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Uncle Leroy
05-24-2015, 03:31 PM
Hi all,
I just found this awesome little soprano in a thrift store. My cost $90.00. I got it home and got it cleaned up and tuned it up. Wow! all I can say is wow. I am trying to find some info on it and was just wondering if anyone here might have heard of this brand. I think it may somehow be associated with Kiwaya. It appears to have a solid cedar top and rosewood back and sides. I have no idea about it's age. It is a wonderful little uke. Does anyone have any info that they could share on this?
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PhilUSAFRet
05-24-2015, 03:44 PM
They do have some Zephyrs on the Kiwaya website, but not this model. If the top is indeed solid, you got a decent deal.

Xtradust
05-24-2015, 03:46 PM
Looks to me like it was made by Mitsuba Gakki in Japan. They're a furniture maker that have been around since after the war. Not the same company as Kiwaya, but the better examples are close to the same quality. That one is really nice! Good job saving it from the thrift store.

Uncle Leroy
05-24-2015, 03:46 PM
Phil, I was thinking the same thing. It is a really cool uke.

tbeltrans
05-24-2015, 03:52 PM
Here are a few references to Zephyr that I quickly found. I have not heard of Zephyr other than from your post and a quick google search.

http://www.tikiking.com/uke_db/Zephyrdb.html

http://eastisuke.blogspot.com/2006/07/famous-ukuleles.html

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/guitarplanet/item/zephyr_sh-20_concert/?s-id=borderless_recommend_item_en

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/guitarplanet/item/zephyr_sp-15-cat/

Tony

Uncle Leroy
05-24-2015, 07:00 PM
Thanks for the info.

igorthebarbarian
05-24-2015, 07:06 PM
does it have the same wavy/ wave-like bridge as Kiwaya's look to have? Regardless, for $90 seems like a great deal.

Ukejenny
05-25-2015, 04:51 AM
Love the grains on the back - very nice. I bet it sounds great. Wonderful score on finding it!