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coolkayaker1
05-27-2015, 10:36 PM
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I've had my eyeballs peeled for a tiny falsetto looker for a while now. Call me a fetishist, but I actually wanted an older one.

Finally spotted one--the elusive buggers, as fearful of broad daylight as a roach--and when she shot me that cyclops-stink eye, I threw up in my mouth a bit, so startled was I.

You see, I was just moseying around, kicking a can, minding my own business, when I caught a flash of the crushed-velvet blue nap in her case. Then it was her: that thin neck, the pinched waistline, those hardwood curves resplendent in black-white-black-white-black-white jewelry. Ooo, la-la! Granted, this little nonagenarian is a touch antique, even for my esoteric tastes. But still, she's managed to retain that youthful body-shimmer if you stare at her just right (try it: one eye fully closed, the other staring at the far wall).

To put it bluntly, I was saltwater taffy: as gooey and overly-sweet on her as a lousy confection. So smitten was I that, had she asked me for my left incisor, I would have handed it to her, with a pair of bloody pliers, on a goddamned silver platter!

It's a wonder that I could think straight enough to ask her to my place for a nightcap. But I did. Astonishingly, she said "Yes". No conditions or anything!

Pssst. It's the next morning. And (whispering) she's still here, smoking a Camel filterless and making herself an omelette with the rancid eggs from the back of my fridge.

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2015, 11:06 PM
Is she on facebook mate? Wouldn't mind sending her a friend request...

Ukulele Eddie
05-28-2015, 03:22 AM
Wow, that is beautiful. What year? And, how was the omelette? ;-)

sam13
05-28-2015, 03:28 AM
Is she on facebook mate? Wouldn't mind sending her a friend request...

Very Funny, John. LOL

Fancy looking, what year is Marty? Congrats to the new happy couple, I bet the others will be jealous.

RPA_Ukuleles
05-28-2015, 06:04 AM
Dude, that may actually be a guy (it has a mustache). Well, come to think of it so did my aunt Hoppy.

But it is pretty. It has a certain oh I don't know what, um... "Je ne sais quoi". Yeah that's it. :o

Congratulations.

Dan Uke
05-28-2015, 06:08 AM
so nice!! when are you getting a 5K?

Ukejenny
05-28-2015, 06:13 AM
Very beautiful ukulele. Very jarring description.

Mattyukaholic
05-28-2015, 06:26 AM
Beautiful. I'd give a left and right incisor for her.

Doc_J
05-28-2015, 07:40 AM
Congrats Steve! Glad you didn't loose teeth in obtaining such a rare ageless, classy beauty. :)

NewKid
05-28-2015, 07:51 AM
Just what you needed Steve! A vintage Martin. Congrats!

UkuLincoln
05-28-2015, 09:06 AM
Ooooh! Lovely looking ukulele.

Camsuke
05-28-2015, 12:03 PM
Congratulations Coolkay, what a beauty! Any chance of a SOUND SAMPLE PLEASE?

tbeltrans
05-28-2015, 12:22 PM
Congratulations Coolkay. That looks like a style 3 Martin. Your initial description reads like a short story. What year is your Martin? Is there a club for vintage Martin owners?

Tony

coolkayaker1
05-28-2015, 04:12 PM
Thanks so much for the shout out, all.

It's circa 1929-ish. I don't have a sound sample, but it sounds lovely (I'm one of those who think most vintage Martins sound the same, to be honest--lol. But Koa does sound different than Hog). I have other Martins, but never found the right price for a Martin 3 Koa. That is the key, the Koa. This one was sort of a hole in my collection as I have Koa Style 1 and Style 2 vintage Martins already. Anyhow, finally, it came to pass. From an online seller in HI, actually. Great price, and no missing teeth. lol And the case is true to the era, too (which is uncommon). It's all about patience with finding the right vintage uke at the right price. And, no, Daniel, no Martin 5K in my plans ever. Saving that purchase for you. :-)

Anyhow, I'm far from an expert on Martin ukuleles (my complete body of knowledge on dating and such comes from Walsh & King), but I have a feel for the market on these from buying and selling quite a few. If anyone is eyeing one and wants two cents, PM me anytime. (And that's about what my opinion is worth--maybe three cents when I'm fully awake and thinking with both halves of my brain).

