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coolkayaker1
06-12-2014, 09:41 AM
This is a 1950-something Martin Style 2 soprano ukulele. It's lovely, but I just bought a baritone and need to justify it to my wife by selling something (anything!).

It is with gorgeous, aged mahogany (not available in today's ukuleles), striated and good, and has Aquila Strings on it and sounds fabulous. Original tuners. It has a crack on the back that has been repaired at some point (no cleat) in the past (see pic), and has two other areas of checking only on the back that are too small to photograph. It has an original chipboard case. It has none of the other issues that one associates with older ukes such as topwood strum rash, indented fingerboard, etc. Just good looking and playing. (Pristine 1950s Style 2s are available occasionally, usually around $1200)

I envision this for the collector who wants a Style 2 in their collection, and for someone who loves to play ukuleles, it plays so sweetly. If the words repaired crack scare you, it's likely not for you. lol It will maintain its value, and will likely appreciate. It is already 60 years old.

No trades, please. Price is a reasonable $849, Paypal fee to Buyer, and USPS Parcel shipping with Tracking and Insurance in the CoNUS to me, seller.

Cheers to all! Steve

coolkayaker1
06-12-2014, 09:43 AM
70753 Picture #1

coolkayaker1
06-12-2014, 09:49 AM
70754 The case, vintage

I'm selling more than one Martin soprano and haven't the ear to tell you which sounds better; they both sing like loud birds outside a bedroom window.

coolkayaker1
06-12-2014, 09:51 AM
70755 The soundhole

lakesideglenn
07-05-2014, 09:42 AM
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That's some real nice looking mahogany...any chance of a sound/video sample?

Cheers!

ukegirl
07-06-2014, 07:59 AM
I owned a 50's soprano and a tenor. Both were very nice instruments. Good luck with your sale!

coolkayaker1
07-10-2014, 09:23 PM
Thank you, ukegirl. I appreciate the kind words about the instrument.

Glenn, I'm sorry I just saw your request for sound sample now. I'm out of town, and the Ukulele is actually at home. I'll see what I can do when I get home using my iPad. I have no great recording set up but I'll give it a whirl.

This Ukulele is still available and anyone interested might compare the price with others for sale, also styles two, on eBay or other marketplaces. I think they will see the value here. Thanks.

buc mcmaster
07-12-2014, 04:03 AM
Hey there, Steve. I may well be interested in snapping this one up but a question - have you strung this one with Fremont Blacklines? I'm not much a fan of Aquilas due mostly to their diameters and loosey-goosey feel. That's some gorgeous mahogany on that one...............

coolkayaker1
07-21-2014, 10:01 PM
Hey there, Steve. I may well be interested in snapping this one up but a question - have you strung this one with Fremont Blacklines? I'm not much a fan of Aquilas due mostly to their diameters and loosey-goosey feel. That's some gorgeous mahogany on that one...............

Sorry, Buc...I just saw this post. And Glenn, too. I'd be happy to change the strings to Blacklines and give a sound sample by FaceTime or Skype, live and in the flesh. The mahogany is stunning...I cannot capture it well on the photos but I can try by FT or Skype. Just PM me if interested. Thanks.

Mattyukaholic
07-21-2014, 10:26 PM
This is an amazing ukulele at an amazing price. There's something about the style 2s. Every one that I've played rings true and plays beautifully.

Darn it, if I had the money right now is buy this one and your new 2m Steve. Amazing ukuleles.

Ukeval
07-21-2014, 11:19 PM
Hey Matt, style1 are nice too ;-)

Mattyukaholic
07-21-2014, 11:58 PM
Hey Matt, style1 are nice too ;-)

Very true!!! :)

coolkayaker1
08-26-2014, 12:17 AM
Bump. For good measure.

Ukeval
08-26-2014, 01:02 AM
Bump. For good measure.
A pity photos were lost in last forum crash...

consitter
08-26-2014, 01:22 AM
Bump. For good measure.

I like "puuuuuuusssssshhhhhhh" better.

HBolte
08-26-2014, 01:38 AM
As for strings, whoever buys this may want to try Martin M600's they sound great on vintage Martins. And you can buy with confidence from coolkayaker1!

coolkayaker1
09-10-2014, 04:40 PM
Thanks, gentlemen. This great instrument is still available. :)

coolkayaker1
09-10-2014, 04:50 PM
70758 Thanks for looking

coolkayaker1
09-10-2014, 04:51 PM
70757 The back

coolkayaker1
09-10-2014, 04:52 PM
70759 Headstock front

coolkayaker1
09-10-2014, 04:53 PM
70760 Headstock back and tuners.

I apologize for all the one phot0 posts, but the Uploader is not letting me put more than one on a single post. ugh!

coolkayaker1
09-10-2014, 04:54 PM
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Okay, you'll have to scroll down to see all the photos (one in each post), but they should all be there. You'll have to scroll back to posts #2-#4, too. Click any photo to enlarge. This is a fantastic ukulele. Thanks for your interest.

aquadan
09-10-2014, 05:14 PM
Wow, that is a gorgeous top!

Pukulele Pete
09-11-2014, 04:38 AM
Yes , that is a beautiful top . That would be a keeper for me. I have a style 2 but my top is not as nice as this one.

coolkayaker1
09-11-2014, 03:16 PM
Thanks, Dan and Pete. It is an amazing ukulele, all the way around. Some might be put off by the crack, but it is tight. The photo is, deliberately, from the absolute worst possible angle and lighting, showing the crack as homely as I can make it (not as hidden and pretty as I can make it). Why? I want the new owner to be stunned at how beautiful this instrument is when the receive it. :-)

aquadan
09-11-2014, 04:11 PM
Thanks, Dan and Pete. It is an amazing ukulele, all the way around. Some might be put off by the crack, but it is tight. The photo is, deliberately, from the absolute worst possible angle and lighting, showing the crack as homely as I can make it (not as hidden and pretty as I can make it). Why? I want the new owner to be stunned at how beautiful this instrument is when the receive it. :-)

That's small compared to the crack in my style 1. It doesn't seem to affect the tone though.

If I had the cash right now I'd be sorely tempted by this.

coolkayaker1
09-17-2014, 02:33 AM
Thanks, Aquadan.