Barnes and Mullins the Gresse spruce spalt maple Tenor

(was) My B&M Gresse

B & M the Gresse at Ukulele Corner
chinese spalted maple Ukelele
barnes mullins  china ukulele
It has Aquila Nylgut strings and is tuned g~C~E~A

barnes mullins china ukulele



Barnes & Mullins "the Gresse"

This is a Chinese made spruce and spalted maple Tenor branded by Barnes & Mullins and called "the Gresse"; it is pretty much new and ex display. I found it on ebay listed "for parts only" as it has a bowed neck. However it doesn't look that bad from the pictures of it taken side on, and Barnes & Mullins Ukuleles are pretty reasonable quality so worth a punt. The Ukulele itself looks quite pretty and even if it is unplayable I can always have it for display so I bid on it, (that and it had a very, VERY, VERY low starting point). I put in the opening bid, (plus a little but I didn't go to high in case it was unplayable), and, possibly because of the damage listed, no on else bid, so I ended up getting it for a lot less than it was going to cost me to ship, (and the shipping wasn't particularly expensive). All I can do now though is wait until it arrives so I can see how bad the neck is; hopefully not too bad?

It's arrived now and I can't see a bow at all?? I have checked the intonation on all strings and it is very good; probably no more than 5% out at any point. There is a bit of a scratch: more of a scuff on the upper left bout but that is the only thing that stops it being new, and fully justifying the retail price not the price I paid for it.

It's Gone

My good friend the Swamp's stepdaughter decided, in these times of Covid incarceration, that she would like to try learning the Ukulele, so I lent her a couple, including the Gresse, and she has decided she would like to continue and keep it. No problem, it will be going to a good home where it will be well treated and to be totally honest I wouldn't be surprised, even with money changing hands, if it didn't come back to Ukulele Corner at sometime in the future - and it would be welcome back too, I've always thought it was a very pretty Ukulele.