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D28
05-18-2017, 08:59 AM
I know this is my first post and I just registered, where would I post to find out about a historically significant ukulele value?
Been playing guitar for 15 years; off and on with usually larger body Ukes in part of that time. So I guess this is kind of an introduction too.
Cheers.:confused::confused:

derbyhat
05-18-2017, 09:46 AM
Check out the Marketplace on this forum. All kinds of instruments show up on there. I don't know exactly what you've got, but it's a good place to start.

Failing that, Ebay.

Failing that, email Hawaiian Music Supply or Mim and see if they have an opinion.

clark-kentski
05-18-2017, 10:11 AM
This is a good spot to get an idea of value, do you have a ukulele that was made from the Cheery tree George Washington chopped down ?? Give us a hint, you'll get lots of suggestions..

DownUpDave
05-18-2017, 10:28 AM
Post pictures, manufactures name and any other details, ie scale length. There are a lot of very knowledge ukulele afficionados here on this site

PhilUSAFRet
05-18-2017, 01:27 PM
Many have used the Uke Talk forum.

D28
05-20-2017, 02:05 PM
Run its course

clark-kentski
05-20-2017, 02:31 PM
A beauty for sure , Hawaiian, Koa wood. I'm a Martin guy sorry I cant help more, but others will chime in. Pics of the Makers labels would be helpful...

70sSanO
05-21-2017, 04:46 AM
See post below.

70sSanO
05-21-2017, 05:03 AM
I did find a Nunes soprano with a pinned bridge from the 20's. Maybe a Leonardo Nunes Radio soprano. If so, probably worth a lot.

John

ukuleleden
05-21-2017, 05:12 AM
If that is unrestored, it looks to be in remarkably very nice condition! I may be mistaken, but IIRC, there was similar looking uke in Jim Beloff's book of ukulele history...

UkerDanno
05-21-2017, 05:26 AM
That's gorgeous! Is it a Kumalae or Nunes? A close up of the headstock and if there's a label inside the sound hole would help. Value could be anywhere from $300 to $10,000.

Ukador
05-21-2017, 05:34 AM
The headstock logo tells me that this is a Leonardo Nunes Uke (a circle with a crown on top). Some of their Ukes were produced with a pin bridge.

Yours looks like a deluxe version with all that rope binding.

My guess would be something between 500 and 1000 USD as I've seen a few not so fancy Leonardo Nunes Ukes with pin bridges go for something around 500 USD

UkerDanno
05-21-2017, 05:44 AM
My guess would be something between 500 and 1000 USD as I've seen a few not so fancy Leonardo Nunes Ukes with pin bridges go for something around 500 USD

:agree: That's probably a pretty good estimate...

70sSanO
05-21-2017, 05:53 AM
Not sure what you want to do with your ukulele. You may be able to contact Shawn Yacavone at Ukulele Friend. Chuck Fayne used to be a ukulele expert at Flea Market Music, but he retired from answering ukulele questions. He may still be collecting ukuleles.

John

70sSanO
05-21-2017, 06:01 AM
:agree: That's probably a pretty good estimate...

In 2009, Chuck Fayne gave an estimate of not less than $3000 for a Leonardo Nunes Radio Style 3 on a Uke Yak. I'd venture a guess that this one, if in original condition, would go for at least that or more. The only caveat is what the antique ukulele market is like today compared to what it was back then.

John

Ukador
05-21-2017, 06:12 AM
In 2009, Chuck Fayne gave an estimate of not less than $3000 for a Leonardo Nunes Radio Style 3 on a Uke Yak. I'd venture a guess that this one, if in original condition, would go for at least that or more. The only caveat is what the antique ukulele market is like today compared to what it was back then.

John

Is this a "Radio" one ?

As far as I know there are only so called "Radio Tenor" Ukes made by Nunes and those Ukes had a concert scale.

The Uke in this case does not like a "Radio Tenor" at all. There is an iron plate on this one but it does look like a name plate and not a "radio" label.

70sSanO
05-21-2017, 06:20 AM
Is this a "Radio" one ?

As far as I know there are only so called "Radio Tenor" Ukes made by Nunes and those Ukes had a concert scale.

The Uke in this case does not like a "Radio Tenor" at all. There is an iron plate on this one but it does look like a name plate and not a "radio" label.

You are right about the radio tenor. I had the wrong post. The radio tenor does not look like this and this is a soprano. That obviously changes the assessment, however, if it is in original condition, it may be a collection uke.

John

D28
05-21-2017, 06:32 AM
This is a L nunes style 4, it has a name badge on the head. It is unrestored. It's frustrating to think a Martin 1k of thousands built is worth more this rare one?

Ukador
05-21-2017, 07:04 AM
This is a L nunes style 4, it has a name badge on the head. It is unrestored. It's frustrating to think a Martin 1k of thousands built is worth more this rare one?

1. A Martin is a Martin
2. The Nunes family built a lot of Ukes
3. Your Uke is worth what someone is willing to pay
4. Try to ask specialised dealers like ukulelefriend.com or antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com or legendaryukuleles.com - They should know what you can ask for this Uke