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phanzo
01-10-2010, 10:03 AM
So, I have "new" uke coming sometime next week. Or at least it's being mailed sometime next week. Wanna know what it is?????

.....Me too.

The one good thing that has come out of my grandfather's death was this "new" uke. When I was down in Florida, I was talking with my Aunt about ukulele. She had no idea that I played. She informed me that her mother used to play banjo and ukulele and that she has her old uke sitting up on a shelf in a closet, collecting dust. I instantly got stoked!! She said she has no use for it and that her mom would rather have someone playing it and enjoying it, rather than it sitting in a closet. She said she's been wanting to keep it in the family and that she would be more than happy to give it to me, if I wanted it....uhhh of course I wanted it.

So she told me that she would send it to me once she found a box for it. She emailed me yesterday to let me know that she got a box and would be mailing it off sometime next week. I have no idea what kind of uke it is or if it will be any good but I am SUPER STOKED to be getting a family heirloom (especially in the form of a uke). The only catch is that if one of her (my Aunt's) 2 kids decides that they want to play the uke, I will have to give it back :( Which I don't like, but it's only fair...it belonged to their grandmother, not mine.

So anyway...I may have some vintage Kamaka or Nunes coming to my house next week. Or I'll have some crappy little toy uke from the 40s (could be the 30s, could be the 50s...I have no idea). Point is, I have a "new" uke coming and I have no idea what it is. The only thing WORSE than having to wait for a uke that you've ordered is to have to wait for a uke that you have no idea about. It's gonna kill me. She said she would email me when it is in the mail. Hopefully tomorrow and not Friday or something. I'm dying to check it out!!

Once I get it, I'm sure it will need new strings. I wonder what kind of strings sound best on a "vintage" uke? I have some Worth CMs sitting around so I may have to try them first (even thought they are for a concert and I assume this is a soprano).

Anywho...I'm super excited. I will have to post pics (and maybe even a vid...if I'm feelin zesty) once I get it!!

Stay tuned!! :drool:

Papa Dave
01-10-2010, 10:21 AM
Congratulations on your "new" uke. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. ???? Hopefully it's in good condition and you won't have to spend a lot getting repairs made.

JT_Ukes
01-10-2010, 10:24 AM
exciting and frustrating aint it?

Expect the worst, hope for the best.

Damn I sound like my Mom...


JT

Fretschen
01-10-2010, 10:26 AM
Hey,

that's a very interesting story. I hope it will be a great one and I wish you'll have a lot of fun with it! A friend of me got a vintage fender guitar amp from the 70s, for FREE! And it's very valuable. Mayb you will get a nice valuable uke ;).

Dennis

uke552
01-10-2010, 10:50 AM
Too cool...be sure and keep us posted. And no matter what it is, pictures please!

sukie
01-10-2010, 11:24 AM
Hope you're feeling zesty when you get your new ukulele. Gotta do a video. What a neat story, Phanzo.

haolejohn
01-10-2010, 12:01 PM
That is awsome. And your family is cool. When my grandpa died he was an avid bluegrass fiddler. He had many fiddles. Those of us that played an instrument wanted one (THere are three of us) for sentimental purposes. My grandpa always played for me and one of my greatest memories was playing minfor him just before he passed away. His response "That wasn't Bill Monroe, but it was ok." Well we never got to see the fiddles. My grandma and one of my aunts sold them all to fiund BINGO trips.

scottie
01-10-2010, 01:04 PM
vintage 5K? :O

phanzo
01-10-2010, 02:59 PM
Hopefully it's in good condition and you won't have to spend a lot getting repairs made.

Thanks! I imagine it's in pretty good condition. She never said anything about it needing fixed up. She said she's taken it out a couple times to strum but that's it.


Too cool...be sure and keep us posted. And no matter what it is, pictures please!

Oh I will definitely post pics...this aint my first rodeo :)


Hope you're feeling zesty when you get your new ukulele. Gotta do a video. What a neat story, Phanzo.

