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Thread: I inherited a uke colection, and I need help IDing and appraising!

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    Sorry for your loss. Your Mother had amazing taste in ukuleles.
    I wish I was in the States as I’d love these for my shop. This is a really beautiful collection. Please make sure you don’t accept any offers under 5 figures. If you add these up even modestly you get a very large number.
    Matt
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    If selling is too much of a hassle for you. Consider donating to a charity. I've done that with numerous ukes to a group that helps children here in SoCal.
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    Kanile'a Steven Espaniola Signature Koa Custom Tenor
    Pepe Romero/Daniel Ho Solid Mahogany Tiny Tenor (Pepe is adding a side port!)
    Kala Soprano KA-ASOV-S Spruce and Ovangkol
    KLOS Carbon Fiber Tenor Deluxe Acoustic/Electric
    Ohana Mahogany Cynthia Lin Concert Performance uke
    Kanile'a KCS Super Soprano Premium Koa
    Brian Fanner Custom solid body/steel string tenor (Pixelator)

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    Very sorry for your loss and good on you for working to sort out her collection. Like a couple others, I'm interested in the Collings stuff if you decide to sell them individually rather than through a consignment/shop.
    Mark
    Kamaka HF-2L Longneck Concert
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    Cocobolo Super Soprano
    Flea Koa Soprano

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    If you decide you are going to sell any of the ukuleles yourself, I am interested in the Ko'olau.

    Good luck, however you decide to proceed.

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    Sorry for you loss. Mom had a great collection. Hope she enjoyed playing them.

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    This post, parts of the thread & especially the link to the photos... one of the most fun & amazing things I've seen on this forum & perhaps on social media in a while. Thank you for taking the time to take individual photos & posting them for us to see... Makes me really, really curious about your mother, who had incredible taste & probably curiosity... am so sorry for your loss. Wonder how & when she got into ukuleles.

    Consider taking your time, not being in a rush, to get them to their next home. I am not an expert but there's not much in the collection that will depreciate... The Collings UC-1 mahogany (presumably) with the "haircut" headstock gave me whiplash as it did others. Taking up the ukulele might give you more insight into what would be keepers to you.

    Also everything written below, perhaps add another hygrometer/thermometer (to get consensus in lieu of calibration). If humidity is needed, just get one for the space where they are stored & not individual ones... filling individual instrument humidifiers would be incredibly tedious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Yes, the year that the ukulele was made makes a difference. As does the shape that the ukulele is in. Most of yours look to be in excellent shape.

    I'd make to suggestions right away: 1. Keep them in a room that has 45-50 percent humidity. Buy an electronic humidifier that will keep a constant humidity and an accurate gauge to check it. 2. Loosen the strings slightly to lessen the tension in the necks.

    You have a number of expensive, highly-desirable ukuleles. Both custom and small production mfgs. Plus some good quality mass produced.

    You can contact Collings with the serial numbers of the two Collings ukes you have and they will give you all of the information they have about the construction specs. From the labels it looks as though they were signed by Bill Collings which increases their value. They are worth well over $1k, each. Depending upon condition, model, serial number, etc.

    Your Mother had excellent taste in ukuleles. I agree that you could get close to $40k selling them individually. If you're going to go consignment, use a musical instrument specialist. Not an estate agent. Best of luck with the sale(s).

    Again, condolences for your loss.
    keeping an eye out for a very special pre-owned concert....

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    My wife and I were viewing the instruments and she noticed two Mike DaSilva ukuleles.

    Mike is an excellent luthier based in Berkeley, CA.

    You have a beautiful collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyukaholic View Post
    Sorry for your loss. Your Mother had amazing taste in ukuleles.
    I wish I was in the States as I’d love these for my shop. This is a really beautiful collection. Please make sure you don’t accept any offers under 5 figures. If you add these up even modestly you get a very large number.
    Matt

    I saw 2 DaSilva ukuleles. The least expensive, bottom line DaSilva custom ukulele is $1000, for a Soprano.
    I believe a modest valuation, The ukuleles are worth a minimum of $100 to $1000 each.

    As Matt says, even modestly, there is great valuation there.

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    Default What an amazing collection!

    My condolences on your mother's passing. She obviously had an incredible taste in ukuleles. So many high end, rare and desirable instruments not often found in 1 collection. Whatever you decide to do with them, I hope that you enjoy them while you have them.
    Mankato Uke Club

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    I was going to say - your mother sure knew how to pick her instruments! Sorry for your loss and hope her ukuleles find their next home in a place where they are as cherished as where they've been.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyukaholic View Post
    Sorry for your loss. Your Mother had amazing taste in ukuleles.
    I wish I was in the States as I’d love these for my shop. This is a really beautiful collection. Please make sure you don’t accept any offers under 5 figures. If you add these up even modestly you get a very large number.
    Matt

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