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Original Post By: Guest_Kathy Date: 7/23/2005
I have a uke signed inside by luthier William E. Conrad Cincinnati. Also has Conrad 1992 on the neck. Bought it from a relative of this Mr. Conrad. She said he used to design guitars for a big company, and that he hand made this uke. At that time I found an online ad for one like it asking $600. Can't find anything now. Anyone familiar with this maker or where I can research the value of his instruments?
Posted By: Guest_Dasher Date: 7/23/2005
For starters, go to "Collector's Uke Yak" on this site and let Fret's Fayne weigh in on this subject.
Posted By: Guest_Don in San Diego Date: 7/24/2005
I sent mail to your address...re..."conrad" ukes are of two types. (1)the japanese version from the '50s, and (2), the quality stuff made by W.E. CONRAD for students. Check with ROY CONE @ ukuleleworld.com for more info. He has sold a few over the past year or so. Good luck.
Posted By: Guest_Kathy Date: 7/24/2005
Thanks, Don in San Diego, for the tip on Roy Cone at Ukulele World. I emailed him and here was his response...

Hello Kathy....

Send me a pix of what Conrad uke that you have.... and how much you want for it....

I bought some 5 ukuleles.... Mostly baritone ukes..... and 2-3 fiddles as Conrad was closing his shop, etc.

The instruments were no cream-puffs... but they had a pleasing sound

Lemme know

Best Personal Regards....

Roy T. Cone
Posted By: Guest_Kathy Date: 7/30/2005
Don in San Diego, Can you give me a ball park idea what these Wm. E. Conrad ukes are selling for? I have no idea what to let mine go for. I want to be reasonable, but I don't want to get taken. Any idea what they sold for at Uke World?
Posted By: conradjj Date: 11/3/2016 9:24:13 PM
Hi Kathy, Roy, and Don,
My name is Jessica. William E Conrad is my grandfather. He is currently 93 years old and is still living in Cincinnati. He started making classical guitars in the late 1960s and then branched out to ukeleles, banjos, and a few violins. I would love to see pictures of what you have. Grandpa kept meticulous records for each instrument. Sorry it took so long for you to get answers.
Posted By: Tom B. Date: 11/3/2016 11:24:37 PM
Jessica, this is an 11-year-old thread you're responding to, so don't be surprised if you don't get responses from the original posters (although I hope you do). You might try messaging Kathy directly by clicking on her highlighted name (assuming her email address is still current). Best of luck!
Posted By: paulbsa Date: 9/26/2017 3:20:20 PM
Jessica, Roy Cone at Ukulele World has one of your Grandfather's ukulele's from his personal collection for sale. http://www.ukuleleworld.com/certified-instrument-8421.html

Any idea who Marge Bischoff might be? That name is inlayed into the headstock.

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