Manuel Nunes, Joao Fernandes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santo all arrived from Portugal in Hawaii on the Ravenscrag, in 1879, along with 400-plus other immigrants, to work the sugar cane fields.
Since that time he has answered almost 6,000 questions related to vintage ukuleles. Ray yes it would affect the value, but only if you were going to sell it..I personally wouldn't do it but be sure and keep the original tuners. Kamaka still one of my favorites...thanks for writin in c So thrilled you're back Chuck, I've sorely missed your musings. Manuel Nunes soprano, Pete Howlett concert and a Kumalae sopranino. After a fire destroyed his shop in 1998, he resumed building as a one-man operation.
These and similar forms are still popular throughout Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
These and other European instruments were originally imported into Hawaii by the immigrants, and continued to be imported through the late 19th century, even after local makers started building their own.
The one pictured here with the blue ribbon is an infamous Dixie banjo uke usually said to have been made in the 1950's, but in this case, judging by the tuners it may have been from much earlier.
Contrary to the usual description, the Dixie banjo ukulele appears to be made of cast zinc with chrome plating.