View Full Version : NUD all over again, Martin C1K...

04-25-2013, 07:19 PM
Ok, I had a NUD a few weeks ago, but that change didn't work out very good. I "upgraded" from a Kala CEM to what I thought was a bargain closeout sale on a Kala GAC, Solid Acacia top...well, it seems there was a very good reason they were on closeout. The thing was dead, the top was wavy and it had some string buzz, even though it was supposedly setup.

So, after selling my CEM and returning the GAC, I found a local shop that just got a stock of the Mexican made Martins. I had been looking around for a solid Koa that I could afford and settled on the Martin C1K as the only solid Koa that was even near my budget. So, here's a couple pic's, I'll post more tomorrow when the light is better.


BTW, it sounds awesome and was confirmed by the director of our club and a Hawaiian lady in our club who also plays very well.

more pic's posted below...

04-25-2013, 07:55 PM
Lookin' good! Enjoy your new Martin!

04-26-2013, 05:37 AM
Congrats on the new Martin Koa. Looks nice. How's her voice? :)

04-26-2013, 11:32 AM
Have a very happy NUD and enjoy your new Martin. I've seen and played the C1k and they are very nice ukes.

04-26-2013, 11:35 AM
Congrats on the new Martin. Hope your weekend is open!

04-26-2013, 12:48 PM
Congratulations. That is one pretty uke!

mm stan
04-26-2013, 12:51 PM
Aloha Dan,
Congrats on the new martin..happy strummings....have fun and enjoy :)

04-26-2013, 03:17 PM
Congratulations. That is one pretty uke!
...and one very happy looking uker too!

04-26-2013, 11:50 PM
I have been impressed with Martin's re-entry into the ukulele market. Their original "modern" uke, the S-0 was a little problematic at first. I bought one after they worked out the kinks and I eventually sold it. The concert model you bought is one that has caught my interest. I do have two KoAloha ukes, a solid koa Ohana, and some other high-end ukes, but, to me, a great sounding uke is a great sounding uke. If I like playing it, to me, that's all that matters.

Congratulations! I think you made a fine choice and it is a really good upgrade from your old Kala.

04-27-2013, 05:55 AM
Thanks everyone, it sounds really good! Have a question, though...it has a "satin" finish or what seems like very little finish at all and yesterday during a club concert, my arm resting on the body and a little sweat brought the grain up a little. Can I put some lemon oil on it? Or is there something specific to help preserve the natural finish.

Dan Uke
04-27-2013, 06:17 AM
I've tried that uke and it sound good for the price! You look happy

04-27-2013, 07:41 AM
more better pic's...

and, yes I'm very happy!

04-28-2013, 04:32 AM
I tried the C1K at a local music shop and the tone was clear and lovely. However, I'm a bit concerned by the open pores I see on the body. Is this normal?