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aquadan
04-28-2013, 08:01 AM
We found this in a thrift store yesterday and are trying to decide if it's worth a trip back to buy it.

It's listed at $33, and prices on the net seem to run from $19 to $300. I'm assuming real values are closer to the low end of the range. From reading up on them, there are 2 grades - touristy, and OK (slightly less touristy?) There are no labels inside or on the headstock, so I haven't been able to determine its age or which build quality it might be.

Aside from missing strings and loose tuners it looks to be in very good condition and I think is in the original box although the box is just plain cardboard.

Is anyone familiar with these instruments?

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OldePhart
04-28-2013, 08:15 AM
They are basically all tourist instruments. Some of the older ones were halfway decent. This doesn't look like one of those.

It's missing a couple of strings. Get them to throw in a package of strings and I might pay $25-$30 for it - it's probably no worse than any other uke in that price range.

John

aquadan
04-28-2013, 04:18 PM
Thanks, that's pretty much what I expected, but figured it was worth double checking. If it was $15 I'd have grabbed it for kicks, but we'll leave it for someone else.

mm stan
04-28-2013, 05:14 PM
Actually they are in the price range of 65 - 85 dollars....that is what I would pay as mentioned they are low grade touristy ukes....the pineapple model is the rare one....not many were made..

ukemunga
04-29-2013, 01:10 AM
Don't know about the uke but I had a Duke Kahanamoku skateboard many decades ago. It was awesome!

consitter
04-29-2013, 01:22 AM
Don't know about the uke but I had a Duke Kahanamoku skateboard many decades ago. It was awesome!

Probably made from an old uke.

Skinny Money McGee
04-29-2013, 01:27 AM
Thanks, that's pretty much what I expected, but figured it was worth double checking. If it was $15 I'd have grabbed it for kicks, but we'll leave it for someone else.

15 bucks stopped you from grabbing it? Can't be any worse than a cheap Lanikai that sells for double that, can it? Just have water instead of that 15 bucks worth of beer or wine next time you go out to dinner at a restaurant !!:)

UkerDanno
11-30-2013, 02:45 PM
15 bucks stopped you from grabbing it? Can't be any worse than a cheap Lanikai that sells for double that, can it? Just have water instead of that 15 bucks worth of beer or wine next time you go out to dinner at a restaurant !!:)

really! a guy in our uke club has one and I'd def' give him $100 for it! he wouldn't take it though...

frukmana
11-30-2013, 11:24 PM
Probably made from an old uke.

Lol, hard!

Peterjens
11-30-2013, 11:35 PM
Actually they are in the price range of 65 - 85 dollars....

A 'uke source I use has one listed for $75