Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 32

Thread: The oldest surviving maker of ukuleles

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    2,428

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ukuleleden View Post
    ... but I would also example how the Thailand-built KoAloha Opio compares very well to any other non-Thailand (Hawaiian) built KoAloha because of how the Thailand factory was established and run by KoAloha.
    This has not been my experience. I have had both an Opio and a Hawaiian-built KoAloha, and they were in different leagues. While I didn't have the issues with the Opio that others reported here (sloppy finish, dents, off-set seams, dead notes, etc) in various threads, the overall instrument clearly felt like the budget model that it was. I don't see much wrong with that as it cost half the price, but the level of quality was not comparable at all.

    For me, this would be an example that outsourced production lowers the quality and quality control of the product. This is contrasted by the Indonesia-made Pono baritone I had, which was a very fine, flawlessly finished and built instrument. I don't have a Ko'olau to compare it to, but nothing about it said that it was a foreign-built lower-cost version of the "real thing".

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    6

    Default

    Martin hasn't outsourced anything. They own and operate their facility in Mexico. They do not "outsource" to a third party, contract manufacturer. Totally different than all the big brands that use contract manufacturers in Asia. I'm not dogging contract manufacturing, that's just totally different than what Martin is doing.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Proxima B
    Posts
    1,973

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ctoler71 View Post
    Martin hasn't outsourced anything. They own and operate their facility in Mexico. They do not "outsource" to a third party, contract manufacturer. Totally different than all the big brands that use contract manufacturers in Asia. I'm not dogging contract manufacturing, that's just totally different than what Martin is doing.
    Thank You for this . I can't understand all these negative Martin posts .
    Last edited by Pukulele Pete; 06-12-2017 at 06:08 AM. Reason: Old Age
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Beautiful Honolulu
    Posts
    64

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Pukulele Pete View Post
    Thank You for this . I can't understand all these negative Martin posts .
    Not really sure if any of the comments were meant to be neagative. The bottom line is Martin builds instruments at their Mexico factory simply because it's cheaper. No one can dispute this...

    With that said I own 2 USA Martin ukuleles and would purchase a T1K in a heartbeat (I truly believe the T1K is one of the best ukulele deals out there!).
    | Kamaka HF-3 Tenor | Martin 1 Tenor | Kamaka HB-2DS Ohta-san | Martin 2 Tenor |

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    487

    Default

    Let's be realistic here. While "made in Mexico" is not a negative, per se - it is a stretch to say that they are on par with their USA built equivalents. Fender enthusiasts will readily admit that the USA built guitars are preferable to the Mexico built guitars. And that is why people are willing to pay more for them.

    Originally Posted by ukemunga:
    "Best is a very personal thing. You gotta play it to love it. And you'll always think there's one better. And there is."

  6. #26

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    They still outsourced the production to a country with substantially lower wages. Whether or not that affected quality and quality control is probably a controversial question whose answer can't be generalized. I don't own Martin ukes, so I can't really comment on this particular case, but I used to buy other products (unrelated to musical instruments) where the quality significantly dropped after the production was moved to low cost countries (none of them being actual development countries), so the claim doesn't strike me as hard to believe.
    I'm myself an owner of a Martin S1, C1K and a Martin Style 1 Centennial Edition...all three manufactured in Mexico...not a single defect, scratch, or any problem in summary flawless
    "Sometimes I can't think of a better day to end my day than coming home and just strumming my Ukulele for a few minutes."

    Jake Shimabukuro


    Imua IS Soprano: GCEA
    Kamaka Gold Label: GCEA
    Cocobolo Ukulele Tenor #123: GCEA
    Kala Ka-Asac-T8: GCEA
    Ohana Concert CK-250G: GCEA
    Ohana SK-38 Vintage Martin: GCEA
    Ohana SK-28 Vintage Nunes Style: GCEA
    Ohana SK-21A: ADF#B
    Ohana SK-08 Sopranissimo: ADF#B
    Oscar Schmidt Spalted Mango Soprano OU-17: GCEA
    Oscar Schmidt laminated Koa Concert OU-5E: GCEA
    Kahua KA-21 Soprano Laminated Mahogany: ADF#B
    Outdoor Ukulele (Brown Bottle) Soprano: ADF#B

  7. #27

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    All Martin ukuleles are made in North America. Martin has two North American factories, one in the country of the USA and the other in the country of Mexico, they seem to be about 2,700 miles apart and connected by road. Both countries are on the continent of North America as is Canada. They should make a sticker "Fabricados in North America" or "Made in Norteamerica" or similar and put it on all of their ukuleles.
    Agree 100% Bill1!!!
    "Sometimes I can't think of a better day to end my day than coming home and just strumming my Ukulele for a few minutes."

    Jake Shimabukuro


    Imua IS Soprano: GCEA
    Kamaka Gold Label: GCEA
    Cocobolo Ukulele Tenor #123: GCEA
    Kala Ka-Asac-T8: GCEA
    Ohana Concert CK-250G: GCEA
    Ohana SK-38 Vintage Martin: GCEA
    Ohana SK-28 Vintage Nunes Style: GCEA
    Ohana SK-21A: ADF#B
    Ohana SK-08 Sopranissimo: ADF#B
    Oscar Schmidt Spalted Mango Soprano OU-17: GCEA
    Oscar Schmidt laminated Koa Concert OU-5E: GCEA
    Kahua KA-21 Soprano Laminated Mahogany: ADF#B
    Outdoor Ukulele (Brown Bottle) Soprano: ADF#B

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central IL & Fox Valley, IL
    Posts
    7,504

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bearbike137 View Post
    Let's be realistic here. While "made in Mexico" is not a negative, per se - it is a stretch to say that they are on par with their USA built equivalents. Fender enthusiasts will readily admit that the USA built guitars are preferable to the Mexico built guitars. And that is why people are willing to pay more for them.
    Agree 100% bearbike137!!!

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Beautiful Honolulu
    Posts
    64

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bearbike137 View Post
    Let's be realistic here. While "made in Mexico" is not a negative, per se - it is a stretch to say that they are on par with their USA built equivalents. Fender enthusiasts will readily admit that the USA built guitars are preferable to the Mexico built guitars. And that is why people are willing to pay more for them.
    I agree with this 100%. There is something to be had owning a high quality instrument made in the USA. Martin & Fender alike built their reputation around their USA instruments, not those made in other countries.
    | Kamaka HF-3 Tenor | Martin 1 Tenor | Kamaka HB-2DS Ohta-san | Martin 2 Tenor |

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Klumbus Uh-Hi-Yuh
    Posts
    5,813

    Default

    Kamaka has been producing 'ukulele since 1916 and Martin makes no reference to their original prototypes. My guess is that Dick Boak at Martin could answer the question of when they first produced a ukulele. In 1917, the uke was added to their catalog.
    Ukulele Player is Still ONLINE.... you can find it here:

    https://archive.org/details/issue30_201712
    (Ukulele Player Magazine)
    Ukulele Player Magazine STORE...
    http://www.zazzle.com/ukeplayermagazine

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •