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Now it's back to normal...

posted 1 Mar 2017, 03:09 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 18 Mar 2017, 09:51 ]
Regal Black Label Soprano
Well for this one, (there still seems to be a a lot of instruments still on my bid list that I can't pass up; and there are a couple of big auctions coming up!)
Normal because it was a standard ebay auction not a buy it now, so waiting for a week or so to see if I'd brought it, (and normal because its a bit of a clunker with a couple of frets missing and some damage on the back that may have been repaired?) So what I bid on, (and won), this time is a 1920's Regal black logo Soprano with a perloid fretboard. I know its 1920's because Regal had started using the blue logo by 1930 (but I don't know exactly when the change was). It was one of those auctions where I put in the first bid and knew I wasn't going to go much higher because of the damage, and because it was coming from Trumpton so the postage was already quite high. However it when the full course of the auction and no one else bid, so I got it for the starting price. There was a slight issue at this point because when I paid I saw the seller had said they weren't going to ship internationally(!), but it was going through ebay international shipping, so via Kentucky and I now have a tracking number for it so it must be on the way 

It's Here

and I am right back to normal because it's a lot of a clunker! As well as the two missing frets, the neck is loose, (hence the missing 12th fret), there are 3 fairly poorly fixed cracks on the back and the nut has been replaced with a small piece of metal On the plus side though I'm told the neck, (which was what I was most worried about), can be easily reset, the trickiest part being unsticking the pearloid tongue that goes onto the body. the cracks may not be that pretty but they are solid and once again I can get a new nut made. The black logo is nice and clear and there is a good inner soundhole label too which all add to the overall look of the Ukulele as a nice early vintage Regal