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NewKid
08-08-2012, 01:58 PM
I just heard from Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh that Collings "has stopped booking new uke orders for the foreseeable future".

By the way, AMW has the largest Collings uke selection at http://www.acousticmusicworks.com/ukuleles.html

Who is the best ukulele maker with the shortest wait right now?

Answer: Eric Devine 2+ years

Perhaps I should rephrase: Best ukulele maker with < 6 months wait?

Stevelele
08-08-2012, 02:06 PM
Maybe Black Bear Ukuleles -- Duane posts on here sometimes -- I don't think his wait list is too long but I don't know for sure


I just heard from Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh that Collings "has stopped booking new uke orders for the foreseeable future".

By the way, AMW has the largest Collings uke selection at http://www.acousticmusicworks.com/ukuleles.html

Who is the best ukulele maker with the shortest wait right now?

Answer: Eric Devine 2+ years

Perhaps I should rephrase: Best ukulele maker with < 6 months wait?

WhenDogsSing
08-08-2012, 02:06 PM
Mya-Moe is about a 6-7 month wait.

Dan Uke
08-08-2012, 02:08 PM
Luis Feu de Mesquita

He is currently building 4 ukes right now but I'm sure he could fit you in as 2 are custom orders so the other 2 could be delayed a little.

www.lfdmguitars.ca


You should also state around what price range you are willing to spend.

NewKid
08-08-2012, 02:31 PM
I'm getting a Mya-Moe in 62 days (but who's counting?). I just ask the question in general because the very long lead time for the top builders would seem to provide an opportunity for up and comers.

gyosh
08-08-2012, 02:34 PM
I'm getting a Mya-Moe in 62 days (but who's counting?). I just ask the question in general because the very long lead time for the top builders would seem to provide an opportunity for up and comers.

But there's a reason why they have a long wait list.

I should be getting a Compass Rose about the time you receive your MM.

Patrick Madsen
08-08-2012, 02:35 PM
Brian Griffin at Griffinukuleles.com. I'm getting ready to sell my Mya Moe because I play my Griffins more. MM is an outstanding uke but just reach for more G's first. I know he is getting ready to make three more and has three Concert Pinecones finishing up shortly.

If you're looking for a tenor, I may have a Mya Moe available. It's better to PM if interested.

gyosh
08-08-2012, 02:40 PM
Jake Maclay is a builder and UU member.

http://www.hiveukuleles.com/

NewKid
08-08-2012, 02:43 PM
That's what I'm talking about! I've never heard of Brian Griffin but I'm going to his website now.

Thanks Patrick

costaricadave
08-08-2012, 02:45 PM
Don't let the wait time make your choice on which custom uke to get. Get the one you want the most and maybe buy something to hold you over until it is ready. I got a Kamaka HF-3 and sold it when my Moore Bettah started got closer.

mike hardee
08-08-2012, 03:46 PM
William King http://chantus.com/journal/index.php?/authors/1-William-King

if that long scale tenor he has for sale from stock had a radiused board I would have already grabbed it

OldePhart
08-08-2012, 03:57 PM
I suspect "best ukulele luthier" and "shortest wait time" are mutually exclusive - all you can do is hope to find the uke you want from the builder you like in a timeframe you can live with.

John

janeray1940
08-08-2012, 04:05 PM
I got my DaSilva (http://www.ukemaker.com/ukemaker.php) in just under two months. Less than TWO months!

FWIW, a friend who is a Collings player was very impressed with the DaSilva.

mm stan
08-08-2012, 04:17 PM
Whats the rush...you have a Mya Moe coming....you plan to keep buying more??? I get on list and be patient....well try to at least...LOL
um Chuck I know you see this...tee hee hee:o:)
Steve Van Pelt is another one too:)

Doc_J
08-08-2012, 04:29 PM
Maybe you should try a custom Covered Bridge uke from Perry and Terry.

I really need to get on their build list.

mm stan
08-08-2012, 04:32 PM
Maybe you should try a custom Covered Bridge uke from Perry and Terry.

I really need to get on their build list.
Is Covered Bridge a UU member here... user ID Tattoo????

NewKid
08-08-2012, 04:38 PM
I don't know. From Mike's post above it sounds like a William King uke with no wait is pretty phenomenal. Mya-Moe brings new ukes to various ukulele festivals and that's also a great way to get around that 7 month wait.

NewKid
08-08-2012, 04:40 PM
I won't be buying a new uke for a while with my Mya-Moe coming. I just wanted to learn about some other rising ukulele makers.

hawaii 50
08-08-2012, 04:41 PM
I don't know. From Mike's post above it sounds like a William King uke with no wait is pretty phenomenal. Mya-Moe brings new ukes to various ukulele festivals and that's also a great way to get around that 7 month wait.

hey i sent you a pm about vento ukuleles on the big island..mm stan told me about fred vento...right stan..

Hippie Dribble
08-08-2012, 04:46 PM
Maybe you should try a custom Covered Bridge uke from Perry and Terry.

I really need to get on their build list.
Agree with Doc, Covered Bridge ukes are awesome.

