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pdxuke
12-21-2012, 06:59 PM
THREAD UPDATE: Thought it might be fun to revive this. You can see from my sig line that from having only 1 vintage uke I now have a bunch. I'm a believer. So: Roll call--anything new?

Ok, so I thought this might be fun: I'd be interested in hearing about the vintage (let's say, 1970 and back) ukes you might own.

I'm particularly interested in knowing if you Martin collectors have, for example, more than one of the same style; like more than one type 0, 1, or 2. Pictures would be nice, but not entirely necessary.

But I don't mean for this to be just for Martin collectors: I'm interested in all your Vintage Goodies!

I'll start:

I have exactly one, but i love it: Martin 1948 style 0
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/33126/Extra.php

RyanMFT
12-21-2012, 07:54 PM
Here we go.....the thread I will be checking over and over. I am crazy about vintage....I'll start with the oldest ukulele I own, and likely the oldest one I will ever own.

1890's -1900 Spruce Top with Mahogany back and sides. Tortoise Shell Moustache Inlay.....and a mystery who made it.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/IMG_7269.jpg

Here is my Royal Hawaiian - 1920's
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/IMG_7235.jpg

pdxuke
12-21-2012, 08:18 PM
Awesome! Tell me about the wooden tuners. They scare me! Are they impossible to use?

blue_knight_usa
12-21-2012, 09:25 PM
Hi There, thanks to my buddy RyanMFT who posted here I picked up this 1932 Martin. It is the only year they used both the rear imprint stamp and the sticker on the front of the headstock called "The transition year". All quarter sawn mahogany style 2. The sound is amazing. It is the only soprano I will ever own so I figured it had to be a Martin.

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Cheers!


Ok, so I thought this might be fun: I'd be interested in hearing about the vintage (let's say, 1970 and back) ukes you might own.

I'm particularly interested in knowing if you Martin collectors have, for example, more than one of the same style; like more than one type 0, 1, or 2. Pictures would be nice, but not entirely necessary.

But I don't mean for this to be just for Martin collectors: I'm interested in all your Vintage Goodies!

I'll start:

I have exactly one, but i love it: Martin 1948 style 0
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/33126/Extra.php

ChrisRCovington
12-22-2012, 02:53 AM
I own a few vintage ukuleles. No Martins though. I have played a few old Martins and they all sound really good but I did find some better than others just like any brand of ukulele. I own two old birch Regal sopranos, a Roy Smeck Harmony with plastic fretboard (a great sounding little ukulele actually), and a Kumalae style 2. Ryan MFT Your unknown ukulele, have you considered Ibanez? It looks a lot like an old Ibanez that was on ebay a while ago. Just a thought.

ukegirl
12-22-2012, 03:07 AM
All my vintage Martins are currently sitting at Elderly Instruments on consignment if you want to take a look see!

http://elderly.com/brand/180U_martin.html

ScooterD35
12-22-2012, 03:19 AM
My one and only vintage uke is my 40's Martin Style 1, an excellent example of the breed. I got it on ebay from a kid that inherited it from his Grandmother.


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Scooter

bynapkinart
12-22-2012, 04:13 AM
I have a couple, but only one that I really play all the time. This is my 1928 Harmony Johnny Marvin "Tenor" (it's really a concert scale, but at the time it was the largest ukulele being produced, made specifically for live performance) It's not pristine, but it sounds unbelievable:

http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/P8230030.jpg
http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/P8230026.jpg
http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/P8230034.jpg
http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/P8230013.jpg

PedalFreak
12-22-2012, 06:49 AM
I've got a 1934/35 Martin Style 1 Soprano ukulele. I LOVE it!

The Orange Mage
12-22-2012, 07:06 AM
I have a late 20s or early 30s Gibson Uke-1. :)

http://i.imgur.com/UaCjY.jpg

TCK
12-22-2012, 07:12 AM
1940 Martin 3m- last year with the celluloid embellishment on the soundboard, first with the round fret markers. Mine is transitional I suppose, it has both

KamakOzzie
12-22-2012, 07:55 AM
Here are some of my vintage sopranos. A 28-32 Martin 0, a 62+ Martin bari and a White label Kamaka tenor didn't make the picture. Also Gretsch and Lyon & Healy Camp ukes.

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20's Wurlitzer w/violin pegs
28-32 Matrin 1K
30's Supertone w/ mother of toilet seat finger board
40-50 Gretsch
50's Martin 2
50's Harmony solid mahogany with rosewood fingerboard
Gold Label Kamaka (Ozzie)
Gold Label Keiki Kamaka

Bill

pdxuke
12-22-2012, 08:37 AM
Wow, Bill!

(This thred is so much fun :-)

Bill (and others) how are the wooden pegs (violin style) to tune? I have my eye on a uke with them, but they scare me, haha!

