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pootsie
04-07-2012, 02:48 PM
I found a Ukelele for sale locally that is described as a vintage Conrad walnut soprano.

I was wondering if anyone knew of this name?

It is going for cheaper than any uke I have found sold anywhere, new or used. I'm buying it because for the price it is going for I get either:
1) a good deal on something special
2) an OK deal on something decent
or
3) could not sound worse than what is selling for the same price for something new at retail

But I would still like to know if anyone has heard of this brand or knows of walnut as used for ukes. Google has found some Conrad baritones out there, but no sopranos that I could see that do not have plastic fretboards. This one does not appear to have a plastic fretboard. I'm going to pick it up right now so I'll post pix soon

Chris Tarman
04-07-2012, 03:01 PM
I've never heard of them, but now I'm very curious! Please do post pics when you can.

rpfrogner
04-07-2012, 03:02 PM
For $25 you can't beat that with a stick! Well......only if it is bad.

BlackBearUkes
04-07-2012, 03:28 PM
I have heard a couple of Conrad ukes in the past years. They are cheap ukes, about like cheap Harmony's. I doubt very much it is Walnut, more like birch or mystery wood.

Chris Tarman
04-07-2012, 05:39 PM
I have heard a couple of Conrad ukes in the past years. They are cheap ukes, about like cheap Harmony's. I doubt very much it is Walnut, more like birch or mystery wood.

I'd be happy to get a Harmony-quality old uke for $25!

Uke Republic
04-07-2012, 06:01 PM
http://www.tikiking.com/uke_db/Conraddb.html
Not to much info here either.

pootsie
04-07-2012, 07:23 PM
For $25 you can't beat that with a stick! Well......only if it is bad.

The GOOGLE is strong with this one.

pootsie
04-07-2012, 08:24 PM
Well, it turns out I got exactly what I paid for!

Strings are old & squeaky. The front is bowed in from tension on the bridge. The bridge is separating from the front. The finish is uneven. Old yes, vintage no, LOL.

And the friction tuners ... well, they would be nice if they had some, um, friction. When you tune the A string up and keep plucking you can hear it going flatter and flatter.

That said, I am happy for a little crud-box that I can put new tuners and strings on and keep at the office to practice on lunch break. Learning curve, here I come!

Pix to come, so stay tuned (unlike my Conrad crudbox)

Hippie Dribble
04-07-2012, 08:34 PM
Well, it turns out I got exactly what I paid for!

Strings are old & squeaky. The front is bowed in from tension on the bridge. The bridge is separating from the front. The finish is uneven. Old yes, vintage no, LOL.

And the friction tuners ... well, they would be nice if they had some, um, friction. When you tune the A string up and keep plucking you can hear it going flatter and flatter.

That said, I am happy for a little crud-box that I can put new tuners and strings on and keep at the office to practice on lunch break. Learning curve, here I come!

Pix to come, so stay tuned (unlike my Conrad crudbox)

Conrad Crudbox??? Yeah, I remember now...didn't he play opposite Groucho Marx in 'The King and the Chorus Girl'? :p

ejnovinsky
04-08-2012, 02:07 AM
Conrad Crudbox??? Yeah, I remember now...didn't he play opposite Groucho Marx in 'The King and the Chorus Girl'? :p

Youre thinking of Kenneth Crapbasket. Conrad Crudbox was a Dick Tracy villian wasnt he?:o

pootsie
04-08-2012, 03:39 AM
Here are pix of my new-to-me Conrad CRD-BX, circa 19-something-er-other.

You can see that "walnut" refers to the color of the stain, applied with the care and skill of a fourth-grade art dropout.

The tuners are not tapered so once the wood was worn just a little, slipslipslip
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pootsie
04-08-2012, 03:41 AM
Here is the headstock and the inspection by the world's cutest little luthier

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Chris Tarman
04-08-2012, 04:29 AM
Still, for $25, it's a deal! Get a set of tuners for $20 and you're still doing good.

ejnovinsky
04-08-2012, 05:57 AM
25 bucks is a great deal for that, shoot if you wanna get it super cheap buy a set of violin pegs for 80 cents or so a pop. wish I could find fun deals like that round here....Ohio is like the Ukulele bermuda triangle...

pootsie
04-08-2012, 06:16 AM
Ohio is like the Ukulele bermuda triangle...

Seriously, why does every other region have weekly uke jams and Ohio is bereft of ukulation?

I found some geared tuners for cheapo online so I am going to go with that, and some decent strings.

Anyone have an idea of whether Shelby $#!+bag makes good strings for the Conrad Crudbox?

ejnovinsky
04-08-2012, 12:13 PM
Anyone have an idea of whether Shelby $#!+bag makes good strings for the Conrad Crudbox?

She does, but you have to be wary of the brown ones...........

Canoe Lady
04-08-2012, 01:25 PM
Here is the headstock and the inspection by the world's cutest little luthier

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This photo is worth the 25 bucks alone.

SuzukHammer
04-08-2012, 01:33 PM
That is the cutest Luthier. congrats.

Why is Ohio without ululation? I trust Chrissy Hynde's analysis:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WXcexId5s8

pootsie
04-08-2012, 04:06 PM
This photo is worth the 25 bucks alone.

Thanks! But you should see the pictures my wife takes!
http://www.tinyportraits.com

Lardy Fatboy
10-12-2012, 03:03 PM
I have just been updating the entry for Conrad on my Database of Ukulele makers if you are still looking for information
here is the link to it Lardys Database Conrad Page (http://database.ukulelecorner.org.uk/site/ukulelemakers/d/wabash)

Lardys Ukulele database is always a good place to look for information on Ukulele brands (I spend a lot of time doing research)

Plainsong
10-12-2012, 03:47 PM
Do you think a set of Freaky Frictions might go well with the Shelby !#%bag strings?

conradjj
11-03-2016, 04:14 PM
Is there any way that you could post a full frontal picture of ukulele? My grandfather William E Conrad made several ukuleles and I am trying to determine if this may be one of his.