Harmony ukulele serial number dating
I was wondering the date of the Martin and if any more were made by Samuel or the Kamaka company. Martin did not make instruments, unless they were employee made instruments, without identification. Also, is it best to repair the strings and tuning knobs before selling or leaving as-is?
Martin workers are allowed to build a guitar for their own use after they have been with the company a stipulated period.On this page, we will display some of the questions and answers. at the bottom of the label stand for Barth, Lutchen, and Feinberg, a major musical instrument distributor based out of New York city in the 1920s.If you prefer not to have your question displayed publicly on this page, just let us know when you write us. They sold ukuleles made by various companies, putting their own labels inside (or having the manufacturer glue in the BL&F label). Based on the tuning pegs on your ukulele I would date it to around the first half of the 1920s.
The style 0 was a plain mahogany model, the style 2k is a fancier model made from Hawaiian koa wood. Martin made the 2k model like yours from the late teens through the early 1930s, when they started using a decal on the headstock.Since serial numbers weren't introduced until 1898, approximate dating of the earlier guitars can be accomplished by knowing when Martin made changes to their labels or to the brand, which can be found stamped into the back of the head, the upper part of the back, and just inside the soundhole on the long strut which reinforces the back joint. Ukuleles didn't have serial numbers, but Craig Thompson wrote, "I recently talked to the ukulele expert, Mike, at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.