Every week or so, Robert Wheeler (the Founder of Ukulele Consciousness), and I get together with three or four ukuleles from his collection and a six pack of beer. After a round of discussion and ukulele strumming and comparison, we usually go to lunch at the incomparable Paddock Lounge, a Ukuleletown institution.
The ukuleles Robert brings over each time usually represent some interesting node of ukulele conscious, a swirling trend or some graceful historical arc.
(Stay on-topic, Craig) This week Robert brought over four ukuleles from the
The stand out piece of the group was the fourth one, stamped inside a “Peter Pan Ukulele”. Most probably made by Regal in the 40s and distributed by Progressive Musical Instruments. The Peter Pan had lovely upscale Harmony type tuners, a separate saddle, excellent mahogany and a care and craftsmanship that is usually associated with Martin ukuleles. Whoever had crafted the ukulele was certainly very familiar with Martins. Plain, no binding, but extremely well done. It had a sound that was bright, but with that nice mahogany “throat”.
I think it’s charming to name a ukulele after Peter Pan, because, after all, none of us wants to grow up.