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Ghost
09-20-2010, 10:47 PM
My printer broke, so I pulled out my computer and went into my closet to get my old printer that came with my computer to take it out of the box and hook it up (its been in there for like 5 years.)

All of a sudden I see my old Ukulele box from elementary school fall out from the top and I open it up and I cant believe ive forgotten about it all these years!

The reason why I am posting here is for a few reasons.

I dont know how old this Ukulele really is, all I remember is I got it from my grandfather, and he is around 80 now; it was restored and is in perfect condition.

I started playing it once I realized how to tune it up again and I been bitten by the bug :X

http://img651.imageshack.us/i/hpim0533.jpg/
http://img34.imageshack.us/i/hpim0534i.jpg/
http://img153.imageshack.us/i/hpim0537.jpg/
http://img651.imageshack.us/i/hpim0533.jpg/
http://img34.imageshack.us/i/hpim0534i.jpg/
http://img153.imageshack.us/i/hpim0537.jpg/


So what I am asking from all you Ukulele Veterans out there is.

How old is this Ukulele? [I am so curious.]
How much is it worth? [I don't know if I should start to bring it outside like the old times or not]

raecarter
09-20-2010, 10:53 PM
This is surely a windup! That's a kamaka probably worth a load!

Lexxy
09-20-2010, 11:07 PM
Woah! Now that's a vintage! In super Minty condition. These might fetch you alot!

Ghost
09-20-2010, 11:10 PM
I guess judging by the replies I am definatly not taking this one outside.

Anyone know how old it is?

raecarter
09-20-2010, 11:15 PM
Can you possibly take more pictures of the branding on it etc please it looks incredible I think you've hit the jackpot!

mm stan
09-20-2010, 11:31 PM
Aloha Ghost,
You've really scored, It's a high end curly koa gold label 60's Kamaka worth alot of money..Mucho, Mucho dinero
Your soo lucky, to have a grandfather give you that....you do not realize what you have yet...many will drool
and die just for one in mint and new condition as yours...You owe your grandfather something big.... HUGS!!
Have Fun and "Keep strumming them strings"..If you wanna sell, PM me!!he he..MM Stan..

Ahnko Honu
09-20-2010, 11:40 PM
That's a pre 1950s Kamaka pineapple. I hope you are NOT considering selling it, it is a priceless family heirloom a precious gift from your grandfather. My father had an Identical Kamaka to yours and it was stolen many years ago. I would give anything to have that 'ukulele back, you cannot put a price tag on such an item. Play it to always remember your grandfather.

Ghost
09-21-2010, 12:16 AM
Can you possibly take more pictures of the branding on it etc please it looks incredible I think you've hit the jackpot!

Ill take a few more, since I havent got an exact figure for numbers on how much its worth yet.


I would defiantly want to learn how to play again since its been like I don't know, 10 years since I picked one up?

But you guys are making me scared, its like I dont even want to strum it now lol.
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http://img197.imageshack.us/i/hpim0543copy.jpg/
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SuzukHammer
09-21-2010, 12:40 AM
wow.

Tell gramps thank you. Play him a tune on it.

That is an great find.

mm stan
09-21-2010, 03:26 AM
Ill take a few more, since I havent got an exact figure for numbers on how much its worth yet.


I would defiantly want to learn how to play again since its been like I don't know, 10 years since I picked one up?


But you guys are making me scared, its like I dont even want to strum it now lol.
http://img155.imageshack.us/i/hpim0540copy.jpg/
http://img59.imageshack.us/i/hpim0541copy.jpg/
http://img651.imageshack.us/i/hpim0542copy.jpg/
http://img197.imageshack.us/i/hpim0543copy.jpg/
http://img838.imageshack.us/i/hpim0544copy.jpg/
http://img413.imageshack.us/i/hpim0545copy.jpg/

Yup, now I saw the new pictures it has a small hole so it's definetly
a Mid 50's Kamaka pineapple ...as for sentimental value...priceless.
is it a one piece back that connects to the heel?
and are the frets directly on the neck with no fret board??
Take good care of it, and keep it in the family!! and pass it on
to the next generation in your family... MM Stan..

cletus
09-21-2010, 04:17 AM
Congratulations! Nice story, now PLAY that beauty.

