James K. Radke

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The headstock of a Mauna Loa soprano ukulele, circa 1920’s

The headstock of a Mauna Loa soprano ukulele, circa 1920's

The headstock of a Mauna Loa soprano ukulele, circa 1920’s

Mauna Loa soprano Ukulele, front

Mauna Loa soprano Ukulele, front

Mauna Loa soprano Ukulele, front

Mauna Loa soprano Ukulele, front

Mauna Loa soprano ukulele made Lyon and Healy, circa 1920’s

http://database.ukulelecorner.co.uk/klm/lyon–healy

When they were producing Ukuleles they produced a number of interesting designed body shapes as well as 3 different brands of standard figure 8 ones. Washburn was the brand name given to the best Lyon & Healy Instruments, American Conservatory, (registered 1927), was given to the next best and Mauna Loa, (nothing to do with the 1950 Fin-der designed plastic models), was the brand name for the budget line. This line actually started a Mouna Loa because, though Lyon & Healy were trying to sound Hawaiian here to boost sales, they failed big time and spelt the name of Hawaii’s biggest volcano wrong, (it must have been a fun day at the office when they realized this!).

http://ukuleleguide.com/gallery.html

The Mauna Loa is made out of Nyssa wood which was not used by any other company than Lyon and Healy as far as I know.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyssa_sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica, Black Tupelo

J. K. Radke © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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