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

With all the new stuff coming in...

posted 14 Sep 2019, 18:26 by Lardy Fatboy

Encore E99 electric Guitar
Some things have got to go! I just don't have the room!!

So goodbye to the Encore E99

Auction time again!!

posted 11 Sep 2019, 17:20 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 20 Sep 2019, 04:03 ]

countryman ukulele banjo
1920s Hawaiian Ukulele Koa
G.C. Conn Mardan ukulele
Ortega hydra double neck tenor taropatch ukulele
devekey style a tenor ukulele
maton concert ukulele

Now I promised I wouldn't do this but here I go again
  • Countryman DUB 5 Banjo Ukulele - It's Here! and its brand new!!

  • 1920's Hawaiian Ukulele - It's Here

  • G.C.Conn Mardan

  • Ortega Hydra Taropatch/Tenor - It's Here

  • De Vekey Type 1 Long Scale - It's Here

  • Maton "Bloodburst" Concert - It's Here! and its brand new too!!

framus 6/174 100 plectrum tenor banjo
1970s fender electric violin
early hoyer archtop guitar
isana archtop guitar
maverick chaos 2 electric guitar
tanglewood orleans archtop guitar
line 6 variax guitar
  • Framus 6/174 100 Rhythm Series Plectrum Banjo - It's Here

  • 1970's Fender Electric Violin

  • Very early Hoyer Archtop Guitar - It's Here

  • Isana Archtop Guitar (Project) - It's Here

  • Maverick Chaos 2 Electric Guitar - It's Here

  • Tanglewood Orleans Hollowbody Guitar - It's Here

  • Line 6 Variax Electric Guitar

I got 5 sets of Bass strings too (but I'm never sure when Bass strings need replacing?) - The Bass Strings are Here too!

I'm a fan of Cliff not David

posted 8 Sep 2019, 15:08 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 19 Sep 2019, 05:02 ]

Clifford Essex Ukulele
Essex that is.
What I have invited this time is an early 1930's Clifford Essex Ukulele

It's Here!

and there is a bit of a crack in the front but apart from that it looks pretty good

Updating the database pays off!

posted 2 Sep 2019, 08:47 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 8 Sep 2019, 10:57 ]

Harmony 10 string tiple ukulele
There I was updating the database and writing a bit about the Colombian Tiple (well it is often mistaken for a Ukulele). I needed some pictures, ideally of a very experienced one, so I went to ebay to look at what was there at the moment. There wasn't any pictures of what I was looking for but what it brought up in the search was an old Harmony Tiple Ukulele at a very reasonable "buy it now" price but with offers accepted. It was also quite local so I could go and collect so I put in an offer and it was accepted.. 
So off I go.

It's Here

and the chap I got it from said he is also a collector of sorts so its in very good nick with new strings and even pretty much in tune! I don't think it originally came with bridge pins but the switch over has been done very well with proper reinforcing and probably makes for a stronger bridge. Certainly better than the pot on a tailpiece affairs, (though from the holes in the base it has suffered one of those in the past). It's tone is noticeably better with a D tuning rather than a C (but it was tuned to C when I got it; possibly why the chap sold it?) and with the bridge pins I am happy to go there

The Next Lot...

posted 8 Jul 2019, 04:14 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 8 Sep 2019, 11:15 ]

gold tone little gem ruby concert banjolele banjo at ukulele corner
hawaiian mahogamu co. 1920s at ukulele corner
1950s royal hawaiian plastic soprano at ukulele corner
east coast stagg ƒ hole soprano ukulele
I don't know when to stop!

♥ Gold Tone Little Gem Ruby Banjolele

♦ Hawaiian Mahogany Co. Concert scale Echo

♣ Fin-Der type Royal Hawaiian plastic Soprano

♠ Eastcoast cedar & maple ƒ hole Soprano

But I really have to because I've run out of room (unless I do something drastic!)

They're here!!

