Leonardo Nunes

Leonardo Nunes Soprano Ukulele hawaii
Made in Hawaii
prior to the move
Leonardo Numes Radiotenor Concert scale Ukulele
RadioTenor
courtesy of Ukulelefriend.com
Leonardo Nunes was one of Manuel Nunes's Sons but he left the M. Nunes & Sons Company and started up his own in the late teens. Soon after, (before 1920), he moved from Honolulu to Los Angeles and set production up there. Here he produced Ukuleles for a lot of the major Californian music shops and branded them Ukulele O Hawaii, (one thing about this branding though was Gretsch also used it on their Kaholas range?) Leonardo Nunes, as a company at least, continued producing Ukuleles into the 1930's. He made mainly Sopranos to start with with different levels of binding and decoration  but he also made Minis, (Concert scale) Taropatches, (Tenor scale), Tiple Ukuleles and a (Soprano scale) 6 string variant long before Sam Kamaka jnr. "invented" the Lili'u. Though, like the Lili'u, it still only had 4 courses with 2 of them being doubled, in this case it was the middle two with the outer courses being single strings; possibly meant as some kind of cut down Tiple Ukulele? I have only seen one so it is possible this was only a prototype too and was never in full production; I have never seen a Leonardo Nunes Pineapple either? In 1926 the Radio Tenor trademark was registered by Leonardo Nunes for use on a new range of Concert scale Ukuleles, (apparently production of them actually started in 1925) though it was considered a Tenor at the time. He also appears to have switched to a pin bridge for all of his Ukuleles around this time and used less rope and more ring decoration.

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