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UKISOCIETY
06-13-2011, 09:54 AM
I picked this up for $15. It's from the 1950's and called a "Happy Tune" ukulele. It's all plastic with friction tuning pegs (no screws ito tighten pegs - it must have rubber washers to keep the pegs from moving). I've seen a booklet with the Happy Tune name on it. But I've never seen any other uke than this one.

Do you know anybody who has one? Have you ever seen another Happy Tune uke? THX!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3321/3475599145_985f646ee7_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3398/3475597993_ce7e56815e_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3605/3476406404_1fa97d6e9c_b.jpg

Jnobianchi
06-13-2011, 10:06 AM
Gee whiz - never seen one like this before. Ever.

allanr
06-13-2011, 10:19 AM
Be very careful... I understand that PUAS is an extremely contagious form of regular UAS

I am kinda' worried about it because I have a plastic Aloha uke on its way to me right now.

mm stan
06-13-2011, 10:58 AM
$15.00 bucks...holy smokes...You scored..wow wee....okay I'll bite, how does it sound....yup you're teasing us again..ha ha

gioconbrio
06-13-2011, 11:00 AM
Looks like the plastic ukulele version of Excalibur.

allanr
06-13-2011, 11:20 AM
Made by Lapin Products in the 19950s. More here:
http://www.chordmaster.org/plasticukuleles.html

mds725
06-13-2011, 11:46 AM
So does it sound happy when you play a tune on it?

mm stan
06-13-2011, 11:52 AM
Made by Lapin Products in the 19950s. More here:
http://www.chordmaster.org/plasticukuleles.html
Aloha Allen,
Holy Smokes, the holy grail of plastic ukuleles database....Wowza...Many thanks for the link..blew me away...MM Stan

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-13-2011, 11:54 AM
Cool! Some songs to play on that one:

Happy Trails, Happy Together, Happy Days, Happy Birthday, Happy Talk, Happy Nation, Happiness is Warm Gun, Don't Worry Be Happy

krstf
06-13-2011, 12:49 PM
Maybe, you should ask Antoine at chordmaster.org (http://www.chordmaster.org/plasticukuleles.html)…
He's nice, and love's plastic ukulele, he also has great knowledge about them…

UKISOCIETY
06-13-2011, 03:12 PM
Made by Lapin Products in the 19950s. More here:
http://www.chordmaster.org/plasticukuleles.html

Thanks! I should have checked Antoine's site first. Still, though, he hasn't seen another one but mine. I provided the photos of the Happy Tune for his site.


So does it sound happy when you play a tune on it?

Yes, a happy tune :) See:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW9bIQOR9JU


Maybe, you should ask Antoine at chordmaster.org (http://www.chordmaster.org/plasticukuleles.html)…
He's nice, and love's plastic ukulele, he also has great knowledge about them…

He's great. But I haven't seen him do anything on Youtube for a while.

mm stan
06-13-2011, 03:21 PM
Mahalo Alan,
Sounds really nice...wow you scored....amazing...thanks for sharing, MM Stan

MGM
06-13-2011, 05:45 PM
you guys should really look up the history of macaferri maker of the original plastic ukes... you know he survived during the slow times by making plastic clothes pins...

Kazz3lrath
06-13-2011, 05:52 PM
Really? You got the uke in that video for $15. I'm mad jelly bro. That's a really good deal. :D

Teek
06-13-2011, 09:02 PM
What a stylin' little uke!

alanr, I have an Aloha, they are nice players. :)

Pippin
06-13-2011, 09:25 PM
I seem to recall one (at least I remember the color scheme), but it has been a long time since I saw that uke.

octothorpe
10-01-2011, 08:39 PM
I just bought a Happy Tune today! I was scouting around a used music shop here in Seattle and stumbled across one, for much more than ukisociety paid! And it's in worse condition! But I still feel like I got a great deal - sounds bright and cheerful, plays really smoothly, just a goofy blast from the past. Apparently they sold for $4.99 back in the 50s, which would be $44.69 today. The only recent all plastic ukes I've heard of are from Kiwaya, you can see them here

http://www.kiwayaukuleles.com/noveltyukuleles.html

With a $150 msrp. Don't know if any of you have tried them.

Mine came with el cheapo plastic strings and sounds just fine. Has anybody tried running some good strings on a plastic uke? Worth, Aquila, etc?

consitter
10-01-2011, 09:14 PM
$15.00 bucks...holy smokes...You scored..wow wee....okay I'll bite, how does it sound....yup you're teasing us again..ha ha

Hey Stan, hate to bump in on this thread, but so glad to see you back!

And wow, that's a cool looking plastic uke!!

nscafe
10-02-2011, 10:36 AM
I just bought a Happy Tune today! I was scouting around a used music shop here in Seattle and stumbled across one, for much more than ukisociety paid! And it's in worse condition! But I still feel like I got a great deal - sounds bright and cheerful, plays really smoothly, just a goofy blast from the past. Apparently they sold for $4.99 back in the 50s, which would be $44.69 today. The only recent all plastic ukes I've heard of are from Kiwaya, you can see them here

http://www.kiwayaukuleles.com/noveltyukuleles.html

With a $150 msrp. Don't know if any of you have tried them.

Mine came with el cheapo plastic strings and sounds just fine. Has anybody tried running some good strings on a plastic uke? Worth, Aquila, etc?

I just found an Islander a few weeks ago, and immediately put some Martin strings on it. You can check out how those sound in these two vids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax2_hE3NmPs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp1jF2l8wZY&feature=related

Good luck with it!