View Full Version : I've not seen a uke like this...You?

04-13-2011, 01:15 PM
If I had knowledge and 100 bones I'd check it out. But I'm a broke dummy.

04-13-2011, 01:18 PM
It's a cousin to the Lyon and Healy Camp Uke (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-album-c1925-lyon-healy-camp-uke.html). I don't think it's the real deal though, the headstock isn't right.

04-13-2011, 01:26 PM
I love that. It reminds me of a hat box. (In a good way, I love hat boxes...)

04-13-2011, 02:22 PM
The seller is claiming it's a banjo uke, which is incorrect. It may be shaped like one, but it has a wooden top which makes it not a banjo anything. It's pretty cool looking, though. :)

04-13-2011, 04:54 PM
It's a cousin to the Lyon and Healy Camp Uke (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-album-c1925-lyon-healy-camp-uke.html). I don't think it's the real deal though, the headstock isn't right.

The bridge isn't right either.

04-13-2011, 05:54 PM
It is a camp uke by some maker, I'd say. Similar in shape (overall) to the Lyon and Healy but don't believe it is the real thing. I have a real one and it sounds pretty darn good for its size and age.

mm stan
04-13-2011, 07:53 PM
Aloha DAPuke,
Words that haunt me....saying be careful!!!! NO fret wear... vintage uke with little use...Hmmmm why???

04-13-2011, 09:13 PM
It looks like a genuine old camp uke to me, it sure looks like a standard Harmony bridge and circa 30's Harmony tuner buttons. Harmony made a camp uke early on. It's got kid mung and stuff on it. Probably nobody was really interested in playing and it is a closet uke. My circa 1918 uke has no fret wear and was stored horribly for decades. The pics are too compressed to be sure but the nut possibly looks damaged on the left. You can barely see the binding, looks similar to the L&H. I would say if you are in the Sonoma area it's well worth a look. From here in the L.A. area I would gamble $100 on it if it was on eBay or UU, but I wouldn't send the money to an unknown seller.

04-15-2011, 06:32 AM
Looks like he simultaneously listed it on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/antique-1926-27-camp-banjo-ukulele-/290556308110?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a6816a8e#ht_500wt_1156) as well and sold it that way.

04-15-2011, 10:57 PM
Just going through my 101 Licks book by Lil Rev, that uke model is on the cover. He sent me pics yesterday but didn't tell me it was on eBay, but I bought the Williams uke from MGM today so I'm done for awhile now, if not actually grounded by the better half. I have guitars and other sopranos to list this weekend, the deal is I trade like 4 outgoing for 1 incoming now. Who wants an Ohana Vita in a case?

04-16-2011, 02:27 AM
Camp ukes were the "Thinlines" of their day. Popular for a while as a portable basher. Probably worth more than what he got.