I have an 8 string ukulele that was made by E.c. Brownson according to the sticker inside the instrument. I had searched the internet for his name and the only thread that came up was on this site by Rogerh. I was wondering if you had seen anything like this nice little saprano ukulele? I have attached some pictures to help identify the instrument. Thank you in advance for any information you can send my way.
Welcome! I think your instrument could be meant to be a mandolin actually. It could also be the Portugeese instrument Cavaquinho, wich is one of the parentinstrument to the modern ukulele. But the Cavaquinho normally have the fretboard flush to the soundboard so that you easy can do the typical rhytmical stuff on the soundboard. But I would guess that it is a mandolin.
Thank you Tyko! I suppose it could be a mandolin. I'm not familiar with mandolins with the thick body like a Ukulele. I am familiar with the modern thin body mandolins. I will research the Cavaquinho family of instruments that you mentioned. Thank you.
Are you familiar at all with E.C. Brownson? The sticker inside the instrument says made by E.C. Brownson, 632 Hicks St., Toledo, Ohio.
A very fine mandolin is what you got in my opinion. Very fancy and I'm sure it sounds good too. In the old thread I saw a great looking guitar for sale on eBay and dug up some info around it. To bad I did not save any pictures of it. You should be able to find out more about the builder using Google or maybe find something more in some book about guitar makers.