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Thread: New Mya-Moe ukes verses Old Mya-Moe Ukes

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    Default New Mya-Moe ukes verses Old Mya-Moe Ukes

    Just curious, any comments on older Mya-Moe Ukuleles made by Gordon, Char and Aaron verses new Mya Moe ukuleles made by Carry Kelly?

    Different? the same? ????
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    It seems like it may take a while for the new MM’s to catch up to the quality of the old.
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    Cary will be exhibiting at the Reno Uke Fest in early May. I'm sure folks will post after seeing some of his new ones. I have placed an order for a new MM concert, but it will not be delivered until late summer. My main player in Reno is a MM super soprano made early on with a serial number in the mid 500s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fretie View Post
    It seems like it may take a while for the new MM’s to catch up to the quality of the old.
    What is that based on? Have you compared the two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    What is that based on? Have you compared the two?
    Playing an original MM and listening to sound samples of the new generation...seems the new don’t quite match the old.

    Interesting to note that Peter Luongo has switched from MM to Kala.

    As an aside, nice to see Beansprout ukes gaining some traction and an impressive distinct style.
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    I've been to Cary's workshop in Illinois and, of course, played every uke I could get my hands on. If anything, I like his ukes better than the older Mya-Moes I've had the pleasure to play. Which is not a strictly fair comparison because some of those old ukes were... well... old and the original builders were continually learning and improving over the years.

    Looks and workmanship are beautiful as always. Some of the older Mya-Moes are a little stiff for my taste: maybe the wood still needs to open up, or maybe they were built for buyers who have a heavier right-hand technique. Much depends on personal preference. The new ukes suit me better; I think they sing across a wider dynamic range.

    I don't believe anyone who has played these ukes would question that Cary is building instruments of the highest quality. Whether they are the right ukes for you is a question I can't answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fretie View Post
    Playing an original MM and listening to sound samples of the new generation...seems the new don’t quite match the old.

    Interesting to note that Peter Luongo has switched from MM to Kala.

    As an aside, nice to see Beansprout ukes gaining some traction and an impressive distinct style.
    He still has his MM at least last when I saw and him getting Kala has more to with Kala sponsoring him and everything that goes with it. That said, the looks and ordering process still rocks and I have owned and played old MM and beansprout, there was a lot of variation based on the wood, so it is hard to extrapolate. I guess we should wait for folks from Reno uke fest

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    Also, the Kala ukes Peter has are not the one we can order. It has been customized for him (dare I say to be more like MM.. radius fretboard, custom frets, neck profile).. we can’t get that we can get a MM..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fretie View Post
    Playing an original MM and listening to sound samples of the new generation...seems the new don’t quite match the old.

    Interesting to note that Peter Luongo has switched from MM to Kala.

    As an aside, nice to see Beansprout ukes gaining some traction and an impressive distinct style.
    Lil' Rev has also switched, but I don't recall his new brand. I bought his M-M resonator tenor.
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