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    Quote Originally Posted by Uke man View Post
    The banjo you asked if anyone can help identify is a Firefly banjolele made by the Magic Fluke Company.

    Yes your mother had a very nice collection with a wide range of monetary value. If you have the time most with their label names can be found for researching their values.
    Thanks! I've gone through and googled all of the ukes with a label name, but I'm not 100% sure what the depreciation on things like this are from their new MSRP, I'm not sure if year matters, etc.

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    I missed the gallery first time around. Amazing collection, since you are in Northern California, gryphon is your best bet. They can take a look and discuss it out with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go_Gaels View Post
    Thanks! I've gone through and googled all of the ukes with a label name, but I'm not 100% sure what the depreciation on things like this are from their new MSRP, I'm not sure if year matters, etc.
    In general, expect to lose ~30% or so from "new" price when selling used. Wear and condition can drive that down. Vintage and highly sought after can drive that up.
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go_Gaels View Post
    Thanks! I've gone through and googled all of the ukes with a label name, but I'm not 100% sure what the depreciation on things like this are from their new MSRP, I'm not sure if year matters, etc.
    usually mint condition ukes sell for ~20% less than retail price. Some of the rarer ukes might be closer to price. Some of the cheaper ukes can go lower.. the Kamaka, Koaloha, MyaMoe, Koolau should fetch you north of $1000 each and be close to 20%. The DaSilva ones are rare in the market and might be sellable at retail. Black bear and some of the other brands are rare as well but not pricey.

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    If you decide to sell individually, I would be interested in #17, the Black Bear concert.

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    The Larrivee parlor guitars are worth about $1,750 each +/- $300. Both Reverb and eBay have a way to check the prices on sold listings which will give you a rough idea. For the custom made ukes like the Graziano's you could contact the builder and they might list them for you.

    You could sell or consign groups of instruments to various music stores in your area. Gryphons in Palo Alto has already been mentioned but there are a few other shops in the Bay Area like Schoenberg's in Tiburon, Tall Toad in Petaluma, Guitar Solo in SF, Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz and Guitar Show Case in San Jose. There is also a ukulele store in San Jose, the ukulele source.

    If you do hold on to them for a bit you way want to make sure your insurance will cover them if something unexpected happens. You may also want to donate some of the less valuable instruments to worthy cause. There are groups that promote ukuleles in the schools. The stores listed might be able to give you suggestions on who might be interested.

    You may want keep a couple of them to remind you of your Mum.

    Good Luck!

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    That's a nice collection, some of which is worth good money.

    I would say that generally, it isn't a good time to sell high end secondhand instruments. If you can afford to hang on for a while, I would wait.

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    What a nice collection your mother has! I like her taste in ukes.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

    Kanile'a KSR-T premium koa tenor
    KoAloha KTM-00 tenor
    Rebel Double Cheese spruce/mahogany tenor, my BFF.
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano

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    For the DaSilvas and the Pohakus, you can likely track down the details of the individual ukes online. Both Mike DaSilva and Peter Hurney have done a nice job cataloguing their builds on their websites. That could be a source of valuable information (wood types, build details, etc.).

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    great collection, clearly some thought put into the choices and worth a lot of $. haven't seen that many mele in one place/collection (except for at mele)... same can prob be said for maui music, da silva, collings, and not many collections have all 4 k brands

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