The tuners and nut are not original. The baritone is typically tuned like the highest four strings of a guitar, D G B E, in a non-re-entrant format meaning that the string pitches are ordered lowest to highest. The action can be easily adjusted by changing the angle of the neck with the screws that attach the neck to the body. The company was in business from 1917 to 1935 in Honolulu. Answer: Your ukulele was made by the Regal Musical Instrument Company of Chicago, Illinois. A little wear on the white edging and a tiny hairline crack on the fretboard near the body. She used it professionally and also played the piano.
Everything appears to be original, possibly even the strings. The earlier ones were made of seasoned mahogany, nicely figured. I think it is an 8 string tenor ukulele. It's a Roy Smeck uke with brass frets, the first i've ever seen i own another Roy Smeck with a plastic fret board. Answer: That's a nice ukulele you have - I actually own a pretty similar one that I am guessing was made by the same company. It's currently missing strings and one of the keys, which I took a picture of so that a replacement could be found. Though the instrument is vintage.
That depends on where you live and what kind of ukulele you want. A high end model in excellent condition can bring in thousands. It has an awesome vintage patina and is made from solid mahogany and rosewood bridge and fingerboard. There is some light wear that should show in the pictures. I am not sure about the specific manufacturer.
And it even has a zero fret. That is why it is difficult to say whether your ukulele is a Stewart or a Regal. Decorations on body, position markers on fretboard, and name stencilled in ivory. The pictures should show detail and condition. But as a practical matter my experience with the United States Postal Service as an eBay Buyer trying to collect insurance has not been easy.
This wood is beautiful and it sounds sweet! Harmony ukuleles, Dixie banjo ukes, pictures and descriptions Ukulele Picture Gallery Two ukuleles from the 1920's: The one on top is a plywood Harmony uke and the one on the bottom is a Mauna Loa, an inexpensive line made by Lyon and Healy. Is there any information on what the symbols mean or represent? This type of finish was popular on inexpensive instruments in the 1930s. As is common the 12th fret was missing and was replaced with steel since I couldn't find brass. No brands or marks present. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
It has a spruce top. They're are sought after by players and collectors. Most were made for the Southern California Music Company, and were stamped on the back of the headstock with the Southern California Music Company stamp. The wood tuners are something i have not seen on the Concert size. The Venetian was an inexpensive model, but they are still well-made and can sound pretty good. Compare Search Please select at least 2 keywords Most Searched Keywords. Banjo ukuleles were very popular during the 1920's.
Many thanks for your help and cheers for all at the Museum! In this case, having the most guitar-like features—deep rosewood body and spruce top—meant that the Ohana also had the most guitar-like sound in our roundup. I would guess that it was made in the early 1930s. He was in Hawaii in the 40's. Will need some new strings. It had a more modern sound than the mahogany ukes, and was very powerful when played hard, yet responsive and clear when played softly. New maple, ebony and bone bridge, and polishing the frets, as well as filing the edges of the frets to make it smoother to run my hands along the fretboard made an otherwise clumbsy old Uke into a nice playing uke. The stamp on the back of the headstock is a stamp used by many Hawaiian makers to verify that there ukuleles were genuine products of Hawaii.
I thought Harmony did solid woods right through the mid-'70's when it went out of business on its acoustic instruments, with the exception of a few laminated-birch soprano ukuleles. Another sign that it is a very early Martin is that the position markers are on the 5th, 7th, and 9th frets. It was manufactured by the Harmony Company in Chicago, Illinois circa 1940. I do not believe it to have ever been used as a child's toy from what I see and condition. Bought this last week in a carboot sale in London and would love to find out more about it.
Events Ticketing; Get to Know Us. Your ukulele is a very high-end Summers instrument. The two high pairs of strings are tuned in unison B and E , while the lower strings D and G are tuned in octaves and made it much easier to play by either strumming or using a pick. I will use a new box and fresh packing material. Stays in tune and has Harmony White Ivoriod tuners.
It has a small crack, but the one string still sounds pretty good. By May of 1928 the ukulele craze of the 1920s was dying out and I am guessing these were not made for long. I am posting an Ad from May of 1928 with a picture of the Band-o-uke. I have never heard of the maker. I'd estimate your ukulele to be from 1916 - 1920.