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Thread: Is this a genuine "Jonah Kumalae"

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    Default Is this a genuine "Jonah Kumalae"

    Hi,

    i bought a old Ukulele at an auction house in England.

    It is labeled as "Jonah Kumalae gold award 1915".

    A luthier told me that my uke might be built about 100 years ago, but he had not the experience to tell me how a real "kumalae would look like".

    Since in germany we have nearly no experts in terms of old hawaiian/chicago ukes, i hope somebody here can tell me if my ukulele is a real "jonah kumalae".

    I upload some pictures, if you need pictures of specific details, please tell me.
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    Looks like one on the pictures. They are fairly common in stores that carry old ukes, with prices around $300 if they are somewhat playable.
    Last edited by merlin666; 06-20-2020 at 08:54 AM.

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    Sure looks like one to me. If it didn't have that headstock label it would be harder to determine. But with the label I don't see any reason to doubt it's a real Kumalae.

    I have an uke that looks just like this one. It has a headstock label with the Hawaii crest, but w/out the name Kumalae. I don't know if it's one of his, but I call it my Kumalae, anyway, because I can. (I would never try to pass it off as a real one, though.)

    I love that little thing! It's so light and it sounds like a dream. Hellish to tune, but holds tuning once I get it there. Do humidify if your climate calls for it. Mine developed a small crack when I wasn't paying attention.

    Enjoy!

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    there are a bunch on reverb that you can compare to

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    Okay, thank you guys :-)

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    There is a sort of modern version of that.

    https://www.southernukulelestore.co....ele-with-case/
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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