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Ukecaster
09-03-2017, 10:31 AM
I've seen the Ditson Martins, what other vintage soprano ukes were dread size? My Kamaka looks bigger than Martin size, would that be considered dreadnaught?

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Graham Greenbag
09-03-2017, 12:17 PM
I've seen the Ditson Martins, what other vintage soprano ukes were dread size? My Kamaka looks bigger than Martin size, would that be considered dreadnaught?

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I don't know the answer but it certainly has relevance to a thread that I've got going at the moment. Those larger bodied Ukes were much more popular that the standard ones. I don't think that originator posts here much anymore but his thread and site might be a help: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?108079-Ditson-Ukulele-Website.

Ukulele Eddie
09-03-2017, 12:57 PM
I've seen the Ditson Martins, what other vintage soprano ukes were dread size? My Kamaka looks bigger than Martin size, would that be considered dreadnaught?

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It's not just size, it's also shape. A Dreadnaught has a wider waist. [In guitars, many (not all) dreadnaughts also have square shoulders.]

So, no, your Kamaka would not be considered a Dreadnaught as it has a typical figure-8 body line.

Colin has a Pete Howlett Diston-style in the marketplace:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?128757-F-S-Pete-Howlett-koa-ditson-concert