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JoeLovotti
03-19-2016, 05:24 PM
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Was just given this. How old is it?

Jim Hanks
03-19-2016, 05:53 PM
I'm going to guess it is a solid mahogany soprano uke by Favilla. Age? No idea. How does it play?

hmgberg
03-19-2016, 05:54 PM
You were given a very nice early Favilla soprano. Made 1915-1919 according to this site:

http://www.catfish1952.com/favilla.html

hmgberg
03-19-2016, 05:55 PM
Here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ztxolKVO5U

JoeLovotti
03-20-2016, 03:13 AM
I'm going to guess it is a solid mahogany soprano uke by Favilla. Age? No idea. How does it play?

It's on it's way
I'll post when it gets here
I'll post better pictures

PhilUSAFRet
03-20-2016, 06:04 AM
Label also looks like it could be the source of the Aquila string logo.

TheCraftedCow
03-20-2016, 08:08 AM
I don't know if Tom Favilla is still alive, but you might run a search for him. He did tell me that the paper labels were very early, before they began head stamping rear then front, Favilla has always been the poor man's Martin. I have a Favilla soprano Wimbrola. You have a treasure. Does it have a case?

EssexRiver
03-20-2016, 08:19 AM
Wow, what a great uke. Play it in good health!

pointpergame
03-20-2016, 09:48 AM
I have a couple. They have a bright voice of their own. Mine are a bit world weary, having obviously been made to earn their livings for many years. A fresh nut and saddle put them back to playing with almost no trouble. From having read the Favilla family history it seems their strong voice and longevity represent the family quite well.

hmgberg
03-20-2016, 10:35 AM
There is information about the labels and dating on the "catfish" site I linked above.

deschutestrout
03-20-2016, 10:58 AM
Sa-WEET! Congrats! I'd like to be given a Favilla :-)

JoeLovotti
03-21-2016, 11:49 AM
I emailed Tom Favilla and he confirmed based on the label it was built between 1895 and 1910.

I will absolutely treasure it and play it every week.

UkieOkie
03-21-2016, 12:50 PM
Very cool you lucky dog.

Ukulelerick9255
03-21-2016, 01:03 PM
Since you just got it its one day old

pritch
03-21-2016, 04:25 PM
Label also looks like it could be the source of the Aquila string logo.

Aquila is Italian for eagle. No, I'm not a multi linguist but I'd also noted the similarity and wondered. Sure enough...

JoeLovotti
03-25-2016, 12:07 PM
It has a nice green felt form fitting slip case

JoeLovotti
04-10-2016, 07:23 AM
Back from the shop and I am amazed with the tone.
Everyone that hears it can't believe that much sound is coming from that tiny little body.
The most common comment is that I must have something inside the uke to enhance the sound.
Truly wonderful.
I have a Lanikai std and a Córdoba barratone but this little guy has the richest voice by far.

LarryS
04-10-2016, 07:47 AM
You were given a very nice early Favilla soprano. Made 1915-1919 according to this site:

http://www.catfish1952.com/favilla.html

Interesting site that!

Vintageukes
04-12-2016, 07:05 PM
Does your Marca Aquila have its original tuners? They had the coolest tuners, a tapered metal peg (as I described in the video on the first page as that is me and my uke). If yours doesn't I just saw a set on eBay.

JoeLovotti
04-13-2016, 12:51 PM
It only had 1 of four so they were all replaced. Do the eBay tuners have the sleeves as well as the pegs?

JoeLovotti
04-13-2016, 01:01 PM
Couldn't find them on eBay. Got a link?

Vintageukes
04-13-2016, 07:59 PM
Here you go Joe...http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-Vintage-Ukelele-Banjo-Violin-Tuners-Pegs-for-Project-Repair-10-/331814174099?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

The buttons are a little different than the originals but these pegs almost never come up. Do you have any of the original sleeves? I think I have one extra...

JoeLovotti
04-15-2016, 05:22 AM
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Here's the original peg.

It's all I have left. It's old world built all right.