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ukuleleden
10-30-2015, 04:26 PM
I typically lean toward going with at least a solid wood top, but as many here already know, there are some great sounding laminate designs out there that really measure up to some solid-wood instruments. But I revisited a previous consideration for a new Soprano. The Martin OXK for $279.00 delivered. Has to be one of the better values on the market, in my opinion, and this will be the Soprano I can take with me anywhere without much worry of harm to it. I looked at the OXK a few years back and wasn't overly taken by it back then as much as I am now with it. So comparing several OXK's recently at my local dealer, I have to say the OXK is superior to what I remember especially in regard to set-up. Had my local dealer been willing to price match the lower online price, I would have brought one of the three I sampled home with me. To me, the OXK has to be among the paramount values out there for the quality build and sound you receive.

Some may not agree, but I feel Martin has really nailed down the tone, volume and playability in their HPL instruments (Ukes and Guitars alike). All of those three different OXK's at my local dealer had action and intonation that were spot on, and all really sound great with nice projection/volume. While slightly heavier, that was easily overlooked whenI A:B'd it against a few solid wood sopranos that were there to compare with. It became obvious to me that the Nazareth oversight of the Mexican factory production where these HPL's are made is translating into a quality build based on what I saw in each of these OXK's in-person. I am keeping my fingers crossed the one I have coming has the same great action and intonation, and since I asked while placing the order, the online seller said they would have their tech check it out before it ships for me. So I'm relatively confident it will be fine.

Anyone else finding any appreciation for the OXK?

PereBourik
10-30-2015, 04:32 PM
I typically lean toward going with at least a solid wood top, but as many here already know, there are some great sounding laminate designs out there that really measure up to some solid-wood instruments. But I revisited a previous consideration for a new Soprano. The Martin OXK for $279.00 delivered. Has to be one of the better values on the market, in my opinion, and this will be the Soprano I can take with me anywhere without much worry of harm to it. I looked at the OXK a few years back and bought and wasn't overly taken by it back then as much as I am now with it. So comparing several OXK's recently at my local dealer, I have to say the OXK is superior to what I remember especially in regard to set-up. Had my local dealer been willing to price match the lower online price, I would have brought one of the three I sampled home with me. To me, the OXK has to be among the paramount values out there for the quality build and sound you receive.

Some may not agree, but I feel Martin has really nailed down the tone, volume and playability in their HPL instruments (Ukes and Guitars alike). All of those three different OXK's at my local dealer had action and intonation that were spot on, and all really sound great with nice projection/volume. While slightly heavier, that was easily overlooked whenI A:B'd it against a few solid wood sopranos that were there to compare with. It became obvious to me that the Nazareth oversight of the Mexican factory production where these HPL's are made is translating into a quality build based on what I saw in each of these OXK's in-person. I am keeping my fingers crossed the one I have coming has the same great action and intonation, and since I asked while placing the order, the online seller said they would have their tech check it out before it ships for me. So I'm relatively confident it will be fine.

Anyone else finding any appreciation for the OXK?

I've played an OXK and like the sound of it. Sadly, I'm not a soprano aficionado. I chose a concert Flea with a plastic fretboard as "travel and other challenging circumstances" ukulele. Can't call me anti-Martin. I have a T2, T1, and C1.

Too bad for the local dealer that he lost the sale to the internet though.

ukuleleden
10-30-2015, 04:46 PM
I've played an OXK and like the sound of it. Sadly, I'm not a soprano aficionado. I chose a concert Flea with a plastic fretboard as "travel and other challenging circumstances" ukulele. Can't call me anti-Martin. I have a T2, T1, and C1.

Too bad for the local dealer that he lost the sale to the internet though.

Concert Flea is a great choice! Yes, I like to support my local dealer but we were over $35.00 apart even before tax and they wouldn't budge off their price whatsoever.

Nice list of Martins you have. I hope one day to maybe add a few more too..

kkimura
10-31-2015, 02:48 AM
Yeah man, size not withstanding, my OXK is the SUV/Adventure bike of ukuleles. I take on trips in all kinds of weather and it is always in tune.

dsummers
10-31-2015, 04:41 AM
I love my Martin OXK. I got mine from Elderly and the set-up is right on. To me, the OXK has its own distinct sound which I really like!

actadh
10-31-2015, 06:07 AM
Congratulations! You are getting a great ukulele to add to your collection - which is a pretty nice one, btw.

My OXK was from Musician's Friend. They just put one of their boxes around the unopened box from the Martin factory before shipping it on to me. My previous ukuleles had been set up, and this was the first one that was not. But, I like Musician's Friend and get all my accessories from them, so I didn't have any worries about returns if it was not up to snuff. It shipped very quickly..

