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gnordenstam
09-08-2011, 06:42 PM
Picked up a no-name banjo uke from the late '20s. The original head has a bunch of signatures and fraternity signs on it. I'll get a better picture of the uke and original head in the next couple of days.
--G

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TCK
09-08-2011, 07:33 PM
Throw us a picture of the inside of the pot if you would (the backside). I totally looks like a Slingerland "jobber" but my 12 hook May Bell has a different head stock- need to see the dowel to be sure. In any event- it looks like a great old BU-Congratulations!
and welcome to the dork side of ukulele :)

Jnobianchi
09-09-2011, 05:42 AM
I think this MIGHT be a Stathapolo uke - which often don't have a label if made for a jobber. Epimanondas Stathapolou changed the name of the company to Epiphone in the late 20s. Yes - what Dave said! Please post pics and let's hear it!

gnordenstam
09-09-2011, 07:36 AM
Here are some better resolution pictures. Sound sample to follow.
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gnordenstam
09-09-2011, 07:38 AM
A few more images...

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Ukulele_Lady
09-10-2011, 12:54 AM
Looks like a Slingerland to me too.

zac987
09-10-2011, 05:38 AM
I don't think it's a Slingerland. It's got a different headstock and the backs of most Slingerlands were open or had a small removable 'resonator'. Not a closed F-hole back.

gnordenstam
09-12-2011, 08:06 AM
Here's a grainy image of the original skin with the fraternity signatures...

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TCK
09-12-2011, 01:46 PM
Yep- head stock is a little more round than my '20s May Bell 20 (same shape though) and no Slingerland had a resonator like that. Now that we are in the back of it, I think John is probably right (he is real good at these ain't he?).
Here is the head stock from the May Bell that is close to it, but not quite-it is more pointy.
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cb56
09-12-2011, 02:10 PM
I'd like to buy a vintage banjo uke someday but do not know what to look for. Don't want to get taken advantage of.

gnordenstam
09-12-2011, 05:56 PM
A Stathapolo uke? I'm going to have to do some digging in that area. I found "DePauw" under one of the signatures on the original head, so I searched some of the fraternities and sororities there using the graduation dates next to the signatures (late 20's through early 30's) and had a couple of hits. Actually found their obituaries from around 2003 and 2007. I'm going to do some more "detective" work and see what if I can any of these people or their next of kin - be interesting to share a picture of their signatures on the original head.
--G

gnordenstam
09-12-2011, 05:57 PM
I'd like to buy a vintage banjo uke someday but do not know what to look for. Don't want to get taken advantage of.

I bought mine from a reputable shop that does instrument repair and restoration. Plus, I had a chance to play it in person.
--G

TCK
09-12-2011, 06:52 PM
WOW! Both my oldies are unsigned as such...you found their obits? That is a piece of history tight there.

A Stathapolo uke? I'm going to have to do some digging in that area. I found "DePauw" under one of the signatures on the original head, so I searched some of the fraternities and sororities there using the graduation dates next to the signatures (late 20's through early 30's) and had a couple of hits. Actually found their obituaries from around 2003 and 2007. I'm going to do some more "detective" work and see what if I can any of these people or their next of kin - be interesting to share a picture of their signatures on the original head.
--G