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VEHICLE NUMBER PLATE ‘843 UKE’ FOR SALE.

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BANJO UKE: FORMERLY OWNED BY GEORGE FORMBY AND DISPLAYED IN THE ‘CHINESE ROOM’ OF HIS HOME ‘BERYLDENE’, MAINS LANE, LITTLE SINGLETON. This instrument comes with FULL PROVENANCE including an an original signed, dated, and very detailed letter from the former owner telling of how he and his family got to know George Formby in the late 1930’s, and in this letter he writes about how he came to own this instrument. £3,000. SOLD


SELECTION OF VINTAGE BANJO UKES. A very good friend of mine has a number of nice vintage banjo ukes that are in need of some TLC to bring them back to their best. These instruments are definitely restorable and are nowhere near being ‘basket cases’. They include a J. R. Stewart ‘Le Domino’ (c.1927) and a William Lange. This is an ideal opportunity for someone to restore some fine instruments and they can be sold either individually or collectively. Please contact me for f urther details on 01691 828850 or email me at theukuleleman.com@gmail.com.


ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ De-Luxe Banjo Uke (March 1974). This instrument is in absolutely MINT condition. It is an immaculate example of a top-tension banjo uke made by Jack Abbott Jnr. and it is named, signed by the maker, and dated - all on the internal wooden hoop. Straight neck and perfect fingerboard and frets. Original tuning pegs. ‘Abbott’ transfer on the peghead. Multiple position dots on the bound fingerboard together with small black position markers on one side of the binding. Fourteen top-tension bolts. Adjustable tailpiece. Immaculate plating throughout. Plated brass spinning with an internal wooden hoop and an integral flange containing decorative cut-outs. Attractive inlaid resonator with central pearloid button. Fitted with an excellent calfskin vellum and an Eddie Uttley non-tip bridge. This Abbott banjo uke has a great sound and a perfect playing action. It comes complete with a lovely Savage & Hoy black hard shaped case with an internal pocket and a very well padded deep red plush velvet lining. £2,950.




ABBOTT ‘MONARCH’ (Bottom Tension) Banjo Uke (1973). This banjo uke is named, signed by the maker, and dated - all on the internal wooden hoop. This is one of the early Abbott Monarch’s made by Jack Abbott Jnr. and it is one of the more desirable but harder to find ‘bottom tension’ models that he made in the early 1970’s. These early bottom tension instruments were made using Jack’s limited number of original hooks, tapered nuts and shoes left over from the production of his father’s original pre-war Abbott banjo ukes made in the late 1920’s 1930’s, but when the old parts were used up the instrument was re-designed as a ‘top tension’ version.  Straight neck, no wear to the frets and only a tiny amount of barely visible wear to the first two positions on the fingerboard. Original tuning pegs. ‘Abbott’ transfer on the decorated peghead. Straight neck with multiple position dots on the fingerboard. Fourteen tension hooks, nuts and shoes. Sturdy recessed bezel and the excellent early version of the adjustable tailpiece. Plated brass spinning with integral flange containing decorative cut-outs. Fitted with a great calfskin vellum and an Eddie Uttley non-tip bridge. It comes complete with a lovely ‘Roger Bamford’ black hard shaped case with a padded deep red plush velvet lining and an internal pocket containing the original Abbott tension key. This rare Abbott banjo uke has a lovely sound and a perfect playing action. £2,950. SOLD


(Made by J. G. ABBOTT & Co.) ‘WILL VAN ALLEN’ Banjo Uke (c.1926). (The photos and the details were provided by the owner. Better photos are available when you click on the blue title text). Made by J. G. Abbott & Co. under the name ‘Will Van Allen - New Revelation’ and sold to the music shop in Charing Cross Road, London, run by two well-known entertainers and banjo players William Dodds and Olly Oakley. This is a long-scale instrument and it shares same pot and neck as the large resonator model. Original tuning pegs. Original transfer label on the headstock. Fourteen hooks, nuts and shoes. Star-shaped convex resonator on the back with a central button. Comes with a gig bag. £395.







