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    Default Wanted - Manuel Nunes ukulele

    Aloha. I own a small tiki bar in Madeira Island called Pukiki. As you all know Madeira is where Manuel Nunes was from. My bar celebrates the historical link between Madeira and Hawaii and I'd love to bring a Nunes ukulele back home to have on display to the public. Condition is not really an issue because it will be display only. If anyone has any for sale please get in touch.
    Mahalo,
    Carla

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    Good luck Carla, they are hard to come by. I am hoping to find one myself one day. I have an early ukulele made before 1900 which has elements from M. Nunes and Santo but can't be conclusively attributed to either. Not much is known about Nunes's history in Madeira (at least in ukulele world). I don't know much more than that he was a cabinetmaker before he left for Hawaii. Do you have any information you can share about his, or Santo or Dias's history and lives in Madeira?

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    There was one in a local thrift shop a while back, I'll check and see if it's still there...it was in pretty bad shape.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ighlight=nunes
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    Shawn has a Leonardo Nunes uke for sale

    http://ukulelefriend.com/ukes/leonar...tenor-ukulele/

    or you can try to contact Kilin at www.krstrings.com
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    Danno, if you see it is still there, please connect with me. I have been hoping to find one for about 6 years. I don't have the big bucks that many of the big collectors have because I work in mental health but I'd jump at one that is in rough shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vintageukes View Post
    Danno, if you see it is still there, please connect with me. I have been hoping to find one for about 6 years. I don't have the big bucks that many of the big collectors have because I work in mental health but I'd jump at one that is in rough shape.
    I'll be down by there this afternoon, I'll try to remember to check...

    I went by there and it was gone.
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    This is a neat idea. Just a suggestion: perhaps for your purpose, a replica would do? They are much cheaper and easier to come by. I suppose you could even add some playware, stains and patina to make it look older. Not to produce a fake, you should clearly label it as a replica, but it might be enough to show your customers what an early Ukulele looked like. I think Ohana and Anuenue make affordable Nunes/Dias inspired replicas, and then there are contemporary custom makers like William King, Glyph, and Kunihiro Matsui who have picked up such early design elements.
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    I have a Manuel and Leonardo, his sons uke sounds better
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    Check this one out n- https://reverb.com/item/6396283-m-nu...ulele-1917-koa
    I was tempted!
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    Koa Soprano from Leonardo Nunes available from Japan ($1200 USD):

    http://www.j-guitar.com/eng/product_id1636.html

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