, 06:58 PM
Dang, that is a beautiful looking uke. I love the contrast between the fretboard and the rest of it. Looks amazing. Wonderful playing too. Congrats on the new uke!

ScooterD35
02-26-2016, 07:53 PM
Wow!

That really is an incredible instrument. Congratulations!!


Scooter

hollisdwyer
02-26-2016, 10:50 PM
Congratulations Ryan. That was sure worth waiting for. Looks great and sounds great. You made a good choice.

dkcrown
02-27-2016, 03:37 AM
Congratulations Ryan. It looks and sounds great! Enjoy.

Recstar24
02-27-2016, 01:02 PM
Congratulations Ryan. That was sure worth waiting for. Looks great and sounds great. You made a good choice.

Thanks Hollis! Just checked that it was October 2014 when I first put my name
On the list. Thankfully I had other ukes to keep me busy! But this one is special for sure.

Recstar24
03-01-2016, 06:29 AM
Yes Ryan.....Yes Ryan........Yes Ryan. What an awesome instrument. I love the sound, redwood top at it's finest. Like you I am a huge fan of a softwood top with hardwood back and side.

Congratulations that is such a fabulous instrument and you play iy beautifully. Well done, enjoy it for many years to come.

Thanks Dave for the compliments. I am still very surprised how much better this sounds than the myrtle MM tenor. It can't just be the softwood top hardwood combo, I really do feel MM has simply gotten better over time and what they do. My myrtle is #1258 so nearly 600 instruments later, the sound is just getting better. I've read that too elsewhere as well.

The playability so far is #1 in my stable. And my stable leaves very little to be desired honestly, but I have to give a lot of credit to the Mya Moe crew for what they've created, but also how they have grown their company.

hollisdwyer
03-01-2016, 02:49 PM
Thanks Dave for the compliments. I am still very surprised how much better this sounds than the myrtle MM tenor. It can't just be the softwood top hardwood combo, I really do feel MM has simply gotten better over time and what they do. My myrtle is #1258 so nearly 600 instruments later, the sound is just getting better. I've read that too elsewhere as well.

The playability so far is #1 in my stable. And my stable leaves very little to be desired honestly, but I have to give a lot of credit to the Mya Moe crew for what they've created, but also how they have grown their company.

I'm sure what you say is true but I also preferred my Sitka over Koa tenor more than my all Myrtle MM's.

Recstar24
03-02-2016, 05:33 PM
Dang, that is a beautiful looking uke. I love the contrast between the fretboard and the rest of it. Looks amazing. Wonderful playing too. Congrats on the new uke!

The maple board really pops nicely as it has a birds eye maple effect. I chose to have no fret markers to highlight the birds eye maple, and bound it with walnut for contrast and to mesh with the walnut back and sides.

I appreciate MM's options for customizing the aesthetics. I went with a walnut theme with maple binding, reversed it for the fretboard, and the rope rosette is maple and walnut. They allowed me some input for the headstock and I went with the same walnut and redwood to play off of the body of the uke.

Aaron also recommended considering a plastic pick guard due to how soft the redwood is, which I went with and you can see on the upper bout. The customer service was truly first class!

M3Ukulele
03-02-2016, 05:40 PM
Very nice ukulele. Looks and sounds fantastic. You are very fortunate. Enjoy!

Nickie
03-02-2016, 05:54 PM
Congrats and thanks for the video! Mya Moe sure does a nice job.

Recstar24
03-03-2016, 08:17 PM
https://app.box.com/s/m52qc7htbfrn48rpi8v7xuzq3o1nt6f7

The above clip is with oasis brights. I used to love worths, but there is just something off to me, both feel and sound. I much prefer the feel of the oasis but I really like the sound too.

Camsuke
03-03-2016, 09:50 PM
It's so nice to find the right strings, there are an infinite selection available these days. I love the Oasis strings and going by your fabulous sound samples, you have found the right strings for your new uke. Thanks so much for sharing this great quality information, it's much appreciated.

aaronckeim
03-06-2016, 09:11 AM
Glad you are liking your uke Ryan and great playing!

rappsy
03-08-2016, 05:03 AM
Hey Ryan:

I know you mentioned your previous Ukes as compared to this one. Having had one of your previous Ukes, a Myrtle, I am curious as to what specifically you find different. The Myrtle was very low in volume and projection and that is why I moved it on. Do you find that this new one is louder with more sustain and projection? I loved the sound. I just couldn't hear it as compared to woods like Koa. I really want to get back into a MM, but the Myrtles aren't doing it for me.

Recstar24
03-08-2016, 07:16 AM
Short answer, yes :)

More volume, more projection, longer sustain. Simply more of everything really. Still fantastic tone.


