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PedalFreak
06-10-2015, 12:06 PM
Here is my 40's Martin Style 1 Soprano ukulele. I bought it from a man who owned it, and played it for decades. This is an amazing sounding, and playing vintage Martin Ukulele. Double Tortoise bound body, brazilian rosewood fretboard, ebony nut, Waverly tuners. All Original!

This is a true players instrument. Signs of wear on the body, headstock etc. Repaired crack on the back. But it sounds amazing!

I use D'Addario Nyltech strings on it, and it sounds great. You won't find a new Martin Soprano that sounds this good!

Includes an upgraded Oahu Soprano Hardshell Case, It's original trap door style case (pictures to come on monday) would not use this case, not fully functioning.

!!!$429 Shipped!!! SOLD! - Sorry, but due to the Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard I will not ship this internationally. Too many hoops, and I'm not willing to take a chance of this getting confiscated. Thanks for understanding.

On Reverb (http://rvrb.io/1948-style-1-sopra-dgx) and eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940s-Martin-Style-1-Soprano-Ukulele-with-Hardshell-Case-TONE-Players-Uke-/231451204839?hash=item35e3911ce7:g:BXYAAOSwg3FUlec r) also.

48 hour approval period given. Begins at time of delivery, must be returned in the same condition as you received it in.


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PedalFreak
06-10-2015, 12:07 PM
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PedalFreak
06-10-2015, 12:08 PM
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PedalFreak
06-10-2015, 12:12 PM
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PedalFreak
06-11-2015, 02:11 PM
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PedalFreak
06-18-2015, 11:08 AM
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PedalFreak
06-22-2015, 10:04 AM
Offers are welcomed :)

Captain Simian
06-22-2015, 11:36 AM
Just looking at it you know it sounds good.

PedalFreak
06-26-2015, 11:07 AM
It sure does :)

Patrick Madsen
06-26-2015, 12:20 PM
Now that was a very loved and played instrument. Definitely has character.

PedalFreak
06-27-2015, 10:04 AM
Now that was a very loved and played instrument. Definitely has character.

I wish I had a way to record this. It sounds amazing! No new Martin sounds like it. I've played it next to many new Martin uke's, even a 5K, new one's don't come close to one that has been played for almost 60 years :)

PedalFreak
07-01-2015, 01:12 PM
One and only price drop. $450 Shipped. I am firm on this price, will not go lower.

PedalFreak
07-06-2015, 12:54 PM
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sam13
07-06-2015, 02:09 PM
Tape it on the iPhone, load it to YouTube and then create a link.

PedalFreak
07-08-2015, 10:05 AM
Tape it on the iPhone, load it to YouTube and then create a link.

Thanks for that! i totally forgot that I had done this already a few months ago.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzQQNTT1_lY

PedalFreak
07-10-2015, 06:51 AM
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lakesideglenn
07-10-2015, 08:04 AM
The uke sounds good Aaron but it's so dang ugly that I don't think anyone would buy it without having hands on it and feeling the Mojo...good luck with the sale!
Cheers!
Glenn

PedalFreak
07-10-2015, 11:24 AM
The uke sounds good Aaron but it's so dang ugly that I don't think anyone would buy it without having hands on it and feeling the Mojo...good luck with the sale!
Cheers!
Glenn

Ugly??? A well played instrument is a thing of beauty :D

I'll also give a 48 hour approval period to whoever buys this. I'm confident whoever gets it will be in love!

Captain Simian
07-10-2015, 03:53 PM
When I was a kid and starting to play guitar I read an article with Clapton and the interviewer asked him why a lot of his guitars were beat up. He said that he purposely sought them about because if they're beat up it meant that they were played a lot because they must have sounded good. I took that to heart and have always preferred to purchase beat up instruments instead of nice shiny new ones because Eric was right. One of my keeper ukes is beat up and has an ugly crack on top but it sounds great.

On a side note, pretty rude to disparage someone's instrument especially when they're trying to sell it.

