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

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when i find an usable alternative i will put something here

Least we forget...

posted by Lardy Fatboy

black label greenburst regal with red flowers decoration

Here is what I have "won" this week

posted 4 Nov 2018, 13:57 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 15:41 ]

vintage sunburst green label regal Soprano
Koa pili koko long neck soprano concert scale

There have been some interesting offers on ebay, culminating this week. I have sent out a few invites and this is what has accepted

♥ A vintage sunburst green label Regal all the way from Trumpsilvania
♦ A 14 fret Soprano Koa Pili Koko with hard case - don't know if its Soprano or Concert scale

Sadly none of the other things accepted my invitation. Oh well the two that did look lovely

Trying hard but I can't keep away from Auctions...

posted 31 Oct 2018, 10:30 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 15:52 ]

Cort CL200 Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Jim Reed MM5 Bass at Ukulele Corner
After all someone has to give sanctuary to all of the Pony Guitars, (well the nice ones anyway)

What has accepted my invitation from this auction is 
♥ A G4M wireless ear monitor which I hope will work nicely with my electronic drum kit.
♦ A Boss ME206 effects board for a Bass Guitar
♣ A Jim Reed MM5 Bass Guitar to play through it, (because obviously I don't have enough other Bases)
♠ A Cort CL200 Guitar, (because I like the National / Supro / Airline / Retro look of it)

Back to nice shiny(ish) Ukuleles...

posted 21 Oct 2018, 15:02 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 9 Nov 2018, 17:48 ]

Aria Prototype glossy Soprano
teisco westheimer kingston faux flame Soprano
And experimental ones at that! Well not so much an experiment as one of a number of Ukulele samples the Huizhou Quanfeng Yule Products Co., Ltd. produced for Aria. Why Aria didn't go with them I don't know? How the samples got on to the open market I don't know? what I have seen though is after being turned down by Aria they all got a soundhole label with the Vandora brand name, (one of Quanfeng's house brands) put in, and mine is the fanciest of the ones I have seen with the iridescent Aria and flower on the headstock and the equally iridescent perfeling around the body, (and everyone knows I like sparkly instruments). Maybe once it arrives I will know why Aria rejected it? And I hope its because of price or something and not quality.

Well at the time it may have been a bit experimental as the other Ukulele pictured is a Kingston, the Brand of Japanese Chordophones that Jack Westheimer used when he first started the practice of importing Instruments from overseas, (in this case Japan), and killing Harmony, Regal, Kay and most of the other less premium US brand names. I believe the Ukulele itself was made by Teisco, (who were in turn killed by Korean, Chinese and Indonesian manufacturers), and apart from its history, I have always liked the faxu flamed finish.

Now I'm inviting Film Stars...

posted 14 Oct 2018, 15:32 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 21 Oct 2018, 11:21 ]

Italia Torino semi hollow Korean at Ukulele Corner
Well its been in a film and is undoubtedly the best thing on show there. (The film in question is Jurassic Predator and is undoubtedly as good as it sounds, with a 3½ out of 10 over 150+ reviews)
What it is, is an 2017 Italia Torino semi-hollow Guitar. Part of a range that Italia have discontinued for 2018 but that is not to take anything away from it or its quality. I have always admired the retro look of Italia Guitars and have heard that they are very good quality and well worth what they go for new. The Torino is one of their most conventional looking designs and whilst I was more enamoured with some of the more eccentric offerings, this is still a lovely semi and at the price it came to Ukulele Corner for, Especially after being assured that apart from being taken out of the box to be mimed with on the film, it was new. I don't think the film career will ever add any value to it, but it makes for a different story and the guitar itself looks very very nice and will be a welcome addition to the Pony Guitar Sanctuary at Ukulele Corner.

I've been a bit silly again

posted 22 Sep 2018, 17:36 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 16:19 ]

Eikosha Artisan Jazz Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Cruiser by crafter rv800 flyinf vee at Ukulele Corner
chinese wesley plastic acrylic Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Yamaha RBX200 fluorescent fretless Bass at Ukulele Corner
classic cantabile acoustic bass at Ukulele Corner
Wesley 5 string Bass Guitar at Ukulele Corner
Tanglewood elfin mini bass uke at Ukulele Corner
Another big Guitar Auction another loooong journey to collect what I invited starting with the one on the right, the one I was initially after. 

