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    Default Looking for feedback on custom Bruko/Brueko idea

    Looking for feedback on my idea for a custom Bruko.

    I'm basically looking to build something that may or may not be possible: a "long neck tenor" or a "mini baritone." A tenor-like body with a longer scale than a tenor. And I think Brueko might be the maker who can do it, not just because they're affordable but because of their odd sizes and because I genuinely love the Brueko tenor that I own.

    Of course they don't make anything like this already, but I suspect they might be able to do it by mixing and matching necks & bodies that they already have.

    Here are some ideas that I have for mixing and matching & I am wondering if anybody who owns a Brueko or two can give any feedback.

    1) Tenor neck, tenor body, but with the saddle several centimeters down the lower bout.

    2) Tenor neck, jumbo concert body. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like the jumbo concert body might be longer than the tenor body, but since the pictures are all I have to go by, I can't tell!

    3) Long-neck soprano neck, tenor body. From pictures I've seen, it looks like the long-neck soprano neck is about the same width as the tenor neck, but just has more frets?

    Any and all feedback would be appreciated! Also would be interested to hear about other custom builders, but at this time I can't spend over $900.
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    "Long neck tenor" is definitely a thing:
    http://www.theukulelesite.com/kamaka...neck-2060.html

    Could also consider Mele though it is a little outside your range:
    http://meleukulele.com/product/mele-...g-jumbo-tenor/
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
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    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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    There have been some long neck Tenors before, I remember reading about 18" & 19" scales.
    If you are happy with having an oddball, try a baritone neck on a tenor body, but keep the bridge in the best place between the widest part of the lower bout.
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    Ono Ukuleles. David Ingalls.
    He builds 18" tenor scale and he is good.
    Link here: http://www.onoukes.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain goat View Post
    Ono Ukuleles. David Ingalls.
    He builds 18" tenor scale and he is good.
    Link here: http://www.onoukes.com/
    Ono makes a very nice 18" tenor. Both Kanile'a and Kamaka make a 19" tenor. All three of these mentioned would be well over your stated budget of $900.00.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Could also ask Covered Bridge. I don't know if they've done an 18" or 19" neck but they do tenor bodies and should come around your price point if they'll take the project. They happily agreed to put a tenor neck on concert pineapple body for me and I love it.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13down View Post
    Looking for feedback on my idea for a custom Bruko.

    I'm basically looking to build something that may or may not be possible: a "long neck tenor" or a "mini baritone." A tenor-like body with a longer scale than a tenor. And I think Brueko might be the maker who can do it, not just because they're affordable but because of their odd sizes and because I genuinely love the Brueko tenor that I own.

    Of course they don't make anything like this already, but I suspect they might be able to do it by mixing and matching necks & bodies that they already have.

    Here are some ideas that I have for mixing and matching & I am wondering if anybody who owns a Brueko or two can give any feedback.

    1) Tenor neck, tenor body, but with the saddle several centimeters down the lower bout.

    2) Tenor neck, jumbo concert body. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like the jumbo concert body might be longer than the tenor body, but since the pictures are all I have to go by, I can't tell!

    3) Long-neck soprano neck, tenor body. From pictures I've seen, it looks like the long-neck soprano neck is about the same width as the tenor neck, but just has more frets?

    Any and all feedback would be appreciated! Also would be interested to hear about other custom builders, but at this time I can't spend over $900.

    Hi 13down,
    here my thougts regarding your idea:
    I do own a bunch of Bruekos, as I live in Germany and their ukes are quite popular here. Plus, I don't live too far from their factory, and I did go there twice alreday.

    Regarding your idea: I think it is important to know, that Brueko produces only a handful of different models: mostly sopranos, with bodies in three different depths: flat, 3/4 and full with full equaling 5,5cm (sorry, don't know how much that is in inch). all bodies can be built with either a flat back or a rounded one.
    Then you have the soprano longnecks, which in th US would be a "super soprano", i.e. soprano body (again possible in three differents depths, flat our rounded back) with a concert scale.
    Then you have the concert model, with a larger body, obviously, as the soprano longneck.
    Then there are the tenors, which are basically concert bodies with tenor necks.
    As an extra, they offer something called a "jumbo corpus", which resembles a tenor body from most other companies, at least in size. You can have the jumbo body with a tenor or a concert scale.

    Then there are the baritones, as well, which again have a larger body.

    What you have in mind, to my understanding, could either be a jumbo concert, which would give you more frets (15, as compared to the 12 of the regular tenor neck) or maybe, a jumbo body with a baritone neck. Although I am not sure if they offer that kind of model. But it is certainly worth sending them an email to find out. I am sure that will let you know what they think about that.

    I would be interested in finding out about the outcome of your idea.
    Oh, and in case you might order from Brueko, in the end, I am very sure that it will cost you MUCH less than the 900,-$ you mentioned.

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    The baritones that Brüko make are smaller and have (as far as I know) a slightly shorter scale, something a little over 18", so their regular baritone size may already fit the bill. I'm not 100% sure about this, but recall reading about it on a German ukulele forum. Hora in Romania also make shorter-scale baritones (18.25"-ish).

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    Thanks to everyone who has responded. I'm still interested to hear any more feedback, and I will send direct messages to those who seem most interested in discussing details!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    The baritones that Brüko make are smaller and have (as far as I know) a slightly shorter scale, something a little over 18", so their regular baritone size may already fit the bill. I'm not 100% sure about this, but recall reading about it on a German ukulele forum. Hora in Romania also make shorter-scale baritones (18.25"-ish).
    Not true, unless they've changed recently. My Bruko bari was right at 19". I do recall some threads about the shorter Hora bari.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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