Bill1
07-10-2015, 11:38 PM
Classic ukulele collector definition of ugly. Ukukele collectors love to keep the wood pretty and keep the instrument in a cupboard, and wonder why re-sale seems stagnent. Violin collectors pay a small fortune for the oldest most used instrument and loan it to a master to play every day, and enjoy the always appreciating re-sale value.

PedalFreak
07-11-2015, 11:52 AM
Classic ukulele collector definition of ugly. Ukukele collectors love to keep the wood pretty and keep the instrument in a cupboard, and wonder why re-sale seems stagnent. Violin collectors pay a small fortune for the oldest most used instrument and loan it to a master to play every day, and enjoy the always appreciating re-sale value.

Moral of the story, be a ukulele player not a collector. Those violins that collectors own, get played. The ukes collectors own, not so much :D

Also, I've put some other items up for sale on ebay and reverb. I've decided that if I can raise the money I need else where this will be coming off of the market ;)

lakesideglenn
07-11-2015, 01:06 PM
FYI I am a pretty good player as well as a collector. It's just that there is a BIG difference between honest play wear and obvious abuse.

Cheers...peace...mahalo...whatever

PedalFreak
07-13-2015, 10:55 AM
FYI I am a pretty good player as well as a collector. It's just that there is a BIG difference between honest play wear and obvious abuse.

Cheers...peace...mahalo...whatever

No abuse on this guy. Just 70 years of traveling and playing.

PedalFreak
07-20-2015, 09:54 AM
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PedalFreak
07-24-2015, 10:16 AM
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PedalFreak
07-30-2015, 04:54 PM
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PedalFreak
08-03-2015, 11:52 AM
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PedalFreak
08-07-2015, 05:47 AM
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PedalFreak
08-10-2015, 10:50 AM
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PedalFreak
08-13-2015, 02:27 PM
Feel free to make an offer.

PedalFreak
08-15-2015, 09:18 AM
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PedalFreak
08-17-2015, 10:17 AM
bump til it's sold

Christon Abike
08-18-2015, 10:39 PM
Shame it can't be sent abroad, you'd probably have more interest. Can't understand why people are put off by the mojo, it's what they sound like that matters.

PedalFreak
08-19-2015, 09:16 AM
Shame it can't be sent abroad, you'd probably have more interest. Can't understand why people are put off by the mojo, it's what they sound like that matters.

Yeah, I've had several people overseas offer me more (on top of paying the shipping) than I'm currently asking for it. I probably could ship it ok, but to me it's too risky. One over zealous customs agent and the uke disappears forever, it's a shame :(

sam13
08-19-2015, 05:09 PM
I don't think you should be concerned about some customs agent ... it doesn't look expensive, and I have sent 2 Ukes to England and they have arrived within 5 business days and no issues with Customs.

I have also bought 8 Ukes from abroad and never had any issues.

There is tracking today, and insurance. Sometimes the exchange rate difference is a good thing for you and you should consider it.

Bill1
08-19-2015, 06:09 PM
I don't think the seller is worried as much about the customs officials stealing the uke, the concern is probably more to do with a customs officer destroying the uke because it may have real tortise shell and endangered wood species on it. Australian Customs require these materials to be declared on the paperwork, and they have procedures to process the items. Usually Australian Customs may not destroy musical instruments, but they have discretionary power to legally do it if they see an operational reason. No doubt other countries have similar systems.
Of course the down side of implementing the geo-blocking is going to be refected in the potential selling price. US based potential buyers will use the geo-blocking to force a lower selling price.

PedalFreak
08-20-2015, 01:31 PM
Yeah it has to do with the Brazilian Rosewood on the guitar. It is original, so technically it is able to be shipped abroad. However, Customs can say what they want regardless. So if someone on the day it comes through says that isn't original "Pre CITES Brazilian Rosesood" then it gets confiscated and I'm out the cash and the uke. Not worth it too me.

PedalFreak
08-26-2015, 08:32 AM
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08-31-2015, 12:07 PM
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09-04-2015, 10:33 AM
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coolkayaker1
09-04-2015, 03:36 PM
Aaron, why not bump up the price by 13% to cover the fee and pop it on eBay. Thousands more "eyeballs".

