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    Today I noticed that a member of my uke group was using an old Kamaka ukulele. She said she and her husband bought it in Hawaii in the late fifties from a Sears store. My first reaction was that it's a special uke being that old and made by Kamaka. She said it's been stored in a plastic bag in a back room for 20 years. Am I correct, is it a special find?


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    Whatever, it looks great. If it sounds good too that's what matters.

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    Hopefully its sounds as good as it looks. Congrats!
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    Nice vintage Kamaka, the strap may be a plus or a minus depending...

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    Looks like a standard Gold label Kamaka soprano Mike. Great little ukes that are rising in price.

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    Yep it’s special, especially in the fact that it is a 60 year old uke make by Sam Kamaka and Co. so the wood should have a great tone. I can’t see any cracks which is a bonus for that baby. I have a 1967 concert Kamaka (family uke) and it definitely has its own voice.

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    Thanks all, especially to you Patrick. The uke is in excellent condition and sounds very good, the only issue is the C tuner knob screw gets loose, but I tightened it and got it to work. Oh, and she has the A and C strings wound the wrong way, took me a moment to figure out why I was having such a tough time tuning it. She's easily in her 80's, as are many members of the group. Another woman around 90 uses her mother's banjo uke that's from the 1920s.


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    Do you the strings being original adds to the value?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Do you the strings being original adds to the value?
    I don't know if the strings are original, I guess it's possible, but not likely since the two are wound wrong, which tells me they've been changed. She didn't want me to correct them, but I'm going to try and convince her that being able to rotate the tuners the same way for all four is a lot easier, but some people are so stuck in their ways, they just can't change something that simple and logical.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I don't know if the strings are original, I guess it's possible, but not likely since the two are wound wrong...


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    That may be the way Kamaka wound them originally. Martin winds its sopranos like that, and I've seen people wind strings the same way - something to do with the angle being better.

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