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electrauke
03-15-2013, 06:22 PM
I see lots of people on the forum that buy vintage ukuleles for good prices. I just want to know where to get them, what is a good brick and mortar store type to find them?

Thanks, Cheers

Chris Tarman
03-15-2013, 06:39 PM
Elderly Instruments in East Lansing Michigan is good. I bought my first vintage Martin from them, albeit over the phone (since I'm a couple of thousand miles from them). The person I worked with spent about a half an hour with me. He played three different Martins into the phone for me and gave me his thoughts on each. I was very pleased when I received the one he had recommended.
I've never worked with them, but Gryphon Strings in the Bay Area has some nice vintage ukes, and I've heard good things about them.
The only shop I've actually visited in person which carries vintage ukuleles is The Denver Folklore Center. They usually have a couple of old ukes, and are really nice folks. They have a FANTASTIC repair guy.
I don't know where you're located, but I would highly recommend Elderly even if you can't physically go there. They have a good website with all sorts if treasures!

hmgberg
03-15-2013, 07:19 PM
I've purchased from Elderly, Gryphon, and Sylvan Music. All over the phone. All good experiences.

Patrick Madsen
03-15-2013, 09:34 PM
McCabes in Santa Monica is good also for vintage. I bought my Martin Baritone from the vintage appraiser who works thru there. She specializes in Martins.

NewKid
03-15-2013, 11:03 PM
Check out Antebellum Instruments as well. Here's their link:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/

rpfrogner
03-16-2013, 12:18 AM
I have purchased from Bernunzios, Intermountain Banjo, and Gruhn Guitar also with good experiences.

dutchng
03-16-2013, 12:24 AM
I see lots of people on the forum that buy vintage ukuleles for good prices. I just want to know where to get them, what is a good brick and mortar store type to find them?

Thanks, Cheers

Hi,

They are in Bangkok, Thailand. You can reach them online www.baanukulele.com. They have vintage ukes.

Cheers :)

UKEonomics
03-16-2013, 01:23 AM
Check out Antebellum Instruments as well. Here's their link:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/

Ditto! I follow his blog and he regularly has some very cool stuff.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolinaVintageUkes

This seller on Etsy usually has some cool vintage ukes (more banjo ukes it seems) and the prices are always pretty fair. Right now, it looks like they are sold out of instruments, but they have new stuff up pretty often.

hmgberg
03-16-2013, 01:32 AM
Check out Antebellum Instruments as well. Here's their link:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/

Oh, yeah! You should have a look at what Jake is up to. He sometimes sells on Ebay, too.

Chris Tarman
03-16-2013, 03:23 AM
Check out Antebellum Instruments as well. Here's their link:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/

Now that you mention it, I guess I bought my very first vintage uke from him, although it was one he had on eBay.