I’d been considering getting some of these Mr Mai ukuleles from the Far East for some time. They’re really impressive on the eye. Following some great reviews by respected ukulele sites I took the plunge and I’m so glad I did. They’re amazing ukuleles featuring specs that you’d find on ukuleles three or four times the price. They’re not quite as neat in the finish as say a Kanile’a or KoAloha (you’ll find the odd inconsistency – but barely visible), but they’re really good and not even half the price.
This one is a tenor with solid koa top and laminate koa back and sides. It also features a double sound hole design reminiscent of traditional Hawaiian builds. Other cool features are a slotted headstock which makes the neck end very light, a personal sound side port, a beautiful abalobe purfling and very cool inlay markers. These are all features normally reserved for boutique instruments.
The sound is classic koa very bubbly and light. Despite having laminate back and sides, the solid koa top ensures great volume and tone. It has good volume but also a really lovely mellowness to the tone when picked lightly. The sustain is a excellent and the whole instrument is very responsive – you can feel the vibrations in your chest as you play it.
Incredible value and something really special.