A quick online search for a ukulele will offer up many results selling for around $30 and all looking very like each other. Playability, tone and appearance of many of these instruments is often inconsistent or questionable.
Octopus Ukuleles are built to be enjoyed for a lifetime. That's why here at Panyard, we decided to provide these to the public! This is due in no small part to a host of features rarely found in instruments in the Octopus’ price range.
Each ukulele comes fitted with Aquila Nylgut® strings as standard, the best in the world for intonation and tone. Aquila produces approximately 300,000 ukulele strings in their Italian factory every day – that’s enough to re-string 75,000 Octopus ukuleles!
Octopus Ukuleles (student models) come supplied with a branded carrying bag, in strong water-resistant nylon with zipper opening. A convenient way to keep your instrument safe when on the move.
Some more important features
Lined side walls
The side walls of the body are fully lined for stability, sound projection and high-quality appearance.
The classical guitar style bridge is accurately bonded directly to the body for excellent sound production and reliability.
The tuning pegs are geared like a guitar meaning the strings are easier to tighten and will hold their pitch for longer.
Every edge and all the frets have been smoothed and finished to a standard higher than many more expensive instruments.
What the experts say
Don't just take our word for it. Here are some reviews from professional ukulele teachers and performers:
“Octopus ukuleles really go beyond what we’ve come to expect from a uke in this price range. The build quality and attention to detail are fantastic. If you’re on a budget or you want an educational uke for kids then you can’t really go wrong with an Octopus.”
“Octopus ukuleles are insanely awesome, as soon as it’s out of the box it plays really well and sounds really good. One of the biggest things for me is that the frets are dressed beautifully, these ukuleles are really well built and have a great tone. I’m really happy to endorse Octopus Ukuleles.”
“First impressions - it comes with a really great gig bag that’s my first tick. It comes with good strings, the frets are nice and smooth, and it doesn’t feel cheap in any way - what’s not to love? I would be very happy to recommend this to any of my students.”
The making of an Octopus
To make a fine ukulele you need a good design, a modern production line, top-grade raw materials and components. It is also crucial to have unbeatable quality control. The rigorous QC testing procedures at Octopus Ukulele are second to none - it is their aim that every ukulele leaving the factory is of excellent quality. Our team at Panyard is proud to partner with Octopus to provide these instruments to the US.
A significant aspect of Octopus ukulele production is how much of the process is completed by machine. The factory has invested heavily in researching and developing improved technologies, putting Octopus at the forefront of ukulele design and manufacture.
Cutting and shaping the wood is entirely computerised. A particularly good example is how we manufacture the side board of our ukuleles.
Our hi-tech process allows us to create a strong and robust 2+1 layer ply side board. This added strength means that, unlike on some other ukes, there is not the need to brace the front and back of the instrument. This results in a big improvement in potential sound quality, as well as an aesthetically pleasing instrument.
Sanding and painting are also computerised processes, allowing for total consistency throughout the build.
Once painted, we dry the ukuleles in a dust-free environment – this guarantees a perfect finish on every instrument.
When the paint is dry, we use a laser cutter to remove the paint where the bridge is to be attached. The bridge is then glued ‘wood to wood’, creating a very strong bond. Using a laser cutter affords incredible precision to the task, so the area around the bridge is very neat and tidy.
The bridge is attached to the ukulele by an automatic gluing machine. The glue volume is always exactly the same on every instrument, and the positioning of the glue is also fixed.
Before ukuleles are packed in their boxes they are pre-tuned and play tested.
This automated process ensures that strings are pre-stretched and wound onto the machine heads correctly. A new Octopus ukulele requires very little tuning when taken out of the box for the first time, setting it apart from the majority of instruments out there!
Every conceivable part of the job of manufacturing an Octopus ukulele has been carefully considered, so that the instrument that gets taken out of the box is as good as it can possibly be.