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1937Scott
01-08-2014, 07:29 PM
Howdy.

A buddy of mine (professional guitarist) lives in SoCal and his mother died recently. He found his Grandmother's ukulele going through belongings recently. It's a Concert Kamaka, and the cloth case says she got it (her handwriting) September 1, 1927.

It is PERFECT, undamaged, and has rope binding around the sound hole and top. I will post a couple pics.

Any ideas on value? He has no intent on selling it, but he is curious for sure. It's a real beauty.



Thanks for any knowledgeable input,

Scott

Skinny Money McGee
01-09-2014, 02:50 AM
Howdy.

A buddy of mine (professional guitarist) lives in SoCal and his mother died recently. He found his Grandmother's ukulele going through belongings recently. It's a Concert Kamaka, and the cloth case says she got it (her handwriting) September 1, 1927.

It is PERFECT, undamaged, and has rope binding around the sound hole and top. I will post a couple pics.

Any ideas on value? He has no intent on selling it, but he is curious for sure. It's a real beauty.



Thanks for any knowledgeable input,

Scott

Take some better pictures. Something other than cellphone picts. The headstock emblem looks mangled, and it looks like there's a crack in the top from the sound hole to the neck.

It's great he has no intention of selling it. It needs to stay in the family if it will be properly taken care of. That means a humidifier in Nevada

1937Scott
01-09-2014, 05:26 AM
I gave the same advice. (humidifier) He is keeping it in SoCal for now. No crack, but that's the best pics I can get from him.

He sent me 21 pics of it, those are the only ones I posted here. I was just hoping to get a value, he will be keeping it for sure.


Scott

RedRamen
01-09-2014, 05:33 AM
Ive seen ones like that sell around $500 on ebay

UkerDanno
01-09-2014, 05:44 AM
what a treasure!!! Hopefully it will inspire him to learn to play it!

Skinny Money McGee
01-09-2014, 06:18 AM
I gave the same advice. (humidifier) He is keeping it in SoCal for now. No crack, but that's the best pics I can get from him.

He sent me 21 pics of it, those are the only ones I posted here. I was just hoping to get a value, he will be keeping it for sure.


Scott

Nobody can put value on it by looking at lousy pictures. He could find out the true value by posting it on ebay starting at 1 dollar, but if my Grandmother had passed this down to me, it would be next to priceless.

hilot.h.
01-09-2014, 11:09 AM
Yes the pictures are almost worthless as far as putiing a real price on it.The concert size of that time period is not that common.As far as perfect condition,just by the way the peghead decal looks I would say well used,not perfect.But what the hell he is going to keep it,so tell him it is priceless as a family hierloom.

Nickie
01-09-2014, 04:47 PM
No matter what the pics look like, knowing what it is, if it were mine, I wouldn't take 500 for it!

mm stan
01-09-2014, 07:31 PM
It a 20 - 30 kamaka super rare concert...not many of them(concerts) ever build way back then....I'd say with no cracks, it's worth over 2000 easy depending on condition from there the
price can go very high....for the right collector... this is not a common made uke and it is even more rare than the 5K...

Kyle23
01-09-2014, 08:27 PM
Value is tough to judge because someone may pay more than someone else. Someone might pay $2k, someone might pay $1k. The best way is to go on ebay and check the completed listings and find out the average amount the ones like it sold for. But if it's rare like someone said, you might not find any that are in the same condition that have sold. So yeah, you can't really put an exact number on it. Your friend could just put his own value on it and that value = priceless ;)

Patrick Madsen
01-09-2014, 10:42 PM
Best way is to listen to MMStan, he's the vintage Kamaka expert on value and rarity.

consitter
01-09-2014, 11:07 PM
Best way is to listen to MMStan, he's the vintage Kamaka expert on value and rarity.

And that's the way it is...

mm stan
01-10-2014, 05:09 AM
Yes these are ultra rare and you don't find many concerts built by anyone in the 20's..I have not seen a 20 concert kamaka on ebay yet...but there is a rare martin concert style 2 for over 7 grand
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-UKE-1920s-MARTIN-2M-CONCERT-UKULELE-7-DAY-SALE-Ukulelefriend-com/231132772403?_trksid=p2050601.m2372&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3 D1%26asc%3D207%26meid%3D4020349502384630853%26pid% 3D100085%26prg%3D1112%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D23 1132772403%26%26clkid%3D4020350561595982749&_qi=RTM1562569 if you have or find a 20 kamaka or martin concert and would like to sell it to me for 500, let me know...thank you

molokinirum
01-10-2014, 07:02 AM
It a 20 - 30 kamaka super rare concert...not many of them(concerts) ever build way back then....I'd say with no cracks, it's worth over 2000 easy depending on condition from there the
price can go very high....for the right collector... this is not a common made uke and it is even more rare than the 5K...

