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aaronckeim
02-01-2014, 09:37 AM
Here are two old Hawaiian ukes, one marked Kumalae, the other unmarked but the same age and style of build. Both have been fixed up by me and are ready to play. Despite the rough life they lived, they are solid and tight and ready for 80 more years of strumming service! If you want to discuss these or make an offer, please email info@thebeansprout.com instead of messaging me here. 63455[63456634576345863459

#1 is the solid Koa Kumalae. It had a big top and big back crack, both have been cleated and filled and are solid, despite the ugly appearance. I also lowered the bridge, made a new fret saddle that is properly intonated, dressed the frets and added new high quality friction pegs and fluorocarbon strings. Notice that somebody used light colored putty to patch a small hole in the side. The action is medium high at the bridge, but because of how these were originally designed, can't go any lower. It is the loudest and fullest sounding of the two. There are many small scratches, dings, scuffs, etc...including some streaks in the finish on the back. 21 inches long with a 13 inch scale. Width at nut is 1 3/8 inches. $225 includes US shipping.

aaronckeim
02-01-2014, 09:38 AM
Here is the second one. It is unlabeled but a similar age and style. It has beautiful curly koa top and back and a slightly thicker neck for a more modern feel. Compared to the other one, it has a mellower and darker sound with more sustain. The top and back are crack free. The side was crushed and I patched it up with some rough and ready koa patches. The bridge and saddle were in the wrong place, so I cut down the bridge and added a new saddle for proper intonation. I also dressed the frets, added new high quality friction tuners and flurocarbon strings. It also has lots of scuffs, nicks etc...including some dark play wear on the top. 21 inches long, 13 1/4 scale and 1 1/4 width at nut. $225 includes US shipping.

aaronckeim
02-01-2014, 09:49 AM
A couple more of #2.

aaronckeim
02-01-2014, 09:57 AM
Here is a video of them: http://youtu.be/ONecRCLXm98

Kayak Jim
02-02-2014, 05:29 AM
Very cool pieces of uke history! If I didn't have to worry about lack of humidity several months of the year, I'd love to have one of these on display. And to play now and then thanks to Aaron's set up.

aaronckeim
02-05-2014, 06:56 PM
#2 is sold!