Just an idea

PedalFreak
09-05-2015, 11:38 AM
Aaron, why not bump up the price by 13% to cover the fee and pop it on eBay. Thousands more "eyeballs".

Just an idea

It's there and on Reverb too :)

As you know I sell instruments for a living. And right now is a REALLY slow time in our industry. Even at our store sales are way down, and talking to friends who own shops around the country it's that way almost everywhere.

PedalFreak
09-10-2015, 02:37 PM
Weekly Bump

lakesideglenn
09-10-2015, 04:48 PM
3 months and 5 pages of bumps...no offence but I think you need to consider a serious price reduction...IMHO

PedalFreak
09-14-2015, 10:41 AM
3 months and 5 pages of bumps...no offence but I think you need to consider a serious price reduction...IMHO

I don't think so. As I've said before, I've been offered much more than what I'm asking for it by legitimate International buyers. One guy may be visiting the states in a couple months and going home with it.

HBolte
09-14-2015, 02:39 PM
3 months and 5 pages of bumps...no offence but I think you need to consider a serious price reduction...IMHO

:agree:

Why not ship internationally? I have done it several times. It's simple...

sam13
09-14-2015, 03:15 PM
:agree:

Why not ship internationally? I have done it several times. It's simple...

I agree. I have shipped stuff to the U.S. And the UK. No problem. Ever.

hollisdwyer
09-15-2015, 02:08 AM
It's there and on Reverb too :)

As you know I sell instruments for a living. And right now is a REALLY slow time in our industry. Even at our store sales are way down, and talking to friends who own shops around the country it's that way almost everywhere.

Is that for instruments in general or ukuleles in particular?

PedalFreak
09-15-2015, 10:03 AM
:agree:

Why not ship internationally? I have done it several times. It's simple...

Because this Uke has Brazilian Rosewood on it and could be confiscated at customs. The paper work is a mess to fill out to export it.

PedalFreak
09-15-2015, 10:04 AM
Is that for instruments in general or ukuleles in particular?

Instruments in general.

HBolte
09-15-2015, 11:49 AM
I know that the binding and fretboard are rosewood. Brazilian, not sure about that.

Instruments with rosewood fretboards are shipped all over the world every day without problems.

If it were new maybe an issue, and antique not so much.

Or just reduce it to $250 someone may buy it here in the USA.

PedalFreak
09-16-2015, 09:35 AM
I know that the binding and fretboard are rosewood. Brazilian, not sure about that.

Instruments with rosewood fretboards are shipped all over the world every day without problems.

If it were new maybe an issue, and antique not so much.

Or just reduce it to $250 someone may buy it here in the USA.

Binding is Tortoise Celluloid, Fretboard and Bridge are Brazilian Rosewood. Martin did not start to use Indian Rosewood until 1968.

And $250 is giving it away, which I will not do.

HBolte
09-16-2015, 10:12 AM
You're correct, I see that in 1936 they went to celluloid. Do you have a source for the type rosewood used? Thanks!

PedalFreak
09-16-2015, 10:21 AM
Do you have a source for the type rosewood used? Thanks!

Yes...C.F. Martin & Co.

PedalFreak
09-28-2015, 08:40 AM
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PedalFreak
10-16-2015, 05:52 AM
PRICE DROP!

On Reverb (http://rvrb.io/1948-style-1-sopra-dgx) and eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940s-Martin-Style-1-Soprano-Ukulele-with-Hardshell-Case-TONE-Players-Uke-/231451204839?hash=item35e3911ce7:g:BXYAAOSwg3FUlec r) also.

Pukulele Pete
10-16-2015, 06:16 AM
The tuners look like 50's Grover tuners to me. This looks more like a 1950's Style 1 .

PedalFreak
10-16-2015, 06:46 AM
The tuners look like 50's Grover tuners to me. This looks more like a 1950's Style 1 .

I've gone through the Martin Ukulele book, and it comes out to being a 1948.

Pukulele Pete
10-16-2015, 06:52 AM
I've gone through the Martin Ukulele book, and it comes out to being a 1948.

Whoops , sorry .

PedalFreak
10-16-2015, 06:59 AM
Sorry, meant 1949. The tuners are Waverly's.