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    so i have had a few threads about different uke brands and stuff like that cause im kinda a dreamer and hope to have a nice uke one day so when that day comes i want my mind to be set so my question is pretty much in the title im looking in the price range of 2000-2300 i like the sound of james hills DaSilva uke but on his Q&A on his web the first thing he says is mya-moes sound great so what do you guys think?

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    ....or Collings or Pohaku or Black Bear or Kepasa or Covered Bridge or More Bettah or or or or.....any one of another twenty or more incredible custom builders. It's just a gluttons dream these days on the uke building scene, so much awesome stuff to choose from, drool over, lust after, you just can't go wrong BIGDB. Bottom line is you would be ecstatic with either. I envy your choice mate.

    Check this thread out and broaden your horizons even further....

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    I had exactly this same question. I met Mike last summer and he was really nice. But since then, I've been in contact with both companies, and Gordon and Aaron have been AMAZING at answering questions, making suggestions, etc. I think Mike is just more of an in-person kind of guy. But I'm 5500 miles and 8 hours time difference, so even the phone is tricky.

    I find with Mya Moe, I can get a reasonable idea of what their ukuleles sound like, and there are lots of reviews available. They provide as much information up front as possible. And as I say, any questions I've had have been promptly answered. In spite of the time difference, I usually get an answer within the hour.

    They are exactly the sort of business I would want to support, and doing so and getting a wonderful instrument in return is just too good to pass up.
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    Every builder has their strong points and what they are popular or known for..after that it is personal preference.
    I say do your homework and make your choice....Good Luck..

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    I had this exact question not all that long ago. All it took for me to be convinced that Mike DaSilva was the right person for the job was a single phone conversation with him (which is the best way to reach him - we've talked a number of times and he has never not picked up, but emails sometimes go unanswered).

    In my case, the most important thing was sound quality and perfect intonation. I mean, perfect, on a soprano, up to the 17th fret. Mike went above and beyond and gave me 19 playable frets! He has a scientific/engineering background and really, really knows sound.

    Additionally, the wait time was far less than Mya-Moe - I ordered my uke from Mike in late May and it arrived on July 6. Mya-Moe wouldn't have even started my build until October or November. Add to this the fact that Mike gave me a guarantee that couldn't be beat (100% satisfaction and would do whatever it takes to make it that way) and in the end, it was a no-brainer.

    This is not to say anything against Mya-Moe - their customer service was great and the MM ukes I've encountered have seemed to be consistently high quality. But they are dealing with a much larger number of orders than Mike, and I don't think the individual attention that Mike gave me is something MM could realistically provide. And, not to be nit-picky, but - I was a bit put off by their extra $50 charge to not have that two-tone headstock.

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    Keep in mind that Mike is a genuine custom builder. He will work with you on decisions about all the aspects of your ukulele, from the number of frets to the amount of bling. I have two Mya-Moe ukuleles and love them, so I say this not to disparage them but to explain their business a bit, but Gordon has said that MM is not a custom luthier (although it possibly is for some musicians) but is instead a made-to-order builder. That is, there are certain things you can choose about your Mya-Moe build (wood and binding, headstock, strings, tuners, and even neck width) but there are other things that are simply non-negotiable, like bracing, body shape and dimensions, number of frets). Here's Gordon explaining this in some videos:

    Production vs. custom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVYpywbnlGA

    Why we say "no" to certain requests: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqFf-Sp2Mg


    There's absolutely nothing wrong with Mya-Moe, as its six plus month wait list indicates. If you want to be involved in the specifics of the design of your ukulele, I'd recommend a luthier who does that, like Mike. If you like the Mya-Moe sound, want a Mya-Moe uke, and want to choose from among some of the most beautifule soundwood pieces in the ukulele universe, and you don't want to be involved in the engineering specifics of the design, then go with Mya-Moe and you won't be sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    Gordon has said that MM is not a custom luthier (although it possibly is for some musicians) but is instead a made-to-order builder. That is, there are certain things you can choose about your Mya-Moe build (wood and binding, headstock, strings, tuners, and even neck width) but there are other things that are simply non-negotiable, like bracing, body shape and dimensions, number of frets). Here's Gordon explaining this in some videos:

    Production vs. custom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVYpywbnlGA

    Why we say "no" to certain requests: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqFf-Sp2Mg

    Very good explanation mds725!!
    Last edited by Kanaka916; 08-02-2012 at 02:01 PM. Reason: Fixed quote

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    personally, i love Mya-moes but i would choose DaSilva all day, any day. his ukes are a little bit more artistic looking. i love body shape and the feel and durability of his UV-cured poly finish. Mike can make the most basic looking uke feel and sound like a warm molasses on a cold vanilla ice cream

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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    Keep in mind that Mike is a genuine custom builder. He will work with you on decisions about all the aspects of your ukulele, from the number of frets to the amount of bling. I have two Mya-Moe ukuleles and love them, so I say this not to disparage them but to explain their business a bit, but Gordon has said that MM is not a custom luthier (although it possibly is for some musicians) but is instead a made-to-order builder. That is, there are certain things you can choose about your Mya-Moe build (wood and binding, headstock, strings, tuners, and even neck width) but there are other things that are simply non-negotiable, like bracing, body shape and dimensions, number of frets). Here's Gordon explaining this in some videos:

    Production vs. custom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVYpywbnlGA

    Why we say "no" to certain requests: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwqFf-Sp2Mg


    There's absolutely nothing wrong with Mya-Moe, as its six plus month wait list indicates. If you want to be involved in the specifics of the design of your ukulele, I'd recommend a luthier who does that, like Mike. If you like the Mya-Moe sound, want a Mya-Moe uke, and want to choose from among some of the most beautifule soundwood pieces in the ukulele universe, and you don't want to be involved in the engineering specifics of the design, then go with Mya-Moe and you won't be sorry.
    yep, what he said. another custom builder is peter hurney at pohaku
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    If you're lucky enough to know that the most radical departure from the norm that you require is a slotted headstock, then your choices are wide open. I'm planning and budgeting for a custom Uke at some point during next year. Unfortunately, my requirements are (from what I've seen and read over the past few months) somewhat unusual. Working my way through the list that Eugene posted, I can't find a single builder that I'd be confident in approaching (not, I hasten to add, from any belief that they "aren't up to the job").

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