Thanks again for the eyeballs and kindness, friends.

tbeltrans
05-29-2015, 01:12 AM
Interesting comment about most vintage Martins sounding the same, coolkayaker1. I have been told the same thing. Apparently, it doesn't matter (when purchasing mid-20s Martin ukuleles, whether you are buying a style 0,1,2,3, or 5, the "good" ones all have "the sound" and the rest is a matter of "bling" (increasing with the number). However, not all Martins from that era have "the sound". The same is true of vintage Martin guitars. The "pre-war" Martin guitars are highly desirable. Gruhn Guitars in Nashville (George Gruhn) is generally considered to be a major (if not THE) authority on vintage guitars. He wrote an interesting article about how many guitar players have gotten bitten by the "vintage bug" and want most anything vintage. Such customers, having never encountered a vintage Martin, will play some of what he has in stock at any given moment and become disillusioned because only one or two, or none will measure up to the hype surrounding these instruments. He said that when you find a good one, it really does live up to the hype, but finding a good one is the key.

I have only encountered one vintage Martin, the one I own. I compared it to the new Martin 2K and other sopranos by higher end builders that were in stock, and it just sang by comparison. These other sopranos sounded great, but this one had a roundness, especially in the mid range that none of the others had. The highs seemed different and more full too. The result was that it sounded much less "plinky" than the other sopranos. That may be purely a factor of age, I really don't know. I don't intend to beomce a collector, but just wanted one soprano that fit my ideal sound, and that one was it.

Regarding the case, mine came with the original case in good shape too (1925 Martin 2K) and is all original, as is the ukulele. I have been told that having that case is unusual, as you mentioned in your post. I don't think completeness like this comes around very often, but I could be wrong about ukuleles. I know that in vintage guitars, it is quite rare in the older pre-war Martins. Usually, there is refinishing, crack repairs, replaced tuners, replaced bridges, or whatever.

I am going by what I have been told by knowledgeable people, rather than from first hand experience regarding ukuleles. Until I have seen a number of these vintage ukuleles, I won't be able to say from first hand experience. I have had quite a bit of exposure to vintage Martin guitars, but only owned one - a 1927 0-17, which I did not care much for and sold not too long after buying it.

Tony

coolkayaker1
05-29-2015, 02:42 AM
Excellent observations on Martin ukes and guitars, Tony. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

My experience agrees with your notion that all styles, regardless of "bling", sound very similar. I have read, and heard, that the Martin 3s, for instance, were made by the pre-eminent ukulele luthiers at Martin (sort of like Casey Kamaka-built K ukes versus production line), and from choice woods. Well, I cannot tell the difference between them based on either workmanship (e.g. stray glue, loose builds, warpage, etc.) or based on sound. So, yep, agree: unless one is a collector, no reason to spring for more bling. Perhaps one exception to this, now that I ponder, is resale. I believe the higher Styles will command more resale value in future markets over, say, a Style 0. There are just so darn many of the O's. For example, in 1925 (looking at Walsh/King book), Martin made only 780 of your 2Ks (wow, nice uke, Tony!), but made 7032 Style O Mahogany sopranos!!

To your point about new Martin ukes versus vintage, I couldn't agree more. For instance, sticking with your example, I own two new Martin 2K models (different only in Koa figuring) and they are not comparable to the older Koa Martins--the older ones are louder, more full ranged (as you say), and have more jangle and sustain. Why? I've always attributed it to the dryness of the vintage wood. I could be dead wrong. lol

I would consider a Martin 000 vintage if the right one were to come along. I know little about guitars in general, although my interest has recently peaked for no apparent reason whatsoever. lol. Haven't even been listening to Clapton or anything. Weird.

So, Tony, you have started at the top with that vintage 2K. As I see it, you now need a 3K, 1K, 0M, 1M, 2M, 3M (nongdam will eventually buy that 5K, so we can live though him on that one) and your collection will be complete. You are only 6 measly ukes away from having the set!

tbeltrans
05-29-2015, 10:46 AM
Excellent observations on Martin ukes and guitars, Tony. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

My experience agrees with your notion that all styles, regardless of "bling", sound very similar. I have read, and heard, that the Martin 3s, for instance, were made by the pre-eminent ukulele luthiers at Martin (sort of like Casey Kamaka-built K ukes versus production line), and from choice woods. Well, I cannot tell the difference between them based on either workmanship (e.g. stray glue, loose builds, warpage, etc.) or based on sound. So, yep, agree: unless one is a collector, no reason to spring for more bling. Perhaps one exception to this, now that I ponder, is resale. I believe the higher Styles will command more resale value in future markets over, say, a Style 0. There are just so darn many of the O's. For example, in 1925 (looking at Walsh/King book), Martin made only 780 of your 2Ks (wow, nice uke, Tony!), but made 7032 Style O Mahogany sopranos!!

