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Thread: NUD: Bruko No. 6

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    Default NUD: Bruko No. 6

    Oooh I like this one!

    Just picked it up second hand from the Flea Market Music site. This is the fifth soprano I've owned..I think, maybe the 6th...but so far it's my favorite sop of the lot of them.

    The neck is a little club-like, but it has a much sweeter tone that I'd anticipated and there's just something very lovable about it, including the obsolete "Made in W Germany" branding on the inside of the back.

    I like it a LOT!

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    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Kiwaya KPC-1M; Kiwaya KCU-1, Takumi TC-1M, Takumi TC-3K, Musicguymic’s Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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    Congrats! Those are sweet ukes, with a very distinctive sound.
    John

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    Congratulations!

    I've been kind of intrigued by Brukos for a while, but I haven't had a chance to try one in person and have been a bit put off by reports of them being very bright - interesting that you are finding the tone to be sweeter than you expected, maybe it's time I bit the bullet...

    Enjoy your new uke

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    These are very good instruments, and excellent value for money. Great woods and a slightly arched back... Hubert and Friederike are still using the 'West Germany' stamp today!

    Concerning the numbering system, I always understood that the nrs 5 and 6 were both mahogany bodys with maple necks, the difference being the two-tone headstock on the nr 6. I think they only still make the 6 in a thinline version. Nr 7 had a spruce top on a mahogany box with a maple neck, while nrs 2-3-4 were full-maple. 3-4 had with a sunburst that even covered the fretboard and headstock - no idea what the difference was, while the n° 2 had a clear finish. I've never seen a nr 1, but heard it's a maple one with a walnut top and a clear finish. And the n° 9 is a full mahogany in-between-concert-and-tenor one, with a maple strip on the headstock. Keeping in with a ukulele tradition, there never were any nrs 7 or 8. And Brüko more or less left behind the idea of a handfull of numbered standard models.

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    Mostly correct, ukulelekarcsi, but I might add a few minor corrections: the standard models, basically most of the numbered ones, do not have an arched back, but rather a flat one. The only exception was the number 4, all made of maple, which was available with a sunburst finish or, alternatively, which just a straight natural one.

    Talking about the numbers: the 1 and the 4 were made of maple, but the 1 had a flat body and was all colored black. The nr 2 models were mostly made of maple, but sometimes also of mahogany, they had a characteristic branded palm tree and beach design on the cover, and the back was all colored, red, blue or green. The number 3, on the other hand, was made of Gabun, or rather okoumé wood, and mostly made with a sunburst finish, although the so called 3A had a natural one, as well.
    The 5 and 6 are both still available in a flat, i.e. travel, version.
    And the nr. 7 had a spruce top, but a body made of ovankol, and later on, as ovankol in good quality was getting rarer, of zebrano wood. Today, the line is abandoned, as are the nrs. 2, 3 and 4.
    The 9 is actually called tenor by Brüko, but it has the same body size as a Brüko concert, with a tenor scale. The tenor neck, however, has only 12 frets, as the standard soprano models (with a longer scale, of course!).

    But it's absolutely correct, that most of the numbered standard models are largely abandoned today, and they are focussing much more on producing custom models of various, high class woods. They started a line of Pineapple-shaped models this year, also made of various woods. They updated their website also this year. So now you can find most of the instruments on offer there. However, it's always worth contacting them, as they often have a number of instruments which don't make it on the website. They are very lovely and helpful, so far I went there twice - it's a roughly two-hour drive from my place.

    Oh, and they used nylon strings until about ten to fifteen years back. Since then, it's fluorocarbon. Still by the German string company Pyramid.

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    Congrats!
    That is a very sharp lookin' uke!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Thanks all!
    Frolicks, if Bruko has disontinued the "full body" No. 6, then those that still appear for sale are New, Old Stock? I see Uke Republic still offers them.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Kiwaya KPC-1M; Kiwaya KCU-1, Takumi TC-1M, Takumi TC-3K, Musicguymic’s Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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    Thanks Frolicks! I love this kind of knowledge... Do you happen to know if there are clues in determining the age of Brükos? They have no logo save for the stamp that's been in use for decades, the design seems quite 'timeless'. Any changes in tuners, bridge design, nut material?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelekarcsi View Post
    Thanks Frolicks! I love this kind of knowledge... Do you happen to know if there are clues in determining the age of Brükos? They have no logo save for the stamp that's been in use for decades, the design seems quite 'timeless'. Any changes in tuners, bridge design, nut material?
    There's a bunch of vintage Bruko ID info in this thread:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...ighlight=bruko
    John

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    Bruekos have an awesome sound, especially the sopranos. When I hear cheap ukes, I often think "the twinkliness of this uke is cute, if only it had good intonation, overtones, and sustain, it would actually sound really great." Brueko is basically that sound.
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