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

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    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.
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    This post made me realize the future that awaits my kids :-) we all need to go one day but I sure hope at least one of my kids loves the ukuleles and keeps some of my ukes

    Sorry for your loss but I am hoping with such great ukes your mom lived a satisfied ukulele life. I kind of agree with others, it takes a long time to develop taste and understanding of ukes and to collect these ukes, hope you take advantage and learn the uke and keep a few that you connect with..

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    Given how extensive and varied your mom's collection is, it would not surprise me if she were an active member of these ukulele underground forums at one point. I know from personal experience, I wouldn't know about most of these brands including the smaller production luthiers without these forums. Maybe she was super active a few years ago?
    Everyone I know who is into the ukulele is 'crackers' so get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves - George Harrison

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    This post made me realize the future that awaits my kids :-)
    Yes. That's always in the back of my mind. The poor guy has no interest in ukes, and he's going to be stuck with one hundred to get rid of. I figure I'll leave a list of ukes and prices with my will as a guide.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Sorry for your loss. Browsing the photos, (impressive collection of ukuleles!), made me wish I knew your mom, and the story behind her collection. I hope that the ukuleles brought her great joy.

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    Seriously, there is too much money represented in that collection for you to sell without knowledge. You need to put all of them in the hands of someone who knows about Ukes and Guitars. Just for instance, that Collings Uke is probably worth $2,000 just by itself. They don't make them anymore, and they're highly desirable. Get hands on help.
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    Condolences for your loss.

    There are certainly a wide range of instrument values represented here and a lot of the advice here is sound.

    Two that caught my eye in particular were #15 (Kamaka HB-2D) and #54 (Collings UC2K). I'd make an offer for both, but you'd probably net the same amount by just consigning them. As others have pointed out, value maximization will come from selling them individually, but I do not envy the person who has to photograph, research, describe, price, list, and negotiate the sale of 60 instruments--and that tedium makes professional cosignment (at least for the ones that a shop is willing to help you with) an attractive option.

    All of this also depends on your comfort level selling online--which nowadays is pretty easy and seamless, but one bad experience can change that quickly--another potential reason for consigning.

    Good luck and hopefully all of these instruments end up in good hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Yes. That's always in the back of my mind. The poor guy has no interest in ukes, and he's going to be stuck with one hundred to get rid of. I figure I'll leave a list of ukes and prices with my will as a guide.
    He can call me, Jerry.

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    Your mom had great taste. Like someone else said, looks like she was on a fun journey and would have been a great person to know and jam with. Many of the ukuleles are quite desirable. No one mentioned the G-strings, but those are nice sounding instruments too. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinlover View Post
    He can call me, Jerry.
    I'll leave him a note. : )
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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