Also, does anybody here own more than one Martin style 0, and if so--why?

peewee
12-22-2012, 09:51 AM
2 1920's Martins that were my Granddad's. A style 0 with plenty of wear, and a koa style 1 in great shape. Both had minor back cracks that I had repaired, both sound amazing, and both are challenging to play due to low bar frets and close-set strings. That and they are sopranos...the style 1 is impossibly light, and the wood is super thin.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30457&d=1322627639
They are what got me into the ukulele in the first place, but I'll confess to not playing them every day. The style 1 especially is more of a Sunday-go-to-meeting uke.
As for wooden pegs, I love them. So beautiful, simple and light. Maybe a little more hassle, but worth it for an all organic instrument.

RyanMFT
12-22-2012, 12:19 PM
I LOVE wood peg tuners! No need whatsoever to be afraid of them. In fact, I think they are easier to use than mechanical friction tuners! I would have them on any/all my ukuleles. If you have the chance to get a ukulele with wood pegs, go for it, they are fun, and lighter than any other type of tuner.

Here is a picture of my 20's Kamaka Pineapple, style 4....with wooden pegs! When I got it there was no tuners. I called Kamaka and they said they don't have a source for wood pegs and that they "are awful". I took it to my luthier and he installed these rosewood tuners, they dropped right in as the holes were already tapered.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3015.jpg (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/RyanMFT_photos/media/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3015.jpg.html)
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3016.jpg (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/RyanMFT_photos/media/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3016.jpg.html)

pdxuke
12-22-2012, 12:27 PM
Cool! I have my eye on this:

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37440/37440.php

Lalz
12-22-2012, 12:29 PM
One word: DROOL :drool:

KamakOzzie
12-22-2012, 12:48 PM
how are the wooden pegs (violin style) to tune? I have my eye on a uke with them, but they scare me, haha!

They're not bad. Just a short learning curve. You need a little forward pressure on them, but not so much that they bind. Not quite enough and they slip. Once you get that, the tuning accuracy is about the same as regular friction tuners.

Bill

rpfrogner
12-22-2012, 03:51 PM
That may be one of the best descriptions I have seen as to how to work with wooden tuning pegs.........well done KamakOzzie!
I have a couple vintage ukulele's with wooden peg and they work just fine once you get the hang of them.

rpfrogner
12-22-2012, 04:03 PM
Ok, so I thought this might be fun: I'd be interested in hearing about the vintage (let's say, 1970 and back) ukes you might own.

I'm particularly interested in knowing if you Martin collectors have, for example, more than one of the same style; like more than one type 0, 1, or 2. Pictures would be nice, but not entirely necessary.

But I don't mean for this to be just for Martin collectors: I'm interested in all your Vintage Goodies!

I'll start:

I have exactly one, but i love it: Martin 1948 style 0
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/33126/Extra.php


I do have more than one type of style 3 Martin :)
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I also have a very old Style 1 and Style 2, and a couple of other vintage ukes I enjoy playing very much.

kenikas
12-23-2012, 06:55 AM
I don't have any Martin's (yet!), but do have a bad case of VUAS. From oldest to youngest, I have 2 1920's/30's unknown maker banjo ukes, a mid 20's NuWay banjo uke, a 1927-28 Kumalae "O", a 1940's Hanalei, a 1950's Roy Smeck mahogany, a 1950's Harmony, and a 1950's Kamaka Gold Label Pineapple.
I have to agree with what's been said about the wood pegs, they work well on all of mine that have them. I've heard stories about some of the early players that if they started to slip, they'd pour a little if their beer on them to get them to swell and get a better bite, but I don't plan on trying that on any of mine!
If I can remember how to get pictures in here I'll try to get some shots of them.

Chris Tarman
12-23-2012, 01:25 PM
I have 11 vintage ukes all together.

46667 The Plastics (all early '50s) from left to right: Flamingo Soprano with built-in pitch pipe on headstock; Maccaferri Islander Baritone; Maccaferri Islander Soprano.

46668 The Harmony Sopranos ('50s? Early '60s? I'm not really sure!)

46669 The Miscellanea: (L to R) '20s Moana Loa koa soprano with wooden pegs; '20s (I think) "Criterion" solid birch soprano made in Ohio.

46670 The Good Stuff: (L to R) Late '20s or early '30s Gibson Uke 3; Late '20s or early '30s Martin Style 3M; Late '20s or early '30s Martin Style 2M; '50s (I believe) Martin Style 1.

pdxuke
12-23-2012, 01:46 PM
loving this thread. beautiful ukes, all:D

RyanMFT
12-23-2012, 02:09 PM
That Gibson is just stunning Chris!

Everyone else.....show us your vintage ukuleles!!!

pdxuke
12-23-2012, 03:02 PM
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37440/37440.php

Love this.

Maybe.... :iwant:

Chris Tarman
12-23-2012, 04:16 PM
That Gibson is just stunning Chris!

