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Thread: Restored Mele/Braddah tenor

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    Default Restored Mele/Braddah tenor

    I have just received back the above instrument. I bought it on eBay on the basis of listed photos. The seller had omitted to show a badly repaired crack on the side of the lower bout. It ended up costing me $100. I brought it to Peru where I have a friendly luthier and he did a total restoration, with the exception of refretting, which was not needed. The original had plastic overlays on the upper bouts. The rest fo fate instrument showed poor treatment or may be neglect. I am thrilled by the restoration - cost $55. The instrument is mahogany and ebony. I treated it to a new set of Grover tuners as the originals were in bad shape. I am delighted with the result.

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    Are Braddah Ukes solid wood or lamanate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac In Oak Ridge View Post
    Are Braddah Ukes solid wood or lamanate?
    The Braddah designation was for mahogany instruments made by Mele, I believe in the 90s. They are, I believe, all solid wood. I spoke with someone at Mele a few weeks ago and he tells me that they are quite collectable now. Mine is certainly solid wood and a delight to play, sounds good and looks good.
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    Amazing transformation! I love the wood grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tstarky View Post
    Amazing transformation! I love the wood grain.
    Me too. Great job!

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    Gorgeous instrument, nice restoration.
    Congratulations.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Glad to see a neglected instrument given a new lease on life. Looks great!

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    That looks beautiful. I bet it sounds great and is a delight to play.

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