This all Koa, 12 fret “Echo” guitar was made by the Hawaiian Mahogany Co., circa 1930. The Hawaiian Mahogany Co. was better known for their Echo ‘ukes. A soprano model with the name “Pele” on the headstock can be viewed on the Hawaiian page. I am unaware of any other historical information about the Echo guitar and would certainly appreciate any shared knowledge.
C.F. Martin 2K Taropatch
Catalogued by Martin in 1923 and last priced in 1931. The white celluloid binding is the norm of all Martin Style 2 and 2K appointments and is generally considered a standard bearer for the style reference of other manufacturers.
Sam F. Chang Tenor
I had the pleasure of meeting Sam Chang’s daughter, just after acquiring this Style 2 type Tenor. One of the many interesting stories told to me about her father, was the tale of Sam having no drivers licsense, riding his bicycle from their #27 Kauila St. home in Nuuanu to Waikiki to deliver his Ukes to the Summers shops. Circa 1930, quite possibly from 1925 – 1926 when listed in the Honolulu City Directory as residing at the Kauila St address. Reminds me of the Martin Models.
Harold Summers Tenor
Harold Summers like his brother Paul was a Ukulele and Guitar instructor on O’ahu during the “Golden Era” of Hawai’i. This tenor sized all Koa Ukulele is beautifully trimmed in Ivoroid with the Harold Summers Waikiki decal on the back of the headstock. This Tenor has all the makings of a Sam Chang instrument. Chang built Ukes for both Summers Brothers out of his home in Nuuanu on the outskirts of downtown Honolulu.
Leonardo Nunes Taropatch
I’d been tempted to list this Uke on the “Haole Koa” page considering Leonardo Nunes was living in Los Angeles, Ca. after 1913 when this Taropatch was built. John King’s exceptional publication “Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar Makers 1884 to 1930″ dated Leonardo as 5 years old when he arrived in Hawaii with father, Manuel and mother, Izabella in 1879.
The first of the Koa Taropatches to the collection and there’s an interesting story that needs to be shared. This Taro originally belonged to a minister in Texas, who according to his son from whom I acquired her ,”…was a cracker jack player”.
Manini, local slang for small, ie. childrens size. Center Style 3 ‘uke is from an unknown luthier, bearing only a Tabu stamp and the Hawaiian coat of arms. Manini’s on left and right of center are from Akai, maker of ‘ukuleles with Aloha Ukulele Manufacturing., Co., Ltd. A professionally engraved inscription on the neck of each ‘uke bears the words “Daddy to Theresa Ann Nov. 18, 1940” and “Daddy to Marie Claire, Nov. 18, 1940”. Dimensions are approximently 16 3/4″ from top of headstock to base, 4 3/4″ width at lower bout and a maximum 2″ thickness.