There's a pretty good chance of zestiness, especially if it is anything decent. we shall see :)


His response "That wasn't Bill Monroe, but it was ok." Well we never got to see the fiddles. My grandma and one of my aunts sold them all to fund BINGO trips.

That's a GREAT quote!! That's too bad that bingo held precedence over family heirloom-age. That would be a really cool thing to have. I know my mom has her grandmother's violin at our house. She doesnt play or anything but it is a really cool decoration and just a cool piece of family history.


vintage 5K? :O

That would be nice. I'm guessing not. Although I honestly dont know anything about my Aunt's mother, so I have no idea. For all I know, she went to Hawaii a lot and got it from there. She said that she always played it, so it cant be too terrible :) I guess I would be happy with a 5k ;)

phanzo
01-10-2010, 03:03 PM
exciting and frustrating aint it?

Expect the worst, hope for the best.

Aint that the truth!?

And that's exactly what I'm doing. I'm hoping it's something really awesome, but I pretty much expecting something really AVERAGE. We shall see :)

RyanMFT
01-10-2010, 07:03 PM
This is so cool, I am excited for you! I am kind of hoping a little Martin shows up at your door. They made so many Martin "O"s....who knows??!!! Whatever it is, it will be really fun to have. Post as soon as you get it!

phanzo
01-10-2010, 07:58 PM
This is so cool, I am excited for you! I am kind of hoping a little Martin shows up at your door. They made so many Martin "O"s....who knows??!!! Whatever it is, it will be really fun to have. Post as soon as you get it!

Thanks, yea I'm super stoked. I'm really hoping for an old Martin, Kamaka, etc. Honestly though, I'm just super excited to get such a cool family heirloom. It will be my 1st ever. Why not make it a uke? :)

I will certainly post pics as soon as I open the box. I'll probably make a vid once I put new strings on it, as well.

phanzo
01-12-2010, 08:52 PM
Tuesday has now come to a close and still no word on the new/old uke...hmmm...maybe tomorrow :( On a good note, I get to see Jake, live, here in Phoenix, Friday night...woohoo!!

Sic_Rob
01-13-2010, 05:08 AM
Congrat's on the new Uku. It's cool to have a family Heirloom especially in a topic that you obviously love. Can't wait to se what it is. Stoked for you.

haole
01-13-2010, 05:12 AM
Enjoy the heck out of the Jake show! In addition to being a great performer, he's a really cool guy.

Even if the uke you get is a cheap Harmony, it'll still be special to have a family heirloom uke. I have my grandfather's old Aria baritone, and while it's not particularly collectible, my mom has fond memories of him playing it, and she's happy that I'm holding onto it and enjoying it.

PaulGeo
01-13-2010, 06:40 AM
I'm really excited for you. Can't wait to find out what it is...

phanzo
01-22-2010, 05:21 AM
2 weeks have come and gone and still no word on when the uke will be coming :( Not sure what the deal is. Maybe they talked about it and decided not to give it to me? I hope not.

On a positive note, the Jake show was awesome. And we chatted for a buit after the show. Such a cool guy. Had him sign my old Lanikai Pineapple, the first uke I got. Such a great performer and such a great guy. It was really an awesome experience.

Hope I get this uke sometime soon. I have 2 others on the way, an Orange Burst Dolphin and a Kala Rasta Tenor. I thought for sure I would have the "family" uke before the other 2, now it's not looking that way. Oh well....one day....I hope....

phanzo
01-28-2010, 06:24 AM
It came!!! I opened a box to find a cool little case and inside a beautiful C.F. Martin & Co. ukulele. I'm so excited!! I have no idea how to determine what model it is though. Inside the sound hole is just a stamp that says "C.F. Martin & Co. Nazareth, PA Made in the USA." I'll post some pictures here in a bit, once I get them sent from my phone to my comp.