Everyone else.....show us your vintage ukuleles!!!

Thanks Ryan. The Martin Style 3 is my favorite, but the Gibson is the COOLEST!

Chris Tarman
12-23-2012, 04:16 PM
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37440/37440.php

Love this.

Maybe.... :iwant:

That is a really nice one!

BlueLatitude
12-23-2012, 04:41 PM
The Plastics (all early '50s) from left to right: Flamingo Soprano with built-in pitch pipe on headstock; Maccaferri Islander Baritone; Maccaferri Islander Soprano.

Those are so cool. I didn't know there was a Maccaferri baritone! I want a soprano one someday.

Of course I want a vintage Martin too!

garyg
12-24-2012, 03:51 AM
Wow, Bill!

(This thred is so much fun :-)

Bill (and others) how are the wooden pegs (violin style) to tune? I have my eye on a uke with them, but they scare me, haha!

Also, does anybody here own more than one Martin style 0, and if so--why?

Thom - I own quite a few vintage ukes including multiple Martins of the same model. I have yet to buy a "lemon" Martin but I'm sure they're out there. I started buying vintage ukes to play but as prices have dropped in the last year I have bought more, maybe some day they'll be investments. I have 1 Martin 0M late -20's in excellent condition that's currently for sale in the Marketplace and here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM1Bl8RQBeA , I have three 1M's ranging from very early (boxwood nut & saddle, pre 1922) to late 30's-40's), have a 1K that's early 1920-1922 with wooden tuners, and a 2K that is mid 20's. All of these ukes have incredible sound, intonation and projection. Pfrogner has a youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/pfrogner in which he plays a bunch of vintage ukes and most of the songs on my youtube channel are played with a variety of vintage ukes mostly Martins, Roy Smeck Vita (my second favorite vintage uke), Favilla's and maybe even that Gretsch that I bought from you my first vintage uke purchase. As for the wooden tuners, they're functional but not my favorite. I've played them on both Martins and an early Gretsch American uke and you need to use peg dope and be patient with tuning. Some folks don't mind them and old metal friction tuners can be just as touchy depending on how worn they are. I wouldn't let wooden tuners stop me from buying a uke but I might switch them out for Pegheads if it could be done without modifying the tuner holes. OTOH if you're just a player and not a collector then it won't matter if you fit new tuners. There are several folks on here that are real experts in Martins, Chris Tarman and hmberg for example. I think that the best buy in a vintage uke these days is a Favilla soprano - great vintage mahogany sound and I've bought a few for under $300 on ebay. As always YMMV, happy holidays, g2

pdxuke
12-24-2012, 05:15 AM
Hi Gary:

Yes, i remember that Gretsch, it's ex. Bernunzio and was a nice little uke. I find I'm really interested in Martin instruments now, both the vintage and the newer models, and right now mostly the newer ones. Of course liking them clean raises the price and makes the hunt more difficult. That's a nice Style 0 you have for sale at a good price! I'd buy it, but I have a style 0. Now if you have a style 1 for sale... :-)

Take care and good hearing from you!


Thom - I own quite a few vintage ukes including multiple Martins of the same model. I have yet to buy a "lemon" Martin but I'm sure they're out there. I started buying vintage ukes to play but as prices have dropped in the last year I have bought more, maybe some day they'll be investments. I have 1 Martin 0M late -20's in excellent condition that's currently for sale in the Marketplace and here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM1Bl8RQBeA , I have three 1M's ranging from very early (boxwood nut & saddle, pre 1922) to late 30's-40's), have a 1K that's early 1920-1922 with wooden tuners, and a 2K that is mid 20's. All of these ukes have incredible sound, intonation and projection. Pfrogner has a youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/pfrogner in which he plays a bunch of vintage ukes and most of the songs on my youtube channel are played with a variety of vintage ukes mostly Martins, Roy Smeck Vita (my second favorite vintage uke), Favilla's and maybe even that Gretsch that I bought from you my first vintage uke purchase. As for the wooden tuners, they're functional but not my favorite. I've played them on both Martins and an early Gretsch American uke and you need to use peg dope and be patient with tuning. Some folks don't mind them and old metal friction tuners can be just as touchy depending on how worn they are. I wouldn't let wooden tuners stop me from buying a uke but I might switch them out for Pegheads if it could be done without modifying the tuner holes. OTOH if you're just a player and not a collector then it won't matter if you fit new tuners. There are several folks on here that are real experts in Martins, Chris Tarman and hmberg for example. I think that the best buy in a vintage uke these days is a Favilla soprano - great vintage mahogany sound and I've bought a few for under $300 on ebay. As always YMMV, happy holidays, g2

rpfrogner
12-24-2012, 05:29 AM
Here are a couple of other early Martins I am lucky to have. A Style 1 and Style 2 both from around 1917. The wooden pegs would have been replaced on the Style 2 with barrels long before coming to me, while the pegs on the Style 1 are original. Neither is pristine, but both are great players.4669046691