BEDDOES ‘NEW CONCERT’ GIBSON UB-2 STYLE Banjo Uke (c.1978). This is a great banjo uke that was made by a very well-respected maker. Light to hold, easy to play and with a great playing action, this is a fine looking and gorgeous sounding Ron Beddoes ‘New Concert’ banjo uke and this one is a slightly later example of his bottom-tension design made loosely in the style of a Gibson UB-2. Straight neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Modern replacement tuning pegs. Plated ‘NC’ (New Concert) metal logo on peghead. Original nut. Spliced neck. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard bound along each side and inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl dots. Fourteen bottom-tension hooks and shoes shoes around the pot. Tailpiece fixed to the body therefore it will always remain in the same position. Old vellum in great condition. Gibson UB-2/3 style resonator with binding around the outside edge. Modern lockable hard shaped case with black exterior and grey internal plush velvet padded lining with internal pocket and lid (lock key inside), into which this banjo uke fits perfectly. £950.



DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL BANJO UKE (c.1939). Other than one of the rare original 1938 gold-plated Dallas ‘E models, the ‘D’ model is reckoned to be the most desirable of the widely respected Dallas ‘George Formby’ range. Sorry for the delay, but Full Details will be available soon.


DALLAS ‘D’ MODEL BANJO UKE (c.1940). SOLD


DALLAS ‘E’ MODEL BANJO UKE (1938/39). £1,850. SOLD


GIBSON UB-1 Banjo Uke (c.1928). (Photos from the vendor’s website). Made by the famous Gibson company in their factory at Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A., this could be an ideal little banjo uke for a youngster or a beginner. With its 6 inch (8.4 cms) diameter pot it is light to hold and easy to play and this one comes with a hard case. Small ‘disc’ resonator. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot markers. Original Grover patent friction pegs. ‘The Gibson’ logo. For full details Email: philip.alexander@johnalveyturner.co.uk or Phone: 07986 285584.


GIBSON UB-2 Banjo Uke (c.1927). With a re-finish of real quality this Gibson is in great condition. The bonus is that it has all of its correct original fittings, with the original vintage Grover tuning pegs (in perfect original condition) inside the pocket of the Grafton hard shaped case. Even the fitted tuning pegs are of high quality. This Gibson produces a stunning sound and it has a straight neck with pristine frets and playing positions on the fingerboard - which is inlaid with three mother-of-pearl position dots. It still has the original ‘The Gibson’ (in silver) at the top of the peghead, fourteen original flatted tension hooks, nuts and shoes, as well as the original ‘Nashville’ tailpiece, and it’s fitted with an Eddie Uttley non-tip maple bridge. The finish on the resonator does show some signs of minor crazing but as you can tell from the photographs it is not readily apparent. It comes complete with a lockable black ‘Grafton’ hard shaped case with plush grey padded lining. £1,475.




GIBSON UB-3 Banjo Uke (c.1927). £1,850 SOLD


LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). £1,950. SOLD


LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). In my opinion Ludwig banjo ukes (with Gibson banjo ukes a close second) were the finest ever made, and the ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ is the least expensive example that you are able to buy. All Ludwig banjo ukes were identical in construction and only differ in terms of  their external decoration, and they were only made between 1927 and 1929. Ludwig’s highly decorated models are extremely hard to find and fetch a premium price, but as the least expensive (but still pricey) banjo uke in the Ludwig range there are more examples of the ‘Wendell Hall’ around than any of the others. This example is in beautiful condition for its 95 years and with a lovely playing action and great sound. Made of American Walnut throughout. Straight neck and almost no wear to the frets and fingerboard. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard with four inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots. Original tuning pegs. Replacement ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ transfer on the beautifully re-finished peghead. Original nickel-plating in great condition and original  removable armrest and tailpiece. Sixteen original top-tension bolts. Original transfer around the side of the resonator still complete and in great condition. Original ‘Wendell Hall’ paper label still attached to the inside of the resonator. Original ‘Ludwig’ top quality calfskin vellum in fantastic condition for its age (stamped on the back). Original cream coloured ivoroid binding around the side of the resonator. Complete with modern lockable hard shaped case with plush black velvet padded lining and internal pocket (containing the keys) with lid. £1,850.