Help me determine what this bad boy is....please!! :shaka:

Sic_Rob
01-28-2010, 06:31 AM
It came!!! I opened a box to find a cool little case and inside a beautiful C.F. Martin & Co. ukulele. I'm so excited!! I have no idea how to determine what model it is though. Inside the sound hole is just a stamp that says "C.F. Martin & Co. Nazareth, PA Made in the USA." I'll post some pictures here in a bit, once I get them sent from my phone to my comp.

Help me determine what this bad boy is....please!! :shaka:

R U FRIGGIN KIDDING? It was a Martin? You don't really need to know anything else. LOL That is my dream Uku. a Vintage Martin! Do you know what you have? Congrat's Guy. What kind of shape is it in? If you measure it from top to bottom, people on UU can at least tell you the style that it is. But I am very anxious to know what kind of condition the uku is in. Post a lot of pictures to make me drool please. :drool::drool::drool:

Sounds like you're going to have to add a uku to your signiture! Again, Congrat's and enjoy your new baby, though she is probably older then you are. LOL

phanzo
01-28-2010, 06:44 AM
Yea I know, so crazy. You're right, the model isnt as important as the fact that I just got a family heirloom that happens to be a Martin ukulele!! Here's a few pics. Sorry for the poor lighting. I had to take them with my phone and I have to go to work soon, so this is the best I can do for now.

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phanzo
01-28-2010, 06:51 AM
Here's a few more pics:

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The total length is 21 inches. I'd say for being used on a regular basis back when it was new and sitting in a closet now for who knows how many years, it's in pretty AWESOME CONDITION! It has a few very small "dings" in the body and some scratched around the soundhole from being played a lot. In one of the pics you can see some white scuff marks on the back of the body. I just rubbed them and they started to go away, so those aren't even permanent. I cant believe the quality of the condition, actually. And I'm sure these are the original strings, they have a yellow-ish tint to them, probably from being so old. When it gets it tune, it sounds really good. The tuners are pretty tight, but that's fine with me :D

Rzr
01-28-2010, 07:00 AM
Awesome! Nice uke, nice feet.

phanzo
01-28-2010, 07:01 AM
haha thanks Ramon. I was like "nice feet!?"

went back and looked at the pics, that's funny that my foot is in a bunch of them. Had no idea. I think they're nice too :D

Sic_Rob
01-28-2010, 07:06 AM
Here's a few more pics:

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The total length is 21 inches. I'd say for being used on a regular basis back when it was new and sitting in a closet now for who knows how many years, it's in pretty AWESOME CONDITION! It has a few very small "dings" in the body and some scratched around the soundhole from being played a lot. In one of the pics you can see some white scuff marks on the back of the body. I just rubbed them and they started to go away, so those aren't even permanent. I cant believe the quality of the condition, actually. And I'm sure these are the original strings, they have a yellow-ish tint to them, probably from being so old. When it gets it tune, it sounds really good. The tuners are pretty tight, but that's fine with me :D

congrats again., it's beautiful. Happy strumming.

molokinirum
01-28-2010, 07:08 AM
Awesome!!! What a treasure!!!! Congrats !! :drool:
PS....how does she sound??

ibking
01-28-2010, 07:09 AM
I have the same Martin, It's a "O" model. Mine was made in 1959 and sat in the closet for 47 years before I got it. Have fun with it.

IBKING

PaulGeo
01-28-2010, 07:35 AM
Looks nice. Enjoy it.

bunnyflower
01-28-2010, 07:52 AM
How exciting!! Super congratulations. How wonderful to be able to "play" a part of your family history.

Mim
01-28-2010, 07:54 AM
HOLY CRAP DUSTIN THAT ROCKS!!!

Honestly... wow! How cool is that?!? When I first read this thread I thought, "I sure hope it does not show up and is a no-name toy-ish non-tuneable type of thing!" But a Martin... LUCKY!!! And a family heirloom to make it even better! Enjoy it! So happy for you!!!

