Strolling through Bognor with my grand parents I discovered a small music shop with a ukulele section and as a person with a nasty case of UAS (Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome) wandered in. I asked the assistant if they had the octopus, they did. After trying out their black sparkly one I bought a green sparkly one and was amazed by the quality of the build.
The body is made of a thick plywood, something you would expect for the price. The neck and fret board are perfectly matched with the sides of the rosewood fret board having been rolled, something you only see on high end ukuleles, and an immaculate paint job. The action is already very low for a low end ukulele and there is plenty of scope for lowering it further.
The strings are octopus' own "white synthetic gut strings" which are very stretchy but seem to settle quickly. The tuners are geared and are a little grindy but overall are very good and hold extremely well, the tuner buttons are rubberised which is a nice but un necessary touch.
Overall I think this is a very good quality ukulele for the price and has been well thought out. It sounds like a plywood ukulele and the sound is not particularly exciting or dramatic but that is what you pay for . I like the double logo, one saying octopus between the four tuning pins in the centre of the head and one with a picture of an octopus on the top of the head. I also like the gig bag which comes with it, it is more sturdy than the mahalo or makala cases and has the octopus logo across the bottom in a classy way not in a terrible advertisementy way.