OK, so they are not that rare, but they are highly collectable, and great looking.
Mostly made before the war they are of varied quality, some badly built with high actions and wonky necks.
|Maple Dallas-D neck with attached support. Next to a Gibson and another USA made uke.|
This is a Dallas C. This is the strengthing pole i mentioned. Notice the screws where the neck is attached to the thin pot. In the background is the resonator with metal razor sharp flange. The C is cheaply made and put together, the sunburst finish adds a touch of Gibson class.
The B model. My personal favourite from the whole range. Lightweight with a 7.5 inch pot. This particular uke i had all the parts replated to give a cool chrome finish to the resonator flange.
Sanded down and ready to refinish B/2879
Re-chromed parts and new calf skin
Two cresent shaped pieces make up the resoantor flange, and the box resonator attaches via a screwthumb through the perch pole.
A Great beginners instrument. Rewarding to restore too.
|The number i can make out is 655-2..|
|For such a fantastic instrument the quality of the replacement resonator could not be compromised. Made by Shackleton instruments in Norfolk from Black American Walnut.|
|Once every part of the instrument had been restored it was time to reassemble.|
|Always a joy to put expensive ukes back together, this Gibson was no exception|
|Superb job on the resonator by Shackleton instruments, although i added around 10 coats of Tru-oil to complete it|
|Stunning finish to a Stunning Instrument|
|The resonator is a perfect match and looks incredible.|
|I've developed my own techniques to achieve this clear sheen finish without using spray cans.|
|Slowly adding the same layered finish to the necks.|
|On this UB-2 even the skin ring has been replated. The new owner wont even notice until the vellum needs to be changed!|
|In a sorry state|
|The Rose Decal|
|2 large wood screws pulled the neck tight to the pot. Notice the extra hole, thats how far out the neck was!|
|Mirror finish on the resonator|
|This photo shows the action and neck angle.|
|A re-badged GH&S Melody Minor.|