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Weissenborn: Ukulele Window Shopping

Weissenborn: Ukulele Window Shopping

I find Weissenborn ukuleles very appealing. But $3,000?

Always wanted to have “Kelly Boy De Lima” scrawled across your fretboard? Other than that, a rad looking uke.

Charity auction for ukulele signed by Ingrid Michaelson.

Photos: Handsome young man smoking, Baltimore beach gang.

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  1. cardboardfrog May 29th, 2010 12:40 am

    $3000 for a uke?! i’m sorry but i don’t think there is such a thing as an instrument truly worth more than a thousand pounds.

  2. Howlin' Hobbit May 29th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Has G-string really been around long enough to have produces “vintage” instruments?

    @ cardboarfrog – check the prices on any luthier-built instrument from the violin family.

  3. Howlin' Hobbit May 29th, 2010 6:15 pm

    aaargh! “produces” = “produced.”

    Having a tense problem this morning.

  4. Woodshed May 31st, 2010 9:46 am

    cbf: For me and you, I dare say that’s true. For highly skilled musicians, they can get the extra value out of it.

    Hobbit: It’s not the first time I’ve seen something from the 90s described as vintage. Makes me feel very old.

  5. John Irving May 31st, 2010 11:07 am

    Loved the photos. One day when I have a spare room that I can make in to a uke shrine, I’d like to have stuff like that on the wall.

  6. Pete Howlett June 9th, 2010 12:04 am

    Recent auctions of my 16 year old instruments have been described as vintage. It really does devalue the word. Normally what happens is someone inherits one of these early 6 or 8 string tenors, Googles then pms me through my website to ask for provenance. i recently was asked if $1800 was a good price for one of these? Sheesh, I made them wholesale for $400 with the wood supplied back then so i cannot imagine how they thought $1800 was a fair price!

  7. Woodshed June 9th, 2010 11:09 am

    Pete: You should be charging more for your ukuleles.

    The problem with the word ‘vintage’ is that it’s been hijacked to mean ‘old’. If you’re using it in the wine sense of the word any year is a vintage.

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