View Full Version : A Couple of Oldies

04-06-2009, 04:48 PM
Any information about these two ukes will be appreciated.

1. Marca Aquila Soprano - I know that Marca Aquila is the earliest name for Favilla. If someone can identify year of manufacture or model I would appreciate it.

2. P'mico Soprano - I know that P'mico is the "Progressive Musical Instrument Company" of New York. I think the uke is actually made by Regal for P'mico, or was bought up and had the P'mico label put on it for retail sale. I would like suggestions on cleaning it - should I or shouldn't I? What should I use? This uke has a great sound. I will be taking it to a local luthier for repairs.

Any information on these two ukes will be appreciated. See attached photos.

04-07-2009, 05:05 PM
I guess the P'mico is so rare that no one knows anything about it :(

Uke Republic
04-07-2009, 05:36 PM
I think Pimco sells mutual funds.

Uke Republic
04-07-2009, 05:52 PM
Be cautious on the cleaning. Most likely French polish finish. OOOOOOOO....be careful!

04-08-2009, 08:02 AM
P'mico was apparently pretty big in the 20's, 30's, and 40's. May Singhi Breen, the "Ukulele Lady" had some kind of a deal with them and they had line of ukes that got her endorsement. They also made the "LaDomino" ukes that you will see popping up on e-bay occasionally.

I think my P'mico is an early one - maybe from the 20's. The styling seems to be copying the early Martins. I don't think P'mico actually made any ukes - or anything else - themselves. They were a retail brand - like "Kenmore" appliances. Their product was made under contract by somebody else. I am pretty sure my uke is made by Regal. The small rounded headstock is typical of them.

It has a great sound. It's pretty loud and quite sweet. It has a tone that almost starts to remind you of a banjo uke, but more resonant.

I think might need to swap the strings on it. It has Martins on it right now, but I think they are a bit too "springy" or flexible for the low clearance on the fretboard. You occasionally get a little buzz and one of the strings jumped out of the nut one time. I think if I put on more substantial strings, like maybe Aquilas, the problem might be fixed.

07-13-2009, 05:16 AM
Here is a picture of my P'MICo uke. It has a sweet sound, I play it almost daily.