To your point about new Martin ukes versus vintage, I couldn't agree more. For instance, sticking with your example, I own two new Martin 2K models (different only in Koa figuring) and they are not comparable to the older Koa Martins--the older ones are louder, more full ranged (as you say), and have more jangle and sustain. Why? I've always attributed it to the dryness of the vintage wood. I could be dead wrong. lol

I would consider a Martin 000 vintage if the right one were to come along. I know little about guitars in general, although my interest has recently peaked for no apparent reason whatsoever. lol. Haven't even been listening to Clapton or anything. Weird.

So, Tony, you have started at the top with that vintage 2K. As I see it, you now need a 3K, 1K, 0M, 1M, 2M, 3M (nongdam will eventually buy that 5K, so we can live though him on that one) and your collection will be complete. You are only 6 measly ukes away from having the set!

Having a full collection of vintage Martin ukuleles would be great - for a true collector. While I think that would be fun, what I wanted was one soprano whose sound I could enjoy. My collection consists of one tenor, one concert, and one soprano. I think more than that would become redundant for me, but probably not for others. However, each of my three ukuleles is higher end and very nice to play and look at. I will probably not become a collector because I don't want to spend the money and it would be a hassle keeping all those ukuleles from cracking in the winter. However, if somebody around here had such a collection, I would really enjoy seeing it (being a "vicarious" collector).

Tony

dkcrown
05-30-2015, 12:31 AM
Sahweeeeeeet, and ha ha ha ha ha ha Steve. How do you come up with this stuff? Are alcohol or drugs involved? :)

Dan Uke
05-30-2015, 05:38 AM
Steve don't need no substance for his witty sense of humor but if he did use, just think how warped it would be. Lol. My offer of 50% still stands Steve!!

coolkayaker1
05-30-2015, 02:50 PM
Sahweeeeeeet, and ha ha ha ha ha ha Steve. How do you come up with this stuff? Are alcohol or drugs involved? :)


Steve don't need no substance for his witty sense of humor but if he did use, just think how warped it would be. Lol. My offer of 50% still stands Steve!!

You gentlemen slay me, you really do. And, knowing that you are both long time UUers, and recognizing that I have now tallied as many UU posts as you both combined, I've just this second decided that I need to get a life.

So, my little old uke and my little bag of Quaaludes and I are going off to a mountain somewhere to eat mushrooms and watch a sunset.

dkcrown
05-31-2015, 12:24 AM
Steve. A "friend" told me that mixing those shrooms in with yogurt makes them more palatable :)

Pukulele Pete
05-31-2015, 03:19 AM
I was afraid you had named Your new uke " Marty ". Now I read about the shrooms and it all makes sense. I havent had any in many years but
I hate the taste so the yogurt is a good idea.

guitharsis
05-31-2015, 03:29 AM
So nice! Hope you have a long happy life together.

coolkayaker1
05-31-2015, 03:30 AM
Morels, shitakes and portobellos--with yogurt? You guys are radical, I'll give you that.

coolkayaker1
05-31-2015, 03:33 AM
So nice! Hope you have a long happy life together.
Thanks, guitharsis. Btw, summer around the Finger Lakes, heaven! (winter, not so much...lol)

Bobsdad
06-14-2015, 04:10 PM
Can't do yogurt!

peewee
06-14-2015, 08:00 PM
Very nice find, Mr. Cool K..

Hippie Dribble
06-14-2015, 08:06 PM
Hahahaha. Oh man this is great. How much do I love you guys...

coolkayaker1
06-15-2015, 02:23 AM
Thanks for the humor and replies, friends.

I know you have a Martin tenor and, I think, a newer "vintage" Martin soprano in your playing collection, PeeWeee (judging from your videos, of which I watch every one, fun, and I love guessing song titles from your cryptic video titles before I even start the movies). I could be wrong, though; my eyes see Martins even where they are not. lol

To anyone considering a Martin, now is a great time to be a buyer (How do I know? Because I bought many of my Martins two years ago--when it was a fabulous time to be a Seller! :(). If anyone is seeking a particular make or model, PM me and I am pleased to help. It's fun for me (everyone has their "thing": for some it's the horse track; for others, it's cigars and fine wine; for me, it's Martins...lol).