rpfrogner
12-24-2012, 05:42 AM
Here is one I know that Gary will appreciate (he was also kind enough to help me get it identified), and I hope some others may enjoy. It is a Gretsch American Model 66 from between the late 1920's to possibly 1935. It was in very sad shape when I acquired it but I was able to make it playable. There was especially very serious damage to the back. Nice player today :)466924669346694

pdxuke
12-24-2012, 05:48 AM
Here is one I know that Gary will appreciate (he was also kind enough to help me get it identified), and I hope some others may enjoy. It is a Gretsch American Model 66 from between the late 1920's to possibly 1935. It was in very sad shape when I acquired it but I was able to make it playable. There was especially very serious damage to the back. Nice player today :)466924669346694

I very much appreciate this--never have seen one!

RyanMFT
12-24-2012, 06:01 AM
Here is one I know that Gary will appreciate (he was also kind enough to help me get it identified), and I hope some others may enjoy. It is a Gretsch American Model 66 from between the late 1920's to possibly 1935. It was in very sad shape when I acquired it but I was able to make it playable. There was especially very serious damage to the back. Nice player today :)466924669346694

Very, very cool! I haven't seen a Gretsch like that either.

RyanMFT
12-24-2012, 06:07 AM
Here's one I looked for and finally found after about three years.....Favilla Teardrop Soprano. Solid quilted mahogany....and let me just say this is no "poor man's Martin". Favilla stands on its own, and this ukulele is as fine an instrument as any Martin I've played.

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/IMG_2500.jpg

rpfrogner
12-24-2012, 06:08 AM
Thank you.
Here is what I believe to be a Regal ukulele although there are no markings. I was fortunate enough to acquire this one from eugene ukulele more than a year ago. It is a lovely vintage mahogany ukulele with unusual tuning pegs. They are metal friction but work as a wood friction pegs do. The original pegs did not work properly for the previous owner from the time he first received it, and it took me more than a year to figure out a fix. I had read a good while back that chalk could be applied to wooden pegs to help cure them if they slipped.........the same worked for these :)

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I have a "few" pre 1970 Swagertys as well........but they are a whole different category

garyg
12-24-2012, 07:09 AM
I've bought two old Martins from Rick and they are my favorite ukes both pre'22, one 1M and the other a 1K. He has good taste in ukes so if he's selling something it's worth a look (no Rick is not a relative or business associate). BTW Rick I had my luthier redo that crack repair on the 1K and he was able to close it up. Tone's always been great. Hope the Gibson and Gretsch American are working out for you. happy holidays, g2

rpfrogner
12-24-2012, 07:43 AM
Thank you Gary. That 1K of yours is one of the earliest with a Martin stamp that I have ever seen to date and I am really glad to hear you are enjoying it.

rpfrogner
12-24-2012, 07:56 AM
Here's one I looked for and finally found after about three years.....Favilla Teardrop Soprano. Solid quilted mahogany....and let me just say this is no "poor man's Martin". Favilla stands on its own, and this ukulele is as fine an instrument as any Martin I've played.

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/IMG_2500.jpg

That is a beautiful instrument!

pdxuke
12-24-2012, 07:58 AM
Martin friends: am I correct that Martin added a tortoise binding around the 1M from the early 30s on?

rpfrogner
12-24-2012, 08:09 AM
Martin friends: am I correct that Martin added a tortoise binding around the 1M from the early 30s on?

It was rosewood initially and they changed it to the tortoise binding around that time, yes.

hmgberg
12-24-2012, 04:28 PM
It was rosewood initially and they changed it to the tortoise binding around that time, yes.

Yes, Martin switched from rosewood to tortoise in 1934, at the same time they started using T frets.

dhoenisch
12-25-2012, 04:36 PM
I have two vintage ukes. One is a no name soprano from around 1920's-1930's judging by the build style and the style of other ukes from around that era. The only other uke I saw that was pretty much similar to mine is a "The Prep" uke. I can't come up with any other information.
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN1851.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN1853.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2136.jpg

Dan

dhoenisch
12-25-2012, 04:39 PM
My other uke is a Harmony baritone from the 1950's to 1960's (no date code in this one). Picked it up dirt cheap. I performed a neck reset and replaced the saddle and nut with bone, thought I didn't take any after pictures since performing the work on it.
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2116.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2117.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2120.jpg

Dan

RyanMFT
12-25-2012, 05:23 PM
1910 - 1915 Marca Aquila ukulele, the first known mainland builder of ukuleles. This ukulele is from the Favilla family of luthiers. Tom Favilla told me that this is the earliest incarnation of the Marca Aquila label. This ukulele is loud and punchy and has a sound different than any of my other ukuleles, almost like a banjo-ukulele. Just a great ukulele and if you count, 13 frets to the body. Seems to me it allows the bridge to be higher on the body so it resonates like crazy!

