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    Hi,

    I was browsing through the bruko site, and they have a classic soprano and soprano
    Does anyone know what the difference are besides the price?

    Furthermore they only have a handful of ukes listed on their site, does that mean other then those that are listed you need to have it custom made?

    Does anyone have dealt with bruko, can tell me your experience and how much you paid for a custom made?

    Thx for your reply

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    The classics are the more basic ukes with limited variation, usually staring mahogany. They are priced low as they are made in bigger volume.

    The rest include many more variants, woods, bindings etc.. lower volume production so more expensive.

    That’s it really.
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    Also note that their prices include VAT tax, so if you’re in the USA, that’ll be cheaper by 15%(?). Buuut the shipping is pricey (some people order two with the intention of selling the 2nd to cover the shipping)
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    Hello, I have purchased a few sopranos from Bruko. They are all really awesome!!

    In my experience, you can get a standard/classic mahogany or maple shipped to the USA for just over the $200 mark. As mentioned those are relatively straight forward. All maple or mahogany soprano, nothing too fancy with woods, but still beautiful from my perspective.

    They also sell other sopranos in various woods - walnut, zebra wood, spruce, cedar, flamed maple, etc. Those ended up being around $300-400 shipped to the USA. I have a beautiful walnut soprano with maple neck.

    All of them have the standard, 3/4, and thin body option. You can get an arched back too, like my walnut soprano!

    I think they are all a “steal” for the amount of uke you get!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brn1638 View Post
    Furthermore they only have a handful of ukes listed on their site, does that mean other then those that are listed you need to have it custom made?

    Does anyone have dealt with bruko, can tell me your experience and how much you paid for a custom made?
    If you get something "made to order" (I wouldn't call it "custom"), it shouldn't be any more than what's on the site. Of course, the wood selection and features can affect the price.

    When I got my baritone, there were none on the site, but they had two in progress and I got to choose a neck wood and to get a pickup. (The body could be any wood as long as it was mahogany. ) I would describe it as an overall good experience, though the communication was a little difficult with language differences and time zone differences.

    Quote Originally Posted by igorthebarbarian View Post
    (some people order two with the intention of selling the 2nd to cover the shipping)
    That's exactly what I did. I got a standard soprano with my bari, split the shipping in half and added my shipping, and was still less for my buyer than getting from a U.S. dealer.
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    They really are beautiful, well constructed ukes. I've had a couple of the No. 6 model, one newer, and an older one from the 50's. Both were very nice. IMO, they work better for fingerstyle, and since they didn't fit my strumming style, I sent them to new homes. To me, they were janglier than most other sop brands. In hindsight, I wish I had tried tuning them up to D tuning/
    This one is for sale at Uke Republic here in the US. I love the look of these.

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    I think there is some confusion here with the word 'custom'. To the best of my knowledge, Bruko don't take custom orders - as I say the difference in pricing is really down to core basic mass produced models, and others that are made in smaller quantities (that offer different woods and decor).

    Either way, ALL Bruko ukes are terrific value.
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    They do custom to a point but I wouldn’t call it custom as most of the building methods and wood combos are combos they already offer. I ordered a soprano #6 a while back that had the new style bridge / saddle before they were really even offering them on the #6. I think they may be a bit more open to customs than ppl might assume. I inquired once about an all maple tenor.. They were going to make me one but it was a bit more than I wanted to spend at the time. Communication has always been pretty good in my experience other than being on different schedules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    They really are beautiful, well constructed ukes. I've had a couple of the No. 6 model, one newer, and an older one from the 50's. Both were very nice. IMO, they work better for fingerstyle, and since they didn't fit my strumming style, I sent them to new homes. To me, they were janglier than most other sop brands.
    That’s an interesting reflection of my own experience. I bought one second-hand off of eBay (a standard No 5) and thought it to be simply excellent build quality. I had to lower the saddle area on mine and file the nut slots too, it was already fitted with what I believed to be Worth Browns. I’m not sure that I should have done (so much to like about it) but I sold it on as, at the time, it wasn’t a match to me and my playing style. A little too bright and jangly for me but no doubt perfect for others, I like tall frets too and the Bruko ones seemed standard height. The string spacing was good, a little wider than normal which was perfect for me. On reflection (as prompted by Ukecaster’s post) I wish I’d considered keeping it and then using it for finger picking only. I think that that might have worked well for me, but really I like my instruments to be good for both my finger picking and my strumming.

    If another Bruko crossed my path at the right price (unlikely ‘cause they’re already a bargain) then I’d probably buy it, sort the nut and saddle, and try some other strings on it - I have experimenting with nylon strings in my mind and for fingerpicking I don’t mind a loss in volume.

    Over some time I’ve emailed Bruko with a couple of questions and they have been brilliant at responding, all in all I think that their good name is well deserved.
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    I have a Brueko 2 maple soprano bought here in UU Marketplace with the older bridge/saddle.

    I had to try various strings before I found the set that works best. Worth Browns, martins, & Living Waters were just "okay". I considered selling it, then tried D'Adarrio Titanium, which has what I was looking for in the feel and sound. I am glad I kept trying strings on it.
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