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diego429
01-21-2013, 10:53 PM
So I was out of town today and bought a uke from a small stall. Tried it out and it sounded great, got it really cheap (in USD it would be around 80-90?). This is my 3rd uke.
The thing is I did a little research and apparently leonardo nunes ukes are really rare and expensive, so Im a little skeptical whether this is authentic or not but either way I love this uke.

Any ideas whether this could be the real thing? also what kind of wood is it? I'm not good at determining that kind of thing.

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arpie
01-22-2013, 12:10 AM
Wow! It looks pretty nice to me!! Well done. The buttons holding the strings at the bottom look a bit suss - tho they may be authentic/old? ...... but who cares! It looks great, sounds great ...... looking forward to a sound sample!

Louis0815
01-22-2013, 12:27 AM
Might be worth asking that question in the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum (http://www.ukulele.org/?Vintage_Ukulele_Q_%26amp%3B_A)...

diego429
01-22-2013, 12:28 AM
Wow! It looks pretty nice to me!! Well done. The buttons holding the strings at the bottom look a bit suss - tho they may be authentic/old? ...... but who cares! It looks great, sounds great ...... looking forward to a sound sample!
Thanks! I'm loving the sound



Might be worth asking that question in the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum (http://www.ukulele.org/?Vintage_Ukulele_Q_%26amp%3B_A)...
Might ask there, thanks!

Louis0815
01-22-2013, 12:35 AM
Quickly comparing it to the Leonardo Nunes ukes on this page (http://database.ukulelecorner.org.uk/nopq-1/leonardo-nunes) (esp. the Radio Tenor) I'd say it could well be "the real thing" - but as long as you like the sound this is just icing on the cake.

diego429
01-22-2013, 12:53 AM
Quickly comparing it to the Leonardo Nunes ukes on this page (http://database.ukulelecorner.org.uk/nopq-1/leonardo-nunes) (esp. the Radio Tenor) I'd say it could well be "the real thing" - but as long as you like the sound this is just icing on the cake.

Some very tasty icing! :p

arpie
01-22-2013, 11:12 AM
The extra patterning around the sound hole & edges usually leans towards the top model of any brand, too! After checking google images for Leonardo Nunes ukes - I can't fine one with patterning around both the edge and the middle! You may have a real winner there!!

I'd be getting a quote for insurance for it!! Make sure you have a hard case for it.

Where did you buy it? What country?

diego429
01-22-2013, 11:29 AM
The extra patterning around the sound hole & edges usually leans towards the top model of any brand, too! After checking google images for Leonardo Nunes ukes - I can't fine one with patterning around both the edge and the middle! You may have a real winner there!!

I'd be getting a quote for insurance for it!! Make sure you have a hard case for it.

Where did you buy it? What country?

Thanks! I'll be protecting it!
Im from the Philippines, I bought it in Cebu. Cebu is known for its guitars is my country.

Barbablanca
01-22-2013, 11:40 AM
Wow, if only that Uke could talk and tell you its history. I imagine some Portuguese sailor sailing between the Spanish Philippines and the Kingdom of Hawaii. He hasn't got his Cavaquinho with him, but he hears about a maker in Hawaii and invests part of his cut from his last voyage in one of the makers strange new Cavaquinhos, which the locals call a jumping flea. He returns to the Philippines where.... I feel a novel coming on - Look out Captain Correlli's Mandolin! ;)

arpie
01-22-2013, 12:14 PM
......Wow, if only that Uke could talk and tell you its history..... Absolutely!! It is beautiful as well. Is there any damage to it at all? Cracks etc? Is there patterning in the bottom edge (or are the sides all in one piece, joined only at the neck?) Did it come with a case?

Feel free to Put my name on the next one you find for $80!!! :drool:

Roberta

This one is on ebay for US$7500!! And yours has more bling!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VINTAGE-UKE-1930s-LEONARDO-NUNES-RADIO-TENOR-UKULELE-Ukulelefriend-com-/230911369526?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3 D1%26asc%3D14135%26meid%3D5065405488184335530%26pi d%3D100015%26prg%3D1085%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D2309113695 26%26

diego429
01-22-2013, 01:12 PM
......Wow, if only that Uke could talk and tell you its history..... Absolutely!! It is beautiful as well. Is there any damage to it at all? Cracks etc? Is there patterning in the bottom edge (or are the sides all in one piece, joined only at the neck?) Did it come with a case?

Feel free to Put my name on the next one you find!!! :drool:

Roberta
Theres patterning on the bottom edge. The only damage it has is a small ding on one of the higher frets on the fretboard. I actually used that to haggle the price down a bit.

RyanMFT
01-22-2013, 01:25 PM
Looks real to me, I'm not aware of anyone faking ukuleles like this. A treasure I would love to have in my collection!

I dream of finding something like this......

arpie
01-22-2013, 01:33 PM
....I actually used that to haggle the price down a bit...... ;) Well done!!