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3608.jpg (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/RyanMFT_photos/media/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3608.jpg.html)

pdxuke
12-25-2012, 07:23 PM
Wow RyanMFT! Never saw a Marca Aquila before! Very cool!

garyg
12-26-2012, 09:15 AM
1910 - 1915 Marca Aquila ukulele, the first known mainland builder of ukuleles. This ukulele is from the Favilla family of luthiers. Tom Favilla told me that this is the earliest incarnation of the Marca Aquila label. This ukulele is loud and punchy and has a sound different than any of my other ukuleles, almost like a banjo-ukulele. Just a great ukulele and if you count, 13 frets to the body. Seems to me it allows the bridge to be higher on the body so it resonates like crazy!

Wow, label and all, that is a collectors item Ryan and great that it plays well. Your teardrop made me drool especially your description of the sound. I've been trolling ebay for one for 2 years but the only one that I"ve seen was in horrible shape. Nice ukes brah, g2

garyg
12-26-2012, 09:42 AM
My one and only vintage uke is my 40's Martin Style 1, an excellent example of the breed. I got it on ebay from a kid that inherited it from his Grandmother.
Scooter

Hey Scooter, can you post a pic of the tuners and tell how you dated that uke? TIA, g2

Tonya
12-26-2012, 10:33 AM
I've a non-playable-yet Stromberg-Voisinet banjo ukulele from the 20s-30s. My dear Uncle Harry gave it to me--*his* mom had used it playing with bands all around Indiana.

The full story of its legacy (and pix) of it are here: http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2011/09/a-new-ukulele-arrival-part-1

I don't include it in my forum signature because it's *still* not restrung with the new bridge. It's a sweetie vintage uke, though; it'll be fun to hear it sing out again.

molokinirum
12-27-2012, 05:18 AM
I have a 1935 Kamaka Pineapple. Had Kamaka do a bit of repairs and some restoration on it. They made sure the painted lable on the headstock was preserved as well as the numbered label inside the body! Plays beautifully too!!

Mahalo Kamaka Ukuleles!!! ;)

coolkayaker1
12-27-2012, 07:01 AM
This is a fascinating thread, pdx. Vintage roll call. Well titled. I'm learning a lot here.

fxrskrsa
12-27-2012, 07:19 AM
Im lucky enough to have two old ukes... The gibson has an excellent sound, and the European one is soft with a delicate note

pdxuke
12-27-2012, 07:20 AM
Used to have a Gibson uke 1 and besides the finicky friction tuners it was a good player!

garyg
12-27-2012, 07:22 AM
Used to have a Gibson uke 1 and besides the finicky friction tuners it was a good player!

Rick Pfrogner has that uke now unless he's sold it. <g> No good uke ever goes away, it just changes owners. g2

pdxuke
12-27-2012, 07:30 AM
Rick Pfrogner has that uke now unless he's sold it. <g> No good uke ever goes away, it just changes owners. g2

Haha! I like to think that as vintage collectors we don't own the ukes, we are custodians of them for a while. Then on to the next custodian...

garyg
12-27-2012, 07:36 AM
Yes, Martin switched from rosewood to tortoise in 1934, at the same time they started using T frets.
Howard, some references list the switch to a celluloid tortoiseshell binding as 38 rather than 34. You'd have to find an old catalog to know for sure. cheers, g2

pdxuke
06-22-2013, 05:03 AM
THREAD UPDATE: Thought it might be fun to revive this. You can see from my sig line that from having only 1 vintage uke I now have a bunch. I'm a believer.


So: Roll call--anything new? Here's mine:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/02/c1960-favilla-baritone-ukulele.html

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/02/c1930-favilla-painted-soprano-ukulele.html

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2012/10/c1950-mastro-tv-pal-plastic-ukulele.html

+ this:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=49458&d=1362022625

Appalachian picker
06-26-2013, 04:58 PM
This is my Kingstone Barry tone. I think it was a deal at $40 on eBay. It's got great low action, sounds good to me and is a lot of fun to play and is propelling me on my way to learning fingerpicking and flatpicking. I love it.
55089

RyanMFT
06-26-2013, 05:09 PM
THREAD UPDATE: Thought it might be fun to revive this. You can see from my sig line that from having only 1 vintage uke I now have a bunch. I'm a believer.


So: Roll call--anything new? Here's mine:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/02/c1960-favilla-baritone-ukulele.html

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/02/c1930-favilla-painted-soprano-ukulele.html

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2012/10/c1950-mastro-tv-pal-plastic-ukulele.html

+ this:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=49458&d=1362022625

WOW!! Beautiful!

RyanMFT
06-26-2013, 05:12 PM
Left to right....
40's Favilla
40's Martin
30's/40's Richter (solid birch bought for $27.00)

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Vintage%20Ukuleles/7b25a055.jpg (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/RyanMFT_photos/media/Vintage%20Ukuleles/7b25a055.jpg.html)

pdxuke
06-27-2013, 05:38 AM
Great looking trio, Ryan!

