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kmrukulele
08-15-2008, 08:28 AM
Hi. Are their any markings that would help me distinguish between a reissue Martin 5K tenor and a vintage one from the '20's?

Thanks in advance.

c.b.fiddler
08-15-2008, 08:54 AM
If it has a serial number, it is a new reissue. Martin did not use serial #'s on the vintage ukes.

kmrukulele
08-15-2008, 09:06 AM
Would the serial number be imprinted on the inside of the uke, visible through the soundhole?

kmrukulele
08-15-2008, 09:11 AM
I am asking these questions because a relative of mine who likes to buy and sell things is looking at a Martin 5K. He typically does not know much about what he is buying and he came to me because he knows I own a couple of cheapie ukuleles. :)

What would a 1920's 5K go for, in decent condition?

Thanks in advance.

h-drix
08-15-2008, 09:24 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/C-F-Martin-KOA-1K-Ukulele-early-20s-great-player_W0QQitemZ230021525723QQihZ013QQcategoryZ162 24QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

heres a 1K being sold by MGM, its going for $1000,

best bet is to email MGM and ask him.

tbqh i would say keep it. To have such an amazing instrament then sell it is a dumb idea, unless your a vendor such as MGM, then its not dumb. That might just the pack rat inside of me though.

kmrukulele
08-15-2008, 10:17 AM
Thanks for all your responses.

I did call MGM and Mike there told me most likely what my relative is lookig at is a 5K Soprano. The only way to tell is by it's dimensions.

SinisterDom
08-15-2008, 10:24 AM
Aren't Martin Tenors extremely rare? I've saw tons of sopranos for sale, but no tenors. Hmmm.

kmrukulele
08-15-2008, 10:26 AM
My understanding from MGM is that the ukulele under discussion is most likely the one up for auction at www.shopgoodwill.com.

c.b.fiddler
08-16-2008, 02:20 AM
Here's another forum discussion about the Goodwill 5K. The consensus is that it is the real deal:
http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/66031

Honestly, I'm not sure where the serial number is on a new Martin. I have a vintage late twenties Martin 3K with no serial #'s at all.

The Guru is Chuck at Yuke Yak - if you ask, you he will know:
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/uke-yak/default.asp?PMove=Next&SValue=4287&EValue=4312&lpage=5

rt1965
08-18-2008, 05:49 AM
Aren't Martin Tenors extremely rare? I've saw tons of sopranos for sale, but no tenors. Hmmm.
Martin built Style 1 Tenor ukes, and yes they don't come up for sale all too often, although lately, there seems to be a few more than normal on E-bay. I don't know for sure if Martin ever built a 5K Tenor, but the uke in question at the Goodwill site certainly looks like a Soprano.

Regarding serial numbers on new Martin Ukes, they are inside on the neck block, visible from the sound hole.

Nuke-ulele
08-18-2008, 09:04 AM
Martin built Style 1 Tenor ukes, and yes they don't come up for sale all too often, although lately, there seems to be a few more than normal on E-bay. I don't know for sure if Martin ever built a 5K Tenor, but the uke in question at the Goodwill site certainly looks like a Soprano.

Regarding serial numbers on new Martin Ukes, they are inside on the neck block, visible from the sound hole.

Martin did build a 5k tenor back in the day (in the 20s)...2 or so of them. Never went into full production. Anything else is a later special order or reissue, often from around 1980. Check out this colection: http://ultimateukulelecollection.com/ukecollection5.html

I have held one of the two and played it, with original gut strings on it. It was rarely, if ever played in its 80+ years. It was not put into production, these were protos at the time. The new owner paid $50,000 to own it. It as in the shop of a well-known luthier I know just in the last few months, and he was doing a few minor restoration/preservation measures to the instrument for the new owner/investor. It was beautiful.

5k vintage sopranos are relatively common by comparison, but they are by no means common. They range wildly in price, but a reissue is around 3,500 bucks. A good condition vintage 5k has sold for $10,000 (maybe more in some cases!).

Nuke-ulele
08-18-2008, 09:08 AM
This is it here (http://ultimateukulelecollection.com/ukedsc00306.html)

For sale! Lets all go in on it.

rt1965
08-18-2008, 12:03 PM
This is it here (http://ultimateukulelecollection.com/ukedsc00306.html)

For sale! Lets all go in on it.
Yes, I do remember seeing this collection! Really nice collection too!!!

c.b.fiddler
08-19-2008, 03:08 AM
"This is it here

For sale! Lets all go in on it."

Let's be realistic and stick to a budget. How about this 5k Soprano on Ebay?:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=380055079275&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=025