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    how does he have 100% positive feedback? Very puzzling--I've heard some good things, but lots of mixed reviews

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    I've got a Bruce Wei ukulele... When you add in the shipping costs I have found them to be on par with or better than other ukuleles in that price range... When you win a ukulele for $6 and pay $60 for shipping you probably will be disappointed if you want to compare it to a Pono or higher quality ukulele. If you compare your "one of a kind" hand built ukulele to any mass manufactured ukulele in the price range I think you are likely to be happy.
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    I bought one and it was an unrepairable piece of junk! Don't waste your money!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevelele View Post
    how does he have 100% positive feedback? Very puzzling--I've heard some good things, but lots of mixed reviews
    I don't know if this answers that question or not, but I think people are quick with the feedback on e-bay, and quick to review things on Amazon, before they actually get a chance to really check them out.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I bought a soprano BW uke a few years ago, it was built like a tank, you could play baseball with it, it looked absolutely stunning and it was dead tonally, the tuners wouldn't hold a tune no matter how I tightened them, they still slipped, needless to say I quickly sold it on for about what I paid for, it was a lucky escape and an important lesson learned......... you know the lesson folks so I won't repeat it
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    I've actually removed my YouTube review of Brucewei ukulele's because it was a few years old and not representative of what is being sold now..

    So what's my view now? Well first thing first. The strings they usually come with are crap. Change the strings straight away. That usually improves things straight away. I bought a baritone a little over a year ago. Its a nice instrument. Better finishing and details than they used to be. The baritone will continue to develop as a great instrument. A few months ago I bought a tenor. The strings are crap and the bridge was glued on with insufficient saddle compensation. I'm a little bit annoyed but even this instrument may come good with time and a little work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I don't know if this answers that question or not, but I think people are quick with the feedback on e-bay, and quick to review things on Amazon, before they actually get a chance to really check them out.
    Well if they are like me they got great customer service and an ukulele worth more than what I paid for it. I have had mine for over a year and it has served me the way I intended it to. It did have one minor finish flaw but met the approval of a couple wood working friends. It is the Ukulele I took to visit family for Christmas and spent a week a low humidity house with no problems. (I did keep it next to the humidifier which read between 27 and 36% all week)

    I have a friend who has bought about 60 ukuleles from him, he finds them all to be about the same quality but did have a small issue on two of those on the first fret. (It was easily fixed) other than that he said he's never had a problem with them. (60 is not an over estimate... we counted)
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    Don't be so quick to jump on the negative pile...I bought one of the WEI Harp Ukuleles...iafter a few weeks, it had developed some dishing in the top, so Bruce refunded over 50% of the purchase price.

    Some of the best sounding ukes I've ever played have had some dishing in the top. That usually means that it is a light and lively build...at least in my experience.

    This uke sounds great and the build quality on this one is excellent. The uke has stabilized, even under the added pressure of the sub-bass strings.

    I am very careful to humidify as to let the wood slowly settle into the local San Diego climate.

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    I've been asked to review a Bruce Wei probably more than most other brands, but I have kept well away.

    I say that to point out that i have NOT played one myself, but I do know a fair few people I trust implicitly who DID buy one.

    The pattern to me, taking the views of those people and other general discussions seems clear to me. And that is this.

    There are some good Bruce Wei instruments that get through - some people who are really happy with what they got. But also there are far too many horror stories and disappointments for me to want to get involved - the reason is simple - perhaps I get a good one and review it as such - I will then be met by endless mail saying I was wrong from people who hate theirs. Or I get a bad one and review it as such and get endless mail from people telling me they love them.

    So for me it seems a bit like Russian Roulette on the quality control front - and frankly, I don't want to play that game with an instrument being shipped halfway around the world...
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    I am new to Ukulele's and purchased a Bruce Wei as my second Ukulele. I bid, and won one of those $0.99 starting bid items. The funny thing is...it was a relist of one which had been listed at $129 plus shipping which did not sell.

    I have not been around to follow how his items on his store might have changed over the years, but it looks like some(if not all) are listed at the "retail price" and if they do not sell after a couple of listings, they are then set to bid.

    I purchased an Acacia/Spruce solid with the Hawaiian islands soundholes.

    It came well packaged, and the included gig bag is quite nice.

    To my ear, I like it better than my Oscar Schmidt OU2T. I have coworkers who are actual musicians(guitar and ukulele) and they like its playability and voice.

    I figure that for $111 delivered(with a padded Gig Bag) even if its neck bows in a year, or it develops small cracks, it is a beautiful art piece. With that "logic" I am ecstatic with my purchase, and hope of course that none of these catastrophic events happen.

    I might take it to Jake S' concert in a few months and have him sign it.

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