RyanMFT
06-27-2013, 06:16 AM
Harmony Vita

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/null_zps088b7ec3.jpg (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/RyanMFT_photos/media/null_zps088b7ec3.jpg.html)

30's "The Gibson"
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3325.jpg (http://s827.photobucket.com/user/RyanMFT_photos/media/Vintage%20Ukuleles/IMG_3325.jpg.html)

davidrboy
06-27-2013, 06:18 AM
This little fella: http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2013/06/c1920-harmony-made-canoe-scene-banjo.html

And a '40s Martin Style O

stevepetergal
06-27-2013, 06:49 AM
Sorry, no Martins. Here's my Leo Nunes

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Tsani
06-27-2013, 07:50 AM
Here's one I looked for and finally found after about three years.....Favilla Teardrop Soprano. Solid quilted mahogany....and let me just say this is no "poor man's Martin". Favilla stands on its own, and this ukulele is as fine an instrument as any Martin I've played.

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/IMG_2500.jpg

I totally agree - although I must say that I have not owned a Martin yet. There are certainly some gorgeous instruments on this thread!

My inventory is: Marca Aquila soprano - deluxe with white celluloid binding, circa 1910, Favilla Teardrop in blue, Favilla B-2 Baritone, Aloha - gold foil crown label with scalloped fretboard on the 13-15 frets (this one is very rare and maybe unique. I have never seen another like it except in a photo in Jim Beloff's '60's Uke-in book. It is also my regular player for practice and sometimes performance.) I am hoping to acquire a Silvertone baritone.

Marca Aquila
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5190&d=1239071327
Favilla Teardrop
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=1507&attachmentid=27842
Aloha
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=520&attachmentid=6464

fernandogardinali
06-27-2013, 08:05 AM
I used to have more ukes, but I'm downsizing to my main players. I used to have a Harmony baritone and a Gibson UB1.

Those are is my Gibson UB2 from the late twenties, my La Pacific banjolele I restored (refretted, new bridge, new head and a new peg) and my Mauna Loa plastic uke.


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My goal is in the future to get a Martin soprano.

RyanMFT
06-27-2013, 08:18 AM
I totally agree - although I must say that I have not owned a Martin yet.

Almost every time I take a Favilla out to a jam, someone tells me "you know, they call those the poor man's Martin". I don't know who "they" are.......and I get a little punchy when people insult my ukes! I just see no reason to compare everything to a Martin.....heck, when he started, Martin was trying to build in the "Nunes style".

pdxuke
06-27-2013, 09:37 AM
Almost every time I take a Favilla out to a jam, someone tells me "you know, they call those the poor man's Martin". I don't know who "they" are.......and I get a little punchy when people insult my ukes! I just see no reason to compare everything to a Martin.....heck, when he started, Martin was trying to build in the "Nunes style".

I agree, Ryan.

I love my Martins, as many do. But a Favilla isn't a poor man's anything: it's a Favilla, and that's a unique, pretty darn good instrument.

Captain Simian
06-27-2013, 12:56 PM
I just bought my first vintage uke, a Unis soprano in solid koa. She's had a hard life-I piece of the original koa top was repaired with some mahogany and part of the headstock was repaired with another piece of koa. Sounds great regardless.

Pueo
06-27-2013, 01:08 PM
I have one older ukulele, a Hikare model CU-58 Baritone. It was my wife's grandfather's ukulele, and grandma gave it to me after he passed. The label says, "Designed in Hawaii, made in Japan" and is probably from the 1950's.
I don't have a picture, but I did make a video a while back using this ukulele.
http://youtu.be/WBMBGlRtmA0

http://youtu.be/WBMBGlRtmA0

RyanMFT
06-27-2013, 01:25 PM
I just bought my first vintage uke, a Unis soprano in solid koa. She's had a hard life-I piece of the original koa top was repaired with some mahogany and part of the headstock was repaired with another piece of koa. Sounds great regardless.

Cool, I saw that Unis ukulele for sale. One thing I really like about it is that someone took the time to do some major repairs, and I think it adds to the character! Unis is kind of a mystery.....I don't know who made them, but they do appear to be made in Hawaii.

coolkayaker1
06-27-2013, 02:40 PM
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Wendall Hall Redhead 1930-something that got some updated Koaloha tuners. Flamed Cuban mahogany, no cracks or repairs!

garyg
06-28-2013, 03:00 AM
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Wendall Hall Redhead 1930-something that got some updated Koaloha tuners. Flamed Cuban mahogany, no cracks or repairs!

Hope she plays as well as she looks Steve!

