Taylor roundbody Blue Comet banjo sopranino ukulele

My "Roundbody"

German made camp mini ukulele
Taylor schoenhut wooden midget banjo ukulele
The strings on it feel like Aquilla's and are OK so whilst, as a Mini scale, it could go for higher tuning, in view of its age it has a standard g~C~E~A. tuning



C. Bruno Scout Uke(?)

This was a purchase from eBay with very little information as it came with the Harmony Classmate Soprano and that was the main item. After some research I have found that it dates from the 1920's and was probably originally branded as a Blue Comet I say probably here because although it looks identical to the Blue Comet (a Perlberg & Halpin Brand Name), pictured I have seen very similar Ukuleles sold by PMICo, Schoenhut and there is one with some dancer decals on, in the Ukulele Hall of Fame listed as a Taylor Roundbody. My best guess for the actual maker is one of the German factories, (and given the Headstock shape I would say Wunderlict), so it may have come straight from there rather than via New York for P&H to brand.

Since writing this paragraph I have seen that C. Bruno and Sons were also selling them. Bruno also branded them as "Scout" Ukes, so given I don't know the exact history of this Ukulele and I've never liked calling it a "roundbody" or a "banjo" I am going to start calling it a Scout until I can find a more definitive name

This Ukulele has a scale length of 29cm (11 2/3 inches), the same as the Ohana SK21, so it is a genuine Mini Size. The tuning pegs may have been replaced, but I think the bridge is original, and I know the tailpiece is. The neck is straight and the frets are not sharp and in good order so the thing is perfectly playable, if a little small. There is a large crack on the front that has been repaired fairly solidly and does not detract too much from the overall look and feel.