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bynapkinart
11-18-2011, 10:33 AM
http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/Photo085.jpg

http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss258/bynapkinart/Photo084.jpg

:)

hmgberg
11-18-2011, 10:35 AM
Wow wee!! That's a new one, I presume? Thoughts and impressions?

bynapkinart
11-18-2011, 10:45 AM
Not mine, haha...that's an original Martin 5K, which is worth about $20,000 more than I am. I got to play one that the owner of one of my shops back home owns, it's in his personal collection. He doesn't know how to play good uke, so he asked me if I would play it for a couple of hours. Me, being the nice guy I am, jumped all over that chance.

I don't know when the next time I'll be able to play one of these is, so I'm really grateful for the opportunity.

bynapkinart
11-18-2011, 10:53 AM
I should also mention he has the original case, original case candy and the uke is in perfect condition. It was awesome.

hmgberg
11-18-2011, 11:04 AM
Yeah, I had some suspicion that it is an older one from the 1920's since the inlay is a bit lower on the headstock than it is on the newer models. It's a good stater instrument! No, seriously, that's one great ukulele. Please send it to me so that I can play it. I'd be happy to let you know what I think about tone, fit and finish, all of that stuff.

mm stan
11-18-2011, 11:06 AM
Yup vintage martin 5K...looks sweet...you lucky guy....ask him if he will part with it for um um um..:drool::drool::iwant:

Big_e
11-18-2011, 11:30 AM
My goodness, she's beautiful!!

Uncle Leroy
11-18-2011, 11:46 AM
Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

joeybug
11-18-2011, 11:59 AM
That is one pretty Uke! And expensive to boot!! How did it sound? Lucky guy! :D

arpie
11-18-2011, 12:01 PM
OMG!! $20,000!!! Glad he didn't charge you by the hour to play it!! Beautiful looking uke - any sound samples??

Roberta

bynapkinart
11-18-2011, 12:15 PM
Alas, no sound samples, but it sounded ok. Granted, it had very old gut strings on it that are probably about 70 years too old, but they look original and the string packaging was in the case as well. Amazingly we were able to tune it up so it would stay in tune for about an hour, and it sounded pretty spectacular even with those old strings. I can't imagine how good it would have sounded with a new set of flourocarbon strings...that would have been awesome.

More than anything it was a really cool piece of playable art. The fine detailing was perfect, someone spent a good deal of time to make sure it left the shop looking like a long term investment. Ridiculous attention to detail on this one.

v30
11-18-2011, 01:18 PM
Can you imagine dropping it or perhaps a belt buckle or button putting a big old scratch on it.......then what?

Nickie
11-18-2011, 03:03 PM
How did it sound? I bet as good as it looks. OMG, I can't even imagine puttimng a scratch on it. What the hell for, LOL!?

philpot
11-18-2011, 03:22 PM
Wow. If he ever, uh, wants some more people to play it I'll uh, I'll gladly help out there...

Paul December
11-18-2011, 03:27 PM
Not mine, haha...that's an original Martin 5K, which is worth about $20,000 more than I am. I got to play one that the owner of one of my shops back home owns, it's in his personal collection. He doesn't know how to play good uke, so he asked me if I would play it for a couple of hours. Me, being the nice guy I am, jumped all over that chance.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE WARNING!
...reminds me of a foreign film where an old impotent husband pays a young guy to satisfy his beautiful young wife since he cannot.

bynapkinart
11-18-2011, 04:30 PM
He was remarkably calm about the whole thing, but then again he has lots of expensive guitars filling that shop so the most valuable uke in the world is probably no biggie.

I was a little concerned though, so every little crack on the floor seemed enormous...I was super conscious of everything.

TCK
11-18-2011, 04:35 PM
Man would I love to knock the finish off the face of that Uke...absolutely stunning, some Worth browns and a bunch of old 78 RPM's and that is heaven to me. Nice Uke

haolejohn
11-18-2011, 04:47 PM
Not mine, haha...that's an original Martin 5K, which is worth about $20,000 more than I am. I got to play one that the owner of one of my shops back home owns, it's in his personal collection. He doesn't know how to play good uke, so he asked me if I would play it for a couple of hours. Me, being the nice guy I am, jumped all over that chance.

I don't know when the next time I'll be able to play one of these is, so I'm really grateful for the opportunity.

sad i know but i thought it was just some new chinese uke with bling on it. Boy was I wrong.lol

mr moonlight
11-18-2011, 05:20 PM
Man would I love to knock the finish off the face of that Uke...absolutely stunning, some Worth browns and a bunch of old 78 RPM's and that is heaven to me. Nice Uke
Definitely. I'd love to make that uke look it's age.