LifesShort
06-28-2013, 03:39 AM
I have a 1950's Harmony Baritone that sounds wonderful. No photos, though. It is at the luthier's right now getting a re-fret and setup. I know I'll have a lot more in it than it is worth once all is complete, but I don't care. I just hate the idea of setting this one aside and not playing it just because it needs new frets. I just recently acquired this instrument, but it was very well used before it came to me. Hopefully, it still has a lot of music left in it.

coolkayaker1
06-28-2013, 04:00 AM
Hope she plays as well as she looks Steve!

Thanks, Gary. She does...it's just that I suck so I don't do it justice. Lol. Wendell Hall is turning in his grave when I strum his namesake.

Sorry, Wendell!

Captain Simian
06-28-2013, 04:41 AM
Cool, I saw that Unis ukulele for sale. One thing I really like about it is that someone took the time to do some major repairs, and I think it adds to the character! Unis is kind of a mystery.....I don't know who made them, but they do appear to be made in Hawaii.

It also sounds outstanding. I like vintage instruments who haven't necessarily aged gracefully. I haven't found out anything about Unis. I thought about e-mailing the uke HOF but it seems like they haven't updated their Q&A section in a couple of years.

Western
06-28-2013, 08:49 AM
I posted a thread in general discussion about this, but it applies here as well. I've got a Royalist bari uke.....Has anyone ever heard of that brand? From extensive research, nothing has come up. If the brand died out, I can't find any traces of it anywhere. It's at least 20 years old, if not more because in the 20 years of living in my mom's house, I had never seen this thing before until we were cleaning it out a couple weeks ago.

Here's a photo of it:

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab36/westernprelude/IMG_2112_zps7d47f606.jpg (http://s847.photobucket.com/user/westernprelude/media/IMG_2112_zps7d47f606.jpg.html)

Appalachian picker
06-28-2013, 11:52 AM
Nice old barry!

I know all about mystery brands. I cannot find any information about my Kingstone barry tone either. Mine (maybe yours too) was apparantly made and the rebranded so the original manufacturer will be hard to discerne.

Jake Wildwood
06-28-2013, 03:03 PM
Mh, I have a few, but as far as "what's new?" -- heh, heh...

I so, so want to be able to keep this '32 Triolian --

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DzQ8vxZmHA4/Uc4ElerSHOI/AAAAAAAAmCY/aC2drzhQI6M/s1000/triol-1.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lwUltEDWXM8/Uc4EpXyvXII/AAAAAAAAmDY/3zfOYtrONh4/s1000/triol-8.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-U7ev800IyfA/Uc4Eq9hAlSI/AAAAAAAAmDo/t5AhekC3DXg/s1000/triol-11.jpg

Western
06-28-2013, 03:58 PM
Nice old barry!

I know all about mystery brands. I cannot find any information about my Kingstone barry tone either. Mine (maybe yours too) was apparantly made and the rebranded so the original manufacturer will be hard to discerne.


If you know all about Mystery brands, We should talk more. For my sake, Im trying to figure out everything that I can about the brand, the instrument, the quality of both, and maybe even try to figure out where it was sold. Im going to PM you in a second.

jeff mercer
06-30-2013, 03:51 AM
Hi RyanMFT.

Yep, Unis & Co ukes are definitely odd birds. Despite the "Manufacturer, Made in Honolulu etc" on the label, & the "Spanish" style heel, these look very much like mainland made ukes, & particularly the New Jersey-built Oscar Schmidt instruments of the 30's, also Supertone et al that came out of Chicago during the same period. The obviously machine-made appearance of the rope-binding is particularly un-Hawaiian looking, as is the overall "look" of the uke in comparison to what was coming out of Hawaii at the time, & also remembering that there were only a handful of the original Hawaiian makers still in business by, say, 1930.

It's been widely accepted that the back covering the heel is a sure sign of Hawaiian origin, but I'm not so sure of that being the case in such an "across the board" fashion..for instance, I have an obviously Hawaiian-built Ernest K.Kaai with a "mainland" neck joint (but still with a stacked heel & frets set directly into the fingerboard (no separate f/board), & more than a few mainland Lyon & Healy ukes with a Spanish-style heel, & a few Larson Bros ukes with the same.

So..were Unis ukuleles actually built in Hawaii ? I tend to think not..do I have anything to back this up ?..nope!! By the early '30s, the comparitively few makers still in business in the islands (Chang, Mossman & L.Nunes-even though he built in L.A-)were beginning to essentially "copy" Martin ukes, & the quintessentially "Hawaiian" style of building was all but gone. Kumalae persisted in the earlier method of construction, never really deviating from the "true" Hawaiian ukulele, but I think he was pretty much on his own in that regard 'til his passing in 1940ish.

Anyways, just an opinion, more than happy to be corrected on anything !!

fernandogardinali
07-01-2013, 01:48 AM
Jake,

I'm drowning for that triolian! What a beauty!

