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    What would be helpful is if some more recent buyers could comment on their ukuleles. I bought mine over two years ago, keep it humidified, and what I'd say is that I really like it. It has a shallower body than the other concerts I own, but it has a really sweet tone. I'd like to think that because of the care I take of it (in its case most of the time, humidified as soon as the heat turns on) there have been no problems with cracking.

    I know many others have bought Bruce Wei ukuleles since I did--perhaps they just aren't here on UU (Facebook is ultimately much more active, but there are hundreds of ukulele groups).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    You make a good point about discerning sound quality on YouTube videos and that might have played a part in my impressions. There are a lot of Wei fans here so there must be more nice sounding BW ukes than what I was finding in the videos. As far as your guitalele goes, I agree with Bill 1, it sounds like a keeper from what I could hear. I'm hearing sustain in the plucked notes and they didn't sound off, dull or muddy like I heard from other ukes in many of the videos. If I knew that the uke I wanted had a sound quality like yours I'd probably be a Bruce Wei owner.

    When I was seriously considering a Bruce Wei I really wanted it to work out. I contacted him with what I wanted and he responded very promptly with a quote which all told would have landed in at around $400. I would have been willing to get on board at that price so I started listening to every Bruce Wei ukulele video I could find. I was a good audience, I really wanted to like what I heard and I really wanted to make this deal work. I just couldn't do it. I think I would be very generous to say that only about 20% of what I heard would have been acceptable and even many of those would have been kind of disappointing compared to what I already had. I didn't like those odds, especially when I would have been spending $400. Would my uke have landed in that 20%- acceptable range? When I looked at what I could get for $400 from brands with a much more reliable sound I knew I couldn't go through with the deal no matter how badly I wanted a uke that looked like what I wanted to have built.
    Well mine cost AU$120 (about US$85) plus postage. It has a few cracks in it that don't affect playability, which the seller was upfront about. Anyway, it wasn't a huge expenditure, so I wasn't too concerned if it was a dud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    What would be helpful is if some more recent buyers could comment on their ukuleles. I bought mine over two years ago, keep it humidified, and what I'd say is that I really like it. It has a shallower body than the other concerts I own, but it has a really sweet tone. I'd like to think that because of the care I take of it (in its case most of the time, humidified as soon as the heat turns on) there have been no problems with cracking.

    I know many others have bought Bruce Wei ukuleles since I did--perhaps they just aren't here on UU (Facebook is ultimately much more active, but there are hundreds of ukulele groups).
    Have you checked on Got A Ukulele to see if Baz has reviewed one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Have you checked on Got A Ukulele to see if Baz has reviewed one?
    I almost missed this. Barry has talked about Bruce Wei a few times; mostly in connection with the spotted history from others. I'm in an interesting place with Got a Ukulele right now...I'm doing my own reviews with a slightly different angle...but still very much look forward to everything Barry puts out on the channel/blog.

    I was recently chastised on a Facebook Ukulele Group as we talked about Got A Ukulele (someone had a Cordoba and was relieved that Barry approved it), and I mentioned how Barry's review changed how I thought of Caramels...and why I can no longer recommend them, and I'm even hesitant to buy one of their new models because of it.

    A number of people lectured me that I shouldn't let Barry's opinion impact my own opinion so much. And oddly, Barry might say the same thing.

    So, the weird place is that I'm at this point where I feel like I shouldn't NEED to go to check Got a Ukulele to see if Barry has reviewed one and that my own opinions should be good enough.

    Nonetheless, when I saw this, I went to Got a Ukulele and looked to see if Barry had reviewed one...and the answer seems to be no (nothing came up on the search tool on his site).

    I hope that all makes sense. I'm in a weird spot of being told I shouldn't take stock in Barry's reviews, and also that it should be where I should go to look. Crazy times.
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