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Thread: High end luthier Pepe Romero comes to Haleiwa

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    Default High end luthier Pepe Romero comes to Haleiwa

    Pepe Romero...world renowned guitar maker and now also ukulele maker visited us today and Andrew, Pepe and I had a great lunch at Opals in Haleiwa Thai food....great discussion on ukulele making
    and woods and theory of tonal qualities of wood ensued. By the way if you want a great experience in epicurean delight ask Opal to make you what he feels you will like and great ready for a inexpensive yet great dining experience....if you are ever in Haleiwa.....just check the yelp reviews on this place.....Good food. Ahhhhhhh almost as good as a great ukulele.
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    Good food & great conversation makes for a wonderful day.

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    I don't know anything about Pepe Romero, but I have quick Haleiwa story.

    My dad was in the Navy and back in the mid 60s, we lived in Haleiwa. I attended the elementary school there for second grade. Flash forward to 1990 when I got married and came back to the island. I was still able to find the school, church, and even the house I lived in so long ago. Flash forward again to just a couple of years ago when we had our daughters with us. I was able to show them the old house, get some shave ice, and check out the beach just northwest of town. When we stopped at the self-serve for gas, the old Hawaiian station man told me to just sit tight and he'd take care of the pumping for me. It was a simple gesture, but something I will never forget. Even on an island as touristy as Oahu can be, the aloha spirit still exists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGM View Post
    By the way if you want a great experience in epicurean delight ask Opal to make you what he feels you will like and great ready for a inexpensive yet great dining experience....if you are ever in Haleiwa.....just check the yelp reviews on this place.....Good food. Ahhhhhhh almost as good as a great ukulele.
    Is it as good as a greasy slice of pizza pie on the wooden tables in front of Spaghettini's? lol
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    Can't say..I have eaten there but I had the rack of lamb....for the greasy pizzia I have no clue. Great place
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    I only eat at Giovanni Shrimp Truck when I go to Haleiwa

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    Pepe the luthier is a junior. Pepe the senior is one of the best classical guitarists ever.

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    Any spruce and Brazilian ukes coming from Pepe?

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    I am starring at two as described
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGM View Post
    I am starring at two as described
    MGM, for those of us who haven't seen his work, can you describe it a little? Pepe is known as a Classical & Flamenco guitar builder, how does that influence his ukes? Is there more space between the strings for playing finger style? If so, do they strum well? How do the Spruce & Rosewood ukes sound? He has really captured my attention and I am in the market for a high-end uke. Can you name some luthiers whose his work compares? I always worry about guitar builders coming to the uke as they typically come with too much bracing or too thick of woods and kill the sound. For his asking prices, I want to be sure it is worth the money. What says the most honorable and knowledgeable MGM?
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