Kamaka is a family business with second and third generation luthiers crafting their beautiful ukuleles.Kamaka was started by Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka back in 1916. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth? Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold.I have sold a ton of guitars and other stringed instruments, and I am a fair and honest seller. It is in pristine, unused condition, with virtually no signs of wear, and it comes in its original case. All joints and seams are tight, and the koa wood is dazzling. yours may be one of the first ones, it has the same pastic white nut, but the saddle is different and may be the the earliest one, I see you shave it down for the action, I cut grooves in mine to keep the more original look.... There is not a nick, scratch, dent, or ding to be found. Yes the gold label tikis have the shorter ones and white label ones have the longer ones..all the ones I have and had.... And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail.
“So one day we sat down on the floor and she put her old Kamaka ukulele in my hands. Then she showed me how to strum the strings and taught me my first chord. From that day on, you had to pry the instrument away from me in order to get me to do anything else.” That first brush with musical fate took place in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where Jake was born and still makes his home.
Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item.
Compared to the 0-900 you'd pay for a brand new HP-1, the vintage stuff is very attractive these days. That said, this sweetie-pie old uke has some "road wear" with a bit of a reglued heel section, some (now) repaired hairline chip/crack bits, and a few nicks and scratches here and there.
“There was something about the uke that was different.
Music was my passion, but I had no idea that I could make it as a musician.