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    Seller says he has been told that this is a Kamaka pineapple. I have no idea...???

    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/2728283705.html

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    My guess would be that it is a Kamaka from the 50's or 60's. MMStan could really help here!

    Looks like no label inside or decal on the headstock so it may not be. However, I don't know of people making fake's. If it is a Kamaka, price seems like full retail to me, especially given that it does not have the label or decal!

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    Just saw this on the Flea Market Music Uke Yak:

    http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/uke-y...ult.asp?Page=2

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    It certainly looks like the Kamaka pineapples of that era that I have seen. But I have read that there were Japanese manufacturers making fakes at the time (and supposedly they were *good* fakes) so given that there are no labels on it, I'd hesitate to pay that price. Unless it was just an exceptionally nice-playing and sounding uke!

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    It sure does look like a Kamaka.

    But if you're thinking about buying it, I'd use the $300 amount that Chuck on FMM Uke Yak mentioned as the ceiling in any negotiation. Without the label / headstock marking, it's tough to verify that it's a Kamaka.
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    the pictures ar blurry and cannot see the tuners well..my guess it's a gold label...mid to late sixties...
    they had those extended diagonal curved fretboards going into the white labels and seventies...definte a Kamaka design..
    added this..http://www.kamakahawaii.com/ukegallery.html
    Last edited by mm stan; 11-30-2011 at 11:13 AM.

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