The other day, in a moment of reckless abandon, I bought a banjo ukulele (banjolele) off eBay. I’ve wanted one for ages. I think it’s made by a German maker, Dreima. From what I can find on the internet, they’re not particularly well known but it looks good, has a nice sound and a sturdy weight. I’m guessing it dates from the twenties or thirties. The bridge has 8 places for strings but it’s been strung with 4 strings. I do wonder if the bridge has been taken from a mandolin or something and it’s in fact not a Dreima as the headstock has no makers mark. Anyway, it doesn’t matter as it’s a lovely little item.
Here’s an audio clip: Dreima banjolele clip
Here’s some snaps.
The body shot.