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John Hines
04-04-2011, 05:24 AM
Hello all. I'm a new guy here so I don't navigate too well. Someone was looking for a Stromberg Voisinet the other day and I can't remember who it was. I have one with pictures I'm willing to sell if he or anyone is interested. Just let me know. Thanks.....

04-04-2011, 05:54 AM

I was looking some months back for a resonator, but I've since sold that uke. I've got a couple of Strombergs now, so not looking for one, but I'm always interested to see another one; if not for me, than someone I know may be interested.

Can you post a couple of pictures? Very excited to see which one you have!

04-04-2011, 04:48 PM
I am the someone John knows :)- let's see those pictures and a price tag...Old Banjo Ukes float my boat for certain

04-04-2011, 06:09 PM
And I am someone who has been pumping John for Banjo Uke info. And I am guessing that he could use some rest, so please post some photos and a price.

John Hines
04-08-2011, 04:43 AM
Behold, the dinosaur has landed. I have attempted to load some photos of the uke so with any luck they'll be there. If not I will seek out an expert fellow employee in their twenties to assist me.

John Hines
04-08-2011, 05:04 AM
Well the dinosaur may have figoured it out. Here's a few but at the limit. I'll send more in another thread.

04-08-2011, 05:16 AM
Looks like it is in really good condition. I'll be interested in the 'after' pics, too.
Congratulations and enjoy!

John Hines
04-08-2011, 05:36 AM
Well here's a few more. As to price, I have no idea what it's worth. A little help from the bretheren would be appreciated. Unfortunately I take terrible pictures and the instrument has not been loved properly.

mm stan
04-08-2011, 06:18 AM
Aloha John,
Congratulations on the purchase, it looks awesome...Have fun and enjoy....didn't realize it was a banjo..How cool...Happy Strummings..MM Stan..

mm stan
04-08-2011, 06:23 AM
Aloha John,
Ahh...You're selling it???? thought you just bought it...or aquired it?? hmmm more info please...

04-08-2011, 09:02 AM

I would recommend reading the terms and conditions for posting items for sale, you will get a lot further. Expecially the bit about "Time stamped picture with Ukulele Underground written on a piece of paper in front of the uke"


Best of luck!

John Hines
04-08-2011, 10:02 AM
True I did just inherit it from my mother-in-law as we were moving her "here John, you can have this" but I am a guitarist/vocalist so have no real interst in this instrument. I would much rather see it in the hands of someone that's passionate about it. It wasn't loved as an instrument while in her possession that's for sure so someone needs to clean it up and enjoy it. It's not about the money as from what I gather they aren't expensive but still, an insturment unused is an instrument unloved!

Aloha John,
Ahh...You're selling it???? thought you just bought it...or aquired it?? hmmm more info please...

John Hines
04-08-2011, 10:03 AM
Hey Stawman, thanks for the tip. I'm headed there now. (Newbies appreciate good advice.)

04-10-2011, 04:52 AM
I merge all your Stromberg Voisinet posts to the original posting.

04-11-2011, 07:07 AM
John -

Thanks for posting. This is quite a windfall for you!

It's in very good shape. This is the basic 8" pot resonator model, but you can see that whomever bought it or made it decided on some neat extras. The fretboard binding is one, and the slightly more ornate headstock mop is another, as is the maple insert in the purfling on the back of the resonator. Also - it's walnut, not the usual maple laminate and neck. Also - a five-piece neck is uncommon on the basic model, so that's a much higher quality and fancier example than you usually see.

A couple of issues -

It needs a real cleaning. That's either a little checking in the finish (very common and not that big a deal) on the pot and resonator, or its dust and dirt - very easily removable with a slightly damp cloth. The metal fittings look a little tarnished, but that easily dealt with with some 0001 steel wool and a little mineral oil. There's a cutout at the base of the resonator - a common modification owners made when putting on a bigger tailpiece. That's all simply cosmetic.

Stromberg Voisinet built resonators from a couple of pieces of wood, and the seam between two pieces is visible, probably from shrinkage over the years. If that's a stable joint, its a non-issue.

The tuner screws are the only thing that need to be dealt with, which should be replaced - a pretty cheap and easy fix.

I think you've got a great instrument. It's all there and its a very unique looking. I wish I had the $ and the room for a third SV, but I just can't do it! :) Maybe Dave or Bill is thinking about it!

04-11-2011, 05:05 PM

Yes I am seriously interested in your banjo Uke but I really need to know what your price is.

Please let me know.