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Xtradust
02-22-2014, 07:22 AM
Please help me identify this Uke. I know it's old, but that's about it. Thanks!

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Xtradust
02-24-2014, 06:52 PM
Does anyone have any ideas? I can't find anything about it online. Thanks Matt

river_driver
02-25-2014, 07:34 AM
I missed this thread when you first posted it, then coincidentally started a similar thread last night:
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?93358-non-L-amp-H-or-Gretsch-camp-ukes

What's a Uke Jr.? And where did you find this thing?

KamakOzzie
02-25-2014, 04:39 PM
Hi Xtradust. Welcome to the forums.
That looks very similar to a Lyon & Healy Camp Uke. I've never seen one with a round sound hole, though. A few questions; is the diameter about 7" ? I can't see the head stock. Does the back of the head stock above the tuners have "PAT. APLD FOR" stamped in it ? The Camp Ukes have a distinctive bridge shape. Does the area where your bridge used to be have the shape of the one in this link to Antebellum Instruments ?
http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2012/10/c1928-lyon-healy-camp-uke-ukulele.html

It may be a Camp Uke, or one made by L & H for someone else. If you find out for sure, let us know.

Bill

Xtradust
02-25-2014, 06:37 PM
Hey thanks guys! I picked this one up second hand and I'm still waiting to get it in the mail. I thought I'd take a break from pacing back and forth by the mailbox and see if anyone had any ideas. I'll def post pics, etc., as soon as I get it.
I currently have a L&H Camp Uke like the one in the pictures, that I love, which is why I picked this one up, after only seeing the two pics. The UAS runs strong in me. Here's a link to Ukulele Corner where they show a bunch of Camp Ukes and a "Uke Jr." with the round hole. http://www.ukulelecorner.org.uk/home/might-come/soprano/lh-camp-uke As you can see, it's quite a lovely specimen. No pegs, no bridge, no strings and a couple scotch-taped cracks. If it was a dog, I'd call it lucky! I think I'm supposed to get it in a couple days.

KamakOzzie
02-26-2014, 04:37 AM
Matt, thenks for that link. I was unaware of the UKE JR.
I would like to see one in person.

Bill

Xtradust
02-26-2014, 02:03 PM
I'd like to see a "Uke Jr." stamp on this one when it gets here! Doubt I will. I'm glad I didn't see the uke that's mentioned in River_drivers post. $29! I couldn't have helped myself!

EDW
04-10-2018, 02:46 AM
Recently I have been fascinated reading about the Camp Ukes. There was reference in this old thread to the Uke Jr. This is the first one I have seen:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Early-Pre-1930s-Lyon-Healy-Uke-Jr-Ukulele-Hand-Painted-Head-18-Total-Length/152974035859?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

(I have no connection to this instrument)

actadh
04-10-2018, 04:11 AM
I have the same uke in the OP post. Sopranino size.

Harmony or Globe was the description when I bought it - a kid/beginner uke. It has a very distinctive neck. It is strung with D'addario titanium and I have it tuned CFAD.

Love, love this uke. It is by my bedside and makes a great practice uke.

It is a companion to my cowboy camp uke mentioned in one of the linked threads (pic also attached here), which is a much bigger ukulele.

Camp ukes are great, EDW. That sure is a pretty Lyon & Healey.

EDW
04-10-2018, 04:48 AM
This one looks like a relative of yours

https://reverb.com/item/7284257-no-name-vintage-camp-uke-from-the-20-s-30-s

Jerryc41
04-10-2018, 05:40 AM
It's a "Silent Partner Campfire Ukulele." You'll notice that it has no strings, so it's perfect for playing by the campfire while people are sleeping. :o

All ukes should have a brand name, model, and date of manufacture printed on them.

actadh
04-10-2018, 09:00 AM
This one looks like a relative of yours

https://reverb.com/item/7284257-no-name-vintage-camp-uke-from-the-20-s-30-s

Looks like a prettier sibling, but yes, same uke.