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tbar24
01-21-2014, 01:00 PM
Hi folks,
I made a pretty big purchase today and one that I think was a good investment. I bought 5 uke's for $500. I am pretty sure they are worth a lot more, but I want to make sure I am not a victim to my own confirmation bias.

#1- Harmony d-tune 'school model'
very good body shop, no major scratches or cracks, 1960's
#2-silvertone mahagony, sunburst type finish 1960's ish, body is worn and fairly scratched, nothing structural. Still Very playable
#3 unidentified banjolele- skin says F.R. Clarke, but I am not sure if that is the uke brand or just the skin. looks to be a maple body and neck. good condition

now for the good ones(I think)
#4 kamaka pineapple soprano. Front is in good condition as well as the neck, the back had two cracks that have been repaired, my guess puts it around 1950-1960
#5-this is the one I am unsure about- Jonah Kumalae soprano. i think it to be made between 1915-1922, as it has 1719 liliha st. and it has three small rings around the sound hole, so i believe it is model a (1) has a fairly large crack on the front, but is still playable, back and sides are solid, but the back is 'bowing' a bit. This is the only one i am contemplating selling, just because it needs some work i cant afford and i think it deserves to be played.

I took a whole bunch of Pictures of all of them, but i don't want to upload them all here. I put them all up at this link ( i hope it works-also, sorry label pics are upside down!)http://s427.photobucket.com/user/tbar24/library/Ukulele?sort=3&page=1

So, now two questions.
What would you recommend for strings for the banjolele?
and what do you think the value of them all is?

Thanks for looking!
Tyler

Doc_J
01-21-2014, 01:28 PM
Nice collection of ukes! An eBay advanced search of sold listings can help establish value. But I'm sure they are worth more than $500.

What's next?

tbar24
01-21-2014, 01:35 PM
That what I've been doing but I figure it wouldn't hurt to get a second/third/fourth opinion, mostly just because of conditions. Next is playing them, and trying to learn as much as I can. But first, I need to get them all some new strings!

Ikelele
01-21-2014, 02:46 PM
#4 kamaka pineapple soprano. Front is in good condition as well as the neck, the back had two cracks that have been repaired, my guess puts it around 1950-1960

Love those Kamaka pineapples, yours is a white label which means it was made somewhere between 1969 and 2000

UkerDanno
01-21-2014, 05:26 PM
nice find! I'm sure you got your moneys worth and more, and have an instant vintage collection!

allanr
01-21-2014, 07:49 PM
based on what I remember from s few years of EBay obsessing, the first 3 are hundred dollar ukes. a bit more on a good day. the Kamaka would probably sell for $350 to $550 in its current condition. The Kumalea is a bit of a wild card because it needs work. I'd guess at least $250, maybe as high as $800 after being restored/repaired.

I am not an expert appraiser, and these numbers are more like educated guesses than serious appraisals.

tbar24
01-22-2014, 02:23 AM
Thanks for the replies/info everyone!