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Thread: Sound Comparison- 1950 Martin Soprano verses 2017 Koaloha Long neck soparno

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    Default Sound Comparison- 1950 Martin Soprano verses 2017 Koaloha Long neck soparno

    Here is a short sound sample..Battle of the little frail old man martin verses the new Big kid muscle Koaloha....
    ( 2017 Koaloha Long Neck Soprano Koa 14 fret to body verses Mahogany Martin style 1 1950 12 fret.)

    Both have Living waters strings

    martin is 1. and Koaloha is 2


    Pluck and thumb strum test
    ( I think the Koaloha wins this, number 2)

    https://soundcloud.com/user-67035804...018-1-03-08-pm

    fast strum test
    ( i think the older martin wins hand down for sound (1) more complex, richer, janglier and interesting

    https://soundcloud.com/user-67035804...018-5-04-24-pm
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    Last edited by uketanzon; 04-28-2018 at 11:16 AM.
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    My guess is that #1 is the Martin. I prefer #2 by a wide margin.

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    My ear must have really gone south, as I honestly cannot tell ANY difference between the two !! But they both sound good !!

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    To my ear there is not an appreciable difference in sound between the two. It's a draw!
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    I do not know which is the Martin but I like sound sample 2 the best.

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    I think the Martin is the first one, but they sound very, very similar.
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    Answer

    Number 1 Martin
    Number 2 Koaloha

    As the player I think the martin has a bit more sweeter and warmer tone.......and the Koaloha has a bit more clarity, brightness and note seperation and is much easier to play and fret.
    Last edited by uketanzon; 04-26-2018 at 08:47 AM.
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    Martin IZ Commenorative Tenor
    Martin style 1 1950 soprano
    Koaloha Long Neck Soprano Koa
    Kamaka 100 year anniversary model hf-1
    Southern Cross Banjo Concert

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    Martin is #1

    Koaloha is #2

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    Second one sounds somewhat brighter. I think older instruments loose that characteristic a bit.

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    Old man martin (1) held his own against the younger and beefier Koaloha,(2) but did he win the fight? no so sure....ha
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    Last edited by uketanzon; 04-26-2018 at 10:06 AM.
    (Originally a Northern Yankee
    But now a good old southern boy)

    Martin IZ Commenorative Tenor
    Martin style 1 1950 soprano
    Koaloha Long Neck Soprano Koa
    Kamaka 100 year anniversary model hf-1
    Southern Cross Banjo Concert

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