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    Default Absolutely Perfect Cosmetically?

    I've bought a couple of ukes that were reduced in price because they had imperfections or slight damage. "Slight" is an overstatement. Some day I'll have to go over my ukuleles with a magnifying glass and see if any of them are cosmetically perfect.

    I figure saving $50 or more to get a uke that has a mark I have trouble finding is worth it. After several weeks or months of use, I imaging most ukuleles get a tiny mark or two.

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    Sounds good to me. If you buy an instrument as a player vs as a museum piece or as a collector, I think those marks only give it character.

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    'Seconds' are usually well worth buying.

    So far, I haven't bashed any of mine, but I know the day will come, & whilst I will probably swear at the time, as long as no real damage happens, that's life.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Sounds good to me. If you buy an instrument as a player vs as a museum piece or as a collector, I think those marks only give it character.
    Yes, character. The man who leads our Saturday group has a couple of very good Martins that are definitely well-used - and look it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    'Seconds' are usually well worth buying.

    So far, I haven't bashed any of mine, but I know the day will come, & whilst I will probably swear at the time, as long as no real damage happens, that's life.
    I'm afraid I just gave in and bought an Ohana SK-21A sopranino from Pennly Lane Emporium. It has a tiny dent on the back, so it was $179, delivered.
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    If I own it, it won't stay pristine for long anyway, so why not?
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    2nd's are especially great if the damage is on the back! That's the last place I am going to notice a scuff/dent/issue with the finish. I'd almost welcome one of those to save a few bucks.
    Alternately, there's something to be said about buying 2nd's because psychologically they are already beat up/damaged/not-perfect. So in my mind that gives me freedom to not-baby it as much since it wasn't in mint condition initially (if that makes any sense)
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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    Quote Originally Posted by igorthebarbarian View Post
    2nd's are especially great if the damage is on the back! That's the last place I am going to notice a scuff/dent/issue with the finish. I'd almost welcome one of those to save a few bucks.
    Alternately, there's something to be said about buying 2nd's because psychologically they are already beat up/damaged/not-perfect. So in my mind that gives me freedom to not-baby it as much since it wasn't in mint condition initially (if that makes any sense)
    Right about that. I bought a soprano with a messed up back. I sanded and refinished it, and it's better, but far from prefect, which is fine with me.

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    I had a chance to buy a Córdoba’ second a few years ago at a deeply discounted price, about a 1/3 off. I cannot find any imperfections in it and it plays like a dream.

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    I'd be okay with a less than perfect uke if it was advertised and priced accordingly.
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