Check out my new acquisition, not exactly a uke, but I'm tuning it DGBE like a baritone:

National Tricone Tenor Guitar #400
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igorthebarbarian
07-01-2013, 08:23 PM
I have a 70's Giannini baritone which I love. It's laminate (I believe) which is great in Arizona since it's ridiculously hot.
If you're looking for vintage, definitely contact Jake at Antebellum Instruments. His stuff comes really well-setup.
http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/

fernandogardinali
07-02-2013, 01:44 AM
Igor,

the Giannini was made here in Brazil, but it's very hard to find around here. It's a great uke, though.

coolkayaker1
08-03-2013, 12:10 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3tqfuKhw4

Check this out: for friction tuner ukes, with same size like Philippe Krouk's Martin sops, I have never seen them wall displayed like this. In the video, click to 3:45 minutes to see him hang his Martin 3K (drool, drool). He has what appears to be a padded area on a straight shelf. That's it! (obviously he doesn't live in an earthquake zone). He rests them by the tuners. And, he has a small kid in the house!

I thought I'd point this out for general knowledge, esp for our vintage ukes with friction tuners. I think a single small screw/nail sticking straight upward (toward the ceiling) on the top of the shelf could accommodate a thin, proper length rubber band that would go around the uke neck and back to the same screw for security. I just might try to make this.

If anyone else has thoughts on this set-up, or mods, please chime in. This vintage roll call thread is epic, so I knew many have friction pegs and would enjoy this video.

uketeecee
08-03-2013, 05:15 AM
My vintage Martin 5K uke.

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coolkayaker1
08-03-2013, 05:19 AM
My vintage Martin 5K uke.

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My lips just puckered so hard that snot went to my brain.

rpfrogner
08-03-2013, 09:02 AM
These are the hangers I am currently using with my ukes.
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allanr
08-03-2013, 01:53 PM
Hmmm.

My vintage Ukes are
- Gibson soprano (1940s I think)
- Regal Wendell Hall Teeviola (1954)
- Dixie all metal banjolele (1930s?)
- Kay Keykord (actually a small tenor guitar, but I tune it DGBE like a baritone uke)
- Bobby Henshaw baritone ukulele from 1950s
- Northern JCD1
- Aloha plastic soprano

Dream vintage Ukes?
1) Vintage National Triolian to match my new one
2) Martin Style 3

coolkayaker1
08-03-2013, 03:43 PM
These are the hangers I am currently using with my ukes.
56612

You're an American P. Krouk!

peewee
08-04-2013, 09:51 AM
Gotta brag about acquiring this old Martin Tenor from Nongdam

http://youtu.be/2kwPERUnrhM
The finish is a wreck, but the instrument plays beautifully, with a magical neck profile, and the narrow fingerboard feels really nice.
Also it goes with my 2 sopranos of a similar vintage.

It's hard to resist having it refinished..

coolkayaker1
08-04-2013, 10:41 AM
PeeWee, I refinished 2 Martin sopanos (an "0" and "1"). If your picky and want it impeccable, luthier city with your checkbook. If you just want it to look nicer, no devalue just nicer, I have tips.

hmgberg
08-04-2013, 02:07 PM
Really nice vintage sound! I have tips as well. PM me if you are interested.

coolkayaker1
08-04-2013, 02:34 PM
I wish I had your tips, Howard. I'm sure yours are better than mine. I wish I could pick your brain. No kidding.

peewee
08-04-2013, 06:47 PM
PeeWee, I refinished 2 Martin sopanos (an "0" and "1"). If your picky and want it impeccable, luthier city with your checkbook. If you just want it to look nicer, no devalue just nicer, I have tips.


Really nice vintage sound! I have tips as well. PM me if you are interested.


Howard, CK, tip me! I'd love to find a way to protect the top from my clumsy strumming and / or make it look a little prettier without feeling like I'm spraying clearcoat on the Mona Lisa

coolkayaker1
08-04-2013, 08:20 PM
Howard, CK, tip me! I'd love to find a way to protect the top from my clumsy strumming and / or make it look a little prettier without feeling like I'm spraying clearcoat on the Mona Lisa

I pass the mic to Howard. My idea was, to be frank, clearcoat on the Mona Lisa. I brushed it on.

hmgberg
08-04-2013, 09:05 PM
I've PM'd you both. Don't clear coat the Mona Lisa.

AndyM
08-05-2013, 09:25 AM
Not seen one of these in this post so far,my Osborne SAMMOS,around 90 years old.It's got a stable crack on the back which doesn't affect the tone and is as light as a feather.The unusual crackle finish may be original.
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Nickie
08-05-2013, 12:17 PM
Wow what a great thread of beautiful old instruments. Since I don't have a vintage, but want to, I really enjoyed this....and to think I was gonna ask for a Vintage Martin thread....thanks everyone....I hope I have one in here soon.....

Nickie
08-08-2013, 07:09 AM
Ok, Stan, when are we gonna see your oldies???