The Tanglewood "Elfin" 19½in scale Uke Bass, (well its the right size for a Uke Bass even if it was never marketed as such, (I'm not sure if it is tuned an octave up from a full sized Bass or if it has special strings?)

Next is the Purple Acrylic Wesley 5 string bass

After that, the Classic Cantabile acoustic electric Bass

Then the dayglo pink  fretless Yamaha RBX200 Bass

Onto the 6 string Guitars starting with the Wesley translucent acrylic LP

The Cruiser by crafter  RV800

And finally the Ekoshia Artisan archtop acoustic fitted, (with duct tape from the photo), piezo pickup

They're Here!!

And I have learned that acrylic slabs are probably heavier than wood, certainly the LP is heavier than a solid wooden one.

The dayglo pink on the Yamaha is aftermarket and not spectacularly applied. (still love the colour though), It also has a knob missing and maybe the whole pot needs to be replaced?

The Elfin doesn't sound like it is an octave higher than a normal Bass

That mic badly needed to come out of the Artisan, along with all of the baffle crap that was put in but once cleaned up it is a nice guitar

In fact they are all very nice guitars and I love them all

Not sitting on my Laurals

posted 18 Sep 2018, 08:39 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 17 Oct 2018, 16:25 ]

Harmony Montgomery Ward Airline mw red soprano Ukulele
Chinese Caramel acacia koa solid baritone Ukulele

Though perhaps I should after all that I have just got?...


What I have now invited is a 1950's/60's very red Airline Ukulele made by Harmony and sold by Montgomery Ward. it's going to give me trouble in customs because the postage was to high (USPS rate) and the seller wouldn't use ebay international shipping, so I will probably eventually have to collect it from the post office

And a Rubin Commerce & Trade Co. solid acacia acoustic electric Baritone branded Caramel that was reduced to an irresistible, (to me), bargain price because there are some cosmetic marks from the photo of them they don't look much and the wood does look nice

They're Here!

Another wadge in import tax for the Airline but now its here I don't care; it's lovely! Very red but lovely. Barely a scratch on it, it looks almost new, though I know it's a good 50+ years old
I hope the Caramel looks as good in 50 years because it looks lovely now. I can't even find the marks it was reduced in price for?  Lovely solid koa, very mellow tone, feels wonderful, smells wonderful. The built in tuner was a bit of a faff to get working, but now it does its very handy; with the strings being new and still stretching. I didn't have to pay any import tax on this one? I don't know what they put on the customs forms to achieve this but it works

I've said it before, but its still true

posted 12 Sep 2018, 17:09 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 6 Oct 2018, 02:11 ]

I can resist anything except temptation; and good old GH are holding one of their big Guitar auctions again...
1983 Aria Pro II ZZB Deluxe
AXL Tiger pro 6 string bass
Danelectro U2 reissue guitar
Parker Fly Dias 1994
kay univox matsumoto effector guitar
Fender Stratacoustic acoustic electric strat guitar china
c F Martin backpacker travel guitar

So there's
  • a 1983 Aria Pro ll ZZB Deluxe Bass
  • an AXL Tiger 6 string Bass
  • a reissue Danelectro U2 electric Guitar
  • a 1994 Dias Fly electric Guitar
  • a '70's Univox Effector electric Guitar with built in effects
  • a Fender Stratacoustic acoustic electric Guitar
  • a C.F.Martin Backpacker acoustic travel Guitar

  • And that's just the first day!!