Coconut Willie
09-21-2010, 04:24 AM
....Take good care of it, and keep it in the family!! and pass it on
to the next generation in your family... MM Stan..

You have been blessed!!!! Yes, play some songs for your Grandfather so you BOTH can enjoy it TOGETHER!!!!

sukie
09-21-2010, 07:21 AM
It's beautiful and very special. Play it.

haolejohn
09-21-2010, 07:38 AM
Ill take a few more, since I havent got an exact figure for numbers on how much its worth yet.


I would defiantly want to learn how to play again since its been like I don't know, 10 years since I picked one up?

But you guys are making me scared, its like I dont even want to strum it now lol.
http://img155.imageshack.us/i/hpim0540copy.jpg/
http://img59.imageshack.us/i/hpim0541copy.jpg/
http://img651.imageshack.us/i/hpim0542copy.jpg/
http://img197.imageshack.us/i/hpim0543copy.jpg/
http://img838.imageshack.us/i/hpim0544copy.jpg/
http://img413.imageshack.us/i/hpim0545copy.jpg/

You shouldn't be scared to play it. Ukes are made to be played. As far as value? If my grandpa gave me an instrument it'd be passed down. Think about the joys that your family will get from playing this uke. That joy will outlast any amount of money you can get for selling it.

RyanMFT
09-21-2010, 08:22 AM
What a great find! It should be played and enjoyed. I'll take a guess at the monetary value....maybe $800 - 900 or so. A lot of cash but not more then you would pay for a new high end uke now, so I say play and enjoy it!

spookefoote
09-21-2010, 10:44 AM
Probably a load of junk, I'll take it off your hands for $20, just mail it to .................................................. ..

Some folks have all the luck!!!

findurpath
09-21-2010, 12:04 PM
That's a pre 1950s Kamaka pineapple. I hope you are NOT considering selling it, it is a priceless family heirloom a precious gift from your grandfather. My father had an Identical Kamaka to yours and it was stolen many years ago. I would give anything to have that 'ukulele back, you cannot put a price tag on such an item. Play it to always remember your grandfather.

Very well said.

Mim
09-21-2010, 12:19 PM
Probably a load of junk, I'll take it off your hands for $20, just mail it to .................................................. ..

Some folks have all the luck!!!

I was going to make the same joke!!! Trash.... pure trash... give ya $10 for it ;)

Yes, keep it, and PLEASE play it! It wants to be played!

UkeToaster
09-21-2010, 12:43 PM
OH my gosh its a diamond in a coal mine!!! i wish Narnia would give ME one of these :K.

Chris Tarman
09-21-2010, 12:47 PM
That is too cool. None of my relatives play instruments, except my uncle who plays bass like me. He sold off his old Fender Precision ages ago, and now he has a bass I'd like, but it's not like it's an heirloom or anything. You should definitely play that Kamaka. If you're REALLY uncomfortable learning on it, keep it, get a cheaper one to learn on, and save the Kamaka for a little later on. You'll REALLY appreciate its quality after playing a cheap starter uke for a while. But that's not what I would do at all... I'd play that one now!

Ghost
09-21-2010, 01:20 PM
Yup, now I saw the new pictures it has a small hole so it's definetly
a Mid 50's Kamaka pineapple ...as for sentimental value...priceless.
is it a one piece back that connects to the heel?
and are the frets directly on the neck with no fret board??
Take good care of it, and keep it in the family!! and pass it on
to the next generation in your family... MM Stan..

Its a single peice of wood on the handle and it connects to the bottom of the 'ukulele, also it doesnt look like there is a board the frets look like they are in the wood itself.

Thanks for all of the positive feedback guys, now I still have to get this guy in tune which to me is the hardest part :X

SuzukHammer
09-21-2010, 04:43 PM
I'm thinking of starting a business of cleaning out closets, attics and basements.

