Beare and Sons regal The Mitchigan Soprano at Ukulele Corner

My B&S Michigan
Made in the U.S.A.

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Beare & Sons The Michigan

I saw this come up in a proper auction and didn't bid on it, so what's it doing here? Well to start with the auction was in Manchester and the auction house didn't ship so if I had won it then I would have either had to find a local shippers to collect it and ship it to me, (and that service would have cost more than the Ukulele itself), or drive up to Manchester to collect it so I watched the auction but let it pass; after all I can't invite every Ukulele to Ukulele Corner. However...
The person that did buy it had it up on eBay that very evening with a £5 starting markup and a very reasonable £6.99 to ship; it also had a better condition description saying that there was a crack in the back. Even so it's a very nice looking, Regal made, Beare & Sons "the Michigan" and the starting price was still very low. I bid £2 more that the starting price, (and with the crack I wasn't going to go higher), but only one other person bid and they only bid a pound more, so I won and now, with a much lower shipping price that if I had bought it at the auction myself, it's Here!

And it's slightly more damaged that was suggested; there are 2 cracks on the back and a bit of the bridge that holds the top A string has broke off, (at the moment it's still working but there is very little tension on the string so I fully expect it to slip if I try and tune it up). Neither of these extra problems affect the look of the Ukulele and to be honest it was mainly for the looks I got it. As I said it's a very nice Regal made 1930's sunburst Soprano, as it was imported to the UK at the time by Beare & Sons there's no "Standard Approved" label, (the UK didn't have any truck with the "approving body" or the standard), but a lovely "Made in the USA" stamp on the back of the headstock, (as the UK did want area of origin on things at the time - British Made, Empire Made or Foreign Made as a minimum but the USA was proud to take the credit/blame for its exports to the UK). All in all I think it is very nice and I am glad it has come to Ukulele Corner. I will try and get the rear cracks fixed and get it in tune and playable but it will probably spend most of its time just being decorative.