I just purchased this ukulele on eBay today. It was somewhat of an accident. About 5 days ago when the auction was still new, I was looking at ukes and this one caught my eye. It was 16 dollars at the time and no reserve. I figured someone had put a high maximum bid, because this uke looks to be worth hundreds. It's really a work of art. So, I was curious how high the maximum bid was. I put down about 85 dollars for my maximum bid, because I was sure someone had put down much more.
Nope, I became the high bidder right away.
A few days go by and I forget about it, until earlier this morning when I received an email from eBay telling me an item I'm bidding on is ending soon.
The bidding went up a few more dollars but they gave up at 75 bucks.
I did some more research on the maker of the ukulele and came across this page of warnings about him.
He has some decent feedback on eBay, but of course I must take into consideration that most people leave feed back right when they receive and inspect the item, not when they've had time with their instruments--enough time for the quality of craftsmanship to really show.
So we'll see. The biggest shame of this would be to see such a beautiful piece go to waste if it starts cracking like the website says. But I might get lucky and end up with a quality ukulele.