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    Great insights everyone. Thank you! And yes, my biggest stumbling block is not being able to play an instrument before I buy it. Never done that before. Instrument tone is my first priority. Play-ability after that. The esthetics are wonderful, but I want it to call me to come play it because it sounds so sweet.

    Char and Gordon have an amazing reputation and I sense nothing but integrity and commitment from them. And man, are their ukes beautiful!

    But to complicate my decision I found a highly-regarded local luthier today who is willing to build me one (baritone) to spec and then if I don't like the sound of it I don't have to buy it. (His instruments sell very quickly - all word of mouth - so he knows it will sell if I choose not to take it.)

    And one of the differences in his approach vs Mya-Moe is he doesn't like what oil does to the sound - he feels it deadens it. So I need to do a little more research and make a decision pretty quickly.

    Again, thanks for all the help folks!

    PS I have 2 Boulder Creek Baritone Riptides with pickups installed that I'll probably be selling soon. Also a Gibson tenor guitar from the 1970s. Let me know if you might be interested and I'll post here before listing locally. Haven't decided on prices. And if someone has a killer baritone they might want to trade, I'd be willing to consider that too.

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    I have a Mya Moe tenor (bought used) and i just love it. What really attracted me to Mya-Moe is the radius fretboard, their YouTube videos and website. Watching their unscripted videos just made me more comfortable making an expensive purchase without even playing it in person. It definitely didn't disappoint. Great attention to detail, oil rubbed finish feels wonderful and I love the way it plays and sounds. It actually cured my UAS!

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    I have owned 13 in the past.
    I now have 4 (soprano, 2concerts, baritone) across
    different scales.
    I also own other ukes but these are the four
    I would keep could I not keep anything else.
    G & C are beautiful people in every sense of the word.
    Their communication, the sweetness of tone
    and playability of their ukuleles is, to me anyway,
    unsurpassed, and I have played many brands and builders
    of high end and at the lower end of the price spectrum.
    I hope to keep in touch with them long after
    they finish up in 2018.
    My advice is don't hesitate. You won't regret it.

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    here's a short clip we made with the two concerts.

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    Mya-Moe just posted this on their Facebook page:

    Hello Mya-Moe Enthusiasts! To avoid surprises or disappointments, want to let you know that we have a total of 10 instruments that are not spoken for--3 secret vault and 7 others. When these are gone, that's it. If you'd like the complete list with prices, just shoot me an email (myamoeukuleles@gmail.com).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcpowel View Post
    Great insights everyone. Thank you! And yes, my biggest stumbling block is not being able to play an instrument before I buy it. Never done that before. Instrument tone is my first priority. Play-ability after that. The esthetics are wonderful, but I want it to call me to come play it because it sounds so sweet.
    My wife very much likes your stumbling block, and so do I. She always teases me when something bought unseen does not happen to have 'the sound'. And I know she's right, but sometimes I can't stop myself.

    MM is not your typical uke (judging from my soprano), so playing is important.

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    I see some ukulele players journey on here. It can't be helped being a long term member. I see the finest of ukuleles from the highest end builders passing through hardly played in the quest for perfection. An unobtainable goal. Not necessarily MB but not eliminating MB either.

    I did email MB for a standard soprano but was told there was no more orders being taken. I don't do bling so I passed.

    I guess the wait, the anticipation, the build photos then the wait for delivery could make one dizzy. Then the honeymoon period, the doubts, the sale and then... the hunt begins again.

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    I ordered my first (of three) Mya Moe ukuleles some years ago after telling Char at an ukulele festival that I'd just bought a Kamaka tenor and would only buy another expensive tenor if it sounded different. She happened to have a few Mya Moes on hand at the festival and I tried them and ordered a myrtle tenor. (I later bought a myrtle baritone and a mahogany six-string baritone.) What I've learned from now several years of playing various custom and production instruments is that even with the variations in sound due to the wood, all the ukuleles from a given builder have a similar voice -- in other words, a koa Mya Moe is going to sound more like a myrtle Mya Moe than like a koa Kamaka. This is because a big chunk of what determines the voice of an ukulele is the way it's built, moreso than what wood(s) it's built with (with the understanding that some ukuleles from a builder will sound better than others from that same builder). To my ear, Mya Moes sound sweet and loud with a bit of a twang to them (a little like a banjo or resonator, in a good way), and I would generally use mine more for folk/bluegrass music than for, say, Hawaiian music, for which I'd more likely use a more mellow-sounding Kamaka. If you live anywhere near someone who owns a Mya Moe, playing theirs will give you a good idea of what the Mya Moe family voice is. Going on YouTube and playing a bunch of the Mya Moe sound samples Aaron used to post will also give you a feel for the Mya Moe voice. I hope that helps.

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    vcpowel,
    Wow, I've never read better recommendations. I have two friends and one acquaintance who play Mya-Moes. One has 2 (Lil Rev), and none of these people will even let me play them, let alone let one outta their sight.
    If I had your dilemma, I'd go for a Mya-Moe, if your local guy plans to be around for a while. If you don't love the MM, plenty of people here would grab it. MM won't be around much longer. If I could have one, I sure would.
    I've met Aaron, he is coming back to TBUG this year, and what a wonderful person he is. I trust Aaron.
    Let us know what you get!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    One more on the side of get it if you can. My Mya-Moe is my favorite practice ukulele. The playability is incredible, the sound beautiful. Coming from the guitar world, I'm a fan of the radiused neck. Mine is a chocolate heart Myrtle tenor, and it's in my hands for at least an hour or so each day. I have a Kanilea Koa that sounds more 'hawaiian' and a Cordoba 35TS strung low G that is louder and punchier with a spruce top, but whenever I reach out just to play, noodle, exercise or play-along, I seem to grab for the Mya-Moe (or Pono MGCD Concert) more than anything else. Out of 15 ukuleles if I had to get rid of most, I'd keep the Mya-Moe, the Kanilea, Black Bear Soprano, and 50's Kamaka.

    The Mya-Moe put an end to my UAS. (Unless someday I can afford a Moore Bettah with the full inlay.)

    I'm looking forward to meeting Aaron at TBUG this year and letting him know just how much I love his craftsmanship.

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