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    Default FS: Bruko Cedar Top Mahogany Soprano - $250 Shipped

    I'm selling my Bruko soprano. It has cedar top and mahogany neck, back, and sides. The back is arched.

    PRICE REDUCED:

    $225 Shipped USPS Priority CONUSA.


    OR

    $200 local pickup


    Pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/SKvRFaG1P5TVR2Ys8

    It's a fun little uke, but I've bought too many ukes lately and this one doesn't see much play these days.

    I bought it this past March directly form Bruko for $345 total. With current exchange rates it looks like you could get a new one of these for between $330 and $340, so the $250 price is about 25% off of what a new one would cost you.

    It will come with the light weight gig bag that Bruko included with it. I replaced the plastic saddle with one I made of ebony and it is currently strung with Worth Browns. I kept the original strings and original saddle and they will be included in the front pocket of the gig bag.

    It does have one flaw from the factory that I noticed when it arrived. It's just a little impression in the top next to the g-side of the bridge. It's about 1/4" long and right along the grain line, so it's barely noticeable. I looks like it was probably there before the finish was put on and got missed during final sanding because it just looks like part of the grain. There is a closeup the photos album that shows it.

    I can find a couple tiny very light surface scratches just from being played/handled but nothing I can photograph easily. Other then being played periodically on my lunch breaks at work it has sat in a desk drawer in its gig bag.

    Feel free to ask questions.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by CPG; 09-18-2019 at 05:07 AM.
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    Does it meet Bruko's reputation for high action and bright sound, or. ??
    Will you play us a tune?
    Pretty little thing...
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 08-29-2019 at 02:32 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
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    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
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    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
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    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    The action is good. I think it came set between 2.75mm and 3mm. So not super low but definitely what I consider the acceptable range. I lowered it a little when I made the ebony saddle so now it more like 2.5mm-2.75mm still not super low but totally good. I think 2.5mm is about ideal for me.

    It definitely sounds like a Bruko. It's got that Bruko clang, but I think the cedar gives it a fuller sound with more low end and complexity then some. Definitely not as bright as some recordings I've heard, but again, it still has the Bruko sound.

    I can try to post a sound sample tomorrow and confirm the action height tomorrow.
    Last edited by CPG; 08-30-2019 at 05:32 AM.
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    I just remembered I posted a couple videos to YouTube when I first got it. Here's me noodling around on it with Martin M600.

    https://youtu.be/ZplAM1rcV6U

    https://youtu.be/2w3RbrUYQt4

    The Worth Browns that are on it now mellow it out a little more too (though it also sounds good with the Martin M600s, Worth CMs, and Martin Premiums).

    I can make a new video tomorrow.
    Last edited by CPG; 08-30-2019 at 05:29 AM.
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    Ok Tracie. Here is a new sound sample. Its not as good as I would have liked because my son is napping right now so I had to do it on my front step and it picked up a lot of the city noise (also I screwed up everything I was playing but oh well).

    Hopefully, even though it's a cell phone mic with less than ideal conditions and less than ideal playing it will give you a decent idea of the sound.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/EJ3GSsdvwmKh2sSe8

    EDIT: I went out back and got a better sound sample I think.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/P14mZtz6P96umYji6
    Last edited by CPG; 08-30-2019 at 09:29 AM.
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    Oh yeah. Of course, I cant find my string height gauge when I need it but using a little metal ruler I'd say its about 2.75mm from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of the c string.
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    Nice pickin'!
    I've not heard "Freight Train" on a uke before.
    The intonation is impressive on those high frets.
    And I really like the look of that cedar.

    But I'm swimming in ukes, better sell something first (prob in mahogany since I now have FIVE solid hog sops, LOL.)
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Nice pickin'!
    I've not heard "Freight Train" on a uke before.
    The intonation is impressive on those high frets.
    And I really like the look of that cedar.

    But I'm swimming in ukes, better sell something first (prob in mahogany since I now have FIVE solid hog sops, LOL.)
    Thanks. Yeah it's a really cool little uke. I fell in love with the look of the cedar and mahogany as soon as I saw it on their website.

    Btw, that version of Freight Train is the first tune in James Hill's book "Duets for One". It's a great book and I really need to get around to learning more of a tunes out of it one of these days (and relearn that ending that I keep messing up).

    LOL. That is indeed a nice collection of sopranos you have. Based on your signature it is clear that you do not have the same self-imposed uke limit that I have :-)
    Last edited by CPG; 08-30-2019 at 11:20 AM.
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    Saturday bump to top. This lovely Bruko is still available!

    It's Saturday evening. Order some take-out, put the kids to bed, then sit back and relax with a couple of drinks and impulsively buy this ukulele! You know you want to.
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    Bump to top. This is still available.
    Last edited by CPG; 09-11-2019 at 09:09 AM. Reason: Person got back to me. They are no longer interested. This is still available.
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