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kenikas
01-30-2010, 09:29 AM
I was out to dinner last night with our friends from across the street, and somehow it came up that I'm really in to ukulele, and she said "I just put my old ukulele in a box for the Goodwill, If you would play it I'll give it to you". I certainly not expecting as nice a suprise as Phanzo got the other day, but am excited none the less. She said she'd bring it over today and I can't wait to see what it is.

buddhuu
01-30-2010, 09:38 AM
Heh heh. :)

That's fun. You got me curious now!

Kanaka916
01-30-2010, 11:29 AM
Update! Update!

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CoLmes
01-30-2010, 11:32 AM
Update! Update!

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What he said!

Gipserio
01-30-2010, 11:35 AM
Oh! Come on! Out with it! What uke was it?

kenikas
01-30-2010, 05:02 PM
Sorry everyone, but no uke today. I guess she forgot me! My wife said I looked like a dissapointed little boy! I'm hoping tomorrow, then I'll have to figure out how to attach pics.

Papa Dave
01-30-2010, 05:14 PM
Sorry you didn't get it today. Maybe tomorrow. Attaching pictures is easy. Use the Go advanced button in your reply then use the paperclip icon to attach the pics from your computer right into your post.

kenikas
01-31-2010, 04:19 PM
She brought over my new (old) uke this afternoon and it felt like Christmas! It's a Harmony soprano, and now I need to research it a bit and find out a bit more about it. She said she bought it when she was in junior high so that would be somewhere aroung the late 60's or early 70's. It's still in its original case and appears to be in great condition, the paint around the edges and the soundhole is chipped in a few places, but no cracks or loose joints anywhere. It has a preformed plastic fretboard and nut, and the bridge & saddle appear to made from one piece of wood. The tuners are plastic friction type and seem to be in good condition but the strings on it look like fishing line and will not stay in tune long enough to get them all tuned together, so that will be the first thing I need to do is get a new set of Aquila's on it. I went through my spare string sets and only have concerts and tenors so will probably wait until I can pick up a soprano set tomorrow. Thanks to Papa Dave I'm going to try and attach some pictures. Sorry I can't get the pictures attached, when I drag them into the manage attachment box they are so huge I cant do anything with them. I'll keep trying.

Jacman Rasta Bicycle
01-31-2010, 04:39 PM
i picked up an old Harmony soprano a couple of years a go. it has a small crack in the back but otherwise is in fine shape. it has a nice warm tone. congrats on your new ukulele.

itsme
01-31-2010, 04:49 PM
Congrats on your new find!

I'm pretty sure you can use concert strings on a soprano. Hopefully, someone else will chime in on that.

ukulelearp
01-31-2010, 04:53 PM
Congrats on your new find!

I'm pretty sure you can use concert strings on a soprano. Hopefully, someone else will chime in on that.


I do it all the time.

Papa Dave
01-31-2010, 05:01 PM
Thanks to Papa Dave I'm going to try and attach some pictures. Sorry I can't get the pictures attached, when I drag them into the manage attachment box they are so huge I cant do anything with them. I'll keep trying.

I forgot to mention that you need to resize your pictures to 640 x 480 px. Before you try to upload them.

itsme
01-31-2010, 05:09 PM
I forgot to mention that you need to resize your pictures to 640 x 480 px. Before you try to upload them.
That's a pretty good size to use. :)

Most digicams these days take mega-pixel images that are huge. If you need a fast, free, easy graphics program to downscale images, i highly recommend Irfanview.

Flynnster
01-31-2010, 05:40 PM
What about just throwing the pics up on photobucket and using the img tags?

Hobgoblin Steve
01-31-2010, 06:57 PM
What about just throwing the pics up on photobucket and using the img tags?

thats what I do, works fine for me

Kanaka916
02-01-2010, 04:48 AM
Here's a how to (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?2738-F-a-q&p=36173#post36173)l in the FAQ by degracia.

kenikas
02-01-2010, 02:09 PM
I'm hoping this works to get the pic's here, thanks to everyone for your help. I was able to attach a pic the other day to a couple of the groups I'm in and it wasn't nearly this much work!
http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz142/wasatchkoi/dennisiphone005.jpg
http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz142/wasatchkoi/dennisiphone004.jpg
http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz142/wasatchkoi/dennisiphone003.jpg
http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz142/wasatchkoi/dennisiphone001.jpg

Joe Hell
02-01-2010, 02:24 PM
I have that same uke sitting on my desk at work...it helps pass the day!

phanzo
02-01-2010, 02:31 PM
That's a beautiful lookin' uke!! Congrats!! It's a good feeling to get an unexpected uke isnt it!? As for the strings, I put some concert Worth Clears on my "new" Martin, since I didnt have any sopranos and they work just fine. I will put some sopranos on once I get them but you should try some concerts for now :D

ambrose
02-01-2010, 03:32 PM
That's a 1950's Harmony, made out of Birch. The label on the headstock changed slightly in the 1960's. I have the one with the D tuning notes stenciled in red on a natural birch coloured body. Harmony made thousands of these. I like mine very much.

UKISOCIETY
02-01-2010, 04:42 PM
You've got a good'un! This is a keeper. Rejoice and be glad!!!

frofrofro
02-01-2010, 05:54 PM
you lucky bastard

kenikas
02-02-2010, 06:02 AM
That's a beautiful lookin' uke!! Congrats!! It's a good feeling to get an unexpected uke isnt it!? As for the strings, I put some concert Worth Clears on my "new" Martin, since I didnt have any sopranos and they work just fine. I will put some sopranos on once I get them but you should try some concerts for now :D

An unexpected uke is an amazing feeling! Congrats on yours too Phanzo. I put a set of concert Aquila's on last night, and it's really a bright and pleasant sounding uke (now just a week or so for the strings to stretch in!), definately a keeper!

Papa Dave
02-02-2010, 06:06 AM
Congratulations again on your uke and congrats on getting the pics up! Very nice indeed!

bunnyflower
02-02-2010, 07:28 AM
Super! Congrats on your surprise gift uke!