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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Does anyone have an idea of the difference in dimensions between the May and the Ike? Perhaps someone has played both and could offer thoughts on the differences in tone, volume, etc.
    Here's what Liam has to say about it on Instagram:

    I had found that early Hawaiian ukes tended to be shorter than modern sopranos, and built this 13" scale Uke with the 'Maui-Ike' body.
    The shorter scale puts the bridge right in the middle of the lower bout, which, along with the lessened string tension, gives a warmer, mellower tone, without loss of volume.
    Sweet, sweet volume.

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    I would love to have one of Liam's instruments. I love his designs and think they sound great.

    I would love to hear some thoughts from owners who have had their Wunderkammers for a while. Are you still happy with it? Are there things you would change or do differently? Any drawbacks?

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    I am recollecting that this may be the builder of a favorite uke of world class player Remco Houtman-Janssen (Belgium) aka Ukulelezaza. Does anyone know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    I am recollecting that this may be the builder of a favorite uke of world class player Remco Houtman-Janssen (Belgium) aka Ukulelezaza. Does anyone know?
    You could ask the man himself since he lurks in the forums. But a quick Google search gave me this article that says that he indeed does (or at least did) play a Wunderkammer: https://www.ukulelemag.com/stories/u...eats-a-soprano

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    Hey, that's me. Yes, my custom Wunderkammer Maui Ike has replaced my 50s Martin style 3 as my main player for uke festivals. It's a loud yet refined and very versatile instrument. Wunderkammer ukes look vintage, feel vintage, play vintage and sound vintage. My kinda thing!

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    Christopher Davis-Shannon sure seems to like his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2OxqeKZJsU
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    I have a Boswell Tenor I bought here in the marketplace a few months ago. I believe it was designed to use tenor-Bari strings and be played dGBE. I am exceedingly happy with it. Liam has been helpful and friendly as I quizzed him about the Uke. I would not hesitate to get on his list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Christopher Davis-Shannon sure seems to like his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2OxqeKZJsU
    I hear Chris' every week during our lessons. It sounds great, but I suspect he could make a Kimise sound like a fine custom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richntacoma View Post
    I hear Chris' every week during our lessons. It sounds great, but I suspect he could make a Kimise sound like a fine custom.
    That's awsome that you take lessons with him. He seems like an exceptional teacher. Yeah I agree. He could make anything sound great. He is local to me; post-pandemic I need to make a point to go see him perform and maybe take some lessons with him.
    Pohaku "Yellow Label" Mahogany Soprano
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    Uke.S.A. Hawaii (by "Pops KoAloha") Bearclaw AO Soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    That's awsome that you take lessons with him. He seems like an exceptional teacher. Yeah I agree. He could make anything sound great. He is local to me; post-pandemic I need to make a point to go see him perform and maybe take some lessons with him.
    Great guy, and a great teacher. Always pushing me to learn new things. He is very good at teaching via zoom, fyi. I lived in Philly for 9 years--went to Penn for grad school, and lived at 27th and Brown for 7 of those years. Good times. Nice to also have a Waymann myself now, might right up the road from my old stopping grounds
    Brad Donaldson mahogany Martin 0 style soprano
    Pohaku Concert 10 (small concert), Bearclaw spruce top/maple body and neck
    Weymann 1920 Model 10 soprano
    Japanese no name soprano, 1950s Burch sunburst
    Japanese no name soprano, 1940s mahogany Laminate
    Japanese no name soprano, 1950s mahogany
    Anuenue Flame Maple Soprano 2012

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