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Fred Ukestone
03-18-2014, 03:11 PM
Hi Folks,

Has anybody out there bought one of the Maestro brand ukes made in Singapore? I like the look of the tenor UT-20. I am struggling to find a review or hear a sound sample. I'm tempted to buy one but cautious due to the lack of objective (non-company) reviews.

love from
Bedrock

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Currently owned ukes:
Leilani Soprano solid mahogany - Australian made (I think) with a beautiful tone. Note this is not Leolani which is a diff brand.

Makala Dolphin - actually it's my daughter's but she lets me borrow it.

Luke El U
03-18-2014, 06:51 PM
I've heard they impose a fine on you if you play a bad note. :p

sashmic
03-18-2014, 11:26 PM
I've played a couple of Maestro ukes (although not the specific model you have your eye on); they looked and sounded good to me. Clean build, clear sound :)

Fred Ukestone
03-19-2014, 05:00 PM
Sorry Luke I'm not sure what you mean. I'm from Bedrock remember.

wmboy
03-19-2014, 05:34 PM
Their Facebook is here
https://www.facebook.com/MaestroGuitars

I own two of their ukes from 2009 & 2010. One cedar/cocobolo, the other spruce/Macassar ebony. They are good value for money as Maestro uses exotic wood choices for less than the price of K brands standard ukes. I understand that their ukes were made in Vietnam and now in China. Buy in store if you can to choose the Uke that sounds best to you. They were quite well stocked most of the time when I visited. Otherwise, if you need to buy online, suggest contact Terence at Dreamukes as he has some pieces from time to time. He is cool and has experience with really high end ukes n guitars.
http://www.dreamukes.com/maestro-ukuleles/

I am not related to Maestro or Dreamsuke. Good luck.

Steedy
03-19-2014, 06:35 PM
In January of 2013, I bought a Maestro Mango Concert ukulele from Terence at dreamukes.com, and posted about it here:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?75385-New-Uke-Day-Maestro-Mango-Concert

In fact, part of my post is still quoted on the dreamukes web site. Terence (aka pakhan on the UU forum) should be sending me advertising royalties or something! :)

Anyway, more than a year later, I wouldn't change anything I said back then. I love my Maestro ukulele. It's absolutely beautiful to look at, the build quality is very high, and it plays and sounds great.

I do not know if the same can be said about all Maestro ukuleles, because mine is the only one I've personally experienced. But it does seem as though Hozen, founder of Maestro Guitars, is committed to building high quality instruments at prices that make them a good value, in my humble opinion that is. :cool:

I found this review of the Maestro UT-20 on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtrLYZmDatw

The review is not in English, but the ukulele sounds pretty good when it's played in the video.

Hope this helps, Aloha! :shaka:

LokeLanify
04-29-2014, 02:23 AM
I made a short review :
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?95766-Maestro-Concert-Solid-Acacia-Koa-Island-Series&p=1516323#post1516323

OldePhart
04-29-2014, 04:04 AM
Sorry Luke I'm not sure what you mean. I'm from Bedrock remember.

Singapore has a reputation of being one of the most regimented of any "free" society. For a while it was in the news a lot back in the 90's with people being caned for chewing gum, etc. I flew through the Singapore airport back in 96 on my way to KL and they warned everybody on the plane that it was not legal to bring chewing gum through customs. I didn't have to go through customs because I was just changing planes.

John

ichadwick
04-29-2014, 04:12 AM
I've heard they impose a fine on you if you play a bad note. :p
I think that's only if you chew gum or spit while playing...

wmboy
04-29-2014, 06:42 AM
Singapore has a reputation of being one of the most regimented of any "free" society. For a while it was in the news a lot back in the 90's with people being caned for chewing gum, etc. I flew through the Singapore airport back in 96 on my way to KL and they warned everybody on the plane that it was not legal to bring chewing gum through customs. I didn't have to go through customs because I was just changing planes.

John

This is going off track but I will chip in anyway. I am from Singapore and we laugh about being a fine city. :biglaugh:

No one has been caned for chewing gum or playing a bad note :deadhorse:

Here you can read more about the gum ban and clarification about a caning case at wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chewing_gum_ban_in_Singapore

There is a fine for spitting though.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20121015-377807.html

bborzell
04-29-2014, 06:52 AM
I've heard they impose a fine on you if you play a bad note. :p
I think the reference is to typically presumed Maestro teaching techniques.

pakhan
04-29-2014, 02:49 PM
Thanks Steedy, glad the uke is still very enjoyable for you.

The maestros are great value for money and we are fortunate to be able to work with them, occasionally being able to handpick some stock.

At the moment, the store is being handed over to my wife to run as I concentrate on the magazine but things will remain more or less the same as she has been helping me out all this while anyways.

DaveF
08-23-2014, 02:38 PM
I just bought one from Antonio Violins in Cincinnati. I got to play it first and was sold on it. Feels great, sounds great and the monkey pod wood looks unbelievable. It's a concert size.
I currently have a Martin 5K, '20's and '50's Gibson Uke1, an Anue Anue Koa Tenor, a custom copy of the Gibson Poinsettia and a 50's Kay Roy Schmeck and now a Maestro