Ukulele Dave
09-21-2010, 05:31 PM
Its a single peice of wood on the handle and it connects to the bottom of the 'ukulele, also it doesnt look like there is a board the frets look like they are in the wood itself.

Thanks for all of the positive feedback guys, now I still have to get this guy in tune which to me is the hardest part :X

Do you have a microphone on your computer?

http://www.seventhstring.com/tuner/tuner.html - This is my favorite online tuner, it works dead on you just have to pick the string repeatedly, and you need javascript sun downloaded.

Top string G, next C, next E, then bottom string A

Ghost
09-21-2010, 11:35 PM
humm.

Ill give it a shot, tuning it using regular standards is difficult since it has a much different sound then a regular 'ukulele on the streets.

The online tuner seems to constantly scroll between a whole load of notes, and I disabld my computers inital sound and put in my microphone and it seems to do the same, os there any other tuner you recommend?

I seemed ti get it tuned with http://www.ukeschool.com/ukulele/lessons/ukulele_tuner.html

learning surf atm, and it sounds so much better then before.

mm stan
09-22-2010, 12:51 AM
Aloha Ghost,
Get yourself a digital clip on chromatic tuner.....Mine is a Cherub WST 550-C google it
it uses vibrations from the neck rather by ambient sound....it will be the best investment you
make.....it's quick and accurcate..no more fustrations on tuning....MM Stan..

Ghost
09-22-2010, 02:05 AM
Aloha Ghost,
Get yourself a digital clip on chromatic tuner.....Mine is a Cherub WST 550-C google it
it uses vibrations from the neck rather by ambient sound....it will be the best investment you
make.....it's quick and accurcate..no more fustrations on tuning....MM Stan..

Ah, thank you I just ordered one for less then 22 bucks with shipping to Hawaii.
Looking forward to receiving it.

Mahalo, MM Stan

countrybumpkin
09-22-2010, 05:14 AM
Very cool find. Congratulations!

Ukulele Dave
09-22-2010, 05:23 AM
Ah, thank you I just ordered one for less then 22 bucks with shipping to Hawaii.
Looking forward to receiving it.

Mahalo, MM Stan

Nice man! Yea I was going to suggest buying any chromatic tuner, they all will do the trick spot on GCEA. I hope you are patient with your new(well in this case, old) instrument, it is loads of fun as my Main Man Stan says you just have to keep on strummin' - you will get better I promise!

spookefoote
09-22-2010, 08:04 AM
Enjoy and play it matey, or just give it to me.

Teek
09-22-2010, 09:35 AM
Too cool. I think mmstan nailed it as to age. Nice old gold label, high small soundhole and no saddle on the bridge. One piece top and back, frets set directly into the neck. Gorgeous figure in the koa. VERY sweet!

I have an earlier one with the plain paper label and some inlay, no fret markers. I put Worth brown medium strings on it, it is phenomenal.

Top $$ in reality might be more like $500-600. I got mine for $300. But on yours how do you price the family ties and sentimental value? I agree, get a nice little Ohana or even a Makala dolphin bridge soprano for your beater and to take outside and travel, and keep this one for inside (and get it a new hard case with a good humidifier) for when you want to have a chat with your grandpa. ;)

Ghost
09-22-2010, 05:47 PM
A new hard case?
Humidifier?

Would I need a humidifier if I live in Hawaii?
Is a humidifier important?
how come my existing case isnt up to par?

Ukulele Dave
09-22-2010, 06:31 PM
Hardcases are nice for traveling but I prefer lighter cases around the house and short distances. That case you have is fine, don't let anyone convince you that you need to spend 70$+ on a brand new case, it's up to you. The humidity level in Hawaii should be fine as well both indoors and out(taking my uke out in my back yard is my favorite place to enjoy playing!). Notice how well that Kamaka has been preserved all these years WITHOUT a humidifier. Now if you were switching climates say into somewhere cold with snow cracking could occur without one. Do what you want to do my friend don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed and more importantly enjoy that little treasure your gramps left ya...

Mahalo,
Dave