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Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 07:59 AM
It arrived this morning! Here are pictures (in no particular order). It's a late '20s (I believe) Martin Style 3M! Whoo-hoo! Some pics of it next to my other Martins, with its "case", and with my Kiwaya KTS-7.

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 08:00 AM
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12-19-2011, 08:09 AM
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Trinimon
12-19-2011, 08:16 AM
Congrats on the new ukes! You got more ukes than you got finger and toes now! lol

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 08:18 AM
It's a little dusty and smudgy, but seems to be in good shape over all. There are a few little scuffs on the sides where the snaps of its old gig bag rubbed it, but nothing major at all. No cracks that I can see. The screws in the tuners are kind of corroded, and, of course, loose. I hope I can tighten them without ruining the slots. I'll try to get it cleaned up and restrung this evening. It's got a pretty nice sound even with whatever ancient strings are currently on it.

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 08:19 AM
Congrats on the new ukes! You got more ukes than you got finger and toes now! lol
Thanks! Only ONE of those ukes is new though!

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 08:21 AM
Now I guess I need to get a decent case for it. I obviously can't keep it in that disgusting old bag!

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 08:29 AM
Ok, actually, according to this website: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/martin.html, it should date between 1930 and 1932, due to the one piece ivory nut and the lack of a headstock decal.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-19-2011, 09:22 AM
Quite a beauty. Congratulations!

mm stan
12-19-2011, 09:24 AM
Aloha Chris..
Hey Bruddah..WOW ....You really scored....it's in great shape and cleaned up nicely...I am jealous.. can't wait for a video to see and hear it...Have fun and enjoy..Happy Strummings..MM Stan

Gmoney
12-19-2011, 09:29 AM
Just LOVELY! In great shape - gonna be a sweet player as well.

hmgberg
12-19-2011, 10:11 AM
Great uke, Chris! I'm sure you'll love it. Mine is the same vintage, and what a joy to play. In my opinion, the Style 3 is a perfect ukulele. You just need a Style 5 now...if you are one of those folks who need closure.

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 10:48 AM
Great uke, Chris! I'm sure you'll love it. Mine is the same vintage, and what a joy to play. In my opinion, the Style 3 is a perfect ukulele. You just need a Style 5 now...if you are one of those folks who need closure.

Oddly, I still don't have a Style 0 either. I wonder which of those two I can score first? I agree about the Style 3 being a perfect uke. I have loved that look since I first started playing. That's why I bought the Kiwaya.... and I have a plan for a custom based on a Style 3, but with tortoiseshell in place of the ivoroid stuff. EVERYWHERE... binding, fingerboard stripes and parend. On a light colored figured koa. I even have a maker in mind. But that will have to wait a while now. I hadn't planned on this purchase!

RyanMFT
12-19-2011, 11:05 AM
Sorry to get to this thread a bit late....was on vacation in Kauai.

What a beautiful ukulele you got! I am really happy for you. What are you using to clean it. If you want the cleaner I use, let me know. It works wonders beyond everything else I have tried on vintage ukuleles.

Enjoy that beautiful ukulele!

hmgberg
12-19-2011, 11:29 AM
Sorry to get to this thread a bit late....was on vacation in Kauai.

What a beautiful ukulele you got! I am really happy for you. What are you using to clean it. If you want the cleaner I use, let me know. It works wonders beyond everything else I have tried on vintage ukuleles.

Enjoy that beautiful ukulele!

I'd like to know what you use. I've been using Virtuoso with excellent results, but I'm always interested in trying different products.

ukudaily.co.uk
12-19-2011, 11:34 AM
you're going to need more hands! enjoy them!

hmgberg
12-19-2011, 11:50 AM
Chris, you got that uke at a very good price! Double the pleasure, I'm sure.

Be careful with the tuners. Make sure that the screwdriver you use is as closely fit to the slot as possible. It is possible to find replacement screws for them if they are stripped. I found some at my local hardware store. They are "micro" screws. I can get the dimensions to you if you need them. PM me.

Doc_J
12-19-2011, 11:51 AM
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Great uke Chris. One in that nice of a condition is rare. Thanks for sharing.

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 04:20 PM
Here's a little video of it. Keep in mind, these are the unknown strings it shipped with. They feel very old. I made a video on my computer earlier that was more of a review/commentary, but it hasn't shown up on my YouTube channel yet for some reason. I shot this one on my iPhone, so the quality might not be so great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58Gm6aoxIW8&list=UUyYpp3obN14UCJ6-aFektfg&index=1&feature=plcp

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 04:34 PM
Chris, you got that uke at a very good price! Double the pleasure, I'm sure.

Be careful with the tuners. Make sure that the screwdriver you use is as closely fit to the slot as possible. It is possible to find replacement screws for them if they are stripped. I found some at my local hardware store. They are "micro" screws. I can get the dimensions to you if you need them. PM me.

Here are the two different styles of tuners we discussed in our PMs (I couldn't seem to get the images in the PM, but I'm tech-challenged!). The foreground of the shot with both headstocks is the Style 3, while the single headstock is the Style 2.

joeybug
12-19-2011, 05:16 PM
Congrats! Happy New Old Uke Day :D

Looks like a real beauty :D

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 05:19 PM
Thanks Joey! Happy Christmas to you!

Nickie
12-19-2011, 05:33 PM
Looks like a great find! Way to go. What kind of strings will you put on it?

Chris Tarman
12-19-2011, 05:40 PM
Looks like a great find! Way to go. What kind of strings will you put on it?
Well, to start with, either the Worth CMs that I have stashed away (the same strings I have on my Kiwaya KTS-7), or if I can find some Martin M600s when I'm in Flagstaff later this week I might put them on. I have them on my other two Martins and like them a lot. Later on I might try some Worth Browns. Heck, ukulele strings are cheap, so I might try ALL of them!

Chris Tarman
12-31-2011, 01:38 AM
It's now strung with Worth Brown Mediums, and sounds much better. More to follow...

mm stan
12-31-2011, 01:44 AM
No forget the video update with the worth mediums..please...I still say martin M600 or if too bright maybe some Ko'olau alohis..

Chris Tarman
12-31-2011, 01:52 AM
Don't worry, Stan. There will be a video soon. These strings are really nice. Warm, mellow, and full sounding. Perfect for a mahogany uke. I'm not switching my other Martins anytime soon though! I'm keeping the Martin M600s on them. It's kind of nice not having them all sound the same though. It justifies having so many!

mm stan
12-31-2011, 02:42 AM
I just put the martin 620 on my tenor...wow it's like a completely different and a way better uke...holy smokes...was playing that tonite...