Stan is right...a Kamaka from the 20's to 30's WITH cracks, missing tuners, strings easily goes for close to $1000! No joke!! Send it to Kamaka and let them LOVINGLY restore it then play it!!! It is a treasure

hawaii 50
01-10-2014, 07:15 AM
Stan is right...a Kamaka from the 20's to 30's WITH cracks, missing tuners, strings easily goes for close to $1000! No joke!! Send it to Kamaka and let them LOVINGLY restore it then play it!!! It is a treasure

unless you have some major connections with Kamaka, the wait is about 2 years for a repair....

I know Stan just had some work done by Ki-lin Reece on his vintage Kamaka(very rare one too)
did it come out ok Stan?

guitharsis
01-10-2014, 11:27 AM
I would opt to have Kamaka fully restore it too. What a treasure!

mm stan
01-10-2014, 12:33 PM
I am old...and just may have had a memory flashback....this uke may be closer to a soprano scale I believe I heard long long ago...can you measure the scale length and let me know..

1937Scott
01-10-2014, 08:17 PM
Stan,

You are truly my friend. I agree. I have been cruising ebay for vintage ukes for three years now. I've never seen an old concert Kamaka, much less with binding like that. Thanks, I'll relay the information. I will get a scale length and get back to you.

Also, my friend (the owner) is not only a professional musician (as in, he makes a living playing a Fender guitar), but he totally gets the sentimental value of this piece. He sent me the pictures after telling me about it when we visited Christmas Eve. He lives in SoCal, so I haven't had the privilege of seeing it in person, I wish I did! I am his only uke friend, so he asked me to see if I could get any info on it, just so he would know. I didn't mean to offend or draw scorn from my fellow ukers by my pics or statements.

First; I didn't take the pics, my friend did with his Droid phone. My iPhone would have been better. (But in his defense, he sent 21 pics, probably smaller size. Half were of the case…) Second; I might have used the word perfect and offended some of you, but my context and use of the word was in reference to the fact that the uke is a least 85 years old!!! The headstock sticker/paint is a little scratched, but that's it!! I have zoomed on the top above the sound hole, it looks more like a crack in the finish, not the wood. I will clarify asap.

I will try another reply to the thread with some more crappy Droid pics to tease...

1937Scott
01-10-2014, 08:19 PM
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1937Scott
01-10-2014, 08:33 PM
He's working tonight, but I just sent him a note asking for better pics and the scale length. Again, thanks MMStan for the info. I appreciate it.

If he's crazy enough to sell it and I don't buy it, you'll be the first person I let know.

consitter
01-10-2014, 08:38 PM
He's working tonight, but I just sent him a note asking for better pics and the scale length. Again, thanks MMStan for the info. I appreciate it.

If he's crazy enough to sell it and I don't buy it, you'll be the first person I let know.

I hope you really didn't take it as scorn that some people were saying about the pics...I would say it's more like LUST. As in, drooling for a better look! People here just don't get to see a rare item such as this very often, and what is really anxiousness might come across as crassness. But I assure you it's not.

Thanks for posting this for us to see.

1937Scott
01-10-2014, 08:45 PM
Har. Thanks. I share in your frustration, I asked for higher-res pics as well, and if I get them, I promise to post them. He will be coming to visit later in the Spring time and I am going to beg him to bring it so we can play it!

Scott

consitter
01-10-2014, 08:52 PM
Har. Thanks. I share in your frustration, I asked for higher-res pics as well, and if I get them, I promise to post them. He will be coming to visit later in the Spring time and I am going to beg him to bring it so we can play it!

Scott

Yeah, the peeps here will be licking their chops when/if those pics get posted. Seeing this uke is kind of like spotting Santa Claus in your living room, or the Easter Bunny hiding eggs!

Skinny Money McGee
01-13-2014, 02:08 PM
I hope you really didn't take it as scorn that some people were saying about the pics...I would say it's more like LUST. As in, drooling for a better look! People here just don't get to see a rare item such as this very often, and what is really anxiousness might come across as crassness. But I assure you it's not.

Thanks for posting this for us to see.

Well said. Certainly no scorn intended or implied. Just facinated to see better pictures. Would be nice to see some pictures like Andrew Kitakis takes or Dennis (Cigarfan) takes.

I have an old Parker Brothers shotgun built in 1897, handed down through the family. My Great grandfather's well used hunting gun he bought new. As it sits, the resale value is around 1000 dollars. I plan on spending 4000 having it completely restored by a Parker Bros. specialist, and it will still be only worth 2 grand. But it doesn't matter to me since I will hand it down to my Son, and he will hand it to his, and so on. To me, can't put a value on it, just like that old uke.!

When you get to see the uke in person, try and have a decent camera ready instead of a cell phone. We would all love to see some good picts !!

Dan Uke
01-13-2014, 03:36 PM
He should bring it to NAMM!!

guitarsnrotts
01-19-2014, 02:59 PM
Contact Kamaka Customer Support. I found them very helpful (and friendly) when I was trying to track down information on an older KamakaI ran across (and ended up buying).