3/23/2009

c.1925 Bruno "Lyra" Koa Ukulele


Here's a recently-sold nice all-koa soprano uke sold by Bruno (a NY distributor) under their "Lyra" brand name. Like other Bruno ukes, I'll bet that this one was built for them by the Richter Manufacturing Company, as the construction inside is familiar to others of that make, and of other Bruno-sold ukes I've worked on. That is to say -- well-made, super-lightweight, and very responsive. These tend to have a snappy tone with a lot of volume and "bite!"


Typical island-to-mainland trappings: nice rope binding and simple Hawaiian-style fingerboard (directly into the neck and no fretboard over the neck).


Rosewood nut. These are newer Grover tuners, too. Good "shield-type" peghead.


This has a nice slim, wide neck -- typical of this brand.


The soundhole on this uke was cut just a hair off-center. Hard to tell unless you're looking for it!


Label.


Side view. Original finish is in pretty good shape!


This uke has good dimensions for volume: 5" upper bout and 6 1/2" lower bout (from what I remember!).


Back.


Some flame on the back which gives it some elegance.


Tuners -- originals were probably bakelite.


Side 3/4.


Yessir, a darling!

1 comment:

Little White Paw said...

Very pretty indeed! Congrats on being played on the Uke cast! You are quite talented! I would very much like a concert soon!