Here is the latest news on Ukulele Corner and the instruments that are coming

With the demise of Picasa the old show here is no longer maintainable
when i find an usable alternative i will put something here

Having to move the site

posted 17 Aug 2020, 14:25 by Lardy Fatboy

Google have written to me telling me they are planning to shut down the "classic" sites soon so I should move all of the Ukulele Corner online stuff. I still haven't found a new place to host everything that does what I want at a similar sort of price so despite its shortcomings I am currently porting Ukulele Corner across to Google "new sites" Now amongst all of the other things that the new site can't do is the fact that the automatic transfer tool doesn't work in a useful manner. This means I have to do everything manually, one page at a time. It also means I have to come up with, (or abandon), the functions that don't work well like the current menu pages or this bloggy bit. I am starting with this site as the menus are less important and I can work with the simplistic built in system that is included while I work out how to do something better. On the plus side I can get the sound samples to work again on the new site so once I have everything moved across I will get to adding them again. I haven't found a good solution for doing slideshows on the new site yet though so I may have to continue doing without them still.

Once I have copied all of the pages across I will then publish the new site and point the DNS records to that leaving the current site behind. At that point too, I can start redoing all of the inter site links to point to the new pages but you will have to bear with me; and the broken links until then

I'll Take Manhattan...

posted 29 Jul 2020, 15:27 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 18 Aug 2020, 09:47 ]

manhattan brand soprano at Ukulele Corner
Even if I am still in Lockdown
So it will have to be this Manhattan brand Soprano that I've invited to Ukulele Corner

It's Here!

and there is no signs of the original maker beyond the fact is is not any of the usual suspects?

I had the steel strings off straight away though

Brazil - the Cavaco count rises

posted 25 Jul 2020, 17:35 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 29 Jul 2020, 16:12 ]

giannini brazilian cavaquinho at ukulele corner
A Giannini Serie Estudio GCSE17 from 2008, so my newest but not very new

It's Here

And it looks pretty new apart from the strings which badly need replacing

Well I am a collector

posted 8 Jul 2020, 05:51 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 4 Aug 2020, 06:14 ]

slainte nukulele bottle soprano at ukulele corner
favilla afson banjo soprano at ukulele corner
favilla afson banjo soprano at ukulele corner
So even though I already have two Nukulele Bottle Sopranos I have still gone and invited a third! The Slainte Irish Ale Nuke. The price for them is still very low but there are fewer and fewer out there for sale new so if I want the set...
And as I am a collector I couldn't help but invite the Afson Ukulele Banjo from New York, after all they are quite rare and suppose to be good quality, or the Lyon & Healy Uke Jnr which is much rarer than the Camp Uke

They're all here!!

And they are all very nice, (but the Uke Jnr is hard to play)

It's a race...

posted 28 Jun 2020, 17:18 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 5 Jul 2020, 14:08 ]

Malawee soprano at Ukulele Corner
Mahalo Skull soprano at Ukulele Corner
I did what I know is always a mistake and ran an ebay search with ending soonest as a criteria. Both with less than an hour to go, both still very cheap. The first attracted my interest because it is a brand I have never seen before, Malawee? I thought I should make a note somewhere for an entry in the database...
The second is another from Mahalo's latest Art series (like the Alien), the Skull. OK so underneath it all its just a standard body fitted upside down but is still novel and interesting, (I think), even a little amusing. Like I said they were both still very cheap so I thought I would try the next step up in bidding. I wasn't outbid with an autobid so I was in the lead with less than an hour to go...
Now they are both on the way to Ukulele Corner. Lets see which gets here first?

And the winner is...

The Malawee! Except its not, it a Milani MSU-53 Soprano! I should know better than to trust sellers on ebay but how you get wee from ni I have no idea? Anyway it is some nice spalted maple laminate and well worth the price I paid.

Better late than never

The Mahalo Skull is here too, and this is a Mahalo; and a Skull; and a very welcome addition to Ukulele Corner

I really thought I would be outbid!

posted 21 Jun 2020, 15:54 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 23 Jun 2020, 15:08 ]

MFC Honu Engraved Soprano Flea with aftermarket Peghead tuners at Ukulele Corner
But my miserly invitation to a Natural MFC Flea with a Honu engraving and aftermarket peghead tuners was accepted and is on the way to Ukulele Corner.

