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The Gamble paid off

posted 1 Aug 2017, 15:45 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 17 Aug 2017, 15:29 ]
Albert Houdlett & Son Nu Way Banjo Ukulele
What is coming now is an A. Houdlett "Nu Way" UKulele Banjo. Now the two things I know about this firm  are that a) this was the firm where Fred Gretsch started out before founding his own company, and b) this particular model was supplied to Ditson to re-brand. and Ditson didn't put their name to anything that wasn't top notch, so I'm hoping that although a bit plain it will be well made and very good tonally; we shall find out when it arrives

The gamble was, this was one of those ebay auctions where they was a buy it now price as well as the opening price for the auction. The buy it now price was very reasonable and I was tempted to go with that, but in the end I just put in the opening bid  for the auction. A risk certainly, you never know if someone is willing to pay more for it?. No one did though so I got it for the opening bid which was less than half the buy it now price; result!

It's Here

and it has had some "interesting" repairs! I thought the skin looked like it had a tear in, but it seemed to sit oddly, like it wasn't a tear just some kind of blemish? Now its her I can see it is a tear but someone has glued what is left of the vellum to the pot! Now it needs a new vellum but I fear getting the old one off with all of that glue. it is also missing the bit on the back of the pole that enables the neck angle to be changed; and that would be a bugger of a job to find a replacement.
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