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Ukulele Eddie
07-01-2014, 07:56 PM
I finally came across a vintage uke that completely grabbed me. It's a 1928 Johnny Marvin Aero Professional "Tenor", made by Harmony. While it's called a tenor, it is actually concert-sized by today's standards, which is fine by me as that has become my preferred size. This example is in amazing condition as evident in the photos below. I'm pretty excited about it and it will be a loooooong two weeks before I have it in my hands due to my July 4th vacation.

Oh, and I pray my second car sells before my wife gets back from her trip later this month or I may have to choose one to let go from this, my Clara or my Collings. Makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. ;-) I figure if I sell my second car I can get a +1 bump to my current two uke limit.

http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/2_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#2)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/3_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#3)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/4_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#4)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/6_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#6)

Ikelele
07-01-2014, 08:07 PM
WOW, beyond beautiful

RyanMFT
07-01-2014, 08:27 PM
An absolute beauty, enjoy!

Camsuke
07-01-2014, 08:51 PM
What a beauty, well done!

iamesperambient
07-01-2014, 09:02 PM
I finally came across a vintage uke that completely grabbed me. It's a 1928 Johnny Marvin Aero Professional "Tenor", made by Harmony. While it's called a tenor, it is actually concert-sized by today's standards, which is fine by me as that has become my preferred size. This example is in amazing condition as evident in the photos below. I'm pretty excited about it and it will be a loooooong two weeks before I have it in my hands due to my July 4th vacation.

Oh, and I pray my second car sells before my wife gets back from her trip later this month or I may have to choose one to let go from this, my Clara or my Collings. Makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. ;-) I figure if I sell my second car I can get a +1 bump to my current two uke limit.

http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/2_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#2)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/3_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#3)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/4_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#4)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/6_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#6)

really nice vintage uke! what is the scale on this bad boy?
damn second car, i dont even have one, at least you can sell one and still have a car :P for a nice uke i think its worth it :P

mm stan
07-01-2014, 10:06 PM
Wow You got it Eddie....looks amazing..You have severe UAS for sure.....:)

therinkydinktink
07-01-2014, 10:28 PM
Very nice chief. Can't you make the argument to her that this is an investment? :)

PhilUSAFRet
07-02-2014, 12:53 AM
Wow, nicest Marvin I've seen. What a score.

UkerDanno
07-02-2014, 02:35 AM
WOW! that's gorgeous, is it solid Mahogany or what?

Doc_J
07-02-2014, 02:39 AM
That's a great uke Eddie. Congrats.

BTW, I think you getting rid of your second car has to be worth at least 3 or 4 more ukes.


I finally came across a vintage uke that completely grabbed me. It's a 1928 Johnny Marvin Aero Professional "Tenor", made by Harmony. While it's called a tenor, it is actually concert-sized by today's standards, which is fine by me as that has become my preferred size. This example is in amazing condition as evident in the photos below. I'm pretty excited about it and it will be a loooooong two weeks before I have it in my hands due to my July 4th vacation.

Oh, and I pray my second car sells before my wife gets back from her trip later this month or I may have to choose one to let go from this, my Clara or my Collings. Makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. ;-) I figure if I sell my second car I can get a +1 bump to my current two uke limit.

http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/2_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#2)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/3_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#3)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/4_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#4)http://img1.jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142/6_m.jpg (http://jpegbay.com/gallery/003638142-.html#6)

coolkayaker1
07-02-2014, 03:04 AM
http://youtu.be/Q2DCr5D8eZw

*th*

Ukulele Eddie
07-02-2014, 03:30 AM
You're all enablers, damn you! ;-)

To answer the questions that came up:

-- Concert-sized (though the name is tenor the scale is today's concert)
-- The wood is Flaming tiger-striped solid cuban mahogany with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard

Appreciate all the warm wishes!

E

bynapkinart
07-02-2014, 03:47 AM
Wow, awesome Eddie! You'll love it, it's by far the best sounding uke I own and the one with the best story. Plus, the craftsmanship and wood on these things is top-notch...folks can love their Martins to death but this older Harmony really shows the quality that was on display in their earlier years before switching to plywood and paint.

Yours looks like it's in far better condition than mine though :-P it'll sound even better than it looks! Here's mine:

http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/P8230026.jpg

Ukulele Eddie
07-02-2014, 07:00 AM
Very cool, Ben. Glad to hear you love yours. Ours are even the same year!

coolkayaker1
07-02-2014, 07:15 AM
Did you buy it from eBayer *Th*? He's a cool fellow selling his pop's collection. Some say he CA glued the frets in place, but other than that, impeccable instruments. Costly, but impeccable. I know many others who have looked at *Th*'s instruments longingly. :-)

Ukulele Eddie
07-02-2014, 08:02 AM
Did you buy it from eBayer *Th*? He's a cool fellow selling his pop's collection. Some say he CA glued the frets in place, but other than that, impeccable instruments. Costly, but impeccable. I know many others who have looked at *Th*'s instruments longingly. :-)

I believe there are other ukes from this same collection being offered on eBay. His father was a professional musician and had quite the collection. From what I understand, they are all in truly amazing condition. Yes, most seem fully priced but given the condition, it is not surprising. I tried to get a full listing but the estate has specific instructions on how they must be sold.

