View Full Version : WTB Looking for some roy smeck, johnny marvin ukes

04-24-2011, 06:33 PM
Hi! im new int his forum!
Im from Argentina and we play ukulele a lot here!:D

Anyway. Im trying so hard to get one of the next cool ukes:

The Roy Smeck Harmony "concert" UKE

The johnny marvin "tenor" uke (the version with or whitout airplane bridge):

I know they are hard to find. thank you all in advance!

04-25-2011, 07:14 AM
Here you go:


04-25-2011, 08:05 AM
Johnny Marvin here, a cool uke


04-25-2011, 09:00 AM
thank you all!
Ive already look at the elderly site. They only have the koa version and it is really expensive!

04-25-2011, 11:06 AM
there are plenty of really good solid mahogany late model or new ukes out there for a lot less than you would pay for these vintage ones. I played my Kiwaya side by side with a vintage martin, and could hardly tell the difference in sound, and I paid less than half what a vintage Martin concert goes for. plus no vintage issues [cracks, funky tuners, bad action, etc.]
expect to pay a premium for these "collectable" ukes.

04-25-2011, 11:25 AM
good point strumsilly. I have several vintage ukes and you are right, all of them have issues like cracks, high action, etc.

thanks for the advice!

04-25-2011, 01:10 PM
I sold a Roy Smeck concert to soomeone on this forum several months ago. They can be had for under 300.00. As for tone, I also have a 1927 Vita Uke, never heard a better soprano. I bought it as a wallhanger and was shocked to hear how nice it sounded.

04-25-2011, 02:46 PM
the vita uke is another great uke for a collector. Please tell me how the roy smeck concert sound?
How was the sound compare to another soprano uke?
I would really appreciate you opinions.

04-25-2011, 03:46 PM
Mine was pretty loud, typical plinky vintage tone.

07-28-2011, 02:40 AM
Still looking for this one:

07-14-2012, 01:54 PM
I have a slightly damaged Johnny Marvin concert that I will rebuild if you are still looking.

I'm still working on the Johnny Marvin tenor/concert uke. I am waiting for a can of hide glue. This is the professional model without the airplane. It has that darned hard and shiny finish. I have done a few of these and I always try to blend my finish with Johnny's; and I never succeed. Instead, I remove all their finish down to the fill and carefully and lightly sand or wool to the original bare wood. The wood looks good when coated with coats of tung oil.

I should be done in a couple of days after the glue arrives. I can post pictures as it was and as it is today.

I have never paid more than $100 for these ukes, but the fixes are time consuming. I sell them for a reasonable amount.

I have finished the Johnny Marvin Professional Tenor uke. I am going to sell it on eBay but I am not sure what it is worth. I has been refinished to a low glass tung oil. I removed all the bulletproof original gloss finish and exposed the beautiful natural quarter-sawn mahogany. I am also going to advertise it here.


07-14-2012, 02:00 PM
Yes! im interested please send me a Private Message. Thank you so much!

07-15-2012, 03:39 PM
Hi there...I bought the Roy Smeck Concert from Rbeetsme and would consider letting it go since I don't really play it... I have a couple nice tenors that occupy my time as well as playing guitar as my primary instrument. I'd let it go for around 300 plus shipping. Pm me if interested and I can send you pics and video.