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Uk3player78
11-26-2016, 05:32 AM
Just got one of these in the mail today. Woke up after nightshift to see the box but head out to pick up wife and my 2 young daughters from a xmas event... Then the weekly shop. Guess i'll have a look when we get back. :D

I have a Koaloha KCM00 and i wanted to add a soprano. I did contemplate going all out on a really nice 'high end' soprano but i calmed myself and looked for a good deal instead. I managed to find the OXK as a display model online for a good price and ordered. Played Martin's till my uke interest took off so i have an affinity for the brand.

i'm not really a soprano guy i prefer concert but sometimes i fancy a go of a soprano thus something i can leave in it's case for extended periods suits me best. I liked the consistency of the OXK tone on YouTube so i think i made the right decision.

When it comes to tone i don't think much will surpass my Koaloha it really does throw everything and the kitchen sink a you. Such a stunning uke. A great combo!

UkieOkie
11-26-2016, 06:09 AM
Congrats on your new Uke. Merry Christmas.

hendulele
11-26-2016, 06:10 AM
Congrats indeed! I got a good deal on one about a year ago and have zero complaints. Great everyday uke.

Uk3player78
11-26-2016, 01:25 PM
Pics?
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actadh
11-26-2016, 01:46 PM
These are nice little ukuleles. I got mine a couple of years ago during a Black Friday event and it is a favorite. Like you, I got mine after I got a KoAloha.

I took it to an authorized Martin repair center and had them put on strap buttons on the lower bout and the heel. With a strap on it, I never notice any heaviness in the neck.

It is great for fingerpicking.

Mivo
11-26-2016, 02:27 PM
Ah, the call of the soprano. :) I always revert back to that size and ultimately like its sound best (even longnecks sound different). I went with the Kiwaya/Famous FS-5G instead of an OXK when I added an instrument that wasn't to be solid wood (growing increasingly more turned off by having to use a humidifier or watching the hygrometer as I prefer to leave my daily player out in the open), but the OXK was my other choice and I may eventually pick one up so I can compare! (Not much choice for good-sounding non-solid ukes.)

Play it proudly and don't leave it too long in its case. :)

Camsuke
11-26-2016, 02:30 PM
Congratulations.

timmit65
11-26-2016, 03:33 PM
Congrats! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine!

drbekken
11-26-2016, 08:51 PM
https://youtu.be/fDuQF8H4FXk

I have posted this before, but still; I repost it because the 0XK is just so very, very good.

Uk3player78
11-27-2016, 03:47 AM
https://youtu.be/fDuQF8H4FXk

I have posted this before, but still; I repost it because the 0XK is just so very, very good.

One of the videos I viewed whilst researching. Well played!

Uk3player78
11-27-2016, 05:02 PM
Just popping in my thoughts after a day for any researchers (like me) who like to gather the videos and thoughts before having one shipped. Buy before you play style.

After the shopping was packed away i took the Koaloha and the Martin up to the bedroom away from the noise of the kids at play so dad could concentrate on his new toy. Intonation is pretty spot on due to a compensated saddle. A clean build inside and out with nice frets which allow easy sliding up the fretboard.

As a high pressure laminate it sounds different to other laminates i have owned it really vibrates and can be felt on your chest. I do the play away from chest on all uke tests and leaving the back free ramps up the resonance like a solid wood instrument. Its like they bottled the essence of the old Martins and sold it voiced as it will stay for many years. A plucky plinky sound picked with a mellow twist. Loud and decent around 4 second sustain without holding it to my ear and despite the build a very woody sound.

I would guess these new bamboo etc colored OXK's will sound the same. For fun i took it against the Koaloha but that's not a fair fight. :) I hope this helps.

Uk3player78
11-28-2016, 06:53 AM
Well this is escalating... Martin S1 on the way... :)

hendulele
11-28-2016, 07:20 AM
I picked up one of the Martin bamboos during at a merch booth during a recent music festival and I liked it a lot. It's lighter than the 0XK and has a slightly brighter sound (IIRC). I'm not going to ditch my 0XK, but if I were choosing between the two and budget wasn't the object, I'd probably choose bamboo.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-28-2016, 07:39 AM
got mine about a month ago and I'm currently using it as my go-to uke
for song circles and gigs.