Hmm, "some say"? Not sure about the "Superglue" comment, so please PM me if there is something of which I should be aware. I have full return rights if the uke is not in the condition represented. I need to find a really great vintage luthier to inspect it for me. I saw some referrals on here for a few folks down in Orange County, but if there are any in LA of which I should be aware, that would be more convenient.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
07-02-2014, 08:06 AM
I believe there are other ukes from this same collection being offered on eBay. His father was a professional musician and had quite the collection. From what I understand, they are all in truly amazing condition. Yes, most seem fully priced but given the condition, it is not surprising. I tried to get a full listing but the estate has specific instructions on how they must be sold.

Hmm, "some say"? Not sure about the "Superglue" comment, so please PM me if there is something of which I should be aware. I have full return rights if the uke is not in the condition represented. I need to find a really great vintage luthier to inspect it for me. I saw some referrals on here for a few folks down in Orange County, but if there are any in LA of which I should be aware, that would be more convenient.

I'm glad you got it Eddie, it's a beaut! Now you'r going to have to by an aero uke to go along with it.
BTW, if it is indeed true, I'm not sure super gluing any of the frets would detract from it's value. It's a technique used in some modern building.

Edgeguy
07-02-2014, 08:16 AM
That is one beautiful uke! Hard to believe it is vintage.

Ukulele Eddie
07-02-2014, 08:47 AM
I'm glad you got it Eddie, it's a beaut! Now you'r going to have to by an aero uke to go along with it.
BTW, if it is indeed true, I'm not sure super gluing any of the frets would detract from it's value. It's a technique used in some modern building.

Thanks so much, Chuck! I listened to some wise advice. ;-)

And I appreciate the point about Super Gluing. Good to know!

coolkayaker1
07-05-2014, 08:21 AM
Let us know when you get it, Eddie. How's it play, how do you like it.

Dan Uke
07-05-2014, 10:41 AM
Go visit David Neely on Sunset Blvd across from Guitar Center. He knows his stuff. I personally don't trust the guys at McCabes in S.M. David worked with Rick Turner at Westwood Music back on the days. Westwood Music's main repair guy left so I don't have personal experience with them.

http://www.neelyguitars.com


I believe there are other ukes from this same collection being offered on eBay. His father was a professional musician and had quite the collection. From what I understand, they are all in truly amazing condition. Yes, most seem fully priced but given the condition, it is not surprising. I tried to get a full listing but the estate has specific instructions on how they must be sold.

Hmm, "some say"? Not sure about the "Superglue" comment, so please PM me if there is something of which I should be aware. I have full return rights if the uke is not in the condition represented. I need to find a really great vintage luthier to inspect it for me. I saw some referrals on here for a few folks down in Orange County, but if there are any in LA of which I should be aware, that would be more convenient.

Ukejenny
07-05-2014, 10:49 AM
It is gorgeous and in such wonderful condition - a real find!!!! I bet you can convince your wife to let you hold on to all of them until your car sells. Quite a collection!!!

Dan Uke
07-05-2014, 10:50 AM
btw, aren't you trying to sell a Porsche? If you are, I think getting another uke is justified...maybe a few more!

Ukulele Eddie
07-05-2014, 11:41 AM
@nongdam: Thanks for the tip on David Neely. I will absolutely check him out. And yes, the car for sale is an '02 911 Cabriolet Tiptronic with 36K miles. Lapis Blue with gray interior, $29K in case anyone is interested ;-).

@coolkayaker: Sure will let you know what I think when I get it.

@ukejenny: I'll ask my wife to discuss with you for sound advice. ;-)

Ukulele Eddie
07-17-2014, 06:15 PM
Well, I received the uke yesterday. At first I thought the fretboard was warped. I took it to David Neely per @nongdam's recommendation earlier in this thread. He was really impressed with the instrument and pointed out the fretboard is not warped; it's an optical illusion because the headstock had a slight twist to it. Given his glowing thoughts on the uke in terms of condition and sound and my somewhat underwhelmed reaction, I think it pretty much confirms that I'm just not a vintage uke guy. I like my ukes shiny and new. ;-) Same happened to me with cars. I love the look of vintage cars, but prefer to own and drive newer ones.

He called a client who has some interest in the uke but is out of town. Not sure how serious he is, so I will likely list it here. I'd sell it for $850 shipped or $800 if you're local in Southern California. PM me. I'll likely post it in the marketplace tomorrow unless somebody wants to grab it.

warndt
07-17-2014, 07:52 PM
I'm glad you got it Eddie, it's a beaut! Now you'r going to have to by an aero uke to go along with it.


...and a Harmony Vita Uke... which has the same mahogany as this one.


Well, that's a twist I didn't see coming!!!!

My tenor Johnny Marvin Professional is probably my best sounding and most playable uke I've ever owned...and I've owned a few.

In this condition, I'd say 850.00 is reasonable...but I'd give it a bit of time and drive it a while.

Eddie...These are REALLY GREAT ukes!!

Ukulele Eddie
07-18-2014, 03:10 PM
...and a Harmony Vita Uke... which has the same mahogany as this one.


Well, that's a twist I didn't see coming!!!!

My tenor Johnny Marvin Professional is probably my best sounding and most playable uke I've ever owned...and I've owned a few.

In this condition, I'd say 850.00 is reasonable...but I'd give it a bit of time and drive it a while.

Eddie...These are REALLY GREAT ukes!!

I realize I might grow to appreciate it more but I know there are others who will cherish at a level above what I ever would. Any uke that has survived 86 years should be in that sort of home.