Product Review (submitted on October 10, 2014):
This has become one of my favorite ukuleles. I picked it up on the mainland at a designated guitar/ukulele shop that does its own set-ups, But those sorts of shops are few and far between outside of Hawaii, so I'd recommend buying this through HMS. I also have a Kala spruce top (a concert set up by HMS) and the contrast between these two tonewoods is striking. The cedar is much warmer, which is not to say muffled. Notes ring out clearly, but the sound is more delicate. Intonation is good. As others have noted, the looks of this uke are striking-the binding and the circle around the sound hole draw together the autumnal colors. The gloss is gorgeous. All in all, the cedar top gloss tenor is first rate.