Hey Ryan:

I know you mentioned your previous Ukes as compared to this one. Having had one of your previous Ukes, a Myrtle, I am curious as to what specifically you find different. The Myrtle was very low in volume and projection and that is why I moved it on. Do you find that this new one is louder with more sustain and projection? I loved the sound. I just couldn't hear it as compared to woods like Koa. I really want to get back into a MM, but the Myrtles aren't doing it for me.

johnson430
03-08-2016, 12:53 PM
Ryan,

Congratulations on a wonderful purchase.
Honestly, I have never been a big fan of MM but yours sounds great.
I was quite impressed.
Just curious, can you give some comparison between playing this MM and your custom boat paddle. (Which is one of my favorite ukes ever)

Johnson

hollisdwyer
03-08-2016, 08:05 PM
Short answer, yes :)

More volume, more projection, longer sustain. Simply more of everything really. Still fantastic tone.


Hey Ryan:

I know you mentioned your previous Ukes as compared to this one. Having had one of your previous Ukes, a Myrtle, I am curious as to what specifically you find different. The Myrtle was very low in volume and projection and that is why I moved it on. Do you find that this new one is louder with more sustain and projection? I loved the sound. I just couldn't hear it as compared to woods like Koa. I really want to get back into a MM, but the Myrtles aren't doing it for me.

I have to agree with you Lenny. I have always preferred my Koa/Sitka MM over the Myrtle ones I have owned. Ryans Walnut/Redwood confirms that a hard wood back and sides counterpointing against a soft top wood is, for my ears, the preferred combo. I still do love the all mahogany sound but brighter will always be better.

rappsy
03-09-2016, 05:41 PM
I have to agree with you Lenny. I have always preferred my Koa/Sitka MM over the Myrtle ones I have owned. Ryans Walnut/Redwood confirms that a hard wood back and sides counterpointing against a soft top wood is, for my ears, the preferred combo. I still do love the all mahogany sound but brighter will always be better.

I guess it's time to start looking for another combo. Perhaps Spruce top with Rosewood back and sides....

MDL
03-10-2016, 04:50 AM
Congratulations on your new uke! I'm on the MM list and will get mine in October. You're positive review is greatly appreciated, and nice playing, too!

mm stan
03-10-2016, 04:56 AM
Congratulations on your beautiful new mya moe, happy strummings :)

hollisdwyer
03-10-2016, 05:34 AM
I guess it's time to start looking for another combo. Perhaps Spruce top with Rosewood back and sides....

I'd be very happy with Ryans combo. It does sound and look great. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a spruce and rosewood (or cocobolo) either.

PS. My UAS madness is drawing me towards a baritone for my next Uke.

Recstar24
03-11-2016, 06:19 AM
Ryan,

Congratulations on a wonderful purchase.
Honestly, I have never been a big fan of MM but yours sounds great.
I was quite impressed.
Just curious, can you give some comparison between playing this MM and your custom boat paddle. (Which is one of my favorite ukes ever)

Johnson

The comparison isn't really apples to apples - the Hoffmann is low g, and it is such a unique design with some interesting elements such as the neck block, bracing, and body shape, comparing the two feels somewhat odd. The Mya moe by all accounts is an extremely well designed and made uke with high quality wood that could still be considered a traditional uke design, whereas the Hoffmann breaks a lot of those rules, which gives it a very different character.

Doc_J
03-11-2016, 08:15 AM
Beautiful sounding Mya-moe. I agree the more recent Mya-moes have an improved sound over their earlier builds. One should expect some improvement with time and experience.

mikebell48
03-11-2016, 09:15 AM
Beautiful playing on a beautiful ukulele. Congratulations.

rappsy
03-11-2016, 11:50 AM
I guess it's time to start looking for another combo. Perhaps Spruce top with Rosewood back and sides....


I'd be very happy with Ryans combo. It does sound and look great. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a spruce and rosewood (or cocobolo) either.

PS. My UAS madness is drawing me towards a baritone for my next Uke.

It sounds like I would be happy with that too. Time to start scanning the marketplace...

Recstar24
03-12-2016, 05:34 AM
It sounds like I would be happy with that too. Time to start scanning the marketplace...

To my ears listening to a lot of sound samples online through the MM website and fleamarketmusic as well as here on UU, the redwood topped ukes have always sounded the best to me from MM.

The best sound samples I've heard from MM have been a redwood milo combo and a redwood pistachio combo, which was a very reasonable secret vault instrument, as well as their redwood cocobolo combo. The redwood pistachio was by far the loudest deepest tenor I've heard of the online MM samples, but the redwood milo and cocobolo combos were just as fantastic.

Recstar24
03-14-2016, 03:44 PM
Beautiful sounding Mya-moe. I agree the more recent Mya-moes have an improved sound over their earlier builds. One should expect some improvement with time and experience.

Hodge,

Were you ever able to compare an older myrtle tenor to a newer one? For example, both rappsy and I played my myrtle tenor #1258 and it just didn't suit our ears, partially due to a lack of volume. Your banana striped myrtle which is a more recent build seems to have plenty of volume and projection. Would love to hear your thoughts.