Nickie
08-08-2012, 05:23 PM
My Willie Wixom was just 4 months.

eor
08-08-2012, 05:26 PM
Maybe you should try a custom Covered Bridge uke from Perry and Terry.

I really need to get on their build list.

hey

terry and perry make some nice ukes.

mine is some where in transit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PilPdrHDdnw&feature=g-all-u

see ya

weerpool
08-08-2012, 06:55 PM
me. 1 week, lol.

maclay
08-08-2012, 07:04 PM
Jake Maclay is a builder and UU member.

http://www.hiveukuleles.com/

Thanks gyosh. The Hive Ukulele wait list is currently 10 months.

gyosh
08-08-2012, 07:29 PM
Thanks gyosh. The Hive Ukulele wait list is currently 10 months.

No problem. I think you do excellent work!

How's my CR coming along? Adi spruce top/cherry back and sides:)

The Big Kahuna
08-08-2012, 08:21 PM
The wait time for all custom Ukes would be about 2 months, if the builders didn't spend all their time on the golf course and at cocktail parties.

dkcrown
08-09-2012, 01:12 AM
I agree with costarica dave. You shouldn't choose a custom builder because he or she has a short wait time. Make your decision on what you want in a uke and who would be the best builder to make it for you. You must be comfortable working with a builder, there is lots of give and take. A custom uke is a huge expense and involves many personal decisions.

But to list two more builders that haven't been mentioned who might fit your criteria, Mike Pereira at MP ukuleles and Jerry Hoffman at Boat Paddle.

tattwo
08-09-2012, 02:27 AM
Is Covered Bridge a UU member here... user ID Tattoo????

Yes that's me. I'm half of the Covered Bridge team

Linho
08-09-2012, 02:47 AM
Brueko makes nice mid priced custom ukuleles within less than 2 months. All made in Germany, perfect price-performance ratio.
http://brueko.de/en/index.html

I got a beauty made of rosewood (front/back/neck feather) and maple (side/neck) that's really great. Soprano with concert scale.

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/9605/84328280.jpg
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/4766/22905764.jpg

That's how it sounds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs2Z6jO6JZw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUbP3Ithsaw

I highly recommend this manufactory!

mm stan
08-09-2012, 02:55 AM
Yes that's me. I'm half of the Covered Bridge team
Do you have a website Terry, that I can look at to see some of your ukes?

tattwo
08-09-2012, 03:09 AM
Do you have a website Terry, that I can look at to see some of your ukes?

Hey Stan

We use Facebook as our page. You don't have to be a member to use it

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Covered-Bridge-Ukuleles/194736710602006?sk=wall

Hippie Dribble
08-09-2012, 03:24 AM
Hey Stan

We use Facebook as our page. You don't have to be a member to use it

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Covered-Bridge-Ukuleles/194736710602006?sk=wall
here's a link to some in-process and final pics of mine. It's a claro walnut concert with western red cedar top. Sounds bloomin magnificent. She's the little sister of Terry's tenor version with the same wood combo. Superb instrument, wonderful tone and just great fellas to work with.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302627263146283.71551.194736710602006&type=1

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 03:38 AM
That Beau Hannam upstart is around too..;)

luluwrites
08-09-2012, 03:50 AM
That Beau Hannam upstart is around too..;)

Hey Beau: Is there a way for you to open up your facebook page so that those of us who don't have FB can see what you have to say? The Covered Bridge folks have a nice, accessible FB page, but yours is closed to me. I'd love to see what you make.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 04:16 AM
Hey Beau: Is there a way for you to open up your facebook page so that those of us who don't have FB can see what you have to say? The Covered Bridge folks have a nice, accessible FB page, but yours is closed to me. I'd love to see what you make.

Oh- i thought mine was open too- ill change it now

You should be able to click on the pics without having a FB account

hoosierhiver
08-09-2012, 04:34 AM
Other options might be Boat Paddle Ukuleles or Waverly Street Instruments

luluwrites
08-09-2012, 04:45 AM
Oh- i thought mine was open too- ill change it now

You should be able to click on the pics without having a FB account

It is quite possible that I am a dope, but I can't see your photos without getting an account.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 06:54 AM
Yer- your right- I though by making my folders open to 'everyone' ment poeple withouth an account

Try this one, http://www.facebook.com/BeauHannamGuitarsUkuleles

It has WAY less pics but I will post more on it- what size uke are you interested in?

If you want some better pics, i can email some through

coolkayaker1
08-09-2012, 06:59 AM
Peter Hurney, Pohaku Ukulele, Berkeley, CA, wait about 7-8 months.

http://www.pohakuukulele.com/

Click gallery to blow your mind!

Mine's outrageously yummy koa and sounds like a bird. A deep throated bird. lol
http://www.pohakuukulele.com/pages/curlykoabaritone.html

Top woods, ideal intonation, made by one artist, Peter himself. For those of us that have one (or several), Peter's a secret. Shhhhhhh :-o

bonesigh
08-09-2012, 08:46 AM
The art deco baritone Pohaku made my heart stop. WOW!

Doc_J
08-09-2012, 08:52 AM
Beau that Tiger Myrtle soprano is awesome looking!



