If you aren't already familiar with Hoffmann ukuleles they are made in Missouri by Jerry Hoffmann. His M-style was first introduced in 2007 as a stylistic departure from traditionally shaped ukuleles. They featured a forward-shifted waist and cantilevered neck with a "reverse heel" neck block. Improvements have been made along the way that includes a lighter heel block, bolt-on neck, improved bracing and bridge design, and the introduction of the ML series with its larger body. The sound on this one is crisp and responsive with good projection and warm tone.
Hoffmann ML concert ukuleles feature a tenor size body combined with short-scale 15" concert scale length for near perfect string tension at standard tuning. It adds up to a big sound that rivals most standard tenor scale length instruments. It's extremely rare to find a ukulele with such varied use of rare ebony all in one instrument as this one. It features all brown, all black and uniquely figured ebony from the same source for the back, sides, fretboard, bridge, head plate, purfling, binding and rosette. The top is top instrument grade western red cedar. The finish is polished lacquer and inlay is mother of pearl.
Corey and Kalei give us a sound sample here with a low G and below with a high G.
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Jerry Hoffman is a master craftsman and artist. He obviously went way beyond the manual on how to build an ukulele. Each aspect of this build reflects an incredible amount of thought and development. The neck joint on this ukulele is extremely strong because of the "full heel block" that Hoffmann designed. He discusses this method at his article Ukulele Neck Joints. The result is a graceful neck unaffected by the body joint or any issues that can come up around the 'tongue" of the fingerboard where it comes onto the body. It's basically an electric neck and that has some advantages with playability all the way up it. This one has the ability to be unbolted and adjusted if that was ever needed. This ukulele is built to last many generations of joyful play.
Hoffmann ukuleles are made from materials hand processed from as close their source as possible. This gives full control over the process and insures the best sound, durability and style. The actual construction of the ukulele is done entirely by hand where attention is paid to how the materials are selected, and how they will interact together as a single unit. All Hoffmann ukuleles feature an exclusive pinned nut that allows string gauge changes without replacement or modification as required with traditional nuts.
Other noteworthy aspects include the bound side sound port, Gotoh UPT tuners, an extremely comfortable mid-sized neck, a beautiful gloss finish to protect it, and a perfect fitting custom made arched-top wooden case. This is a wonderful ukulele with an awesome sound, look, and feel. Congratulations in advance to whoever gets it!