View Full Version : For Sale: Brand new custom made tenor solid mahogany mandolele.

11-19-2014, 09:06 PM
http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Mandolel For Sale.jpg

I ordered this mandolele from Bruce Wei Arts in Vietnam, it's custom made by him to my specifications. It is NOT one of those low-end ones listed on his eBay store that's made by other builders.

This one is very good build quality, better bracing and seam work. It's tenor scale 17" (432mm), 26.5" (675mm) over-all length, 9.05" wide bout (230mm). His low end ones are tenor scale, but are over 28" and 10" wide, closer to baritone size, I specifically requested mine be overall tenor size.

I paid $290 for it with shipping, it's brand new and custom built. I'm asking $225 plus shipping, or make me an offer. The only handling it's had is for these photos I shot and the sound sample I recorded. If you want, I will add two black strap buttons for free (I've done that to all 12 of my ukes).

It's solid mahogany, neck is solid walnut, head plate and fretboard are solid dark rosewood, with black tuning machines. I also had him make space under the saddle for me to fit a pickup, so it's ready for that. It includes a basic black gig bag.

I'm selling this because during the 10 days it was being shipped, I asked Bruce about making me a gloss black uke with pearl binding all around, when suddenly I realized I should have made the mandolele that way. After contemplating the idea for a few of days, I decided that's exactly what I'm going to do, so I'm selling this mahogany one.

Here are photos and audio files (excuse my poor playing and the new strings going out quickly).

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Audio La Bamba.m4a

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Audio Random.m4a

11-20-2014, 05:39 AM
What would you want for this ?? Thanks ! Does it have a case ? Jim

11-20-2014, 05:40 AM
What is this made of ? Is it solid wood ? or lamatated ? Thanks Jim

11-20-2014, 05:45 AM
Jim, please read my listing, it's all there. I'm hoping to get close to what I paid since it's new and custom made.

11-20-2014, 03:15 PM
I'm going keep refreshing this listing.

11-21-2014, 08:45 PM
Refreshing the listing.

11-21-2014, 10:34 PM
Good luck with the sale. A unique item at a very reasonable price

11-23-2014, 10:46 AM
Another refresh to bring it up.

11-23-2014, 07:22 PM
Bringing it up on the What's New section too.

11-24-2014, 03:04 PM
Keeping up the listing.

11-25-2014, 08:36 PM
Keeping it up the list.

11-27-2014, 06:35 PM
And once again making the move.

11-28-2014, 05:36 AM
Keeping it up on What's New.

11-29-2014, 04:31 PM
Sure moves quickly, back up.

12-01-2014, 06:17 AM
Yep, jumping back up.

12-02-2014, 06:21 AM
Moving it again.

Inksplosive AL
12-02-2014, 06:59 AM
OK I have a low end Bruce tenor I call my Wei Wei. Mine was maybe $17.50 before shipping, it cracked due to my mistreatment, it cracked likely due to shipping soon after purchase and it cracked where I squeezed it a little too hard gluing a top crack. Its solid acacia from my understanding more or less koa grown in a different local. I hated the thing its big a tenor, BIG and I thought quite dull from being built heavy. It sits in my jungle box living in a humid environment just like its birthplace. Its sat there for a year now.

I took it out the other day and fine tuned it I was going to string it as a baritone but I'll be damned if she doesn't now sing in the most beautiful voice. I never really believed in wood opening up much less changing so drastically without even being played. I guess it was at least tuned.

This looks like a very nice instrument, someone will be happy to own.

Good Luck with the sale.

12-03-2014, 08:26 PM
Thanks, I'm looking forward to my custom gypsy jazz uke Bruce made to open up, but the black mandolele I received recently sounds really good right out of the box.

12-04-2014, 09:42 AM
Moving this up again.

12-04-2014, 10:00 AM
This is getting old, Mike

12-04-2014, 01:17 PM

I've also had lots of success selling instruments on Flea Market Music. It's free to post there as well and seems to have a larger audience. I sold a sweet Kamaka Pineapple to a gentleman in Japan on FMM.

Good luck,


P.S. I even sold my beloved Pohaku concert to lakesideglenn off FMM. He's a good man.

12-04-2014, 09:08 PM
Thanks Don, I'll give them a try.

12-06-2014, 01:39 PM
So far no luck on either front.

12-10-2014, 08:29 PM
Had one bit of interest, hope to get more.

Dan Uke
12-10-2014, 10:05 PM
Mike you might have better luck in offering a price vs best offer.

12-11-2014, 07:57 AM
Yeah, I think you'r right. I'm going to change the listing above and see what happens.

12-13-2014, 02:27 PM
I was hoping someone would grab this as a gift to a loved one or self.

12-13-2014, 03:25 PM
Mike you might have better luck in offering a price vs best offer.

And, Mike, you may do better on eBay, where buyers might be looking at Bruce Wei ukes. It's his selling place, so might have success there as he does. :-)

12-13-2014, 04:47 PM
I did, I changed the original post and added a price a couple of days ago when I read Daniel's (nongdam) reply.

12-13-2014, 05:06 PM
I did, I changed the original post and added a price a couple of days ago when I read Daniel's (nongdam) reply.

Oh, good. You put it on eBay. Good.

12-13-2014, 05:39 PM
No, I miss understood your post, I meant I did add a price to my original post here.

12-22-2014, 08:54 PM
Since there are no takers for my mandolele, I'm going to keep it and spruce it up for my own enjoyment with a gold tailpiece, gold strap buttons, gold tuners and gold strings.