Did you know that there’s an insanely talented ukulele builder in Missouri? I didn’t either until recently. Jerry Hoffmann offers something different and beautiful, in both look and sound.
The Hoffmann ML has a dominant mid-range and really interesting overtones in the sustain. That uniqueness is what’s so appealing to me. The sound has more “color” than your average custom. They do have the sweet, rich tones you expect in a high end uke, but not as “guitar like” as some. Probably because it’s not built like a small classical guitar. It’s not a world apart and it still a fan braced top, but these definitely take a turn or two from the common.
Jerry has some pretty unique concepts on building, but they are rooted in the science of acoustics, as you can hear. And what you get visually is an artistic twist from the norm. Something that might not appeal to every ukulele player, but to me, these two ML’s have a magnetic attraction!
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