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pdxuke
01-21-2011, 05:21 PM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19504

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19503

Well, it's been an incredible two months for me for vintage ukes. I thought I was done for a while when I found the painted Harmony and then the 30s Gretsch, but then I answer an innocent question about my Kiwaya KTS4 and --BAM--I'm buying Jeff's Favilla! (And thank you, Jeff.)

Anyway, it plays like a dream, and for Mr. Mahogany here, it completes my vintage quest (for now). A Martin O, Gibson Uke 1, a Gretsch and now, Favilla. Can that Martin 5 be far behind?:music:

Sound sample soon. Makes me want to record another song this weekend!

RyanMFT
01-21-2011, 05:27 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!!! Congrats! I hope it brings you as much pleasure as has mine! A great instrument, you deserve it my friend.....play the heck out of it!

pdxuke
01-21-2011, 05:33 PM
Thanks, Ryan. Where would you peg it: 50s?

Nickie
01-21-2011, 06:30 PM
Congratulations!

Hudman
01-21-2011, 06:59 PM
Very nice. Congrats!

DustinCasler
01-21-2011, 07:02 PM
Congrats! Looks very nice.

808boy
01-21-2011, 07:51 PM
WOW, awesome uke........CONGRATS..............BO..............

didgeridoo2
01-21-2011, 07:59 PM
Truly a sweetie. Glad she went to a good home.

GreatGazukes
01-21-2011, 08:05 PM
Nice Favilla pdxuke, these seem to have rocketed up in price lately....I thought they were the poor man's (hidden secret) Martin, but alas no longer, more for the affluent poor man these days. It looks to be in pristine condition. Hope you enjoy.

pdxuke
01-21-2011, 09:59 PM
Nice Favilla pdxuke, these seem to have rocketed up in price lately....I thought they were the poor man's (hidden secret) Martin, but alas no longer, more for the affluent poor man these days. It looks to be in pristine condition. Hope you enjoy.

I t was well cared for by it's last Daddy! :-)

Hippie Dribble
01-21-2011, 10:50 PM
she's a real beauty mate. Great purchase. In fantastic condition too. Taking offers on that painted harmony sweetie???...jus' wondering... :o

mm stan
01-22-2011, 01:28 AM
Aloha PDXuke,
Congrats it looks like quite a beauty.....and I see you're into vintage ukes and starting to have a nice collection of them....may all of your ukes bring you pleasure and happiness as mine has done through the
years...thanks for sharing...Have Fun and enjoy!!! Happy Strummings.....MM Stan...

Doc_J
01-22-2011, 01:48 AM
It is probably to soon to be impartial, but can you compare your vintage ukes?

Do you have a favorite amongst the Martin O, Gibson Uke 1, a Gretsch and Favilla?

BTW Nice collection!

Uncle Leroy
01-22-2011, 07:15 AM
That is one nice looking uke. Simple and Elegant. Congratulations.

pdxuke
01-22-2011, 07:36 AM
It is probably to soon to be impartial, but can you compare your vintage ukes?

Do you have a favorite amongst the Martin O, Gibson Uke 1, a Gretsch and Favilla?

BTW Nice collection!

Hard to have favorites, but there are differences, and I like the differences.

E.G. :

The Gibson Uke 1: This sounds unique of all the vintage ukes I have. It has a sound that has been described as a classic "plunky plunky" uke sound that I just love. I guess it's a classic mainland traditional uke sound that you might have found in the 20s and 30s. You can hear it in my recording of Five Foot Two; it's used as the rhythm section at the key change to D. http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/5ft2

The 30s Gretsch: A very bright, open sound--much punchier than the others. A great player. I have sound examples of that as well.

The 48 Martin O: A classic sound. Warm, yummy. Surprisingly, not my current favorite. While a great uke, beautifully made, it does have slight intonation issues that others have mentioned, especially that C string, and I think it's the strings. I need to get Worth clears on it; I'm all but certain that's the problem.

The Painted Harmony, c.50s.: Also has a plunky, classic uke sound. Fun to play, good intonation. Glad I have it!

The Favilla: Still trying to date this one. Action is fantastic. Ballanced. Warm and rich. Mellow. Still discovering what it can do.

All have Aquila strings, which I am going to slowly change over to Worths (and I need opinions--browns or clears?)

RyanMFT
01-22-2011, 07:43 AM
Thanks, Ryan. Where would you peg it: 50s?

Yes, I'm thinking 50's. I actually haven't seen that model when I am looking online, most of the ones I've seen look like mine. I would hazard a guess that not that many were made like yours! I really like the looks and yours basically looks new. I am really happy for you. Now, for a little sound clip/video review.

The comparison is awesome, maybe you could do a video too???

What a top notch collection you have!