  • Second Day, and it didn't go as well as I'd hoped. I didn't get the Roland Drum Kit, the Vox AC4, the Hiscox Guitar case, the Electro-Harmonix Vocoder or an number of other useful things I would have liked

    What I did get though was
  • an acoustic Guitar Hard Case
  • a job lot of A-frame Guitar stands and gig bags, (I wanted the stands)
  • a Line6 Pod ll Guitar effects box
  • a Danelectro Dan-Echo effects pedal

  • Ozark chinese made celtic bouzouki octave mandolin
    Stentor Ozark chinese celtic mandola
    Vincent tatay tomas spanish bandurra
    gremlin blue moon chinese cuatro puerto rico
    Ibanez 513 mandolin
    bowl back round mandolin scroll headstock
    cremona Mando
    Canary islands timple
    The final Third day and I got...

    A LARGE bill for the first two days!!

    But the good stuff
  • an Ozark Celtic electro-acoustic Bouzouki
  • an Ozark Celtic Mandola
  • a Vincente Tatay Tomas Spanish Bandurria
  • a Blue Moon Puerto Rican Cuatro
  • an Ibanez model 513(?) Mandolin
  • a German Scroll Top Mandolin
  • a Cremona flat backed Mandolin
  • a Timple (these last 3 were a job lot and I was bidding mainly for the Timple)

  • So no Ukuleles, (I did go after one but it was part of another job lot and going for pretty much what a new one would have cost and I really wasn't interested in the ½ size Classical Guitar that came with it either), but there are lots of interesting other chordophones, and I'm already enjoying researching some of them. What I have to do now is go and collect them, (I hope they all fit in my car!)

    It was a squeeze but They're Here!!!

    Things I always said I'd get one day...

    posted 28 Aug 2018, 09:07 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 9 Oct 2018, 15:24 ]

    musima banjolele
    Gretsch 9100
    MFC Firefly
    Duke Kahanamoku
    a life?   One day
    a Job?   Perish the thought
    a good haircut?    hmmm?
    a pre war Martin 5k?   not yet but...
    a Musima Ukulele Banjo?  ♥
    a Gretsch Ukulele from the new "roots" range   ♥
    a Fluke Firefly?  ♥
    a Duke Kahanamoku souvenir Soprano?   ♥
    the ability to spell Kahanamoku without having to look it up?   maybe soon?
    the ability to pronounce Kahanamoku?    no chance. Still some of the good old stalwarts coming to Ukulele Corner; and who knows the 5k could still come?

    They're all Here

    Although the duke has had some kind of mishap on the way here and the neck has come clean off from the body. (I'm sure there is a surfing term for it but I can only think of wipe out and I don't think that is right?) By clean I do mean clean, no cracks, no splits nothing like that at all so it should (hopefully) be an easy job to stick it back on then at least I can play wipe out

    The Firefly like all of the MFC range sounds far better that the fairly basic looks and build would imply. They always look expensive for what they appear to be but they are very playable and if you shut your eyes the sound is certainly worth it.

    The same with the Musima too, but in the opposite way. That is they look more expensive than they generally are but are a little disappointing when it comes to playing them? Could be the horrible string that are on it? Anyway it does look the part and they never were that expensive.

    The Gretsch is worthy of the name, it is a good quality mid range instrument and I'm glad I got one.

    No 5k yet though; or job; or haircut and I still can't spell Kahanamoku either!

    Ukulele? For a Penny ?!?

    posted 16 Aug 2018, 09:08 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 30 Sep 2018, 17:04 ]

    JR Stewart LeDomino
    Supetone with a partial Duco finish
    Yael Peacock
    Someone is having a "Giraffe"!!
    No a Peacock actually; that is officially what I paid on eBay for the Chinese Concert with the laser etched peacock! Of course there was postage on top so in reality I paid more than a penny but when I saw it as an auction item with a starting price of a penny I thought "that's got to be worth a punt, even though I am bound to be outbid, but that's ok; after all I really don't need another starter level Concert and of itself it's not that spectacular". But no one else bid so it stayed at £0.01 for 7 days! As I said it's not that spectacular on its own, though I am sure it will be perfectly playable, but I will always see it now without the postage cost and "the 1p Ukulele" and with that story it's kudos is, in my book, significantly upped.
    Strangely enough though, (or maybe not?), I saw the same model in a "buy it now" offer with free delivery for exactly the same amount as the postage on mine and the extra penny? (Same peacock and everything but this one was branded Yael so unless there is something else on mine - it was sold as unbranded - I will call it a Yael and look for information about the factory that makes them).

