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Pete Howlett
11-28-2012, 01:55 AM
Just as there was a boom in the US in the 30's, we had one over here with our own brands - the below image being that of the London company - John Grey. This is a repair I have just completed on an 'original owner' ukulele bought in the 1930's. Bridge has been on and off several times and there were separation repairs. This thing hoiwever honks like a goose! Christmas present to the 82 year old who got it as a boy for his Christmas back in the 30's. It was a great pleasure to do the work. I have made a drawing and will do a reproduction run next year.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/IMG_0356.jpg

Barbablanca
11-28-2012, 02:01 AM
....Christmas present to the 82 year old who got it as a boy for his Christmas back in the 30's.

Oh, that just makes me want to bawl my eyes out! (Need a tearful smiley here)

If it's a Christmas present, it's just as well you say it "honks like a goose" (Traditional Christmas) rather than squeals like a Turkey (Modern Xmas) :rolleyes:

David Newton
11-28-2012, 02:44 AM
Pete, it must be great to appreciate and be a part of the history of the uke in your country. Congrats!

ScotsDave
12-01-2012, 01:55 AM
Pete, that is a great story. It is nice to see someone who has real passion for their craft. I'd like to be there on Xmas morning to see the smile...

Timbuck
12-01-2012, 04:25 AM
Way back in 1949..My first Banjo uke was a John Grey....It was a music shop in London they sold all kinds of musical instruments including Drums and Bagpipes..and it turns out that "John Grey and sons" never existed :confused:it was just a trade name...More about it here http://www.banjolin.co.uk/banjolin/greyhistory.htm

Hms
12-01-2012, 04:56 AM
Way back in 1949..My first Banjo uke was a John Grey....It was a music shop in London they sold all kinds of musical instruments including Drums and Bagpipes..and it turns out that "John Grey and sons" never existed :confused:it was just a trade name...More about it here http://www.banjolin.co.uk/banjolin/greyhistory.htm

I never realised that Decca started in Sheffield, my home town!
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Timbuck
12-01-2012, 06:47 AM
I never realised that Decca started in Sheffield, my home town!
H
My home town as we'll:D

Pete Howlett
12-01-2012, 09:52 AM
Where I studied for 4 years....

Hms
12-01-2012, 01:15 PM
Like you Timbuck I'm no longer there!
See from a previous post you have an engineering background, Central Technical School by any chance?
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Timbuck
12-01-2012, 10:06 PM
Like you Timbuck I'm no longer there!
See from a previous post you have an engineering background, Central Technical School by any chance?
H
No! I wasn't good enough to pass the exam..So aged 15..I started off as a machine/fitting shop apprentice at Newton Chambers in Chapletown...Happy Days ;)..come to think of it that was when I started to make my first guitar...I used to make tuning pegs out of hardwood wedges by grinding them into shape on a huge pedestal grinder ..the grinder was supposed to be for sharpening machine tools etc: and the machinists used to "Bollock" me for clogging up the grit with wood. :o

we tigers
12-01-2012, 10:20 PM
I came across this impressive story about a John Grey ukulele:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/GugJDI2PTVSUCRSkaMd-9Q

Hms
12-02-2012, 02:38 AM
No! I wasn't good enough to pass the exam..So aged 15..I started off as a machine/fitting shop apprentice at Newton Chambers in Chapletown...Happy Days ;)..come to think of it that was when I started to make my first guitar...I used to make tuning pegs out of hardwood wedges by grinding them into shape on a huge pedestal grinder ..the grinder was supposed to be for sharpening machine tools etc: and the machinists used to "Bollock" me for clogging up the grit with wood. :o

Happy days eh!

H

ukegirl13
12-02-2012, 05:59 AM
I came across this impressive story about a John Grey ukulele:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/GugJDI2PTVSUCRSkaMd-9Q

Thank you for that website! Kind of the same thing happened to my Dad. I am lucky to be building ukes.