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pdxuke
12-30-2012, 10:00 PM
Okay Martin friends: like salmon spawning, I buy my ukes in clumps during my "uke buying season." Usually it's around Christmas, and sometimes I go a few years without buying any; I haven't bought a new uke in two years.

But this year I used my hobby budget to buy three Martin ukes.

A new s1
A vintage Martin 1

and...

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46887&d=1356943929

..a new Martin 2. I know, I was going to wait and play them, but this one kept calling to me and I decided to pull the trigger.

So, I'm happily done for now. I'll be enjoying these for sometime to come, and with the help of John B, my uke buddy and banjo uke player extraordinaire, be practicing my triples.

Thanks to Petey, Steve, Gary, Ryan and all the Martin lovers who gave me advice and information as I selected this "season."

Happy New Year, all!

ChrisRCovington
12-30-2012, 10:13 PM
that looks sweet! Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see a review of your new uke.

coolkayaker1
12-31-2012, 02:21 AM
Thank God you finally got a Martin 2, Brother Pdx. Why? Because my new Martin 2 arrives in (looks at wristwatch) six hours! I can now justify it because with you and Petey and a few others getting one, they're becoming as common as horseflies at a picnic!

I wanted to see if the hog M2 sounded different than the cherry M3. Plus, to practice those wild Roy Smeck inspired, finger flailing strums like on your other thread, I need a " house cue". Lol. ( actually, I use my Pono for that).

Do tel what you think of yours!! Exciting, ain't it.

PS. Wait...you also have a vintage 1M coming this week? You gots it bad. You needs to see a specialist and get some stroooong med-cine, child. Castor oil alone ain't gonna do it now, you hear?

Pukulele Pete
12-31-2012, 02:26 AM
Hey "coolkayaker " I'm just wondering why you are selling your cherry Martin style 3 ? Didn't you just get it recently ?
I'm getting a case of Martin Fever reading about everyone else here getting new Martins.

coolkayaker1
12-31-2012, 02:28 AM
Hey "coolkayaker " I'm just wondering why you are selling your cherry Martin style 3 ? Didn't you just get it recently ?
If anyone fool enuff to buy it fo mo than I done pays fo it, me gittin a Martin 5k. Lol.

Pukulele Pete
12-31-2012, 02:41 AM
The " Holy Grail " , man you guys are driving me to buy a new Martin. I've been dreaming about a style 5 for so long now. Maybe this will get me to sell some of my guitars to buy one.
Are you thinking NEW or OLD ?

pdxuke
12-31-2012, 06:40 AM
The " Holy Grail " , man you guys are driving me to buy a new Martin. I've been dreaming about a style 5 for so long now. Maybe this will get me to sell some of my guitars to buy one.
Are you thinking NEW or OLD ?

Get rid of the guitars, man! Buy a 5k!

And any 5k I'd ever hope to own would have to be a new one.

PeteyHoudini
12-31-2012, 07:16 AM
You guys are funny!

@pdxuke: Congrats on the style 2. I love mine, I love mine, I love mine.

I'm still waiting for my 2K tenor and the style 3 maghogany. No 5K for me... I'd be as poor as a church mouse! hehe

Petey

NewKid
12-31-2012, 07:18 AM
Enablers, all of you! I have a new Martin 2K and it sings! I ordered it from Elderly after seeing the Petey Houdini review.

PeteyHoudini
12-31-2012, 07:20 AM
Enablers, all of you! I have a new Martin 2K and it sings! I ordered it from Elderly after seeing the Petey Houdini review.
I will use my 2K in a new song soon. I've had a second look at it and love it more now. Wait till I do the new Tenor style 2 review!!! LOL hehe

Petey

pdxuke
12-31-2012, 07:20 AM
Enablers, all of you! I have a new Martin 2K and it sings! I ordered it from Elderly after seeing the Petey Houdini review.

Enabling is what UU is all about. You want tough love--call your parents! :-) Here, it's--WHY OF COURSE YOU NEED THAT NEW MARTIN! BUY IT!

Chris Tarman
01-01-2013, 07:10 AM
Enabling is what UU is all about. You want tough love--call your parents! :-) Here, it's--WHY OF COURSE YOU NEED THAT NEW MARTIN! BUY IT!

That is AWESOME!

Chris Tarman
01-01-2013, 07:16 AM
Okay Martin friends: like salmon spawning, I buy my ukes in clumps during my "uke buying season." Usually it's around Christmas, and sometimes I go a few years without buying any; I haven't bought a new uke in two years.

But this year I used my hobby budget to buy three Martin ukes.

A new s1
A vintage Martin 1

and...

