Keli’i Concert Gold Ukulele (2019). A gorgeous Hawaiian concert ukulele with solid brightly-coloured koa body and rosewood bridge and fretboard. I am now playing it with lowG Aquila Corde Armoniche Red Series Concert (86U) strings.
Monzino & Garlandini ‘Mogar’ Concert Ukulele (1940?). A very rare instrument built during (or perhaps even before) the WWII in Milan, few kilometers away from where I live! A stunningly beautiful original nacre fretboard and classy robust orange tuning pegs enrich an ukulele that survived some reparations and eighty years. The sound is still excellent: neat and vigorous, just a little bit dark and ‘nocturnal’. I play it with lowG Aquila Corde Armoniche New Nylgut Concert (8U) strings.
Brüko SL521W Soprano Ukulele Longneck with arched back (2020). A cherry body with bookmatched top and back; a neck made out of maple 3-piece with walnut. Walnut fingerboard and 2-piece walnut bridge; highG Aquila Corde Armoniche New Nylgut Concert (7U) strings.
Gear Box Custom Soprano Ukulele (2020). A beautiful and bold customized copper patina soprano handcrafted in California by Lance Martin. My initials stand out in the sound hole! I play it with highG Aquila Corde Armoniche Red Series Soprano (84U) strings.
Martin S-0 Mahogany Soprano Ukulele (2009). A solid mahogany body that gives a rich and classic tone. No particular embellishments, just a good and very powerful sound. I tried more refined (and expensive) Martin ukes (a 2K and a 3K), but surprisingly this one had in my opinion much more to say. I play it with highG Aquila Corde Armoniche New Nylgut Soprano (4U) strings.
Hermann Guitars Soprano Ukulele Style M (SN/008 2010). Made in solid Val di Fiemme Spruce, this little jewel built in Ermanno Pasqualato’s laboratory features a fresh gentle and elegant sound capable of several nuances. I play it with highG Aquila Corde Armoniche New Nylgut Soprano (4U) strings.
Harmony “Stencil Canoe and Palm Trees” Soprano Ukuelele (1957?). An old classic from the renowned company of Chicago U.S.A. The body should be solid Maple with an all wooden bridge and the fretboard is all plastic (cheap, but at the same time a technological finesse in the fifties due to its scale precision). It also has the classic Harmony “Shark’s Tooth” pegs. Carefully restored in 2020 in Venice by Giacomo Muffatto; highG Aquila Corde Armoniche Red Series Soprano (83U) strings.
Mastro TV Pal Soprano Ukulele (1950s, after 1953). The entry level cheaper version of the “Islander”, it is an all plastic instrument designed by Mario Maccaferri that features a reddish-brown swirl body with a cream colored fretboard and headstock. I play it with sparkling highG Aquila Corde Armoniche Red Series Soprano (83U) strings.
Mahalo U/LTD2 Soprano Ukulele (SN/20165377 2011?). A limited edition instrument with solid mahogany top and curly malapoga back & sides. I usually don’t like the budget and fancy Mahalo instruments, but this one has indeed a unique character! I play it with highG Aquila Corde Armoniche New Nylgut Soprano (4U) strings.