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cml
04-15-2016, 09:46 AM
Yesterday I received a package from Ken Timms, containing one Style 0 Soprano Uke.

Ken sold it to me as a second (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?119766-Defect-or-a-feature), but that's not true at all. It's a marvellous uke.

It's stunning, and it feels incredible. Superlight, smooth and with a finish without fault. Tell Mrs Timms she did a good job Ken :)!
It has a thin neck, which now actually is what I have on 2 out of 3 ukes, and friction tuners which work great. I will need to get used to them, but that's on me.

Soundwise, it is great. Very different from my koa concert, which was what I was after. Mahogany is a very nice tonewood indeed, and with Ken's build - it really sings. Sustain is really, really good!

I will let a few pictures do the rest of the talking...
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1449/25844013503_0deb28cb33.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1530/26420921246_d8f1f8e5dd.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1611/26354523182_c3f8bb2265.jpg

More pics in next post...

cml
04-15-2016, 09:47 AM
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1683/26380662811_60edc3fed6.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1602/26173996300_e6c7e773f4.jpg

wayfarer75
04-15-2016, 09:49 AM
Nice! Happy strumming!

Kyle23
04-15-2016, 09:49 AM
Very nice! Was waiting for this thread. Congrats.

Mivo
04-15-2016, 10:01 AM
Everyone takes such fantastic photos! :) Congratulations, it's great looking

unrealdark
04-15-2016, 10:14 AM
So Wonderful. It is incomparable. Congratulations. Never sell it. Great buy.
I am waiting mine. :drool:

whistleman123
04-15-2016, 11:06 AM
Does Ken have a website? I'm coming up dry on a google search!

jksk8in
04-15-2016, 11:14 AM
Does Ken have a website? I'm coming up dry on a google search!

No website. They are randomly available for auction on Ebay.

jksk8in
04-15-2016, 11:17 AM
Congrats CML! One can never go wrong with a Timms!

cml
04-15-2016, 11:37 AM
Thanks everyone, it really is a gem this uke.

Whistle, Ken does have a website (http://ukulele-innovation.tripod.com) but he doesnt sell his ukes there, nor showcase them. Best bet is to search for his id (squarepeg_3000) on ebay, and look at past auctions if you want to see his work, or current ones to keep a look out for his next batch :).

johnson430
04-15-2016, 12:22 PM
This is a great looking uke. Enjoy. =)

EssexRiver
04-15-2016, 12:26 PM
Truly a thing of beauty! Congrats.

pluck
04-15-2016, 12:37 PM
Congratulations. They are great ukes.

Camsuke
04-15-2016, 01:14 PM
Congratulations cml, what a little beauty!

kvehe
04-15-2016, 02:29 PM
Congratulations! I wouldn't consider it a second either.

UkieOkie
04-15-2016, 08:32 PM
Very nice uke. What is supposed to make it a second? He must have high standards. Congrats.

cml
04-15-2016, 11:38 PM
Very nice uke. What is supposed to make it a second? He must have high standards. Congrats.
There's a branch knot in the neck, which can be seen here:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1442/26354524622_0096df6224.jpg
It's totally smooth and stable and in my opinion only adds character. Ken posted about it in the luthier's lounge here (see this thread: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?119766-Defect-or-a-feature) and the consensus was that it isnt a defect at all, so yes, Ken's standards are very high indeed as he still sold it as a second. I am not complaining, I got a very nice deal on it, and I dont think there's one bit of the uke that's second at all. To me, it's first class and a wood feature like this is just a nice bonus.

LarryS
04-16-2016, 12:16 AM
Looks a beauty

Trader Todd
04-16-2016, 04:35 AM
Congrats. Great looking uke. I had read this thread before I realized you had posted in my thread about the vintage Martin vs. Kiwaya. Play that thing daily!

DownUpDave
04-16-2016, 04:54 AM
Well done, they are a fantastic instrument. I was just telling a friend who is a soprano fan to keep his eyes open for one.

Enjoy the living daylights out of it :music:

mm stan
04-16-2016, 04:55 AM
congratulations and happy strummings :)

Nickie
04-17-2016, 04:58 PM
Wow, it looks so much like a vintage Martin! I guess that was the point, eh? Does it sound like a Martin?
Congratulations, BTW.