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khairijamian
08-17-2011, 07:12 PM
Aloha! I've been thinking for a new Martin S1, what do you guys think? Or should I get a cheaper solid koa soprano from other brands? I wanna make it as my permanent soprano. Thanks for your feedbacks!

hungry4adobo
08-17-2011, 07:25 PM
Idk if you have 500 dollars to spend i would save a little longer to buy a koaloha soprano, if you are into them. There is also Anuenue, i heard good reviews about them, and there is Mele ukulele, I have never gotten to try one on hand but, have heard good soundsamples from youtube. Good Luck :)

janeray1940
08-17-2011, 07:52 PM
For $500 you could get a second-hand Kamaka or a new Koaloha. Unless you get the chance to play the S1 in person first, I'd go for one of the K brands instead. I've heard the S1 is good but not great.

khairijamian
08-17-2011, 07:58 PM
Idk if you have 500 dollars to spend i would save a little longer to buy a koaloha soprano, if you are into them. There is also Anuenue, i heard good reviews about them, and there is Mele ukulele, I have never gotten to try one on hand but, have heard good soundsamples from youtube. Good Luck :)

I would love to have a Martin, but there's a recent thread said the S1 is quite disappointing;
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?51447-Martin-SO-and-S1-Ukes-Very-Disappointing&highlight=martin

Also the S1 and OXK are being made in Mexico, only Martin 2 to 5K styles are made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

I'm a Kamaka guy but that stays in dream LOL hmm there's a $300 Mele soprano in a local store, and I've also heard about the Meles are made in Mexico (correct me if I'm wrong) and finished in Hawaii. Others on the list were the $245 Bruko S006-Flat soprano, $360 Lanikai LFM-S soprano, a Pono tenor (model & price unknown) or the $199 Fender Nohea tenor. I wrote $500 there just for the Martin S1.

Someone please help, cause I'm hunting in doubt!

khairijamian
08-17-2011, 08:01 PM
For $500 you could get a second-hand Kamaka or a new Koaloha. Unless you get the chance to play the S1 in person first, I'd go for one of the K brands instead. I've heard the S1 is good but not great.

Haven't got the chance to play the S1 yet, but a second-hand Kamaka sounds good! Especially the HF-1. Is it hard to be found, the second hand HF-1? About the S1, yeah, heard that it's not that great.

janeray1940
08-17-2011, 08:06 PM
There were a couple HF-1s on the Marketplace here recently - not sure if they sold. I got mine on eBay for around that price. There's one right now for $530 on Flea Market Music (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp) - you'll have to scroll down a bit.

khairijamian
08-17-2011, 08:18 PM
There were a couple HF-1s on the Marketplace here recently - not sure if they sold. I got mine on eBay for around that price. There's one right now for $530 on Flea Market Music (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp) - you'll have to scroll down a bit.

But usually the shipping will cost me, I'm in Malaysia so shipping cost will always kills. Bought my first soprano from an online store back in 2009 the shipping was $131. Creepy right? But nevermind, the love for ukulele had it all. :) Anyway thanks for the Flea Market link! Will update soon as I made my mind!

Pukulele Pete
08-18-2011, 12:29 AM
Kiwaya kts-4

pdxuke
08-18-2011, 11:28 AM
Yes, if you are not going for a vintage Martin or Kamaka, go for the KTS4. I recently sold one, but ONLY because I have Martin S0 from 1948 that is perfect.

Of course, depending upon what you want, the best $500 uke may be a $200 uke! I think the Ohana SK38s are absolutely unique and marvelous.

PhilUSAFRet
08-18-2011, 01:15 PM
Add $49 to that five hundred and get this one with great hard case, expert set up, etc. etc. reputable company.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KoAloha-Soprano-Koa-Ukulele-HAWAIIAN-MADE-SOUNDS-GREAT-/130563396606?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e662f53fe

khairijamian
08-18-2011, 05:08 PM
Yes, if you are not going for a vintage Martin or Kamaka, go for the KTS4. I recently sold one, but ONLY because I have Martin S0 from 1948 that is perfect.

Of course, depending upon what you want, the best $500 uke may be a $200 uke! I think the Ohana SK38s are absolutely unique and marvelous.

The SK-38s are AMAZING! Much better than $379 new S1! Thank you! The KTS4 also sounds great, is it a Martin copy?

khairijamian
08-18-2011, 05:13 PM
Add $49 to that five hundred and get this one with great hard case, expert set up, etc. etc. reputable company.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KoAloha-Soprano-Koa-Ukulele-HAWAIIAN-MADE-SOUNDS-GREAT-/130563396606?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e662f53fe

But shipping kills. :( the K brands all sounds good to our ears :D

khairijamian
08-18-2011, 05:17 PM
What do you guys think of this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9U3dontvpM

It's $170 only!

janeray1940
08-18-2011, 06:29 PM
But shipping kills. :( the K brands all sounds good to our ears :D

The listing says worldwide shipping is $41. I realize that puts you a bit over $500, but you know you'll be getting a uke that you'll keep for years.

strombolimusik
08-20-2011, 11:36 AM
If you like mahogany, I would go for a Kiwaya KTS-4, or a vintage Martin O on ebay for $500. Haven't tried the Ohanas but I've heard good things. I have a new Martin S1 for $250 if you are interested. Good luck!

khairijamian
08-20-2011, 11:34 PM
If you like mahogany, I would go for a Kiwaya KTS-4, or a vintage Martin O on ebay for $500. Haven't tried the Ohanas but I've heard good things. I have a new Martin S1 for $250 if you are interested. Good luck!

seriously a new S1 for only $250? PM me!

strombolimusik
08-21-2011, 02:29 AM
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strombolimusik
08-21-2011, 12:52 PM
Khairijamian, been trying to PM you here but it doesn't seem to work. Please email me directly at strombolimusik@gmail.com. Thanks.

Scoutniagara
09-05-2011, 02:31 AM
LOL I bought my Kamaka Koa Sop in 1979 while in Hawaii for about $100. I guess I'll keep it. ;) ....I can't believe the prices for them, today. I recently bought a hard-shelled case for it, to replace the original cardboard box.