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benjiboy
10-27-2009, 12:24 PM
Hello there...I'm looking to find a hand made Uke in the UK. Can anyone recommend someone, preferably in the south of England. And what sort of price would a tenor uke go from...my budget will be about 300.
Thx in advance.
Benji B:)

RevWill
10-27-2009, 12:38 PM
Pete Howlett (http://petehowlettukulele.co.uk/index.html) makes incredible stuff.

Sopranos cost start at £425, Tenors at £625

Kanaka916
10-27-2009, 01:13 PM
I agree, Pete is a superb craftsman and luthier and his builds are worth the cost. Another option is Makapili and the instruments are hand built in Italy. See this thread (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20016) for more info. Worth the look.

ukantor
10-27-2009, 01:15 PM
300 is unlikely to get you a hand made uke, if by that you mean a uke built by an individual craftsman builder. However, 300 will get you a very nice uke built by Chinese craftsmen (also using their hands) in a modern factory.

I'm not trying to be "smart" - just realistic.

Ukantor.

Edited to add:- Beware of guitar makers trying their hands at making the occasional uke. Guitars and ukes are not as similar as some seem to think.

ukuleG
10-27-2009, 01:22 PM
i pmed you a guy that contacted me, haven't seen any of his work yet though ask him for some pictures/ sound clips or vids of his builds.

erich@muttcrew.net
10-27-2009, 01:23 PM
Pete Howlett makes incredible stuff.


:agree: Pete Howlett is your choice-cut address. Or else Kevin Lawton...

koalohapaul
10-27-2009, 09:16 PM
If you can spend a few more pounds, I recommend Pete.

EdLew1s
10-30-2009, 03:38 AM
Pete Howlett's your guy. He does acoustic, cutaway acoustic, electric, kits, all koa acoustic and burr drop tops for his electric or uklectic: http://petehowlettukulele.co.uk/
its hard to buy but well worth it.