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    Default Duplicate Martin

    You've probably heard of the Martin soprano ukulele that went to the North Pole with Admiral Byrd in 1926. It was discovered not long ago, and it has 210 signatures of famous people.

    Martin has made a duplicate of that uke, and you can own one for $2,500. Ukulele magazine is also giving one away.

    https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars...le/konter-uke/

    http://www.ukulelemag.com/win-2/ente...eid=7aa2cb3a84
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    I think my Christmas expenses have got me frozen out of that offer. 😂
    John

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    Konter afford it.
    Last edited by Pukulele Pete; 12-29-2018 at 03:58 AM. Reason: Old Age
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    I got the book for Christmas and I’ve actually held and played the Konter Uke at the Martin Museum. If I had the money, I would already own the “remake” model.


    Scooter
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScooterD35 View Post
    I got the book for Christmas and I’ve actually held and played the Konter Uke at the Martin Museum. If I had the money, I would already own the “remake” model.


    Scooter
    Are the signatures the main draw for the uke?

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    Thanks! I would love to have this.
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    I can easily imagine this becoming a polarizing topic.
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    It seems like a nice ukulele.

    However, I am not the segment for this.
    I dont own ukes at this price level. I could probably affort them if I prioriticed, but I prefer to worry less about damaging while playing.

    However, if I some day want to buy a $2500 uke, there are a whole lot of beautiful ukes I would buy before one with replicas of autographs on it.

    The segment for this uke is people who will not only pay 2500 for a main or secondary uke to play, but also for a collectors item. I am sure it plays great, but to play I would prefer one without the faux autographs.
    Last edited by UkingViking; 12-29-2018 at 01:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    I can easily imagine this becoming a polarizing topic.
    I think this thread is quickly going south

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    Are the signatures the main draw for the uke?
    It’s really a combination of the signatures and the history that they represent. I find it fascinating that this instrument is literally the only non-mission critical artifact to go on the Byrd expedition, survive that mission and then tour the world collecting autographs from some of the most significant people of that era. The fact that it still survives to this day, completely intact as a playable instrument is in itself remarkable.

    The processes used to uncover, identify, verify and duplicate the signatures (without harming the Uke in any way) is likewise remarkable. I very much want to own one of these, not just to “collect” but to take out and play at meetings, performances and events. What a conversation piece!







    Scooter
    Last edited by ScooterD35; 12-29-2018 at 02:56 PM.
    Tenor Koa Fluke (rosewood fretboard, Pegheds)
    Concert Tie-Dye Flea (rosewood fretboard, Lucy's tuners)
    Soprano Firefly (walnut fretboard, Pegheds)
    Late 40's Martin Style 1 soprano
    Concert Oscar Schmidt Mousekulele
    Tenor Mainland Mahogany Slothead
    Concert Eddy Finn Moon and Stars

    "The way I see it as soon as a baby is born, he should be issued a Ukulele."
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