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    Default Acacia Pono vs Koa Martin?

    Any opinions on the concert Acacia Pono vs the concert Koa Martin? Specifically I'm talking about the Pono AC and the Martin C1K. Taking the price difference out of the equation, which one would you prefer and why?
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    For better or worse, I'm leaning toward the C1K because of my good experience with the T1K. I have zero experience with Pono ukuleles.
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    Had a martin TK1....was not impressed with sound, maybe i got a dud.
    Have a martin IZ and love it
    if its a NEWER MADE pono would probably go with the PONO...newer one are lighter built, and nicer over all I think if thats the only choices.

    if its an open ballgame, look a Koaloha concert or Opio. better than both of the above...to my ears...just sayin
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    Yes, a Koaloha concert should be on the list but I'm trying not to spend that much. And yes, there is a Kamaka in my signature that was way more than I should have spent but I really can't make a habit of spending that much.

    So a newer build Pono is something I'll look for.
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    I had a C1K, it was really nice. Only sold it get a Hawaiian made uke...
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    That's one vote each for the C1k and Pono (newer build). Anyone have (or had) both and could share their thoughts on them?
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    I've had a C1K & T1K. I have a Pono Acacia tenor ATD. Martins are gone. Pono's still here. Draw your own conclusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PereBourik View Post
    I've had a C1K & T1K. I have a Pono Acacia tenor ATD. Martins are gone. Pono's still here. Draw your own conclusion.
    Sounds like valuable information to me. Thanks!
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    Without even Googling them, I would go for the Martin - by reputation alone. And resale value.

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    If you look at my signature my opinion should be obvious. Pono is, in my humble opinion, great value for the money spent. Next up for me is a Pono mahogany baritone.
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