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Kanya
06-01-2016, 06:14 AM
Hi there,

as I'm quite new to the forum, I thought that you'd perhaps like to see some photos of two 'ukuleles my husband and I really enjoy.

In the following photos, you can see my husband's Maestro cocobolo concert with cedar top and a tenor neck ...

Kanya
06-01-2016, 06:16 AM
... some more photos ...

Kanya
06-01-2016, 06:18 AM
... and here is my Kanile'a Diamond Super Tenor:

Kanya
06-01-2016, 06:20 AM
... more pictures of it:

Osprey
06-01-2016, 06:32 AM
Wow, two beautiful ukuleles!

Martynas
06-01-2016, 07:07 AM
just wow! stunning

sam13
06-01-2016, 07:27 AM
:drool::drool::drool:

Wow!

stevejfc
06-01-2016, 10:10 AM
They are both spectacular! Great photos too

DownUpDave
06-01-2016, 11:47 AM
We love, love love pictures of ukes around here. Really beautiful, thanks for sharing.

Camsuke
06-01-2016, 12:29 PM
Thanks for sharing Kanya, these are beautiful ukuleles. I especially like the Maestro Longneck, what a looker.

Griffis
06-01-2016, 12:53 PM
Good lordy. This is where the worlds of "musical instrument" and "fine art" intersect. Those are just unspeakably gorgeous and pure class all the way. Wiping drool off my keyboard as I type. Congratulations. I hope you get 100 years of enjoyment from them!

mmfitzsimons
06-01-2016, 01:37 PM
Beautiful!!! My favorite uke is a Kanilea super tenor... I just love the tone.

Nickie
06-01-2016, 01:37 PM
Holy cow. You each have to die for ukes. Congrats. And welcome to UU forum. I have a solid Cocobolo Ukulele that I am so in love with!

JackLuis
06-01-2016, 01:55 PM
Wow! I love the fat bottom on the Super Tenor. Post a video so we can hear them. Please.:)

lfoo6952
06-01-2016, 02:14 PM
Congratulations Kanya. I have met the luthier who built your husband's Maestro. But I have never played his ukuleles. I have only played his guitars, and they are also wonderful works of art. What made him buy the Maestro?

Ukejenny
06-01-2016, 03:09 PM
Gorgeous instruments! Welcome to UU!!!

Kanya
06-01-2016, 09:36 PM
Congratulations Kanya. I have met the luthier who built your husband's Maestro. But I have never played his ukuleles. I have only played his guitars, and they are also wonderful works of art. What made him buy the Maestro?

My husband simply spotted Maestro 'ukuleles on the internet and instantly fell in love with them. It's a really well-made instrument and we were positively surprised of its high quality. The luthier who made it obviously took great care of all the little details which are important for a good 'ukulele and you can see, feel and hear that this instrument was made with love. As my husband really likes to play it, he now bought a Maestro padauk tenor which is lovely as well. You can find photos of it here (- as I initially had some problems with the photos you need to scroll down in the thread to see all the pictures): http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?120692-quot-Double-quot-NUD-GString-Concert-and-Maestro-Padauk-Tenor-%29%29

Mivo
06-01-2016, 09:50 PM
These are very gorgeous, congratulations. :)

Did you buy them from Andreas? I hadn't heard of Maestro before I saw some of the beautiful models he'd featured in his store.

Kanya
06-01-2016, 09:58 PM
These are very gorgeous, congratulations. :)

Did you buy them from Andreas? I hadn't heard of Maestro before I saw some of the beautiful models he'd featured in his store.


Yes, we bought them from Andreas. We were really lucky to purchase the padauk tenor: I had seen it on Maestro's timeline on Facebook which made me contact them. They let me know that two new padauk instruments (a concert and a tenor) were already on their way to Andreas. They arrived about one week later and we were lucky to buy this beauty.

Mivo
06-01-2016, 10:38 PM
Andreas (of gute-ukulele.de) is great to work with. Whenever I exchange emails with him for a while, I end up buying yet another ukulele. :D Definitely a great source of quality ukes, without having to deal with the import hassles (which doesn't come out cheaper, either). He's just sold me a Pono (hrm, my spellchecker wanted to turn this into "porno") baritone that hadn't been listed in the store yet -- and my two KoAlohas were bought from him, too. Probably the best ukulele vendor in Germany.

Kanya
06-01-2016, 11:53 PM
I totally agree: Andreas is a very nice person to deal with and a connoisseur of high quality 'ukuleles.

cml
06-02-2016, 12:07 AM
He has a very nice website as well with a really nice selection of ukes. Never heard of maestro before either, but if they sound anything like how they look, then they seem under priced indeed. My german is sketchy at best but managed to use the site anyway.

Kanya
06-02-2016, 05:49 AM
Never heard of maestro before either, but if they sound anything like how they look, then they seem under priced indeed.

My husband and I like both their looks and their sound. In our opinion, they sell at a very fair price as their quality is really outstanding.

SoloRule
06-02-2016, 03:53 PM
There is nothing better than husband and wife sharing the same passion!
Yes those are lovely ukes. How about an audio of husband and wife playing these beautiful instruments?

rappsy
06-02-2016, 04:41 PM
Welcome to the Forum.

As I really like concert long necks, I am intrigued by your Maestro. How would you compare the sound to the Kanile'a, realizing one is a tenor and one is a concert, but do you feel that the quality of the Maestro is up there with the Kanile'a. Kanile'a builds are superb.

Kanya
06-02-2016, 10:11 PM
As my husband also has a Maestro padauk tenor (, which you can see here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?120692-quot-Double-quot-NUD-GString-Concert-and-Maestro-Padauk-Tenor-%29%29), we can compare his Maestros to my Kanile'a Diamond. I would say that the quality of the Maestros is flawless, but the Maestros are very different when compared to the Kanile'a Diamond Super Tenor.

The first thing you'll notice is the difference in weight. Surprisingly, the Maestro cocobolo longneck concert is even heavier than the Maestro tenor, which might be due to the different weight of the different woods. The Kanile'a Diamond is as light as a feather in comparison and the person who made it took great care of every single gram. The Maestros are built like a tank and very "solid" whereas the Kanile'a is an incredibly elegant and lightweight instrument.

This, of course, has some influence on the sound: the Maestros are louder than my Kanile'a, but you have to bear in mind that they have this soundport which the Kanile'a doesn't have. What I really love in my Kanile'a is the outstanding balance between the treble, the mid and the low frequencies. It has a refined and sparkling sound which the Maestros don't have. It's certainly a question of taste what you prefer. All three instruments are very resonant and have their own unique voice. I bought the Kanile'a because I fell in love with the extremely beautiful koa when seeing it for the first time. The beauty of its sound lives up to the beauty of the wood and I'm very happy to have it. But I must admit that my husband's Maestros are also very nice instruments of high quality.