Each year Play Your Ukulele Day gives you a chance to ‘change the world four strings at a time’ by playing your ukulele, sharing it, and teaching others to play. That is, presuming that you own one…
We have toyed with the idea of selling ukuleles many times over the past several years. We even identified European luthiers with whom to work. However, with cheap imports starting from as little as £8, it appears there is little interest for quality in this particular market.
One of the reasons luthier-made ukuleles are disproportionately expensive is that it takes almost the same amount of time to lovingly hand craft it as it would a full sized guitar. However, should you be interested in having a one-off rather than something mass produced please contact us.
Pictured here is a selection of sweet grande bouche ukuleles from the Dupont luthiery.
We’ve spend the last couple days pounding the halls, meeting with principals, and seeking out the new and interesting things for you.
It was great to spend time with our dear friend and master craftsman Maurice Dupont as well as two generations of Sanchis Lopez on the HSL Centenary stand; brothers David and German together with father, 3rd generation master craftsman, Ricardo Sanchis Carpio.
In terms of instruments, we are not planning to add to our family of luthiers at the moment as we are still waiting for our final Connoisseur Collection guitar from Andreas C…z (we cannot use his full surname due to profanity filters). We did, however, see plenty of Ukes from many different countries – including the UK – which, when challenged, turned out to be made in China. There were one or two European luthiers making them but these come at a significantly higher price than the £10-50 Chinese ones – we even saw one company with a suggested RRP of £8 :-O We will, therefore, be driven by customer demand; if you want quality, hand-made, European Ukuleles and are prepared to pay an appropriate price for them (we’ve seen them at RRP of £250+) then tell us and we’ll stock some. So over to you… visit our facebook page and tell us what you think – www.facebook.com/SandaracUK