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

The Next Lot...

posted 8 Jul 2019, 04:14 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 13 Jul 2019, 10:31 ]

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!

Meanwhile on ebay...

posted 16 Jun 2019, 03:19 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 29 Jun 2019, 15:21 ]

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

Auction time again...

posted 12 Jun 2019, 14:44 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 8 Jul 2019, 08:26 ]

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
  • Bertolini hollow body electric Guitar
  • Ibanez Talman TMC50-NT acoustic Guitar
  • Kiso Fukushima 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.

Kumalae Ukuleles, like the tide come in...

posted 1 Jun 2019, 13:11 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 1 Jun 2019, 13:12 ]

kumalae ukulele b
Kumalae type A
BC Rich Warbeast
and go out! 

With all of these Kumalaes coming to Ukulele Corner I couldn't really justify keeping them all. The first two (a B and an A) have moved from Ukulele corner to the collection of the Ukulele Doctor and I am sure they will be very happy and well looked after there. the last one, another B is going back to Hawaii! what a long strange trip it's been 

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?)

I didn't quite get them all

posted 9 May 2019, 16:13 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 1 Jun 2019, 13:21 ]

BC Rich Warbeast
BC Rich Warbeast
BC Rich Warbeast
And it is the case that I am definitely a vintage Ukulele dealer now because I have no excuses I bought at least two of these Kumalae type B's to sell (even if one it at cost to the Ukulele Doctor)
These were the three Kumalaes that I didn't by in the big auction last week. I thought someone else brought them but it transpires not and they were put into the next general auction at a reduced price so how could I say no? My first thought is that these were 3 type B's but in looking further I think the first one, as well as having a different headstock shape and logo, is one of Kumalae's original Mini Scale Ukuleles. If that is the case I'm definitely keeping it at Ukulele Corner These are very important in the history of Ukuleles and is one of the, if not the top of the list of Mini's I want!
The other two are definitely type B's and I do already have a type B at the corner so they they get here I will look at the three of them, keep the one I like best at Ukulele Corner and take the other two to the Ukulele Doctor. Now I know the second one has a crack in the back so he needs to have a look at it anyway but he says He would like one so I will let him have whichever he wants at cost and the one left without a home will be put up for sale. 

So that's it, I'm a dealer now if you are looking for a 20's 5K Martin or a 54 Gold Top Gibson you know where to come

They're Here!!

and they are all fine specimens. The odd one is not a Mini but it is an oddity it's not from the standard Kumalae catalogue and has a different headstock logo and rosette. My guess is it's either an early one or a late one with my best guess being its an early one. Whatever its very welcome and will stay a Ukulele Corner the other two will just be visitors for a few photos then they will be off to a new home elsewhere

Am I an arms dealer?

posted 3 May 2019, 16:12 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 9 May 2019, 16:04 ]

BC Rich Warbeast
Because I have sold someone a Warbeast.
Yes another stalwart of the Pony Guitar Sanctuary has moved on to pastures new, (or maybe in this case battlefields new?) It has always been a lot of fun with the OTT "Warbeast" name; and should there be more a's in there? WaaaaaarBeast? WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarBeast? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... no now I'm being silly, but that was the point, (well one of the many points) I loved this guitar for it's silliness and the only reason I sold it was because I was getting an even sillier one. so goodbye and I hope your new custodian has as much fun with you as I did

Auction Time Again

posted 24 Apr 2019, 15:47 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 4 May 2019, 01:07 ]

Gomez Golpeador
mij strat
Kumalae type A
Schecter diamond series Omen-7 string guitar
Luxor Banjolele
And I don't know why I got so many amps? (Kustom 12 Gauge 16w Combo, Vox Venue 50w Combo, Marshall Valvestate 100w Combo and I'm not sure if they work!); - They do!!
3 amps

Anyway I also got
  • 1930's Juan Gomez Ukulele
  • A Chinese OEM Superstrat
  • A 1970's Guyatone "strat"
  • 1930's Kumalae Type A Ukulele
  • Schecter diamond series Omen-7
  • 1920's B. Horenstein & Sons Luxor Banjolele
  • B C Rich Wartribe
  • 1920's Kumalae Type E Ukulele
  • 1920's Winner Banjolele

BC Rich Wartribe
Kumalae type e ukulele
winner banjo ukulele
ss stewart
mainland mahogany
kumalae type a
Aloha Mfg Co
mainland koa
Genuine Koa
Two Job Lots, one of 4 20's Mainland Ukes and one of 3 20's Hawaiian Ukes, all needing a fair bit of restoration and not all of which I can identify
  • 1920's SS Stewart Ukulele (project)
  • 1920's Mainland Mahogany Ukulele (project)
  • 1920's Kumalae type A Ukulele (project)
  • 1920's Aloha Mfg Co. Ukulele (project)
  • 1920's B&J "The Mele" Ukulele (project)
  • 1920's Mainland Koa Ukulele (project)
  • 1920's "Genuine Koawood" Brand Ukulele (project)
and that's a lot of Ukulele Projects!

They're all here!!!

And now I have a lot of work finding space for them never mind all of the fixing up some of them need

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