Check out this thread too - a bloke recreated a couple very similar to yours after seeing/hearing of one in Hawaii
http://www.charguitars.com/2010/11/making-the-radio-teno/

Your uke has been chronicled in the book on Tony Ku's Ukulele Collection, but it is out of print & hard to find

What size is it? Is it a tenor?

Roberta

check out this one (click on the photo 3rd question from the bottom) it has even more bling than yours, right up the neck, but not down the bottom!
https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/uke-yak/default.asp?Page=33

jwieties
01-22-2013, 01:35 PM
Great score! This thread needs a better title. Something with Nunes in it, so that it doesn't get overlooked by those with special knowledge/interest of these early ukes.

diego429
01-22-2013, 01:42 PM
Thanks for all the replies! Its a concert size uke.

PhilUSAFRet
01-22-2013, 03:30 PM
Yeah, you find more like that at that price, I'll take a dozen

stevepetergal
01-23-2013, 05:35 AM
Doesn't look at all like any L. Nunes I've ever seen. Odd shaped body, very different headstock, purfling on the back, end cap. Could be wrong, but looks like a fraud to me. Bridge Pins, really?
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stevepetergal
01-23-2013, 05:37 AM
A few more.

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ProfChris
01-23-2013, 07:28 AM
I think those might be Leonardo Nunes ukes made in Hawaii.

Manuel Nunes was his son who moved to California (from memory) and made mainly mahogany ukes.

I can't see anyone faking one, as a luthier good enough to make a convincing copy would be charging more than the original would be likely to sell for. But you need an expert - maybe ask Chuck Fayne on fleamarketmusic.com via the Collector's Uke Yak pages?

stevepetergal
01-23-2013, 08:10 AM
Actually Manuel was the father, Leonardo was one of his sons. The one pictured on my posts is a California made Leonardo. All Koa.

Louis0815
01-23-2013, 08:31 AM
Doesn't look at all like any L. Nunes I've ever seen. Odd shaped body, very different headstock, purfling on the back, end cap. Could be wrong, but looks like a fraud to me. Bridge Pins, really?At least it has the same design like the Radio Tenor models built by Leonardo Nunes after ~1925 (look at the tenor size on this page (http://ukulelefriend.com/?portfolio=leonardo-nunes-radio-tenor-ukulele)). Actually that tenor looks very much like the one on sale on eBay......

haolejohn
01-23-2013, 08:46 AM
That looks to be in pretty good shape for a uke that old. Looks to be mahogany. Is there any labels or anything inside it. Even the decal looks pretty good shape.
I hope it is the real deal.

diego429
01-23-2013, 12:04 PM
That looks to be in pretty good shape for a uke that old. Looks to be mahogany. Is there any labels or anything inside it. Even the decal looks pretty good shape.
I hope it is the real deal.

No labels inside.

diego429
01-24-2013, 01:11 PM
So what kind of wood does everyone think it is? Mahogany? Koa?

hmgberg
01-24-2013, 05:16 PM
I have seen Leonardo Nunes ukuleles with bridge pins. I don't know if yours is a legendary radio tenor though. It appears to be a soprano to me- or you have big hands! A radio tenor is one of my dream ukes. If I were you I'd send pics to chuck fayne on flea market music, uke yak. He knows Nunes ukuleles. It's koa. It's also a beauty.

diego429
01-24-2013, 05:37 PM
I have seen Leonardo Nunes ukuleles with bridge pins. I don't know if yours is a legendary radio tenor though. It appears to be a soprano to me- or you have big hands! A radio tenor is one of my dream ukes. If I were you I'd send pics to chuck fayne on flea market music, uke yak. He knows Nunes ukuleles. It's koa. It's also a beauty.

Yup! Chuck answered me, check out what he said https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/uke-yak/default.asp
Also It seems like a concert size to me.

Heres a sound sample. I only starting learning the ukulele a few months ago so im no Jake Shimabukuro.
https://soundcloud.com/diegogee/l-nunes-ukulele

arpie
01-24-2013, 07:52 PM
Darn!! I couldn't connect to the sound sample - it says 'something went wrong'! :(

It is looking more authentic now that Chuck has checked it out!! WHat is the actual length from the top of the uke to the bottom? That will settle the size question once & for all! LOL

LUCKY YOU!

diego429
01-24-2013, 11:08 PM
Darn!! I couldn't connect to the sound sample - it says 'something went wrong'! :(

It is looking more authentic now that Chuck has checked it out!! WHat is the actual length from the top of the uke to the bottom? That will settle the size question once & for all! LOL

LUCKY YOU!

Thats strange. Ill check the link again when i get home. As for the size i think its around 22-23" long. Ill check again when i get home

stevepetergal
01-25-2013, 01:04 AM
Boy was I wrong! Your ukulele is truly the "too good to be true" exception that proves the rule. Congratulations. I'll never tell how much I paid for my plain looking, cracked up little Leonardo.