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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    "You can buy a new Martin soprano for under $500."

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/search?...martin+soprano
    My bad... I thought you were implying that you could buy a new Martin for less than $500 that was built in Nazareth, like the one you started this thread about.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    It's probably a Nazareth build, but I can't find anything online that says that. Anyone have one to check what the label says?

    Watch the 2nd video I posted above. It very clearly shows Konter Ukes on the assembly line in Nazareth, and at 0:15 you can see in the sound hole that the Nazareth stamp is visible under the sticker.


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    According to the specs on the Elderly site, the Konter is made in Mexico

    https://www.elderly.com/catalog/prod...-case/#details

    Not sure if this is accurate or not. although not sure why it matters, other than for fussy details
    Last edited by EDW; 12-31-2018 at 02:01 PM.

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    According to the specs on GC, it's built in the USA.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin/Konter-Ukulele.gc



    Features

    Body
    Body type: Soprano Uke
    Cutaway: No
    Top wood: Koa
    Back & sides: Koa
    Bracing pattern: 1/4" Sitka Spruce
    Body finish: Satin
    Neck
    Neck shape: Soprano Ukulele- Standard Taper
    Nut width: 1-13/32"
    Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
    Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
    Scale length: 16.614"
    Number of frets: 12 Fret
    Neck finish: Satin
    Electronics
    Pickup/preamp: No
    Other
    Headstock overlay: Mahogany
    Tuning machines: Pegheads Black Planetary Gear
    Bridge: Koa
    Saddle & nut: Compinsated Black Tusq/ Black Tusq
    Number of strings: 4
    Special features: Paper Label signed by Clarence Williams (See Copy)
    Case: Hardshell
    Accessories: None
    Country of origin: US


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    Unless there is some deficiency about Martin ukes from Mexico that has escaped the "Holy Requirements Committee", I'd think that this Konter uke would still be just fine to anyone who has played it.

    I have played a whole bunch of the CK-1 and TK-1 ukes of friends at uke jams, and all of these were made in Mexico, and all were fine examples of a Martin uke.

    I think maybe the $2,500 price tag is causing lots of resentment and some folks might just be adding to the churn for it's own sake. This is also a form of trolling.

    If it's not in your budget, that's just fine, and there are thousands of cheaper alternatives.

    Similarly, if the historical significance of the instrument does not appeal to you, again, there are thousands of alternate choices.

    If someone were to rain on this parade, it might be prudent to have a good look in the mirror instead.

    The rest of us can enjoy the fact that Martin is a part of ukulele history, and continues to share that history with us in new products, some of which are a tribute to interesting things that happened before some of us were even born.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe King View Post
    Unless there is some deficiency about Martin ukes from Mexico that has escaped the "Holy Requirements Committee", I'd think that this Konter uke would still be just fine to anyone who has played it.

    I have played a whole bunch of the CK-1 and TK-1 ukes of friends at uke jams, and all of these were made in Mexico, and all were fine examples of a Martin uke.

    I think maybe the $2,500 price tag is causing lots of resentment and some folks might just be adding to the churn for it's own sake. This is also a form of trolling.

    If it's not in your budget, that's just fine, and there are thousands of cheaper alternatives.

    Similarly, if the historical significance of the instrument does not appeal to you, again, there are thousands of alternate choices.

    If someone were to rain on this parade, it might be prudent to have a good look in the mirror instead.

    The rest of us can enjoy the fact that Martin is a part of ukulele history, and continues to share that history with us in new products, some of which are a tribute to interesting things that happened before some of us were even born.

    I agree with everything you’ve said here. Threads like this are why I don’t bother to post very often and why if I were to find the means to buy one of these Ukes, I probably wouldn’t be inclined to post about it here. I only chime in on things that I really like or am interested in and have never jumped into a thread just to expound my dislike for something that someone else enjoys. I love both vintage and modern Martin Ukes and guitars, including those made in their Mexico facility.

    Anyway... I may be going to the factory on Friday with a friend of mine who’s taking his ‘67 D-35 in for a neck reset and I hope to be able to play a couple of these while I’m there.


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    Concert Oscar Schmidt Mousekulele
    Tenor Mainland Mahogany Slothead
    Concert Eddy Finn Moon and Stars

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    A brief history of Martin’s investment in Mexico.





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    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."
    ~Linus Van Pelt~

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    Yes, I see the Nazareth stamp at 0:15 in the video. Is that a reproduction feature? Just kidding, my only point is if it's a Mexico build the profit margin is huge compared to the margin if it's a Pennsylvania build. quality wise I think the Mexico Martins are as good as any ukulele in the world. My T1K is on par with my Kamaka in my opinion.
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