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Pete Howlett
09-08-2016, 03:48 AM
I have been making ukulele since 1994, first exporting to Hawaii under a contract to supply Music Exchange and then going it on my own in the world. After 22 years I get to visit Oahu (currently) and the Big Island (next week). The opportunity to have musicians of note critique your work is always helpful - today it was a humbling experience. Here is a tight edit of a lively discussion between Bryan Tolentino and Aaron and Corey at Ukulele Site in Halaweia. Neither Bryan nor Corey could put it down despite it not having a 'traditional' koa sound. Now some of you will ask, "How did you achieve this?" Three words: 'experience' and 'don't know'. Yes I've made changes to my bracing and reduced body depth. However this piece was made from a highly figured piece of compression type curly koa - the hardest to work with. It has, according to these guys, a player's feel with a unique voice. Check it out...


https://youtu.be/a5TUPo5S8JE

BTW it is for sale at the end of my trip :)

johnson430
09-08-2016, 04:02 AM
Very cool. Congrats.
Thanks for sharing the video, Pete.

Matt Clara
09-08-2016, 11:31 AM
Beauty! Very nice, Pete.

tobinsuke
09-08-2016, 03:39 PM
Really nice, Pete. Beautiful instrument, and some wonderful comments on your skill.

Chopped Liver
09-08-2016, 04:08 PM
Wow! It is beautiful and sounds great! If only I didn't have bills to pay . . .

jfalconc
09-08-2016, 08:05 PM
Beautiful instrument...congrats!!!