It's Here!!

That was quick! It must be the fastest Honu ever

New with an old name

posted 18 Jun 2020, 16:09 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 22 Jun 2020, 02:19 ]

axl recording king soprano at ukulele corner
Well its a New, (2018) Soprano from AXL but they have put the old Recording King branding that they took over rights to. and with the plastic headstock and fretboard it has an old style look too.
And its on the way to live at Ukulele Corner!

It's Here

and it is absolutely gorgeous 

I guessed...

posted 15 Jun 2020, 17:03 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 1 Jul 2020, 09:03 ]

zoomp diamond at ukulele corner
flat back walaycho at ukulele corner
But I guessed wrong! About the reserve price set for this Ukulele so the bid I thought would be just under was accepted, and as no one bid against me this ZoomP Soprano is coming to Ukulele Corner. I did think it looked an interesting Ukulele with its body shape that was described as "diamond" and it is luthier made. I do think it looks, from the pictures, a little "artisan" and with the shipping from Trumpselvania I have probably overpaid?
But who knows it may live up to its name and be a little diamond

Meanwhile, whilst paying for the ZoomP I was shown what was described as a "Vintage Folk Art 10 String Ukulele" but was obviously, to me, some kind of Charango. When I looked further I saw that it was a] very interesting looking, b]from the dimensions a Walaycho, and c] still quite cheap with only a few hours to go! Given all that I thought I should at least have a go at inviting it to Ukulele Corner, so I put in a small offer - and now it too is on the way

They're Here!

And sadly the ZoomP is as artisan as I suspected and not the little diamond I had hoped. It is very heavy, so solid, but not in anyway elegantly made. I definitely think the upside down tuners need to be replaced and given the headstock size they will have to be friction tuners and I definitely think I have overpaid.

The Walaycho, on the other hand is a little diamond. The steel strings need to go and I'm really not sure if the tuners are original? They seam much lower quality than the rest of the instrument so I'll try some others once I've cleaned it up

This one is!!

posted 14 Jun 2020, 14:52 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 16 Jun 2020, 11:01 ]

stentor ozark 3515 single cone biscuit bridge resonator guitar at ukulele corner
I didn't have to wait long for a replacement for the JHS Vintage AGM1 and I wouldn't swear this has a different OEM, but the Importer and the branding is different so that is that concern covered. The one coming is a Stentor Ozark 3515N steel bodied biscuit bridge resonator. OK no engraving and a different headstock shape, but other than that it looks pretty much the same. I hope its not though and I like playing this one more. (A bit of research shows that this has a different OEM The JHS VIntage had AXL as the OEM and a German Silver body. This one has, I believe Hosco's Chinese factory as the OEM and more importantly a Nickel Plated Steel body which is a significant and major difference - and AXL don't make Steel body resonators)

It's Here!!

and its very very shiny. It also sounds great and has lighter strings on so is nicer to play

It's not a replacment

posted 5 Jun 2020, 15:46 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 9 Jun 2020, 09:07 ]

gibson epiphone dobro deluxe inverted cone resonator guitar spider bridge

I recently sold my JHS Vintage AMG1 and one of the things I said to myself in doing this was " this will give me an excuse to look out for and get a non-JHS brass body single cone resonator". In looking at what was available on ebay, as well as brass bodied single cone ones it also came up with spider bridge inverted cone ones, (the original Dobro that the Dopyera brothers invented) . Now I've never had one of this kind of resonator instrument at Ukulele Corner and to be honest I've never knowingly heard one to say which technology is better, so I would like to invite one. There were a couple of wooden body newish second hand ones up at reasonable starting prices, one of which was a collection only but only 50 miles or so from Ukulele Corner and with no "Bargin" brass bodies and money burning a hole in my virtual pocket I thought I'd have a punt...
No one else bid, (probably because of the collect it now), so the invite was accepted and now a 2018 Dobro Hound Dog Deluxe will come to the Pony Guitar Sanctuary as soon as I can go and collect it. Yes the original branding but the name has changed hads a few times now and is currently in the hands of Gibson; still.

It's Here!

and its a lot heavier than I was expecting!! Obviously all of the extra metalwork weighs it down, not least the very heavy guage strings. The wooden body is far better quality than I was expecting too and the tone does seem more natural than with a biscuit bridge

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