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    Default Can anyone identify this old instrument?

    Recently, I bought a ukulele from a certain auction site. Normally I wouldn't buy an instrument unseen, but it was not expensive, and I wanted a gamble.

    What is it? From looking at the back I think it is maple. It has an arched back and no kerfing like a Brueko, but it has a thinner neck and violin pegs. The bridge reminds me of an old Harmony I once owned, but the overall quality is better than a Harmony.

    It sounds really nice with new strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris667 View Post
    Recently, I bought a ukulele from a certain auction site. Normally I wouldn't buy an instrument unseen, but it was not expensive, and I wanted a gamble.

    What is it? From looking at the back I think it is maple. It has an arched back and no kerfing like a Brueko, but it has a thinner neck and violin pegs. The bridge reminds me of an old Harmony I once owned, but the overall quality is better.

    It sounds really nice with new strings.

    Pictures here:

    https://www.fastmail.com/files/1754841712/?u=33f341ae
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    Are those wooden friction pegs? Otherwise, it kinda looks like a Harmony uke...

    I am not an expert, by any means. That's just what i see.

    -Kurt
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    It’s not a Harmony, not with that small soundhole and that weird bridge. I don’t think it’s an American build at all. But I’m at a loss to say what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksiegel View Post
    Are those wooden friction pegs? Otherwise, it kinda looks like a Harmony uke...

    I am not an expert, by any means. That's just what i see.

    -Kurt
    Yes, wooden pegs. And that formed back and interior construction without any kerfing. It's too well made to be a Harmony.
    Last edited by chris667; 05-24-2020 at 03:41 PM.

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    I have not a clue to maker but that sunburst back is super cool!

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    It is, isn't it? I wonder if the front has darkened with age.

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    It certainly looks old definitely pre war. Unfortunately ukulele in those times was very popular and hundreds of companies existed and most disappeared and are long forgotten. Check out Lardy's database for an overview of some brands.

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