Most recently, did the Pike Market Season Opener in their Atrium with 5 other
members of STRUM. That was our 4th or 5th year for the event :)

I like it because, clumsy as I am, I have no fear of 'dinging' it, as I would be
fearful of banging a wooden uke... and leaving a 'ding'.

Also, I tend to grow my fingernails to assist with strumming, and usually I
leave marks on the upper bouts of my wooden ukes. Because the High Pressure
Laminate (HPL) is the same as 'Formica(r)', or countertop material, there are no
visible strum marks... so far :)

I do find that the volume is quite a bit less than my wooden ukes, solid and laminate, but as long as the members can hear my intros, it's all good :)

keep uke'in',

Uk3player78
11-28-2016, 07:30 PM
I picked up one of the Martin bamboos during at a merch booth during a recent music festival and I liked it a lot. It's lighter than the 0XK and has a slightly brighter sound (IIRC). I'm not going to ditch my 0XK, but if I were choosing between the two and budget wasn't the object, I'd probably choose bamboo.

Interesting. I guess they have spent time perfecting the design.

PTOEguy
11-29-2016, 04:42 AM
Ah, the call of the soprano. :) I always revert back to that size and ultimately like its sound best (even longnecks sound different). I went with the Kiwaya/Famous FS-5G instead of an OXK when I added an instrument that wasn't to be solid wood (growing increasingly more turned off by having to use a humidifier or watching the hygrometer as I prefer to leave my daily player out in the open), but the OXK was my other choice and I may eventually pick one up so I can compare! (Not much choice for good-sounding non-solid ukes.)

Play it proudly and don't leave it too long in its case. :)

Understand where you're coming from - and I really want to try a Kiwaya, but I'm more of a concert than a soprano player. Another option for a good sounding non-solid ukes are the Blackbirds - Clara, Farrallon and their carbon fiber tenor.

bnolsen
11-29-2016, 05:03 AM
https://youtu.be/fDuQF8H4FXk

I have posted this before, but still; I repost it because the 0XK is just so very, very good.

but you got rid of yours???

drbekken
11-29-2016, 06:10 AM
but you got rid of yours???

I sold it to get a tenor. I will probably get another 0XK sometime later on. The uke was great.

hendulele
11-29-2016, 07:42 AM
Understand where you're coming from - and I really want to try a Kiwaya, but I'm more of a concert than a soprano player. Another option for a good sounding non-solid ukes are the Blackbirds - Clara, Farrallon and their carbon fiber tenor.

Before buying the Martin, a soprano Kiwaya was calling my name. Then it was gone and the Martin was available for something like $160, easing my regrets.

Mivo
11-29-2016, 08:06 AM
Understand where you're coming from - and I really want to try a Kiwaya, but I'm more of a concert than a soprano player. Another option for a good sounding non-solid ukes are the Blackbirds - Clara, Farrallon and their carbon fiber tenor.

Kiwaya make a concert version of the FS-5: the Famous FC-5. I haven't played one, and it's a bit more expensive than the soprano version, but it's most likely just as awesome.

PTOEguy
11-29-2016, 09:13 AM
Kiwaya make a concert version of the FS-5: the Famous FC-5. I haven't played one, and it's a bit more expensive than the soprano version, but it's most likely just as awesome.

Interesting - although I haven't seen one of those available in the US...

Mivo
11-29-2016, 12:56 PM
Interesting - although I haven't seen one of those available in the US...

I imported the FS-5G from Japan. igorthebarbarian mentioned in a PM that he knows of an American shop owner living in Japan whose store sells the FC-5 for about $500 shipped. That's about what I paid for the FS-5G (after VAT), so it sounds like a good price to me. Igor might have details.

actadh
11-29-2016, 01:55 PM
Back to the OXK - it has the most playing time in my little collection as it is my main winter ukulele. I can play it when huddled over a space heater in my drafty/cold/dry house and it doesn't faze it a bit.

It is one of the least marked up of my ukes, too. Only has some usage marks on the Morado fretboard, which is fine, but the body is just like when I took it out of the box back in 2014.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-30-2016, 04:12 AM
the non-marking HPL (like a formica countertop) was one of the primary reasons that I
decided to buy an OX-K.

