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Bruno Soprano Ukulele , c. 1925
Bruno Soprano Ukulele, c. 1925, made in New York, NY, brown varnish finish, mahogany body and neck, black rigid foam case.
A very nice mahogany Ukulele labeled "Bruno Hawaiian Ukulele - Hand Made" on a lovely circular label.
Bruno was a prominent New York jobber; despite the "Hawaiian" attribution, this uke was actually made for them by Brooklyn-based Nicola Turturro who built many of their higher grade ukes in the 1920's. Turturro is mostly remembered for such fanciful creations as the "Peanut Uke" and the "Turnover" double-sided ukulele/mandolin, both of which were often marketed by Bruno, but his "normal" ukes are nicely made and good sounding.
This one has black/white binding on body and soundhole, mahogany neck with no separate fingerboard, bone saddle and ebony nut, and interesting spring-loaded Patent Pending Grover tuners which were used only a short time around the mid-20's. This exact same uke can also be found marked "Turturro NY" and "Miami", distributed by Henry Stadlmair in New York.
A lightly built, good sounding and playing 1920's uke.
Overall length is 20 13/16 in. (52.9 cm.), 6 5/16 in. (16 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) deep. Scale length is 13 1/2 in. (343 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.).
100% original and in very nice shape. Average light finish wear; some strumwear below the soundhole and a couple of small repaired grain cracks in the top.
A very good sounding and playing 1920's ukulele. Excellent Condition.
Item # 2187
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