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Original Post By: musicguymic Date: 5/11/2009 6:35:24 PM
Hopefully with Ken Murray taking over this year and the focus returning on ukulele all the bad will from the past can be buried and a wondeful fest occur. Look forward to Bill Tapia playing as well as seeing all the attendees. Hey I am even giving a workshp on collecting ukuleles
Posted By: Neil E Murphy Date: 5/11/2009 7:55:03 PM
What are the dates?
Posted By: jeff mercer Date: 5/11/2009 8:02:47 PM
Hey, MGM
Your workshop sounds pretty fascinating..what sort of subjects do you cover re; collecting ?

Collecting/researching vintage Hawaiian-made ukes is a major passion of mine, & I know you've handled some pretty incredible stuff over the years, so I'm sure I'd love it !

(just the small detail of living in Australia might be a problem re; attendance :0)...

Just for fun, here's the current "herd"..

c.27 Royal Hawaiian Style 1 ( made by Hawaiian Mahogany Co., not Kumalae, as I've read about 1000 times :0)
c.27 Echo Style 3 (see comment above !)
c.30 Royal Hawaiian Style 2
c.25 Mossman Style 3 ( Honolulu builder between 1919-1933, & hands down the best sounding uke in the collection!)
c.1913 Kumalae Style 2 (very early one, has a "cigar" label over the butt-strip, like the earliest Kamakas)
c.30 Kamaka Pineapple Style 3
c.20 Nuuanu Style 4 ( very little info on this company..incredibly figured koa !)
c.2? Kumalae 1 ( plain koa )
c.2? Kumalae 1 ( as above )
c.2? Kumalae 1 ( VERY flamey koa for a Style 1 !)
c.2? Kumalae 1 ( lightly flamed )
c.20 TABU Style 2 ( maker unknown,TABU stamp to back of headstock )
c.20 TABU Style 1 ( as above, looks to be same manufacturer, whoever it was !)
c.27 Aloha Style 0 ( TABU & AKAI stamp inside )
c.27 Aloha Style 2 Hawaiian Guitar ( TABU & AKAI stamp inside..not a uke, but a very rare instrument. Actual Hawaiian-made Hawaiian guitars from the teens/20's are very scarce, despite the fact that quite a few of the major makers offered them..where are they all ?)
c.24 Weissenborn Style 3 ( token mainland uke, again extremely rare..possibly only 50 or so ever made ?)
c.25 Paul F. Summers Style 1 ( great sounding uke !)
c.Royal Style 2 Concert ( another obscure one that I can't find any info on..probably mainland made )
and..um..I think that's it !!

Have a great fest, mate !
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 5/11/2009 8:32:44 PM
go to Nyukefest.com for details
Posted By: Neil E Murphy Date: 5/11/2009 9:32:45 PM
What is the date?
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 5/11/2009 10:05:50 PM
May 28th 29th 30th
Posted By: jeff mercer Date: 5/11/2009 10:20:08 PM
Glad I bothered typing all that..not interested ?

Have a great festival, all !

Cheers,
Jeff.
Posted By: Jim Vyhnak Date: 5/11/2009 10:43:55 PM
See you there, Mike! My wife and I have collecting questions, so we'll be attending your workshop. Are you bringing any hard cases with you, like the gold tweed ones? I need better cases than the ones I have.
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 5/12/2009 12:37:02 AM
Jeff thatis a great collection of Hawaiian Ukuleles. I would love to see the picture of the Nuuanu style 4 and its label...As for all the Hawaiian Guitars they are in my basement LOL
Posted By: Robtjm Date: 5/12/2009 9:48:52 AM
May 29, 30 and 31, isn't it?
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 5/12/2009 1:04:06 PM
right 29.30 and 31 sorry about that
Posted By: jeanadriane Date: 5/12/2009 8:42:00 PM
Jeff, two years ago Arch managed to hop over, so you just follow his footstep!

Michael, I'll love to meet up again! And to all you other folks, I'm the shorthaired blonde with a KoAloha soprano. Anybody planning to be in NY prior to 29/5? I'll be there the 21st, in the Gershwin. Looking 4ward to it all *so* much!
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 5/12/2009 8:45:28 PM
I will see your there as always... hey were going to a Broadway musical Thursday the 28th
Posted By: ToeBone Date: 5/13/2009 3:33:06 PM
I'm definitely interested in all that you typed in there, Jeff. In fact I copied it all for later!

I'd love to go to a uke collecting workshop - hey, a guy can dream!
Posted By: Tommy Date: 5/15/2009 7:36:22 PM
Aloha Michael, What show are you going to see?
Tommy
Posted By: musicguymic Date: 5/15/2009 10:07:28 PM
Jersey Boys My worker and one of my daughters hasn't seen it yet
Posted By: jeff mercer Date: 5/16/2009 10:37:28 PM
MGM,
Just added a late '20s Sam F. Chang to that list above..Very happy ! He was a very prolific maker in Waikiki for many years, and appears to be among the very first Hawaii-based builders to start making ukes in the "Martin" style..i.e more uniform bodies,( unfretted ) fingerboard extensions etc..basically copying the mainland manufacturers, rather than the other way around !

I'm afraid I'm a bit "post a photo" challenged, but the label in my Nuuanu Style 4 reads "GUARANTEED/GENUINE KOA/MADE IN/HAWAII/BY THE/NUUANU/Ukulele Co.,Honolulu", and it essentially corresponds to a Style 4 Kumalae ( Rope-bound top & soundhole, "variegated" rope up the middle of the fingerboard..ridiculously clean condition, looks like its never been played..!

Obviously I won't make your workshop, Micheal, but boy, I'd love to attend that !! :0)

Have a great time,all who are going !
Jeff.
Posted By: Anthony29 Date: 4/8/2018 1:40:00 AM
Wow, again - reading back posts, have you added to your collection? Do you do exhibits or workshops in NSW? Cheers, Anthony

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