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M3Ukulele
09-06-2015, 04:44 PM
Just curious what people who own Martin T1K tenors are thinking now that they have played them awhile... I see lots of love for the C1K concert and there was a thread done by Petey in 2012......

Comments from owners on the T1K, strings they like, overall impression.....

Thanks

PeteyHoudini
09-07-2015, 05:32 AM
I still have my T1K and took it out and played it this morning. It is still great. Though, I play mostly my new Martin 2k tenor instead.

Enjoy it!

Petey

katysax
09-07-2015, 07:15 AM
I had both and sold both. They were both good, but in my case I had a lot of instruments. The concert was really great. The one I had had pretty wood and also was a great player with great tone. My only objection was that it had a 12 fret join at the neck. And, great as it was I had other concerts that we just as good but also more polished in appearance. I mainly sold it so that someone else could enjoy it. The tenor was very good but not as good as the concert, at least to my subjective view. I also sold it so someone else could enjoy it.

From my small sample size it seems to me that at least some of the Martin UC1K instruments have something "special". The T1K is a good uke for the money. Now someone else might have a different experience. The T1K is certainly a good uke and some might be great.

M3Ukulele
09-07-2015, 02:36 PM
tTanks for the replies... I was going to do a bump but you beat me to it. Petey your review was very good and got me interested in the T1K. The T2K is $1699.00 or more in Canada and I'm sure much nicer but for that kind of dollar.... I have to play it in person. Did you do a review on the T2K? I'm curious how consistent TK1's are. Thread in this section for NUD the OP said he went through a number at the dealer ship to get a really good one. Koa on his was really good

Kaysay, I've seen your comments and OTHERS on C1K and finding a good one. Wish there were some around my neck of the woods to try either. size I am a tenor player but always looking for something special.

You don't see many T1K up for sale in the used market so people much be keeping them.

Curious how happy other owners of T1K are. I think they look like a nice package , especially if you get some nice Koa with clear sound.

M3Ukulele
09-08-2015, 04:28 PM
Would anyone with who's played a Martin T1K say it was an upgrade from a Pono AT.... sound an quality wise?
Just curious.

katysax
09-08-2015, 08:52 PM
I had a Pono AT and even though I think the Pono Pro Classics are great, I thought the Pono AT was just OK. Overall I'd say its on a par with the T1K. The T1K has a thinner neck; I enjoyed playing it more than the Pono AT.

PeteyHoudini
09-09-2015, 02:13 PM
... Petey your review was very good and got me interested in the T1K. The T2K is $1699.00 or more in Canada and I'm sure much nicer but for that kind of dollar.... I have to play it in person. Did you do a review on the T2K? I'm curious how consistent TK1's are. Thread in this section for NUD the OP said he went through a number at the dealer ship to get a really good one...

The T1K that I found by chance was in my early days of acquiring new Martins. It was in a music store in Montreal and I tested it out and knew it was a keeper. I bought it within 5 minutes. The guy at the counter told me they don't last long in the store. I would imagine not all are the same and it would be best to try them out first. I know I played a new S1 soprano and it had buzzing and didn't sound as good as the S1 I eventually bought. I sent back my cherry soprano and got a second one. So, it's a bit of a toss up. For the most expensive bling, it would be best to test them first.

I still haven't done my Martin 2K review yet. Had it all planned out but need to get back at it.

Petey