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NoahOathKeeper
11-09-2011, 06:13 AM
A local shop has a older looking Ukulele its a Tenor i believe . on the inside there are 3 words the middle word is the only one that is readable at all and i think its western these words are stamped in black ink , ill do my best to go there and get a pic later today also. dose anyone have any ideas on what this ukulele brand might be ?

Gadzukes!
11-09-2011, 07:00 AM
Pics should help a lot.

NoahOathKeeper
11-09-2011, 07:16 AM
Pics should help a lot.
i have a pic coming soon,, after further inspection is says the stamp said " Made in western Germany "

NoahOathKeeper
11-09-2011, 08:57 AM
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Would this uke be worth owning, at all, and is 75 bucks to much for it ?

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-09-2011, 09:54 AM
If it sounds good and plays well, it's worth $75. (It'd be difficult to find a new tenor uke for that price.)

RyanMFT
11-09-2011, 11:00 AM
I agree with above, $75 for a decent tenor uke is not much. How does it play/sound? Does it need any work to be a good player? Does it need a set-up?

Looks kind of big (but I am a soprano guy) so are you sure it is not a baritone?

Bottom line is, would you play and enjoy it? Does it feel good to play and does it sound good to you.......

Good Luck!

sugengshi
11-09-2011, 12:15 PM
It looks pretty. But looks alone can be deceptive. If you like how it sounds and how it plays, then $75 is really worth spending. :D

NoahOathKeeper
11-09-2011, 12:25 PM
Update i bought it talked the guy down to $50 . idk if its a tenor or a baritone , but i bought tenor strings to put on it :D ive got a 4 geared tuners im going to put on it,, for 50 bucks i can make a cool clock out of it if all else fails :D

RyanMFT
11-09-2011, 12:27 PM
Cool....glad you got it. How long is it end to end? That will determine if it is a Tenor or Baritone.

Big_e
11-09-2011, 01:18 PM
Looks like the same brand of uke that Khairijamain found and posted in his thread http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?54479-Bruko-Made-in-West-Germany-(New-Uke-Day-too!)&highlight=west+germany . Only his is a soprano. If it is, then it's a good catch!
Enjoy!
Ernest

NoahOathKeeper
11-09-2011, 03:54 PM
Cool....glad you got it. How long is it end to end? That will determine if it is a Tenor or Baritone.

i think its a Baritone :( i have it string like a tenor, guess i still need to get me a tenor after all, ,not interested in learning the baritone chording . it measured right at 30 :( :(

FlyedPiper
11-09-2011, 08:42 PM
I believe you can still play it in GCEA tuning and tenor strings. I could be wrong though. They make GCEA strings for a baritone. Aquila might be a good one to try:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?33363-Baritone-ukulele-with-GCEA-tuning

I think it would be cool to try. I have actually considered it. You could get a guitarish sound with a low G string on there and not have to worry about learning baritone chording. I'd just play it with the tenor strings until they wear out and buy a set of gCEA bari strings if I were you. I play concert, but it would be cool to have a bari with that tuning to mess around with IMO :).

ukuleleforbeginners
11-09-2011, 10:29 PM
Sound like you got something interesting. I look forward to hearing it...with either setup.

NoahOathKeeper
11-12-2011, 09:31 AM
Well after measuring and checking its a Baritone (not a Tenor) ... I still Have No idea of its make or model the ONLY id markings is inside " Made in Western-Germany " ive put out a few feelers but Nothing so far ill repost pics again here in this thread, maybe someone here may know something about this old (looking) Baritone Ukulele . its its worth it id consider restoring it .29892298932989429895

NoahOathKeeper
11-12-2011, 11:19 AM
Well after measuring and checking its a Baritone (not a Tenor) ... I still Have No idea of its make or model the ONLY id markings is inside " Made in Western-Germany " ive put out a few feelers but Nothing so far ill repost pics again here in this thread, maybe someone here may know something about this old (looking) Baritone Ukulele . its its worth it id consider restoring it .29892298932989429895

Earler in the week after suggestions it might a Bruko i Emailed there company , the info ive gotten back seams to say they think its a 1940's bruko . not sure if that means anything or not , nor dose it give my any idea as to value , but its sure a start :D