Yer- your right- I though by making my folders open to 'everyone' ment poeple withouth an account

Try this one, http://www.facebook.com/BeauHannamGuitarsUkuleles

It has WAY less pics but I will post more on it- what size uke are you interested in?

If you want some better pics, i can email some through

luluwrites
08-09-2012, 09:27 AM
Beau that Tiger Myrtle soprano is awesome looking!

I'm so glad you opened this up for non FB people, Beau. Your work is stunning! That page of concert ukes took my breath away.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 09:58 AM
I'm so glad you opened this up for non FB people, Beau. Your work is stunning! That page of concert ukes took my breath away.


Beau that Tiger Myrtle soprano is awesome looking!

Thanks- These pics show it pretty good and the bloodwood pic shows my fetish for mitering things...! That Tiger Myrtle is pretty rare stuff, especially with that small consistent figure. The wood has a tap tone like wet cardboard but it makes excellent sounding insruments. I thought that Tiger Soprano would look great and sound not so great, with the top being made from it as well, but it also sounds excellent :)

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Stevelele
08-09-2012, 10:07 AM
Do you have any sound files? Or videos of your ukes being played. Very very nice looking stuff


Thanks- These pics show it pretty good and the bloodwood pic shows my fetish for mitering things...! That Tiger Myrtle is pretty rare stuff, especially with that small consistent figure. The wood has a tap tone like wet cardboard but it makes excellent sounding insruments. I thought that Tiger Soprano would look great and sound not so great, with the top being made from it as well, but it also sounds excellent :)

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Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 10:58 AM
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=333082230113830&saved

Tiger Myrtle Soprano- sorry about the sound quality

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 11:07 AM
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=333084290113624&ref=notif&notif_t=video_processed

Blackwood Soprano

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 11:17 AM
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=333086203446766

Concert in Blackwood

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 11:26 AM
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=333089276779792

Tenor in Blackwood

connor013
08-09-2012, 11:30 AM
Here're two more luthiers who fit the criteria (actually, probably not):

http://kepasaukulele.com/

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ukuleles.html

And if your into mahogany and you want a soprano with some bark, check out Ken Timms' work.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-09-2012, 11:39 AM
[QUOTE=connor013;1015027]Here're two more luthiers who fit the criteria (actually, probably not):

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ukuleles.html

I love the shape of his Strad uke.

connor013
08-09-2012, 11:40 AM
I love the shape of his Strad uke.

Right! That thing is sweet.

Doc_J
08-09-2012, 02:33 PM
Antonette Maloon (Anakoneke Ukuleles) makes some very nice ukes too.
http://www.anakoneke.com/gallery.html

Link to thread on partial list of custom builders
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders

maclay
08-09-2012, 07:20 PM
Don't forget about Compass Rose Ukuleles

gyosh
08-09-2012, 09:02 PM
Don't forget about Compass Rose Ukuleles

My Favorite!!

And there are also these guys

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?16211-808-Builders

and these guys

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders

mm stan
08-10-2012, 02:12 AM
Antonette Maloon (Anakoneke Ukuleles) makes some very nice ukes too.
http://www.anakoneke.com/gallery.html

Link to thread on partial list of custom builders
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders
Aloha Doc,
Haven't seen any of Toni's builds recently or heard about her in a while....that said, I have one coming in a few days....Woo hooo yes yes thanks to my good friend Lina Girl....

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-10-2012, 04:18 PM
Kerry char is suppose to be really good too. In Oregon

ukegirl13
08-24-2012, 02:24 PM
Antonette Maloon (Anakoneke Ukuleles) makes some very nice ukes too.
http://www.anakoneke.com/gallery.html

Link to thread on partial list of custom builders
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-
Builders (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders)

Doc, thanks for the plug! I appreciate it. Yes, I have been secretly working in my lab experimenting with all sorts of different woods...Ceylon Satinwood and Canarywood to name a few. So many woods, so little time... And soon I will uncover a special little gem of an uke that I have been making for my daughter made from Waterfall Bulbinga. OMG! Such gorgeous wood!!!! Be on the lookout!

Ronnie Aloha
08-24-2012, 02:41 PM
Mike Pereira.

Loz
08-24-2012, 03:40 PM
You should look into Ko'olau - you can buy one direct from them or through HMS. Per the wait times listed on the HMS site you can get a VERY nice instrument in less than 6 months

fumanshu
08-25-2012, 06:08 AM
Mike Pereira.

I was surprise too that no one mentionned him before you did!!! MP ukes are always winner and waiting list is not too long at all...

Other than that , I would say Luis Feu de Mesquita and if it's really true that Willliam King is not long, I would say that it would be one of my choice if I was looking for a new uke since I already have a Luis uke plus 5 MP ukes!!!! A William King uke will always be in my top list for ukes builders....

dkcrown
08-25-2012, 07:59 AM
I was surprise too that no one mentionned him before you did!!! MP ukes are always winner and waiting list is not too long at all...



Hey fumanshu. If you look back at post #27 you'll see that I had mentioned Mike.