banjo ukulele by dennis taylor
The Melody Banjo Ukulele
The instrument has a small logo in gold lettering at the top on the neck, a LIONS HEAD and the words BRITISH MADE. It has a metal name plate which says MELODY-UKE. It was made by George Houghton and Sons (Birmingham, England). Houghton's maintained a stock catalogue of instruments (usually marked with a gold-embossed lion with the initials G. H. & S. underneath) with which many retailers and most of the wholesale houses made up their own catalogues. It has an eight and a 1/4 inch diameter drum with a steel tone ring under the skin which raises the centre. It has eight tensioner screws around the drum and has a closed back which measures ten and 1/2 inches across. Another excellent instrument to suit the beginner. Thanks to Rickio Woods, Seattle USA for the photographs Also to Jono Nuttall (NZ) and Percy Copley for information.