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Butser Mountain Music Custom 'Deco  Concert Ukulele Corner
My BMM Custom 'Deco
In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Mark Fletcher - Butser Mountain Music

From Hampshire, UK, he originally trained as a cabinet maker but has been making musical instrument since the 1990's, interspersed with his career as a professional musician. He makes a number of instruments including Ukuleles and resonator Ukuleles, usually on commission though he does make some on spec as well. He makes all scales of Ukulele, though if left to his own devices he goes for a large Concert, with conventional or "less so" (he is fond of the old Danelectro Guitar designs), body shapes. He makes Cigar Box Ukuleles as well as regular ones and he says he makes Banjoleles too, but I have never seen one, (He does do a nice Double Bass though). One feature of his Ukulele is he makes a particularly wide bolt on neck and the name is often shortened to BMM

Pete Howlett

Based in Talysarn, Wales, he started out as a furniture maker in the 1980's, though he built his first guitar in 1976 and his first ukulele was in 1994. He is now a full time luthier and has the reputation for being one of the best in the world, but he stopped making Guitars in 2001 to concentrate of Ukulele making. He use to brand his Ukuleles with a label saying "Island Koa Ukuleles, Handcrafted in the UK" but I don't think he still does. As standard he makes mainly Concert and Tenor scale with a few Sopranos and his Baritone are all custom orders, plus he makes resonator Concert and Tenor Ukulele with the standard catalogue being topped off with solid electric Tenors, (he calls the "electric firefly") and 5 string Bass Ukuleles. He will do pretty much anything else as a custom order, (when he takes them, he doesn't do much custom work as he reputation is so good that his standard models all sell as soon as he makes them), and famously made the prototype Harp Ukulele for aNueNue. In addition to making Ukuleles he also teaches the art of manufacture where he makes the paddle shaped "marmite" Soprano. I have heard that sadly in 2015 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

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