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    "Bruce told me that he builds his customs, and has a couple of workers do the ready mades. As I said, he stopped letting other builders sell on his store about 4 years ago.


    You all are quoting old, very old information. If anyone has not actually bought one of Bruce's current ukes or had any direct contact with him then you're just assuming, and you know what is said about that."


    You are only going by what he tells you in messages , I've never heard you say that you've ever visited his shop or even met him in person. The fact that he never divulged that other people "sold on his store" until there were seriously bad reviews only makes me even more suspicious that he doesn't make anything himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoosierhiver View Post
    You are only going by what he tells you in messages , I've never heard you say that you've ever visited his shop or even met him in person. The fact that he never divulged that other people "sold on his store" until there were seriously bad reviews only makes me even more suspicious that he doesn't make anything himself.
    Until someone can show me a current uke from Bruce that is no good, I will recommend his stuff because I've had good ones multiple times in the last 5 years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I think I've become the authority on Bruce Wei ukes since in the last 5 years I've had six of them, four custom and two ready made. One important thing to note is about 4 years ago he stopped allowing other builders to sell in his eBay store because he was getting too many bad reviews for ukes he didn't build.

    I think they sound and play very well, especially for the price. The setups have been good, I tell him to make the action lower on the customs, the two ready made were fine for me. The only negative I can say is on one custom, the fret ends need to be dressed, they have sharp edges. I recommend Bruce Wei ukes, but with one qualifier, like Choirguy, I too don't like the ornate inlay on the fretboards, but I did buy a ready made paddle uke with Hawaiian Island sound holes that was too good a price to pass up, so I'll live with the angel fish inlay.


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    How much more were your customs compared to the ready made ukes if you dont mind me asking?
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    I had an 8-string baritone made by Wei. It is waaay over-built. No tummy massage at all. Terrible intonation beyond 4th fret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedStickUkulele View Post
    How much more were your customs compared to the ready made ukes if you dont mind me asking?
    My custom quote came in at about $485 delivered. I definitely would have paid that amount because it would have been beautiful but the chances of getting a nice sounding or even just an OK sounding uke was way too spotty. When I thought about what kind of uke I could get for that same amount from a more reliable seller I just couldn't take that gamble. It kind of falls under the "too good to be true" thing. Every fiber of my being wanted it to work out but I think it was much more likely I would have ended up disappointed than happy in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedStickUkulele View Post
    How much more were your customs compared to the ready made ukes if you dont mind me asking?
    All of the custom ukes I had Bruce make were easily half the price as anyone else. When I wanted to have a gypsy jazz made about 4 years ago, I contacted three other builders in North America. First of all none of them would include the very iconic tailpiece of the Selmer/Maccaferri Grande Bouche design, one gave me a ballpark of about $1200, another quoted $2200, and I emailed LfdM but when he didn't answer my email, I moved on to Bruce, who charged me $780, which included shipping of $65. Three months later LfdM replied to my email.

    Bruce now sells that gypsy jazz style uke on his eBay for $300-$400 depending on the material and inlays. I don't think I need to defend Bruce anymore, suffice it to say I've had multiple good ukes from him.


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    About a year ago I wanted to try a tenor. I bought an inexpensive solid koa tenor with a cutaway, without all the over the top ornamentation but some nice diamond inlays on the fretboard, and inlay around the sound hole. It's beautiful, well finished an set up perfectly. I really love the neck, it's extremely comfortable and the intonation is great. It's a very solid build and feels great to hold and play. As a result of that solid build (thick top) it is not very loud, but I like the tone and I really don't need more volume. I'm glad I took a chance on Bruce Wei.

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    They definitely look nice, but of all the sound samples I have heard, none sounded very good to me. They remind me of my old Koloa soprano I have. As someone stated back in the day "basically a doorstop or fire wood". They just seem like bricks to me. I have never played one, so take my opinion for what you will.
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