I would have liked a prettier Koa-grain picture, but what they used works in an understated
way. I guess I wanted it to be a bit more showy :)

I'm planning on playing it throughout the Season, and will be taking it with me, DV, to Portland
when I lead a kanikapila in Wilsonville, OR (south of Portland) this Sunday the 4th, either before
or after Kimo Hussey's Christmas Concert :)

Been enjoying it and looking forward to enjoying it more and more :)

keep uke'in',

Uk3player78
11-30-2016, 05:54 AM
It's one I'm not going to sell. I look forward to coming off nightshift and playing (quietly) before the family wakes up. :)

Martin seems to be reshuffling the stock. The style 2 and 2k sopranos are off the website. Just the OXK, S1 and 5k are there now.

Edit; upon looking again it's just the bamboo OXK available. That may generate interest in the Koa coated models used.

Nickie
11-30-2016, 04:27 PM
Congrats! 1st time I new that Martin builds a laminate?

Uk3player78
12-03-2016, 04:48 AM
Congrats! 1st time I new that Martin builds a laminate?

I think the HPL started with the guitars then applied to ukulele. Ed Sheeran's little martin is HPL. Although he has standard models and above at home.

Uk3player78
12-03-2016, 04:54 AM
As posted earlier in the thread i have a S1 on it's way to me. Bit of a shipping issue as the first went AWOL. I have a second arriving next week along with an apology. I'll guess black Friday and cyber Monday UK put a huge strain on the postal service.

But upon waiting i ordered a Martin C1K which i have acclimatizing at home. It arrived today but shopping out the way first. Really got a bad case of Martin UAS. That'll be that for now with the trio.

Happy NUD part 2 and part 3 next week. :)

PeteyHoudini
12-03-2016, 07:12 AM
It's one I'm not going to sell. I look forward to coming off nightshift and playing (quietly) before the family wakes up. :)

Martin seems to be reshuffling the stock. The style 2 and 2k sopranos are off the website. Just the OXK, S1 and 5k are there now.


I have had all of these except for the 5K. The OXK and S1 are great ukes. They just sound great. Glad to hear about your C1K. I have a 2K concert Martin uke and it's fantastic. Someone with a C1K came up to me at a local jam and he wanted to try the 2K concert. He concluded they sounded the same. He went away very happy.

Petey

Uk3player78
12-03-2016, 10:07 AM
I have had all of these except for the 5K. The OXK and S1 are great ukes. They just sound great. Glad to hear about your C1K. I have a 2K concert Martin uke and it's fantastic. Someone with a C1K came up to me at a local jam and he wanted to try the 2K concert. He concluded they sounded the same. He went away very happy.

Petey

That's really good to hear. I watched your soprano comparison so many times. I tried to click back and forth between the S1 and the style 2 but it's difficult because in person there is more to them. What do you think?

Uk3player78
12-03-2016, 10:14 AM
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PeteyHoudini
12-03-2016, 11:59 AM
That's really good to hear. I watched your soprano comparison so many times. I tried to click back and forth between the S1 and the style 2 but it's difficult because in person there is more to them. What do you think?

The S1 on its own is a great uke. Indeed, it is very difficult to tell the sound difference in that "Brady Bunch" 5 Martin uke review that I did. That's so long ago I feel like that is a different person than myself today. lol I can tell you that I gave my S1 away to a friend in Berlin because I wasn't using it at all since I got the style 2. The style 2 was a major step up. I still love it as much as my fav. soprano 3 cherry uke. I especially keep it at my friend's house when I spend weekends with her so it's safe and sound. I don't like having all my best ukes in the same place in case of a fire or theft. Not paranoid, but that style 2 is fantastic. The sound is more nicer and more smooth than the S1. I haven't used it in a video in a while since it's always at her house. I think maybe I should bring it back for a bit and use it in a new video so people can hear the sound of the style 2.

Petey

PeteyHoudini
12-03-2016, 12:00 PM
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Very nice!

Petey

Uk3player78
12-03-2016, 12:22 PM
Very nice!

