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stephan451
06-20-2017, 03:53 AM
Hello All:

I am Steve Rapson (www.steverapson.com). I do not own a ukulele nor do I play one, though I am a fan of those who do.

My friend, Robert Wheeler, recently passed away. People who knew of him may be aware of his collection of 200+ ukulele's. It was his pride and joy which he showed off to all who would accompany him to the barn.

Robert's estate has asked me for help in selling his collection which is on display in Central Massachusetts

This is my first effort in that regard. Since I know little about ukuleles, I would be happy to have someone with knowledge and desire be the broker for this collection.

Email me gsrapson@gmail.com if you have an interest and or questions

Thanks!

Steve

heartukulele
06-20-2017, 04:55 AM
According to the published, Robert Wheeler passed away in July 2015, I am curious if that's the same person mentioned in this thread.

http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=robert-a-wheeler&pid=175323721&referrer=0&preview=false

actadh
06-20-2017, 06:07 AM
My mother passed away in spring of 2015 and we are still sorting through & finalizing her estate. So, the two year time between that obituary -which looks to be the person referred to - and this request seems legitimate to me. I wish the OP all the best in helping his friend's family.

bacchettadavid
06-20-2017, 06:38 AM
I advise that you also contact Jim Tranquada at Occidental College and Jim Beloff at Flea Market Music if you haven't already done so. Their connections are vast, and they may be willing to help you find a broker.

Ukecaster
06-20-2017, 08:15 AM
Steve,
I'm nearby, a couple of towns over, and would love to see the display. I sent you an email.


Apparently, Robert had a uke related website called Ukuele Conciousness, looks Like alot of good info.

http://http://rockthatuke.com/wheeler/ukeconarchives.htm (http://rockthatuke.com/wheeler/ukeconarchives.htm)

Strumdaddy
06-20-2017, 03:02 PM
Go straight to his website http://rockthatuke.com/wheeler/ukeconarchives.htm and go down to "Session # 15 - April 22, 2003", truly amazing story involving not 1 but 2 5K's
p.s. that has got to be SOME collection!!

steve-o-reno
06-20-2017, 06:18 PM
I haven't been to Robert's website in quite a while, but it was one of the first that I found and read when I first picked up a uke about a dozen years ago. Great archive of stories and ukuleles. This photo is from the site and shows some of his ukes at the time.
http://rockthatuke.com/presskit/ROBERTWHEELER.JPG

Tommy B
06-20-2017, 07:39 PM
Hi Steve. I remember Robert Wheeler - Founder (as he called himself) from the early days of Fleamarket Music, where he was active. His old posts are still there on the Bulletin Board. I just wrote you an email with a suggestion on how to sell off the collection. Best of luck to you.

pahu
06-25-2017, 09:04 AM
Go straight to his website http://rockthatuke.com/wheeler/ukeconarchives.htm and go down to "Session # 15 - April 22, 2003", truly amazing story involving not 1 but 2 5K's
p.s. that has got to be SOME collection!!

Thanks for the link. I just spent hours reading his musings and meanderings-quite a character

Nickie
06-25-2017, 03:29 PM
Wow, he was funny. I'd give about anything to spend a day in his barn....

UkerDanno
06-27-2017, 03:51 AM
Go straight to his website http://rockthatuke.com/wheeler/ukeconarchives.htm and go down to "Session # 15 - April 22, 2003", truly amazing story involving not 1 but 2 5K's
p.s. that has got to be SOME collection!!

Uh, yeah, that's quite a story... :D :shaka: