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lefty dan
11-08-2009, 04:41 AM
I went to a birthday party last night. Someone was talking about ukes. My friend introduced me to a lady that has a 1951 Martin uke. I haven't seen it yet. She said she bought it new but never played it. She said it has been in its case and in new condition. I hope to take a look at it but she lives three hours drive from me.
Sure would like to tell her what its worth.

I know without seeing it it would be difficult. If its in as good of shape as she said its got to be a desirable uke??
Anyone able to help me out with an approximate value?

Thanks
Daniel

sweets
11-08-2009, 05:40 AM
It all depends on the style and size. If the condition is really "as new", then a Style 0 soprano would go for ~$700. IIRC there are no Koa Martin ukes from that era that aren't custom, so a the other likely models would be

1M (~$1100)
2M (~$1500)
3M (~$2500)
1C Concert (~$1300)
1T Tenor (~$1600)

Familiarize yourself with these pages:

http://www.geocities.com/~ukulele/martin.html
http://www.geocities.com/~ukulele/martin2.html

And remember that the value of the uke starts to go down steeply if the condition isn't really "new".

lefty dan
11-08-2009, 06:01 AM
Sweets, thank you so much. This is just what I was hoping for. Once I Id the exact year and type I will now be able to email her a good idea what its worth.
Regards
Daniel