9/25/2012

c.1930 Harmony-made PMICo "Peter Pan" Ukulele




This gorgeous little soprano uke was made by Harmony around 1930 and features the same nice construction typical of their upscale "Vita Uke" models -- that is, lightweight build, good materials, and nice craftsmanship. It has a great sweet, warm tone with nice volume that's especially suited for strumming. The typical 13" scale and wider-than-normal nut (Harmony did that a lot) makes it a comfortable chord machine, too.


My work included a neck reset, bridge reglue, fret level/dressing, cleating of a hairline crack to the top at the treble side of the bridge (I used a larger cedar patch for reinforcement), light hairline crack repair to the back and sides, cleaning, and general setup. It plays darn well, now.


I loe the "Peter Pan" script with pan-pipe-playing Peter in a red, feathered hat. The nut is bone (and original) and it has this pearloid/"mother of toilet seat" material on the headstock and fretboard, both.



Simple black dot position markers and brass frets.


Nice, plain mahogany in a naturally medium brown finish. Looks real classy!



So, this is bound in cream celluloid on the top and back edges and also has this cool black/pearloid/black edging all around the top edge. The soundhole has multi-ply binding as its rosette.



You can't even see them, but there are a few tight hairline cracks to this side that I glued up and made secure. 




The cream binding against the medium-brown mahogany is pretty appealing, I must say.




These friction pegs have ivoroid buttons and are the same type as used on the fancier Roy Smeck "Vita Uke" models, also made by Harmony. They're a nice-looking (and better-functioning) improvement vs. the usual bakelite-buttoned pegs seen on most period ukes.


Neck set is good to go, now.



Here's the cute soundhole label. REAL cute. Note the "Progressive Musical Instrument Corp" branding.. this is the same PMICo that one finds on various instruments made by all of the Chicago "big three" -- Regal, Kay, and Harmony.

3 comments:

Thomas Regnier said...

I'v got a harmony that's nearly identical to this one (only it lacks the back binding and has more standard pegs), and I have to say, they're the most beautiful Harmony designs ever, in my opinion.

Are you planning on selling this one? If so, I'd like to tentatively take first dibs. :)

Charlie said...

I believe Oscar Schmidt also made some PMICo instruments. I have a PMICo guitar that carries all the OS characteristics, late 1930's. Charlie

Antebellum Instruments said...

Charlie: Fair enough. :)