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    Default Martin mahogany sopranos

    Knowing that each individual uke can sound different, in general, is there much sound difference between vintage mahogany Models 0, 1 and 2? Any major differences besides appointments (dots, bindings, rosettes, etc)?
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    I've got one of each , they all sound like ukuleles to me. If there is a difference it is sutle , at least to my ear. They all sound great , the style 2 is my favorite but only because of the way it looks , I love the binding. Sound wise they seem the same , but there are alot of people with better ears than me.
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
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    Somewhere on this site is a comparison sound test on different model Martins , I'm too lazy to find it but you might .
    If I remember right , most people liked the SO , I have two of those and they get played the most.
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    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukulele Pete View Post
    Somewhere on this site is a comparison sound test on different model Martins , I'm too lazy to find it but you might .
    If I remember right , most people liked the SO , I have two of those and they get played the most.
    Thanks, i found that one: https://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/martin...son-4-sopranos

    And also this one on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAcIGmVMTMs
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    There was an earlier test done I think by the same pdxuke and you had to guess which uke was which.
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
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    The greater difference between Martins is related to when they were made. Earlier ones were built a bit lighter.

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    I've been wondering where to find more data on this topic myself too, it seems to me that there were variations and evolutions within a Martin Style.

    The Ditson Martin Uke got my attention and I found a photo of a collection of them together (see: http://ditson-ukulele.com/#styles , scroll down until you see a picture of a young lady holding a Uke and to the left of that there are a row of Ukes). The photo shows a row of Soprano Ukes and to my eyes some look like they have wider bodies and fretboards than others, far left being the widest. I wonder what widths they were and why they changed, does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    I've been wondering where to find more data on this topic myself too, it seems to me that there were variations and evolutions within a Martin Style.

    The Ditson Martin Uke got my attention and I found a photo of a collection of them together (see: http://ditson-ukulele.com/#styles , scroll down until you see a picture of a young lady holding a Uke and to the left of that there are a row of Ukes). The photo shows a row of Soprano Ukes and to my eyes some look like they have wider bodies and fretboards than others, far left being the widest. I wonder what widths they were and why they changed, does anyone know?
    This book:

    http://themartinukulele.com/purchase.html

    is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmgberg View Post

    This book is a wonderful read. Very well done. While I like Martin and I appreciate their place in history, I'm not exactly a Martin "fan-boy" and yet I still love the book.

    While it's koa rather than 'hog, there is a Laughlin 2K for sale on FMM. It was previously mine and it's a pretty exceptional instrument and true to the vintage tone of earlier Martins. I'm not really playing traditional soprano anymore and if I didn't still have a recent 2K I'm selling, I'd probably buy it back just to have.
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    I was watching this one on eBay, looks like a 50's Style 1, it went for $267.00 shipped. Has a couple of cracks on the back, but seemed like a reasonable price. I thought it would easily go over $300.00, I shoulda bid!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/152519772295...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    eBay Style 1.JPG
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