The Eastcoast is very nice if a little quiet. The Echo needs a LOT of work but I knew that when I invited it. The royal Hawaiian is nice even without Harry's signature on it. The Gold Tone looks nice but is a little disappointing with its quality of build. The nut has come off and is only held on by the strings and the fret board is coming away from the neck! Fixable but not things I would expect from a nearly new Banjo and a firm of this reputation

Meanwhile on ebay...

posted 16 Jun 2019, 03:19 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 8 Sep 2019, 11:19 ]

woodstock chinese pineapple soprano ukulele
woodstock chinese pineapple soprano ukulele
dutch wim leden Banjolele
j e dallas & Son jedson Banjo Ukulele
woodstock chinese pineapple soprano ukulele
Things keep accepting invitations:-

♦ Woodstock Pineapple
♣ Lyon & Healy Mauna Loa
♠ Wim van der Leden Soprano
♥ Dallas Jedson, (maybe)
♫ Jesus Patino Cuatro

They're all here

and the Jedson is not a Jedson. I don't know what it is (yet), but it's not a Jedson or any other Dallas product

Auction time again...

posted 12 Jun 2019, 14:44 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 7 Aug 2019, 18:11 ]

Ibanez Talman
kiso Fukushima archtop guitar
Ninham grande bouche manouche guitar
rufus radian kaya

There is at least one auction every day this week (including two yesterday but nothing accepted my invitation) with chordophone (and worryingly other instruments!!!) to invite

  • B&J the Mele soprano Ukulele
  • Kremona hollow body electric Guitar
  • Ibanez Talman TMC50-NT acoustic Guitar
  • Kiso Guitars archtop Guitar
  • Ninham grand bouche manouche Guitar
  • Rufus Radian Maya electric Guitar

    not counting

    the junior Bagpipes(!) and all of the other noisemakers in the job lot!!
p90 junior electric guitar
rufus radian kaya
Ninham grande bouche manouche guitar

Next Day

  • Minimalist Guitar with P90 (truth to tell it was very cheap and I thought the case looked worth it)

  • Boss BR-1180 Digital Recording Studio

  • 3 cheap cases for the guitars I got yesterday that didn't have cases (hope they fit)

E-Mu SB49
Ibanez Talman
kiso Fukushima archtop guitar

Last Day
  • E-Mu short board 49 electronic Keyboard
  • Archetto electric Violin
  • Alesis Drum Machine
  • Finger Beats electronic Mixing Desk (not what I thought it was and a piece of tat)
  • Behringer 45w keyboard amp with 3 keyboard pedals
  • 2 Marshall mini amps
  • Orange mini amp
  • Fender mini amp
  • 2x 3 guitar, guitar stands
  • Job lot of new strings, new leads and other guitar stuff

    I lost my nerve on the Double Bass (and I will regret that forever more!)

They're all Here, Finally!! 

and truth to tell I really shouldn't have bothered with a lot of them

Old and New...

posted 7 Jun 2019, 06:51 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 6 Jul 2019, 02:10 ]

ss maxwell chicago targ dinner Soprano
irun laminate walnut tenor
fishuku clownuku soprano

Thick and Fast. I'm winning a lot on eBay at the moment! (well that's not technically true, two of these, the SS Maxwell and the Irin Tenor, were buy it nows so I only won the Sidekick Banjolele and the Clownuku).

They're Here

and the Irin Tenor is much, much better that its price would imply. The Clownuku too is good for the money. The sidekick is perfectly reasonable and the SS Maxwell once again show's that US budget QC was far worse that the current Chinese QC (but apart from the obvious cosmetic issue it's OK)

More holes than Swiss Cheese

posted 2 Jun 2019, 15:44 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 14 Jun 2019, 16:02 ]

martin backpacker mexican ukulele
This was always my favorite Lani design after the Juniper Concert, and this one came up for auction with a low start price. OK I don't really need another modern Chinese Soprano; but when has that stopped me? I wouldn't have gone much higher but no one else even bid so its on the way to Ukulele Corner.

It's Here

And it is a very nice Concert with hardly a mark on it to show its not new. It also has a very nice balanced tone and is a pleasure to play after all of the delicate veteran ukuleles I have been getting recently.

Roy was always going to come

posted 18 May 2019, 15:37 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 7 Jun 2019, 05:23 ]

50s harmony roy smeck mahogany standard soprano ukulele
He endorsed too many ukuleles, banjoleles, guitars, banjos, mandolins and other instruments not too.
What I have invited here is a post war Harmony Roy Smeck. it has the plastic fretboard of post war Harmonies but it is a cut above the usual and has a solid mahogany body and neck

It's Here

And sadly there is a big bash in the side! It doesn't look like it was done in transit but the chap who sold it to me swears he didn't see it when he said it was in perfect nick but didn't show any side views. He did give me half of my buy price back though.
Anyway the Ukulele itself is definitely made from better quality wood than the standard Harmony, (the split shows this too), but to be honest it doesn't sound much better than a standard Harmony, (This might be the bash or it might be the crappy old nylon strings - I should change them and see how much of a difference this makes?)

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