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sukie
03-14-2009, 05:09 PM
So, I was at a musician's selling market today and someone was selling a polk-a-lay-lee. I had to buy it. Does anyone else have one?

Ahnko Honu
03-14-2009, 05:34 PM
http://www.roastival.com/files/QuickSiteImages/pig_guitar-2_sm.gif :confused:

OH, POLK-a-lay-lee, not Pork-a-lele... :D

What is it?

bt93
03-14-2009, 05:44 PM
http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-835.htm

thats actually kinda cool

Ahnko Honu
03-14-2009, 06:03 PM
Yes, funky cool. ;)
http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/images/180U/180U-835_body-front.jpg
http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/images/180U/180U-835_front.jpg
Please tell us how she sounds.

swervy jervy
03-14-2009, 06:12 PM
http://www.technovelgy.com/graphics/content08/smule-star-trek.jpg


go daddio!

diranu
03-15-2009, 02:27 AM
Man! That thing looks dangerous! Leave that one at home when you travel. It probably won't make it thru airport security.

sukie
03-15-2009, 04:07 AM
Right now it doesn't sound. The strings are pretty bad. I'm going to have to be really careful with the tuning pegs. They're plastic and seem to be stuck to the wood. The neck may be off a little as the action is quite high. It's pretty cool looking though. I did a little research and it seems like if I ever will need spare tuners they'll run over $20 each.

dominicfoundthemooon
03-15-2009, 05:30 AM
i picked one of these up a few weeks back.. but it is sooooo old.. and not made of quality wood... the thing was so dry it was about to blow up.. i did my best to get it to "sound" but then just hung it on the wall.. it looks dope! but more just a prop.. i hope you get yours sounding.. post pics and vids if ya do!

theunusual
07-23-2009, 07:57 AM
I am also looking to sell mine to someone who is going to appreciate it. Original in great shape. I appreciate it, but unfortune, do not know how to play it.

leftovermagic84
07-23-2009, 08:01 AM
I saw one at a goodwill for 8 bucks once. I was going to pick it up but decided against it because the neck was cracked all the way through and hot glued back together, including a nice gob over 2 of the tuning pegs...I still sort of regret not getting it, even as a wall-hanger...it was gone the next time i was there.:(

WhenDogsSing
07-23-2009, 08:02 AM
So, I was at a musician's selling market today and someone was selling a polk-a-lay-lee. I had to buy it. Does anyone else have one?

Hoosierhiver showed me one of those things when I stopped in at Mainland...I believe they were made for a furniture store promotional deal but he would know more about that...:D

UkuEroll
07-23-2009, 08:33 AM
That's one wierd looking Uke, how does it sound? even if it sound rubbish it'll look well nice on the wall.

sukie
07-23-2009, 08:35 AM
I saw it when I was at Mainland also. His is in better shape than mine. But it is like it. I finally got the tuning pegs to move, but if you've seen my Elephant Town video you'd know that. Sorry.

hoosierhiver
07-23-2009, 08:42 AM
Jon makes his sound pretty sweet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9O8mQwxJGI

Bratset
07-23-2009, 08:45 AM
Jon makes his sound pretty sweet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9O8mQwxJGI

:eek: that a awesome clip!

rossjr
07-23-2009, 09:32 AM
So, I was at a musician's selling market today and someone was selling a polk-a-lay-lee. I had to buy it. Does anyone else have one?

Cool Axe!!!!

So where is this Musician's Selling Market?
How often are they open and what are thier hours??

Rogerglenn
01-30-2011, 07:53 AM
yes.I have one that camefrom an English friend who has sinced passed. Nice item.

dktoller
01-30-2011, 08:13 AM
So, I was at a musician's selling market today and someone was selling a polk-a-lay-lee.

By the name (and the Minnesota location) I was envisioning some impossible hybrid of an accordion and uke. How cool would that be? Call me disappointed ; )

lordlogan
01-30-2011, 08:19 AM
By the name (and the Minnesota location) I was envisioning some impossible hybrid of an accordion and uke. How cool would that be? Call me disappointed ; )

I was expecting it to have a lowhole ontop of the intergrated accordion i also was disappointed thats not the polk i know!

Ukulele Jim
01-30-2011, 09:44 AM
I have one hanging over my fireplace. It actually plays but it's been repaired more than once.

ukeeku
01-30-2011, 10:53 AM
Just a little history about them. the reason for the long head was to stick it in the sand when you are out surfing or busy doing the hand jive

knadles
01-31-2011, 06:09 AM
A little more history. They were distributed by a Chicago-area home store chain that no longer exists: Polk Brothers. Polk's was one of those old-school places that sold everything from couches to hi-fi gear. You'd walk in and there'd be half a dozen salesmen in sport coats standing around smoking at the front of the store. It was rendered largely irrelevant when Highland and Fretter came to town in the mid- to late-'80s, and folded soon after. Highland and Fretter were themselves later displaced by Best Buy and Circuit City.

Although the company is gone, Polk's legacy lives on in the form of the Polk Bros. Foundation--a social services foundation started by the Polk family in the chain's heyday. http://www.polkbrosfdn.org/wherewevebeen.html

I believe the instruments were branded for Polk's by manufacturer that was already making and selling that design, so if I remember right, there are examples out there that don't say "Polk-a-lay-lee" on them.

