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Ukecaster
10-07-2017, 03:19 AM
No affiliation, saw this one on ebay. Cool looking vintage uke, labeled Moana. Anyone know about these?

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F37 2094975055

103550h

Xtradust
10-07-2017, 05:03 AM
Wow. What a wonderful Uke. It will be interesting to see what it sells for. Paul Summers go for a lot!

PhilUSAFRet
10-08-2017, 01:14 AM
Always wanted one like that. Several other models have the same style and trim. Love'em....maybe you can snag it at a good price.

hmgberg
10-08-2017, 05:41 PM
I believe they were made by the Aloha Ukulele Manufacturing Company. Akai was the primary builder.

Nickie
10-09-2017, 07:01 AM
I don't know anything about them, but why do so many elderly ukes crack like this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Royal-Hawaiian-Ukulele-Koa-Wood-1920s-4-String-21-Body-Repair/372096489055?_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC. MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D41376%26meid%3D1426ef64bf584f 81b891730ecd93ac27%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3 D2%26sd%3D372094975055&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982

Croaky Keith
10-09-2017, 08:48 AM
It's the wood drying out that causes it, that's why in some areas you need humidifiers. :)

hmgberg
10-09-2017, 02:58 PM
Yes, drying causes cracks. The wood shrinks. If the glue around the rim holds, the top will crack. Heat draws the moisture out of the air. This is why people typically humidify their ukuleles in the winter, when the heaters are running. I don't think it is much of a concern for you in Tampa, Nickie, but I'm in Maine and about to get my humidifiers out for the season.

chefuke
10-09-2017, 09:01 PM
Moana was most likely the name of one of the hotels where Paul Summers sold "his" ukes.
The headstock looks like it was made in the style of early Manuel or Leonardo Nunes and that makes me doubtful
that Akai made this - maybe an ex Nunes employee? Who knows?

hmgberg
10-10-2017, 04:32 PM
Moana was most likely the name of one of the hotels where Paul Summers sold "his" ukes.
The headstock looks like it was made in the style of early Manuel or Leonardo Nunes and that makes me doubtful
that Akai made this - maybe an ex Nunes employee? Who knows?

Not all of the Akai ukuleles had the headdress headstock. Check this one out:

http://www.legendaryukuleles.com/akai-1920-s.html

And it is true that Summers sold these through both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian Hotels.

70sSanO
10-10-2017, 07:27 PM
So did anyone on UU win the auction?

It went for around $330 + $35 shipping.

John

chefuke
10-13-2017, 09:31 PM
Not all of the Akai ukuleles had the headdress headstock. Check this one out:

http://www.legendaryukuleles.com/akai-1920-s.html

And it is true that Summers sold these through both the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian Hotels.

Very nice Akai! Thank you for sharing.

I loaded up picture of my Akai with similar inlay in my photo album. My apologies that I didn't manage to share it on here directly.

If you compare the inlay work, the Akai seems on a different level to the Moana. Also the bridges used on the Akai' look like a different design.