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46887&d=1356943929

..a new Martin 2. I know, I was going to wait and play them, but this one kept calling to me and I decided to pull the trigger.

So, I'm happily done for now. I'll be enjoying these for sometime to come, and with the help of John B, my uke buddy and banjo uke player extraordinaire, be practicing my triples.

Thanks to Petey, Steve, Gary, Ryan and all the Martin lovers who gave me advice and information as I selected this "season."

Happy New Year, all!

That S2 is really really nice looking. I don't think I've seen a good photo of the mahogany version. Is it really that red? The old Style 2s always seemed to be more reddish than the other styles (not sure if that's accurate, but that's my impression).

Your binge reminds me of mine last year, when I got my vintage Style 3 and my Gibson Uke 3 two weeks apart. $2300 on two ukes right at Christmas time... Safe to say THAT won't be happening for me again! It was great, though....

NewKid
01-01-2013, 07:37 AM
Enabling is what UU is all about. You want tough love--call your parents! :-) Here, it's--WHY OF COURSE YOU NEED THAT NEW MARTIN! BUY IT!

Did I say I thought it was bad? In my next sentence I wrote that I bought a great new Martin 2K! Your Mahogany 2 is gorgeous.

pdxuke
01-01-2013, 10:40 AM
Did I say I thought it was bad? In my next sentence I wrote that I bought a great new Martin 2K! Your Mahogany 2 is gorgeous.

Remarks made in jest--sorry if I offended--the limitations of the net!

NOW.....

BUY BUY BUY the Martin CHERRY.... YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT...

:drool::drool: (HA HA! Happy New Year my Uke Friend! Enjoy your 2--our numbers are growing!)

pdxuke
01-01-2013, 11:01 AM
That S2 is really really nice looking. I don't think I've seen a good photo of the mahogany version. Is it really that red? The old Style 2s always seemed to be more reddish than the other styles (not sure if that's accurate, but that's my impression).

Your binge reminds me of mine last year, when I got my vintage Style 3 and my Gibson Uke 3 two weeks apart. $2300 on two ukes right at Christmas time... Safe to say THAT won't be happening for me again! It was great, though....

Chris, I'll let you know about the red tone when I have it hand--but I hope so, cause it's be-you-ti-ful.

I always buy my ukes in binges--although, I prefer to call them "seasons," haha. It's because of the nature of my work as a teacher: by mid year winter break my brains are about to fall out of my head, my patience is worn (I teach middle school:-) and I need a pleasant diversion. So, around the holidays I buy a bunch of ukes (hobby budget permitting) and then spend the rest of the year evaluating. In the Spring I may add another for birthday. When school lets out for summer, and right before I turn college professor for the summer, I decide if any need to be sold. From that point on, I play and enjoy my keepers all summer long, until the next season.

Man, i've had some great ukes this way. If I sell I usually do fine or take a small loss, but i consider that tuition in the cost of my education. I have no problem buying a uke, spending a month with it, learning from it, and selling it--or even giving it away. All of this is part of the fun.

pdxuke
01-01-2013, 11:10 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46940&d=1357078164

Oh, man--it's gonna be a GOOD WEEK...

pdxuke
01-02-2013, 03:32 PM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=47055&d=1357180198

IN TOWN. Delivery---Tomorrow.....

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=46887&d=1356943929

:rock:

pdxuke
01-03-2013, 06:00 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=47073&d=1357232385

Soon soon soon soon.....

whepper
01-03-2013, 07:03 AM
I'm thinking about getting one and I can get a very good deal locally (still a lot of money), so I'm eager to hear from you how it sounds and what the build quality is. Petey is very enthusiastic, so I'm looking forward to your opinion how it compares to your vintage Martins. :D

PeteyHoudini
01-03-2013, 07:38 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=47073&d=1357232385

Soon soon soon soon.....
Hurry up!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-) hehehe

Petey

PeteyHoudini
01-03-2013, 11:21 AM
Drum rolllllllllllllllllllllll Any sign of that uke yet?

Petey

whepper
01-03-2013, 11:42 AM
Drum rolllllllllllllllllllllll Any sign of that uke yet?

Petey

Haha, we're all so excited! :D :drool:

PeteyHoudini
01-03-2013, 11:56 AM
Haha, we're all so excited! :D :drool:

It says estimated delivery by 7 pm... and it's 6 pm EST right now in Ottawa so that's only 3 pm in Portland... he's got 4 more hours! hehe

Petey

pdxuke
01-03-2013, 01:48 PM
Y'all are like mother hens :-). Very sweet!

Well...

ITS HERE!

