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07-01-2010, 11:52 PM
Jared Denhard asked me to teach 2 classes for the Columbia, MD ukulele symposium last Saturday, a beginners class and an intermediate/advanced class. We were standing in the lobby and I asked him where the beginners were? A woman walked up and said. "I'm a beginner." Under her arm was a chipboard case. She opened the end of the case and removed and handed to Jared a 1915 Kumalae soprano ukulele that her aunt had in a cabinet in New Zealand for many, many years. I was shaking inside when I held it. This thing was in excellent shape, one friction tuner was replaced, light as a feather, nice action, no neck warp and played in tune. We both told her that it was very valuable and that she should take good care of it. This thing is a museum piece. I told her she should keep it humidified and only play it at home. I would be afraid to take it out of the house. Amazing what is out there in people's homes. She played it Saturday night in the symposium ensemble. I hope to see her and the ukulele again.


mm stan
07-02-2010, 12:38 AM
Aloha Raygf,
Thanks for sharing the nice story, speaking of stories...I betcha if that kumalae could
talk it could tell some stories...1915 Kumalae in a New Zealand Cabinet for many years....
HMMM....Every so often you hear about these amazing stories, makes you think when
is it gonna be me!!!!Mahalos again, Ray....MM Stan..

07-02-2010, 04:45 AM
AMAZING story. Wow!