The OXK was fantastic right out of the box. It has been a year and I still have the original M600 strings on it, and it is still sounding good. It looks just as it did the day I took it out of the shipping box - no dings or strum marks. It is one that I highly recommend, especially if one cannot get a ukulele from a dealer that sets up. The Martin quality control is very good.

I took mine to an authorized Martin repair center and had strap buttons installed. I rub down the back of the Stratabond neck every month or so with 000 steel wool so the neck does not rub a callous onto my fretting thumb. I attribute needing to do that to humid WV weather. None of my other ukuleles bother my thumb, but the steel wool wipe down is a quick fix.

Now, I have a great "no worries" ukulele. Actually, two of them. The Outdoor Ukulele Tenor and this OxK are going to Virginia Beach with me next weekend when we go to my husband's Navy reunion. One to play and one to share. I feel very fortunate that thanks to the feedback and comments on UU these ukuleles were on my radar.

ukuleleden
10-31-2015, 01:30 PM
Yeah man, size not withstanding, my OXK is the SUV/Adventure bike of ukuleles. I take on trips in all kinds of weather and it is always in tune.

That sounds great as I Plan to use ythe OXK a lot for travel and outdoor uke events.

ukuleleden
10-31-2015, 02:01 PM
Thanks Laura! Your experience with your OXK sounds fantastic and is quite encouraging! Really looking forward to receiving mine which is scheduled for a Wednesday delivery.

igorthebarbarian
10-31-2015, 02:03 PM
I like them better than the Flea as an all purpose uke.

ukuleleden
10-31-2015, 02:25 PM
I like them better than the Flea as an all purpose uke.

Yes, they both have appeal for a travel uke. But all things considered, the Martin was a pretty easy choice to go with.

kmac66
11-01-2015, 06:42 AM
I can't find anyone in Los Angeles that sells the OXK. Guitarcenter never has them in stock.

bnolsen
11-01-2015, 07:21 AM
I can't find anyone in Los Angeles that sells the OXK. Guitarcenter never has them in stock.

I called up the local store that officially sells martin ukes and they didn't even know what the OXK was.

igorthebarbarian
11-01-2015, 12:20 PM
I can't find anyone in Los Angeles that sells the OXK. Guitarcenter never has them in stock.

Try Elderly Instruments online from Michigan; should be free shipping over $50

ukuleleden
11-01-2015, 02:45 PM
I can't find anyone in Los Angeles that sells the OXK. Guitarcenter never has them in stock.

Elderly has them listed in stock for $279.00.

ukuleleden
11-01-2015, 02:45 PM
I called up the local store that officially sells martin ukes and they didn't even know what the OXK was.

That's a store I would certainly avoid...

Bill Potter
11-03-2015, 09:03 AM
LOVE my 0XK! Just to add to the set-up question. I did the "Behind the Scenes" tour at the Martin factory this summer (HIGHLY recommended) and saw the gear that does set-up on EVERY instrument they sell.

ukuleleden
11-03-2015, 10:54 AM
LOVE my 0XK! Just to add to the set-up question. I did the "Behind the Scenes" tour at the Martin factory this summer (HIGHLY recommended) and saw the gear that does set-up on EVERY instrument they sell.

Thats a great tour! We stopped there a few months back on our way back to NY from Hershey. Their tours are quite good as you get to see all stages of the build process. The machine you referenced is called the "PLEK" machine. That and the automatic buffing machines are quite the sight to see in action.

Here is a pic of the PLEK machine with a Martin Acoustic being installed. And no, Ukuleles don't get the PLEK treatment! :D


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ukuleleden
11-04-2015, 04:27 AM
The OXK arrived and the action & intonation were ideal straight out of the box... Nice and clean assembly under close inspection both inside and out.

After a quick string stretch and tuning, I played it for 45 minutes right out of the box (it's hard to put nice Ukes down), here it is taking a break next to it's gig bag before it heads out the door with me and into the car. Now I will always have a ukulele with me at any given time...:

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ukuleleden
11-04-2015, 04:40 AM
I forgot to mention that in comparison to the headstock label on the S1, the Martin & Co. script is not the same raised sticker that they used in the past. I'm not sure when they made this change, but it certainly is different. Time will tell if it's better or worse in terms of durability, but it looks a lot nicer and more true to the traditional appearance than that older stick-on Martin label did.


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Memphis Weirdo
11-04-2015, 06:12 AM
Would you mind saying from whom you bought it, the final price after s+h, and how the experience went with that vendor?

kmac66
11-04-2015, 06:29 AM
REALLY glad to see they got rid of the raised logo sticker. Those looked so cheap. I'd seen a few S1s where they were peeling off.

ukuleleden
11-04-2015, 09:17 AM
Would you mind saying from whom you bought it, the final price after s+h, and how the experience went with that vendor?