My grandparents had a Polk-a-lay-lee. No idea what happened to it when we closed up their house. Probably either thrown away or given to someone who asked for it, but I remember playing it as a kid.

-Pete

darkwater
01-31-2011, 11:58 AM
I've got a Polk-a-lay-lee, birch plywood stained brown, black plastic fingerboard and pegs. The square neck profile is truly unique. A little known feature is that if you take off the strings you can detach the neck, which has dowel that fits into a socket in the body. Mine plays OK, a really twangy trebly sound. I use it sometimes when I play 60s music. The strings just feed through holes in the top and have a tendency to pull through the wood, which mine have done. Looks like I'll need to do some reinforcement.

Colonel Uke
06-18-2011, 04:30 AM
I just picked up a Polk-a-lay-lee, but it's missing the bridge. I've got some spare rosewood laying around and was thinking of making one for it. Would anyone who has one mind measuring it's height to give me a rough starting point? I wonder if a banjo uke bridge would work?

rokitman
06-21-2012, 01:49 PM
I did a little research and it seems like if I ever will need spare tuners they'll run over $20 each.

I know someone who recently purchased a Polk-A-Lay-Lee with a broken tuning peg. Could you please tell me where to find replacements?

Thank you,
- Dean -

Shazzbot
06-21-2012, 02:01 PM
Would love to have one as wall art.
I'm guessing the only tune that sounds good on that thing is the old WWI song
"It's a long way to polk a lay lee......."

Patrick Madsen
06-21-2012, 03:42 PM
I have a Treholippe by Big Daddy in San Clemente. He was an artist of somesort fromn the '60.s I think. The idea was to play to yoursurfgirl. stick teh end in the sand and go surfin.

One of the tuners is broken and can't seem to find one. Haven't looked that hard lol.

acmespaceship
06-21-2012, 06:21 PM
I found a Polk-A-Lay-Lee at a Chicago estate sale. Not being a Chicago native, I had no idea what on earth it was... but for 10 bucks I wanted it bad. As I triumphantly carried my new objet d'art to the car, thinking it must be some one-of-a-kind acid dream garage project, my Chicagoan husband caught a glimpse and immediately cried out "You found a Polk-A-Lay-Lee!"

"Are you kidding me!? How do you know what this is?"

"It's famous. When I was a kid the guy in the Polk Brothers TV commercials always said, 'buy any sofa and you'll get a FREE Polk-A-Lay-Lee!' And he'd hold one up to the camera. There must still be hundreds of them in bungalow rec rooms."

I've been looking around estate sales ever since, but I haven't found another. I know they're out there, though. Hanging on walls next to the dogs playing poker. I really wonder what inspired the genius at Polk Brothers who said, "Hey, I got a great idea for a sales promotion..."

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/50671092-view-of-a-sign-advertising-the-polk-brothers-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=6y38yb04htQ%2bj3LO7nApuCLTAi96aID3GXvyo4jxECzRae 6YZFZ%2fAZAC3mDdrjxjmdJdlk7CbZw6lBpX9YWygg%3d%3d

seneystretch
06-22-2012, 12:39 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQEgZrE-of4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buahUqnV25o&feature=related

Is there nothing that utoob doesn't have?

I grew up down the road from Polk and my nephew wound up with a Zenith stereo bought there. Remember the ads but wasn't sure this promo was a real memory :)

dessdogg
11-01-2012, 07:31 AM
So, I was at a musician's selling market today and someone was selling a polk-a-lay-lee. I had to buy it. Does anyone else have one?

I do have one in great condition. It has been in my family for around 50 years it is original and for sale make an offer

dessdogg
11-01-2012, 07:37 AM
I found a Polk-A-Lay-Lee at a Chicago estate sale. Not being a Chicago native, I had no idea what on earth it was... but for 10 bucks I wanted it bad. As I triumphantly carried my new objet d'art to the car, thinking it must be some one-of-a-kind acid dream garage project, my Chicagoan husband caught a glimpse and immediately cried out "You found a Polk-A-Lay-Lee!"

"Are you kidding me!? How do you know what this is?"

"It's famous. When I was a kid the guy in the Polk Brothers TV commercials always said, 'buy any sofa and you'll get a FREE Polk-A-Lay-Lee!' And he'd hold one up to the camera. There must still be hundreds of them in bungalow rec rooms."

I've been looking around estate sales ever since, but I haven't found another. I know they're out there, though. Hanging on walls next to the dogs playing poker. I really wonder what inspired the genius at Polk Brothers who said, "Hey, I got a great idea for a sales promotion..."

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/50671092-view-of-a-sign-advertising-the-polk-brothers-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=6y38yb04htQ%2bj3LO7nApuCLTAi96aID3GXvyo4jxECzRae 6YZFZ%2fAZAC3mDdrjxjmdJdlk7CbZw6lBpX9YWygg%3d%3d
I have an original one in very good condition it's been in my family for around 50 years. It's for sale!!!! make an offer.

The Big Kahuna
11-01-2012, 08:21 AM
I have an original one in very good condition it's been in my family for around 50 years. It's for sale!!!! make an offer.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?26321-Polkalelee