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JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 02:13 AM
This is a Beauty - Punchy but mellow too, very dynamic.

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OhioBelle
01-21-2017, 04:07 AM
Love that watercolor gradient effect on the sides! What kind of wood is yew as a tone wood?

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 04:21 AM
Its a spruce top tone wood - yew back and sides. No idea what yew would sound like as a tone wood on the top, but I have seen good words said about it.

The sides are one solid piece of yew the colour change being heartwood through to sap wood.

Mezcalero
01-21-2017, 05:40 AM
I like the tonal variations in the Yew, and what a sexy body shape too!

The yew trees I've sheen in Texas look more like big shrubs. I guess they must have bigger cousins in order to generate wood big enough for that two piece back.

Hope to hear a sound sample soon Jester :)

Jim Hanks
01-21-2017, 07:33 AM
That is a really cool look to the sides. At first I thought it must be joined, like "bottom half yew/top half spruce" - but even cooler that it is one piece. I'm also looking forward to hearing it in action.

DownUpDave
01-21-2017, 07:55 AM
This is the shortest NUD post in the history of UU......Beautiful looking ukulele, congrats

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 08:01 AM
Sound sample coming soon.... hopefully

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 08:32 AM
More of my poor playing and sound quality..... but hopefully you can hear a little of the lovely sweet tone this has.


https://youtu.be/w3NLqbED56A

B tuning: https://youtu.be/w3NLqbED56A

C tuning: https://youtu.be/o7MCFhacNo0

Rakelele
01-21-2017, 08:48 AM
Very nice, congratulations! Is he the fellow that builds with Pete Howlett?

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 08:54 AM
Very nice, congratulations! Is he the fellow that builds with Pete Howlett?

Yes that's right. He is a very talented young luthier - but then I would say that after buying a Uke from him! :-)

Camsuke
01-21-2017, 09:53 AM
Congratulations JesterBlod, what a beauty.

Jim Hanks
01-21-2017, 01:32 PM
Sounds great. Not sure if I like B or C better. Probably B. :shaka:

OhioBelle
01-21-2017, 03:54 PM
Sounds great. Not sure if I like B or C better. Probably B. :shaka:

Agreed. They're both lovely sounding, but B has an extra touch of richness. Very nice uke!

M3Ukulele
01-21-2017, 04:34 PM
Does he have his own web site? Link? Is the fretboard rosewood? Very nice looking wood.

M3Ukulele
01-21-2017, 04:39 PM
Forgot to say congratulations. I like the shape. Sound samples were great.

cml
01-21-2017, 08:43 PM
Does he have his own web site? Link? Is the fretboard rosewood? Very nice looking wood.

Tom works as an assistant to Pete Howlett afaik.

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 11:15 PM
Does he have his own web site? Link? Is the fretboard rosewood? Very nice looking wood.

Yes Rosewood fretboard. He works alongside Pete Howlett; they are currently developing a Tenor Cutaway together which looks to be really special. Tom also has his own website and Facebook page: https://www.ziegenspeck-ukulele.de/english/

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 11:18 PM
Sounds great. Not sure if I like B or C better. Probably B. :shaka:


I think I prefer B too, I prefer a lower tension. I have ordered Martin M600 strings, (and TI 27 and 30 for the Low strings - but not sure yet).

JesterBlod
01-21-2017, 11:29 PM
Forgot to say congratulations. I like the shape. Sound samples were great.

Thank you - the very shapely shape is reminiscent of Gibsons I believe - makes a nice change from the slightly "dumpier" Martin shape!

Kanya
01-22-2017, 12:04 AM
I'm really happy to finally see one of Tom Ziegenspeck's beautiful instruments here on UU! Tom seems to be a very talented builder of very beautiful custom 'ukuleles here in Germany who certainly deserves more attention. Thanks a lot for sharing!

PhilUSAFRet
01-22-2017, 12:38 AM
Lovely, congrats. I believe yew is or has been used to make bows.

Nickie
01-22-2017, 12:43 AM
Congrats! Certainly is not one of the run of the mill looking ukes!

Ludwig.
01-22-2017, 12:59 AM
Gorgeous instrument!

I played a few of Tom's ukes when I visited Pete Howlett for a mermaid built in 2015. Great looking and superb sounding instruments.