Ahnko Honu
01-28-2010, 08:12 AM
WOW mahalo for letting us share in your joy, we're REALLY happy for you! She is a beauty, and this is the only time I hope a kid doesn't develop a love for the 'ukulele.

seeso
01-28-2010, 11:01 AM
Don't know what it is, but that is AWESOME.

phanzo
01-28-2010, 11:34 AM
Yea it's awesome!! It sounds so good. I'm wondering if I should change the strings on it. I want to have fresh strings on it, but in the event that she wants it back to sell, would that decrease it's value?

And the tuners are super tight. I wonder if I can put a tiny bit of WD-40 on em and loosen em up a bit. Would that be bad for it? Should I just deal with it? It's hard to get it tuned right bc it jumps a half-step when you barely move it!

haolejohn
01-28-2010, 11:35 AM
Dustin, You are a lucky guy. BTW if I see this posted on ebay, marketplace, craigslist or anywhere else like that, I am going to get on my harley, ride out to arizona ans swiftly kick you in the tail. Treasure that thing and pass it on to your kids.

haolejohn
01-28-2010, 11:36 AM
Yea it's awesome!! It sounds so good. I'm wondering if I should change the strings on it. I want to have fresh strings on it, but in the event that she wants it back to sell, would that decrease it's value?

I don't think it'd decrease the value. Do you really think that she might ask for it back? She gave it to you right? Besides, it is meant to be played. Not collected.

phanzo
01-28-2010, 11:39 AM
Dustin, You are a lucky guy. BTW if I see this posted on ebay, marketplace, craigslist or anywhere else like that, I am going to get on my harley, ride out to arizona and swiftly kick you in the tail. Treasure that thing and pass it on to your kids.

Yea I would NEVER sell it!! It's too awesome of an instrument and although not a part of the Fanzo family, it was my Aunt's mothers and I could never sell something like that. It is worth more to me than any money value. I cant wait to get home from work and play the CRAP out of it!!

phanzo
01-28-2010, 11:41 AM
I don't think it'd decrease the value. Do you really think that she might ask for it back? She gave it to you right? Besides, it is meant to be played. Not collected.

Yea I agree. And no, she wouldnt ask for it back to sell. She did say though that if her kids ever decide that they want to learn the uke, then I would send it back to them. Fingers crossed that they never want to play. I love the kids and all but they could never understand the value of a '50s martin. Just sayin...

Tigeralum2001
01-28-2010, 12:14 PM
I love the kids and all but they could never understand the value of a '50s martin. Just sayin...
Yep! Depending on their age I would buy a Makala dolphin or some other solid wood uke & convince them what a great deal a "new" uke is compared to an "old" uke.

phanzo
01-28-2010, 12:16 PM
Yep! Depending on their age I would buy a Makala dolphin or some other solid wood uke & convince them what a great deal a "new" uke is compared to an "old" uke.

haha yea, I've already though of that :D

Maybe send them one of my Mainlands. It HAS to better than some old junky uke from the 50s right?? I dont know how my Aunt would feel about that though ;)

Mim
01-28-2010, 02:45 PM
This is what I would do... tell her Thank You, you love it, etc... but then never mention it again. Especially around her kids. And make sure you do not let them in on the secret that the Ukulele is the most awesome instrument ever!!! Than hopefully they will forget about it and you are in the clear :)!

haolejohn
01-28-2010, 04:10 PM
This is what I would do... tell her Thank You, you love it, etc... but then never mention it again. Especially around her kids. And make sure you do not let them in on the secret that the Ukulele is the most awesome instrument ever!!! Than hopefully they will forget about it and you are in the clear :)!

or you could move to montana or wyoming or somewhere like that.

sukie
01-28-2010, 06:02 PM
Dustin -- it's gorgeous. Lucky, lucky you. A guy in our Orchestra has an old Martin. They sound great.

phanzo
01-28-2010, 07:01 PM
This is what I would do... tell her Thank You, you love it, etc... but then never mention it again. Especially around her kids. And make sure you do not let them in on the secret that the Ukulele is the most awesome instrument ever!!! Than hopefully they will forget about it and you are in the clear :)!


or you could move to montana or wyoming or somewhere like that.

