- Apr 4, 2020
I went to school and then lived in Philadelphia for a decade, and so am super interested in seeing your Weymann!As usual I am late to the party, as far as this topic…I have been collecting mainland ukuleles for a few decades now and as I mostly play baritone and none of those were around 100 years ago so I can’t post those. Old bari’s should be a separate topic. Maybe they should be 50 years old as they have only been around about half as long. I will take pictures of several pre 1922 instruments as I own both Soprano and Concert ukuleles that are 100 or more. I just never get around to photography. I suppose humidification is more important than photographs.
As a native Philadelphian I am interested in mostly Martin and Weymann instruments but I have a few others and some seldom seen ukes. My interest has always been Historical so I restore when I find time and sometimes have to send the difficult work out to professionals to do tasks I am not competent at. So there are always what I will call projects that are not yet ready to play. I like bringing orphaned instruments back to playable instruments, it is a hobby. I have gotten much help here from those more adept at tackling issues and I am grateful for this site as everyone seems to pitch in and help. I have a few old Hawaiian instruments as well but they are not my focus.
I do play Soprano but being a guitar player first I mostly play baritone I suppose this has held me back from purchasing many Soprano Ukuleles that should have been given a second chance I just can not buy and fix everything. I placed a few dozen Ukuleles this year and I don’t offer them here as I don’t want to come off as a dealer because I am a collector and player. I rarely make much on any instrument as it is strictly a hobby.
i have learned a great deal about Vintage Ukuleles especially ones that were built in the US outside of Hawaii. The Hawaiian built Ukuleles are a study themselves. I grew up near the Martin factory so I am very familiar with Martin Ukuleles and my go to ukulele is a Martin Baritone.
There are also a few websites out there with great examples of early Ukuleles and some good information on makers I particularly like “Lardy’s Ukulele database“ which has been a great place to get information on various makers. You may be surprised at how many Ukulele makers are out there. I will post some photos of the more unusual Ukuleles as soon as I get some time. In the meantime looking through these posts has been a pleasure and it makes me happy to see all of those who play these wonderful Vintage Ukuleles.