Since this is a thread about 3Ks, I'll post this great video from exactly three years ago, July 2012, on PBS's Antiques Roadshow. The appraiser is dead on accurate about his estimate at that time, and talks of the decline in value in the year or two prior to 2012. Well, he is a sage: I paid much less for this 3K in 2015 than the numbers he is speaking of, so the "poached egg soft" uke market continues its decline into the ocean (mixed metaphor; sorry, it's early).
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/17/cincinnati-oh/appraisals/martin-style-3-k-ukulele-ca-1930--201204A31

Cheers and thanks, all.

mm stan
06-15-2015, 02:31 AM
What a score cool man, congratulations and happy strummings :)
Hey cool, he says not like the hawaiian ukes ? And ukes were more sought after before...ha ha this guy's a riot :)

peewee
06-15-2015, 03:18 AM
Thanks for the humor and replies, friends.

I know you have a Martin tenor and, I think, a newer "vintage" Martin soprano in your playing collection, PeeWeee (judging from your videos, of which I watch every one, fun!). I could be wrong, though; my eyes see Martins even where they are not. lol

To anyone considering a Martin, now is a great time to be a buyer (How do I know? Because I bought many of my Martins two years ago--when it was a fabulous time to be a Seller! :eek:). If anyone is seeking a particular make or model, PM me and I am pleased to help. It's fun for me (everyone has their "thing"; for some it's the horse track; for others, it's cigars and fine wine; for me, it's Martins...lol).

Since this is a thread about 3Ks, I'll post this great video from exactly three years ago, July 2012, on PBS's Antiques Roadshow. The appraiser is dead on accurate about his estimate at that time, and talks of the decline in value in the year or two prior to 2012. Well, he is a sage: I paid much less for this 3K in 2015 than the numbers he is speaking of, so the "poached egg soft" uke market continues its decline into the ocean (mixed metaphor; sorry, it's early).
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/17/cincinnati-oh/appraisals/martin-style-3-k-ukulele-ca-1930--201204A31

Cheers and thanks, all.

Ha! Your eyes are not deceiving you...there's the late 20s style 0 (https://youtu.be/N4pGpggDnP0), and the early 20s 1K (https://youtu.be/SiEElTO4-Ls), both from my Grandfather, then there's the 29-31 tenor (https://youtu.be/FfsKIBibRgE), purchased from Nongdam who couldn't live with the flaking finish and general ghetto appearance, and sold it to me at a very advantageous price! I don't have anything as fancy-pants as Marty though. I could use a Baritone, and maybe a Concert to round out the set. And you're right, prices are on the decline in general it seems.

niwenomian
06-15-2015, 05:26 AM
were you channeling bukowski in your OP? Congrats on a super duper sweet looking uke!

PeteyHoudini
06-15-2015, 12:12 PM
Congrats on your find, Steve! Marty is in the house!!! hehe

Petey

GeorgeUke
06-16-2015, 02:49 PM
What a pretty Martin! Well done!

coolkayaker1
06-16-2015, 04:21 PM
mmstan: that is so true about what the appraiser fellow says, something about the "odd shaped" Hawaiian ukes. What a Haole bast@rd! lol

peewee: those are awesome ukes! My eyes do not deceive. Oh, my! Love them, and thanks for the video links. Nothing beats a uke with a family heritage, too. Thanks for sharing, so lovely. Funny about the ghetto uke and brother nongdam. You're a great player and singer and your songs are intelligent and really "reach for the corners", which means oftentimes I have to look up the original videos to see if I know that particular song. Thanks for edumacating moi.

niewenomian: Bukowski! I will drink to that!

George: Thank for looking. To hear that from you means a ton. If you are ever in Chicago, would love to have you play a few tunes on it for your youtube channel. You'll have to test the boundaries of it for me. (PS When I YouTube search the single word "ukulele", did you know that your video comparing the Makala and the Kiwaya comes up second every time! Jake's Bohemian Rhapsody, then you, then Zooey Daschel, then Taimane. On youtube's search engine, you're, like, a Big Cheese!)

Petey: I have been thinking a ton about you. A ton! I hope you are doing well...well, how could you be. We will need to catch up when you return home, please. Please.