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Ukulele? For a Penny ?!?

posted 16 Aug 2018, 09:08 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 15:18 ]
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 "thats 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, sugnificantly upped.
Strangly enough though, (or maybe not?), I saw the same model in a "buy it now" offer with free delivery for exactly the same ammount 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?