Both are very solid ideas. Maybe I'll start with Mim's and if that doesnt work then Johns plan will be placed into action :D


Dustin -- it's gorgeous. Lucky, lucky you. A guy in our Orchestra has an old Martin. They sound great.

Yea it sounds awesome! Right now it's a bit tough to get in perfect tune. I need to something about the tuners, since I'm sure they havent been turned or used in many years. Once I put some new strings on and get the tuners taken care of, then it will be golden!! I can't wait!!

RyanMFT
01-28-2010, 07:33 PM
DUSTIN!!! This is AWESOME!! I am super happy for you. I have the same uke, with the same tuners! Changing strings won't hurt the value at all. This is a players instrument, and should be played and enjoyed!! I am so glad it is in your hands!

I want to comment on the tuner issue. I have the vintage Martin and a vintage Favilla. When I got each one, the tuners were stiff and adjusting with a screwdriver didn't really do the trick. I took each tuner out of the uke, which was super easy, just back the screw all the way out and everything comes apart. I then cleaned and polished the tuners (which yours don't seem to need) put a TINY drop of lubricating oil on the threads inside the shaft, wiped it down again so no oil will come in contact with the wood and reassembled.....they work like new on both uke's.

I was told by someone that if you get oil on the wood you are likely to end up with a spongy mess after a while. Fixing those tuners will take you an extra 5 or 10 minutes max when changing strings.

Lesson for the day....tell all your relatives you play uke!

Big_e
01-28-2010, 07:40 PM
This is what I would do... tell her Thank You, you love it, etc... but then never mention it again. Especially around her kids. And make sure you do not let them in on the secret that the Ukulele is the most awesome instrument ever!!! Than hopefully they will forget about it and you are in the clear :)!

+1000. If it was my relatives and any of the kids asked for the ukulele, I'd quickly buy an old cheap student ebay uke and hand it to them, "Yeah, this is the uke in question. Piece of junk, I never played it. Here you can have it.".

phanzo
05-17-2010, 07:43 AM
I want to comment on the tuner issue. I have the vintage Martin and a vintage Favilla. When I got each one, the tuners were stiff and adjusting with a screwdriver didn't really do the trick. I took each tuner out of the uke, which was super easy, just back the screw all the way out and everything comes apart. I then cleaned and polished the tuners (which yours don't seem to need) put a TINY drop of lubricating oil on the threads inside the shaft, wiped it down again so no oil will come in contact with the wood and reassembled.....they work like new on both uke's.

I was told by someone that if you get oil on the wood you are likely to end up with a spongy mess after a while. Fixing those tuners will take you an extra 5 or 10 minutes max when changing strings.
That's a lot of good info, but unfortunately didnt solve my problem. My problem now is that the tuners arent strong enough to hold the string tension on my C and E strings. I bought new tuners, thinking that may solve the issue, but nothing changed. Looks to me like the original tuners were in perfect condition (which is pretty cool). Right now I have Worth Clear Concerts on there, since that's all i had. Do you think that changing to soprano strings will solve this issue?

ashleychantel
05-17-2010, 08:58 AM
worth clear concerts are actually made for a soprano or concert size so the strings should be ok.. I would take it to a local luthier and ask them to look at it. I had a problem with tuners on an old uke once and he fixed it right up in about 5 minutes and only charged me 10 bucks.

phanzo
05-17-2010, 09:57 AM
worth clear concerts are actually made for a soprano or concert size so the strings should be ok.. I would take it to a local luthier and ask them to look at it. I had a problem with tuners on an old uke once and he fixed it right up in about 5 minutes and only charged me 10 bucks.
That's what I thought. Thanks for the info!!