    The other two cost me a lot more than a penny (though I still think they are a bargain). What happened was someone based in the UK put both of them up as single lots; the first one which is the one that really caught my eye, is the JR Stewart made Le Domino. This is, in my opinion, one of the coolest Ukuleles ever made, and has been in the top 10 of the Ukuleles I wanted ever since I started collecting them; even the slightly less cool, but still black, Regal made ones, (the later natural Regal made ones are nowhere near as nice and smack of Regal just having some old decals to use up), but ideally the original JRS ones. Usually when I see them, they are on sale in the US, often in poor condition, and for a lot more than this one was offered at so there was no hesitation in my sending an initial invite to Ukulele Corner.

    While looking at it I saw than the same seller had another US made Ukulele of a similar vintage up for sale as well. This was a Supertone that I had only seen small blurry pictures of before, with a decoration that was referred to as "Duco". Of the few that I had seen, most were fully covered with the speckles, but I had seen one that was only part covered; like there was a protective cover put over the top so only part was over painted. Having only seen one of these before, and not a good picture at that, I had a closer look and close up, the painting was so crisp that I thought it must be a recent referb job. Thinking this might be the case for why the Le Domino was so pristine looking too, I contacted the seller and asked if it had been refurbished? The seller told me that he didn't do it and the person that he got it from, the person who had imported it into the UK some time ago, didn't do it either. I would have liked this too but it was listed as finishing before the Le Domino, which I wanted more, and which I fully expected the price to double on before it was finally sold. If they had come up the other way round I would have waited, and if I didn't get the Le Domino, I would go for this. as it was the wrong way round though, and I was reluctant to spend a lot on this, and then have to spend a lot more for the LeDomino, I tried putting a cheeky offer in to buy both of them now. As, up to this point and it was a couple of days after the auctions started, (everyone know all of the serious bidding only happens in the last few seconds on an auction), no-one had bid on the Supertone and I was the only bidder on the LeDomino, the seller took up my offer if I was willing to be a little less, (but still I think quite), cheeky. So off went the invitations to the both of them and I wonder gleefully now how many snipes have been thwarted but the auctions ending early?

    They'er Here!

    The Chinese Concert was branded Yael though Its arrival puts me no closer to knowing who specifically made it or who owns the Yael brand name? It was exactly as I expected a nicely made laminate mahogany Concert with a laser etched stylized peacock on the front; well worth a penny probably worth the penny and the rest of the postage cost if it arrived undamaged but it wasn't packed with enough padding and something hit it on the back making a small but noticeable dent in the back, on the edge just below the waist; there is some cracking around the dent too. The dent doesn't affect the tone or playability of the uke, and it hasn't affected it structurally either. I don't think it will ever get worse and as a cosmetic problem, well you have to examine the back fairly closely to notice it. Still I complained about the poor packing and the seller refunded me three quarters of the cost so now it's not a Ukulele for a penny it's a Ukulele for a farthing (for those that don't know many, many years ago, in fact long enough ago to be before I was born there was a coin that was legal tender called a farthing and it was worth ¼ of a penny. it was much smaller than a penny too - though pennies were much bigger then - and this is were the name for the Penny Farthing bicycle came from)

    The other two Ukuleles are old enough to remember when the farthing was legal tender, though they were probably still in the States at the time. For their age the Supertone particularly is in remarkable shape, though the method of decoration is not the Duco crackle finish that I first thought. I'm guessing it must have involved masks and swinging paint pots to get that effect.

    The Stewart is in pretty good shape too but has a small shrinkage split in the back. I would have the Ukulele doctor look at it but I'm afraid he might want to keep it like he did with the red Regal. Anyway apart from that all of the decals are in pretty fair shape and it still has all of the "Film Noir" majesty that I associate with the LeDomino

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