Yes, I already referenced it in earlier post, see link. I have always had excellent experiences with their service and products. It's always best to call and speak to someone rather then just checking out online. This will ensure any specific request(s) you may have or a specific concern about the instrument can be addressed by the person handling your purchase.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?115004-Martin-OXK&p=1769308#post1769308

drbekken
11-09-2015, 08:21 AM
I absolutely LOVE the Martin OXK. Here's a reprise of a video I did in September 2014.

http://youtu.be/cEHViH4XtiU

ukuleleden
11-09-2015, 12:46 PM
What's up, Doc?! :D Fun tune you did on your OXK, well performed!

I've been sitting here for the last half hour or so with my OXK just noodling around with chord progressions and scales. The OXK has been in-tow with me all day today. It's easy to take along and nice to have in-hand which allows me to get some extra playing time in when I wouldn't otherwise have the chance if it were sitting at home like my other Ukes. It never ceases to amaze just how nice the OXK sounds. Martin certainly got the formula right with these.

bedweazel
01-06-2016, 04:15 PM
Just received my OXK. Got a great deal on eBay after deciding I needed a travel uke. I have to say that I'm really impressed by how good it sounds. Not as good as my C2K, but much better than I thought possible given the material. Definitely worth considering.

Thanks to the previous posters for the info!

coolkayaker1
01-06-2016, 10:21 PM
Martin Oxk are $207 with free prime shipping, ships and sold by Amazon, on Amazin dot com right now.

If I didn't already own a Kiwaya thinline laminate--also a fabulous travel uke--I'd hop on the oxk. Nice info and mini review, Uden. 👌🏻

natchez
01-07-2016, 01:40 AM
Strings and Beyond has these for $199.00 today, free shipping, no tax, at least to most places, and 5% off code "jesus_christ" brings the price down to $190 shipped.

M3Ukulele
01-07-2016, 05:26 AM
Congratulations.....one word.... To keep up with minimum post .....TENOR! <g>. It would be nice to play a HPL tenor from Martin.

bedweazel
01-07-2016, 06:32 AM
I got my brand new OXK with gig bag from an authorized Martin dealer that had it listed for $199 with the eBay make an offer option enabled. I offered $180 and it was accepted. I think they still have one left if anyone is considering a purchase....

natchez
01-07-2016, 06:47 AM
I got my brand new OXK with gig bag from an authorized Martin dealer that had it listed for $199 with the eBay make an offer option enabled. I offered $180 and it was accepted. I think they still have one left if anyone is considering a purchase....

That it is a good deal!

Jet also has it for $207, then a 15% off first time buyer's coupon. So, you did as well as it seems can be done :-).

rathomps
01-07-2016, 08:15 AM
Over the holidays Strings and Beyond had them on sale for $199 plus they were running an extra discount coupon bringing the price down to $169 with free shipping. So I bought myself a Christmas present. I did lower the action and the bridge popped loose after 3-4 days. I glued it back down and all is good. It's very portable, rugged, and nice sounding. Mine came with a nice grey Martin case with shoulder strap so it's ready to travel.

Memphis Weirdo
01-08-2016, 06:50 AM
I did lower the action and the bridge popped loose after 3-4 days. I glued it back down and all is good.

Uhhhhh... the bridge popped off???

Is this a common occurrence with the 0xk? Seems like I've heard of that before.

Fleacia
01-08-2016, 08:39 AM
Congratulations.....one word.... To keep up with minimum post .....TENOR! <g>. It would be nice to play a HPL tenor from Martin.

Agree! Heck, I'd love a concert too for that matter. :)

mingus
01-08-2016, 09:23 AM
Hey, I checked out the Jet price...

It is $207 and you can get 20% off right now using the code "get20off" - that brings it down to $165 and some change!

You can also get a few dollars off of that price if you check out with a debit card and decline the "free returns" option!

Great deal! It is shipped through Chicago Music Exchange.

rathomps
01-08-2016, 01:22 PM
Well, the bridge didn't pop all of the way off. It pulled loose from the top. It would have come all of the way off if not for the fact that two hidden pins hold the bridge and body together along with a drop or two of glue. I scraped off the glue residue and coated both surfaces with Super Glue, aligned the bridge on the pins and clamped it down for a few minutes. This was the recommendation of others having the same problem.

Pukulele Pete
01-09-2016, 02:32 AM
I've had mine for a couple years now , the bridge is fine , seems bullet proof.