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Thread: Kiwaya KS-1 vs Martin Style 0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I installed a new set of Worth Clears. Wow! It's a cannon now, and not too bright either, just perfect, and even more similar to my vintage Martin.
    Ooh, time for a new video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Ooh, time for a new video!
    Be careful what you wish for..I might start singing on there

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    KS1 is a great uke. Once upon a time, in the height of my UAS, I had one, as well as a KTS4, also a great uke. But then--the OXK came along, it wowed me (-see NAME THAT MARTIN test in the sig line) and I sold the KTS1. Then, I got a new Martin Style 2, and you know what, that knocked the sox off the KTS4. So the KTS4 got sold as well.

    Now I'm down to three Martins, a Kamaka and a vintage Favilla, all sopranos. I'm glad I have them all, but especially glad I have the Martins. I wish I had not sold the S1. And I wish I had not sold the Ohana SK38,but I'll have a chance to remedy that: I see an SK39 in my future.
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

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    I got a Famous FS-5 the other day and I'm infatuated. It's giving my KTC-2 some competition. It's a lot brighter of course, but that's neither good nor bad. They're each great in their own way. Wish I'd come across some UPTs for the soprano, but the regular ones are fine, really.

    As far as the Martin comparison, I've only played the CK1. I like it a lot, but prefer the Kiwaya concert.

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    Definitely the Vintage Martin is the winner!!!
    "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

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