LUDWIG ‘WENDELL HALL PROFESSIONAL’ Banjo Uke (c.1927). This banjo uke makes a wonderful sound and has been beautifully restored and comes with a very attractive ‘sunburst’ finish on the back of the resonator and the back of the neck. Made of American Walnut throughout. Straight neck and no wear to frets and just a few small in-filled areas on the first few playing positions. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard with four inlaid mother-of-pearl position dots. Original period vintage ‘Grover’ friction tuning pegs. Original ‘Wendell Hall Professional’ transfer on peghead. Original nickel-plating in great condition with original removable armrest and tailpiece. Sixteen original top-tension bolts. Part of the original ‘Wendell Hall’ paper label is still attached to the inside of the resonator. Great calfskin vellum. Original cream ivoroid binding around the bottom side of the resonator. The last owner only parted with it in order to buy an even higher grade instrument. Great playing action and wonderful sound. Comes complete with modern lockable hard shaped case with plush black padded lining and an internal pocket (containing the key) with lid. £1,675.


MARKENDALE GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (1992). Complete with its original Certificate of Manufacture signed and dated by Gordon Markendale, the serial number ‘002’ shows that this banjo uke was only the second one of this style that he ever made. This is a great sounding example in absolutely stunning MINT original condition, with a straight neck and no faults whatsoever! The ‘snowflake and diamond’ inlays and the ‘sunburst’ finish are both extremely attractive, but an extra bonus is that this instrument comes complete with a superb lockable, made-to-measure, plush lined hard shaped case, with internal padding and pocket with lid. Only a few of these lovely cases were imported from the USA by Dave Barnes and were sold by him and Eddy Uttley for £150 each. They sold like hot cakes! This banjo uke and case are both in pristine condition. £1,575.





MARKENDALE GIBSON UB-3 COPY Banjo Uke (c.1994). Another lovely banjo uke in MINT original condition. It was made by the late Gordon Markendale who produced fine instruments based upon the designs of the top vintage banjo uke manufacturers of the 1920’s such as Ludwig, Gibson, and Abbott. Markendale quickly developed a reputation for making excellent banjo ukes which not only looked good but also sounded good, and they became very popular amongst players and remain popular today. This Gibson UB-3 copy is all original with a straight neck and no wear to the fifteen frets or to the rosewood fingerboard. Grover tuning pegs. Markendale name at the top of the peghead. Original nut. Snowflake and diamond mother-of-pearl inlays on the peghead and fingerboard. Fingerboard bound in cream ivoroid with four black position dots along one side. Fourteen hooks, nuts, and shoes, and original Grover ‘Nashville’ tailpiece. Very attractive ‘Sunburst’ finish on the neck, the body, and the resonator. The resonator itself is bound with cream ivoroid and has a decorative ring inlaid into it. Comes complete with a good quality black hard shaped case with made-to-measure plush velvet lining and an internal pocket and lid. Great value at £1,300.


MUSIMA Banjo Uke (c.2015). £125. SOLD


 RON SPIERS ‘SUPREME’ Banjo Uke (1986). This is a superb original example of one of Ron Spiers top banjo ukes. Before retiring to live near Bath, engineer Ron Spiers lived near Ruislip (Middlesex) and he knew banjo uke maker Ron Beddoes who lived nearby. When Ron Beddoes decided to finish making banjo ukes due to ill health, Ron Spiers bought his tools and equipment and started to design and make banjo ukes of his own - very much in a similar style to the very popular ‘New Concert’ banjo ukes that Ron Beddoes had successfully made. These instruments were always beautifully made and this example is in gorgeous original condition. It’s ideal  for a moderate player looking to buy a better instrument on which to play. Straight (spliced) neck and no wear to the frets or the fingerboard. Modern replacement tuning pegs. Ebonised peghead with original ‘R. S. Supreme’ plated oval badge in the middle. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother-of-pearl position dots. Plated metal flange with thirty decorative circular holes. Sixteen top-tension bolts. ‘Ludwig’ style plated scalloped bezel. Original plated tailpiece. Three neat knurled threaded and plated resonator securing bolts. Maple neck and resonator, with attractive wooden inlay pattern on the back of the resonator, ivoroid binding around the bottom edge of the resonator, and an attractive ‘Ludwig’ style patterned inlaid wooden strip all the way around the side. This banjo uke comes complete with a ‘Cartwright’ black hard shaped case with deep red internal padded lining, and an internal pocket with padded lid containing two small purple velvet bags containing two spare ebony-tipped bridges and a top-tension key for adjusting the vellum. £1,450.


STROMBERG-VOISINET Banjo Uke (c.1930). These banjo ukes were made to an extremely high standard in Chicago U.S.A. and this instrument is similar to the one shown on page 218 of my book (but with no pyralin - or ‘mother of toilet seat’ as the Americans liked to call it!). Apart from the replaced tuning pegs,bridge, and strings (and possibly the vellum) this instrument is in totally original condition inside and out. Mahogany neck, pot and resonator. Attractively spliced neck. Inlaid decorative strip around the pot and attractive decoration on the back of the resonator. Pristine ebonised fingerboard (Pearwood?) with fifteen pristine frets and four mother-of-pearl position dots. Arrow straight neck. The high quality calfskin vellum is old but probably not the original one, nevertheless it is a cracker! Nice wide fingerboard. Attractive cut-outs on top of the engraved metal flange which runs around the top and side of the resonator. Cream ivoroid binding around the bottom edge of the resonator. Sixteen flatted hooks, nuts, shoes and a ‘Nashville’ tailpiece all from the same supplier used by the famous ‘Gibson’ company. This banjo uke is comfy to hold, it plays beautifully and it produces a lovely sound. I have owned several of these banjo ukes and only sold them reluctantly in order to help purchase much more expensive instruments. They are absolutely fantastic value and I can recommend them unreservedly. This example comes complete with a period hard shaped case with internal lidded pocket. Tremendous value at £750.


WINDSOR ‘WHIRLE’ No.7 Banjo Uke (1929). This banjo uke is an absolute belter! ‘Windsor’ banjo ukes can be very average at best, but this one is light to hold, great sounding and in MINT condition with its original case. Straight neck with no wear to the frets and barely any wear to the fingerboard. Original friction tuning pegs. Beautiful shaped and constructed headstock on top of which is the original ‘The Whirle’ metal badge together with eight attractive mother-of-peal decorative inlaid position markers. Original cream nut. Sixteen-fret ebony fingerboard inlaid with multiple mother of pearl dot and clover leaf position markers. Beautiful spliced maple neck with triple banded decoration. Attractive birds-eye maple pot and resonator. Original bezel. Ten original bottom-tension hooks, nuts and shoes. Original armrest. Original and very attractive ‘Windsor’ shaped tailpiece. Original plated metal flange decorated with nine circular holes. Two original threaded resonator mounts. Decorative black binding around the bottom edge of the resonator. All metal parts with their beautiful nickel-plating in truly fantastic condition for its age. Internal tone-ring. Comes complete with its original black hard shaped case with internal pocket and red brushed cotton lining. Absolutely gorgeous inside and out, light to hold and play, and best  of all it produces a fabulous sound. £1,200.


 * Before the ‘Windsor’ company was bombed out of existence in December 1940 during a German air raid they had been the most prolific producers of musical instruments that this country has ever seen. Many of their cheapest models were rather poor in terms of materials, construction, playability, and sound, but their top models were often excellent, and this was certainly true of their banjo ukes - although their system of numbering was completely shambolic! The banjo uke models were numbered 1 to 10. Easy? Not quite! The 1, the 2, and the 2a were variations on the same model, and the 5 and 5a were variations on a different model. The 10 was the cheapest and the next four dearer ones (in order) were the 5, the 5a, the 9, and the 4. The number 3 was made to an old fashioned ‘zither banjo’ design but was quite expensive, and the 9 was a copy of an early ‘Keech’ model ‘A’. The third best banjo uke was the 1, the second best was the 7, and best of all was the 6. What a nightmare!!!


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