First Impressions:

The build is beautiful. It really is...beautiful. A craftsman instrument.
Smells like a Martin. WOW.
The tone is lovely, the intonation perfect, the frets smooth, the action great, comfortable in the hand.

I am going to enjoy owning this. It is one of the most perfect new ukes I've ever owned. Stunning.

HAVING SAID THAT...

There is nothing like a vintage Martin. Nothing. My vintage Martin 1, also arrived this week--has a ring to it that this doesn't quite have--in fact, that none of my modern ukes, be they Kamaka, Kiwaya, Ohana--none of them have that RING that a vintage has. I played a chord last night on the Vintage 1 and I could hear octave OVERTONES. Blew me away.

This new style 2 is close; it may be equal in tone with my style 0, but not my 1. The one RINGS. This new style 2 only SINGS--haha!

Still, to be fair, I have not spent any time with it. It is already a pleasure to have a brand new, USA made Martin that is all my own. And mahogany to boot.

I'm also appreciating the fine job Martin Mexico did with the s1. The tone is really very, very good. It is not this new 2, but it's superb as well.

And one can clearly hear, with both this new 2 and the s1, that the tone is superior to my Ohana SK35 and 38. It just is. As much as I love them, the Martins blow them away.

Now, was it worth the $900 I paid for it?

I'm not sure the build is any better than the Kiwaya kts4 I used to have. I do prefer the sound of this new Martin 2 over the Kiwaya--but the Kiwaya was very good (sold it a while ago.)

But, at the end of the day, while the Kiwaya pays homage to a Martin, a Martin IS a Martin. And I'm willing to pony up the few hundred extra bucks if only for the name, even if all other things next to the Kiwaya were equal--a contest in which I still think Martin takes the edge. (And anyway, the KTS4 should in fairness be compared to the s1, not the 2--the Martin two has the purfing. And while I think the build of the kts4 is better than the s1, the sound is not better, IMHO. The s1 holds its own. So in that case the prices are close.)

Would I do it again? Would I go for the cherry? I don't know. My feeling is in terms of value, the 2 probably is the best value of the Martin new builds in the USA. I'm glad I have it. (And ask me in a year when I want the cherry! Haha!)

I WILL add the OXK. And I'm really tempted by the Mexican concert--but I would immediately put friction tuners on it!

But I can say with almost no hesitation that I will be buying more vintage Martins. I eventually want a tenor, and maybe even a style 3 mahogany.

I'll do sound checks and post pics this weekend.

Bottom line: if you want a NEW Martin uke, and you want it USA made, the 2 is an outstanding choice. It is a superior instrument. But do not be afraid of vintage instruments. If you buy Martin from the 40s thru 60s you can find instruments (particularly style0) in good condition that are the same price as Kiwayas. There is room for both Martin new and Martin old, and both have their place and value.

Thanks for all your help and support!

Thom

whepper
01-03-2013, 02:34 PM
Congrats with your new uke and many, many thanks for sharing your first impressions and for comparing it with your vintage SO and S1, your new S1 and the Kiwaya KTS-4. It's very helpful information for me to make the right choices for my 2013 uke roadmap. :D

PeteyHoudini
01-03-2013, 02:52 PM
Y'all are like mother hens :-). Very sweet!

Would I do it again? Would I go for the cherry? I don't know. My feeling is in terms of value, the 2 probably is the best value of the Martin new builds in the USA. I'm glad I have it. (And ask me in a year when I want the cherry! Haha!)

I WILL add the OXK. And I'm really tempted by the Mexican concert--but I would immediately put friction tuners on it!



Hi Thom,

Man, you really nailed it with your description comparing the new and vintage ukes! I approve!

The new style 2 is the best value. Well put. "First class uke no holds barred." You can quote me on that! LOL

The OXK is an amazing uke and I will never give up mine even if I never go camping again. ;-) hehe That uke could take camping even on Mount Everest. As for the Mexican concert C1K... you have my blessing, olé! Get one! ;-) hehe

I've got the style 3 mahogany on order in Canada from my local music store. It takes 3-4 months but I save all duties and shipping costs. 8-) Very, very good deal with the Canadian currency exchange.

cheerio and enjoy your new style 2!

Petey

Nicko
01-03-2013, 02:57 PM
Congrats on the new Martins. Enjoyed reading your initial thoughts. Thanks.

N

pdxuke
01-03-2013, 07:23 PM
And to illustrate my point on vintage instruments that are affordable and in good condition:

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/40082/40082.php

garyg
01-06-2013, 09:33 AM
Glad that you're enjoying the 1M Thom, and the comparison test was quite interesting. cheers, g2