Petey

Thank you. That's food for though. It would be great to hear it again. Maybe a future purchase but I'll enjoy these for now. Strangely I really enjoy the OXK mad but true. ☺️

Mahalo Mike
12-03-2016, 12:47 PM
Well done, laddie!

M3Ukulele
12-04-2016, 08:24 AM
Funny, not many people seem to like the colours of the bamboo OX. I like them. I'd buy one in a second if Martin made a tenor for all the reasons you guys like the soprano - durability. Leave it out and play in anywhere. Very consistent sound. By the way Martin has responded back to me saying No Plans for tenor HPL in the future at this time.

Uk3player78
12-04-2016, 03:20 PM
Funny, not many people seem to like the colours of the bamboo OX. I like them. I'd buy one in a second if Martin made a tenor for all the reasons you guys like the soprano - durability. Leave it out and play in anywhere. Very consistent sound. By the way Martin has responded back to me saying No Plans for tenor HPL in the future at this time.

Guessing no concert either? I confess if i had to consolidate to one it would be the (edited) S1.

After a day with the C1K just a couple of thoughts. My current comparison is to my Koaloha which may be unfair but here we go. :)

The Koaloha is like having a good Hi-Fi with all the fancy settings on, perfect for solo play but could be a show stealer if your a singer. Thankfully i'm not. The Martin sounds like the EQ has been set to flat or the 'what everyone thinks a ukulele sounds like' setting. Perfect for a singer but also perfect for someone who wants to hear all the strings clear and equal. Maybe with added A string jangle. Much like a Martin D28 of ukuleles. Very recordable. It may sound like i dislike it, i don't its different enough from the Hawaii 'K' sound if that's a thing but less character than the OXK. The Koaloha can be so warm sounding it loses the G and A string's if you don't know how to control it, not so with the Martin. A worthy addition and in need of 'playing in' IMO. Which i will do. :)

Uk3player78
12-05-2016, 06:44 AM
Ok. I've hogged the limelight for long enough but! The final piece arrived today. The S1. Pics?

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This is the favourite. Nice popping Martin sound. I have tried the Martin alikes and sold them. Really like this, nice dark wood grain and the intonation is spot on as checked before I played. Very nice build... and the Martin smell. Very happy.

That will be me done for the time being. ☺️

Thanks for you patience in reading.

Debussychopin
12-05-2016, 10:51 AM
Those look sick

PeteyHoudini
12-05-2016, 03:55 PM
The Martin sounds like the EQ has been set to flat or the 'what everyone thinks a ukulele sounds like' setting. Perfect for a singer but also perfect for someone who wants to hear all the strings clear and equal. Maybe with added A string jangle. Much like a Martin D28 of ukuleles. Very recordable.

Nice observations! You seem really happy with your choices. I actually like my Martins because I *am* a singer (not half bad IMHO) and they don't interfere with my voice at all. I've found they are the best uke for my vocal timbre with that flat EQ, but with great intonation so I can play and explore up the fretboard in my arrangements. When I want to bring out a string or note more on a Martin concert or soprano, I up-pluck with my index or second finger.

Nice to think of you madly doodling away on your Martins far up in Scotland!

Petey

Uk3player78
12-05-2016, 04:35 PM
Nice observations! You seem really happy with your choices. I actually like my Martins because I *am* a singer (not half bad IMHO) and they don't interfere with my voice at all. I've found they are the best uke for my vocal timbre with that flat EQ, but with great intonation so I can play and explore up the fretboard in my arrangements. When I want to bring out a string or note more on a Martin concert or soprano, I up-pluck with my index or second finger.

Nice to think of you madly doodling away on your Martins far up in Scotland!

Petey

Very happy. I was expecting a bit less from the S1 but maybe I got a good one. I know from the guitars how variable they are model to model. The OXK being the exception due to its build. Very happy, did I say that? ;)

The style 2 has perked my interest but I'll wait as I wouldn't gamble that money on mail order.

jake_albert
12-05-2016, 09:04 PM
I imported the FS-5G from Japan. igorthebarbarian mentioned in a PM that he knows of an American shop owner living in Japan whose store sells the FC-5 for about $500 shipped. That's about what I paid for the FS-5G (after VAT), so it sounds like a good price to me. Igor might have details.

could you tellpls tell me the nut width of fs-5g??