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Thread: FS: Takumi TC-1M Solid Mahogany Concert (2015) - $750 + shipping

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    Default FS: Takumi TC-1M Solid Mahogany Concert (2015) - $750 + shipping

    Takumi TC-1M Solid Mahogany Concert (2015) $750 + shipping USPS Priority. If the shipping is over $50 which it might if if you are on the West Coast I'll cover the difference, so the most you will pay is $800 (The max $800 offer is for CONUSA buyers only for now, but I will look into cost of shipping to AK and HI as it might actually be the same as shipping to the West Coast. I do not wish to ship internationally though). If you are in the Philly area and want to drive out to West Philly for pick-up you can save yourself the shipping cost.

    For those who aren't familiar with Takumi they are the distributor of Kiwaya. This is one of their house brand ukes. Beautiful looking and sounding, and quite hard to come by in the US.

    Pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jYTDNLYHzg9q3GMh6

    High G sound sample/video here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/br5rPwPYrkeyNHSd8

    Low G sound sample/video here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sUwKmLfA5d82Ryke9

    I'm kinda on the fence about selling this and have a feeling I'm going to regret it. I just bought this in the end of April of this year and thought I would keep this a very long time, but I just got a vintage Martin concert and am having a hard time justifying two high quality mahogany concerts.

    This was made in 2015. I bought it used form Elderly instruments for $825 plus shipping (about $850 total). They had a reverb listing up for this that you can still see. If you google "takumi tc-1m" its the second thing that comes up.

    They listed the condition as "very good", and because it's from Elderly you can be sure that it was thoroughly inspected and well setup. Most people would probably describe the condition as excellent. I can't find any dings on it, and the wear is really in the form of the tiny little micro scratches that gloss finishes get after a while. Nothing you can feel or see easily, but the kind of thing where you will suddenly see when they catch the light just right. I tried to capture some of this in the photo of the headstock.

    It came with a nice Crossrock hard case, and that is where it has been kept since I've owned it. This case is, of course, included with the sale.

    Overall this is a very tidy very light build. The only two things I note are.

    1. There is a touch of arching in the top, but nothing out of the ordinary for a build this light. There is no problematic "bellying" or anything. I only mention it because I happen notice it.

    2. This is super nit-picky but I'll also mention that the joint where the sides meet at at the tail block is not a visually tidy as I would expect from a build of this level. There is nothing structurally wrong with it, it just that at this level of build I would expect it to be nearly invisible. A you can see in the photo it is nearly invisible near the bottom but shows a little bit of a dark line near the top.

    Again, both these thing are super nit-picky but at this level of uke I think it's okay to be knit-picky and I don't want anyone who buys this to be surprised by anything.

    Anyway, this is super nice uke. Thanks for looking. Let me know if you have any questions.
    Last edited by CPG; 08-21-2019 at 02:38 AM.
    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    1940s Martin Mahogany Concert
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    I'm having second thoughts about selling this. Closing thread for now. Will reopen this thread if I still want to sell after rethinking this.
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    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    1940s Martin Mahogany Concert
    Koaloha KSM-00C Koa Soprano
    Bruko Cedar Top Mahogany Soprano (for sale, see Marketplace)

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    This is back up for sale.
    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    1940s Martin Mahogany Concert
    Koaloha KSM-00C Koa Soprano
    Bruko Cedar Top Mahogany Soprano (for sale, see Marketplace)

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    Man it’s hard when you have something that nice!! I just try to not think about it and let them go. Always wanted to try one of these but need to be more cautious about spending money. Ha..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jddewitt81 View Post
    Man it’s hard when you have something that nice!! I just try to not think about it and let them go. Always wanted to try one of these but need to be more cautious about spending money. Ha..
    Yeah, this is a really hard one to let go of. I really hope I don't regret it because it would be tough to find another one. I just can't justify not at least trying to sell it now that I have the Martin (and want to get a nice tenor). I haven't decided what I'll get next when this sells but I might see if I can find a used TT-1M (the tenor version of this) although it would likely be pretty tough to find.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment. It is indeed a lovely instrument.

    In case anyone is curious how it compares to a Martin here is me switching back and forth between the two.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/cFDU8tR2KPXbWGLD6

    While they have some tonal similarities they each have distinct voice of there own. The Martin has more of that classic bright punchy tone. The Takumi is, to my ear, more open and delicate sounding with more sustain but less note distinction then the Martin. I guess I'd say the Martin sounds more like a big soprano where the Takumi sounds more like a small tenor. I honestly can't say I like the sound of one better than the other and the Takumi has the advantage of having more frets but the Martin, well it's a Martin, so the Takumi is the one I decided to put up for sale.
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    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    1940s Martin Mahogany Concert
    Koaloha KSM-00C Koa Soprano
    Bruko Cedar Top Mahogany Soprano (for sale, see Marketplace)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Yeah, this is a really hard one to let go of. I really hope I don't regret it because it would be tough to find another one. I just can't justify not at least trying to sell it now that I have the Martin (and want to get a nice tenor). I haven't decided what I'll get next when this sells but I might see if I can find a used TT-1M (the tenor version of this) although it would likely be pretty tough to find.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment. It is indeed a lovely instrument.

    In case anyone is curious how it compares to a Martin here is me switching back and forth between the two.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/cFDU8tR2KPXbWGLD6

    While they have a lot of tonal similarities they each have distinct voice of there own. The Martin has more of that classic bright punchy tone. The Takumi is, to my ear, more open and delicate sounding with more sustain but less note distinction then the Martin. I guess I'd say the Martin sounds more like a big soprano where the Takumi sounds more like a small tenor. I honestly can't say I like the sound of one better than the other and the Takumi has the advantage of having more frets but the Martin, well it's a Martin, so the Takumi is the one I decided to put up for sale.
    Up to you, but listening on my crappy iPad speaker, I like the Takumi more. The Martin has that punchy soprano sound on the treble end that sort of pierces through, but the Takumi has a more full sound that’s a bit more well balanced. I would keep both! (Though, I play mostly tenor and like low g so I guess I’m a bit partial to more bass notes). Btw, nice Thundercats tee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrdr View Post
    Up to you, but listening on my crappy iPad speaker, I like the Takumi more. The Martin has that punchy soprano sound on the treble end that sort of pierces through, but the Takumi has a more full sound that’s a bit more well balanced. I would keep both! (Though, I play mostly tenor and like low g so I guess I’m a bit partial to more bass notes). Btw, nice Thundercats tee!
    Thanks! Your description of the tonal differences are exactly right. The Martin barks and chimes the Takumi sings. I just can't say I overall prefer one over the other. Part of the calculus here though is that I will likely replace the Takumi with a tenor so I would rather keep the concert that sounds less like a tenor. The other part of the calculus is that I have more money in and can probably get more money out of the Takumi.

    I may still keep both but as of now I decided to let the market decide. If I can sell the the Takumi at the current asking price I can keep my loss to a minimum and so I'll let it go. If it doesn't sell at this price I will need to think about how badly I want to keep vs sell it.
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    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    1940s Martin Mahogany Concert
    Koaloha KSM-00C Koa Soprano
    Bruko Cedar Top Mahogany Soprano (for sale, see Marketplace)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    .....I think it's okay to be knit-picky and I don't want anyone who buys this to be surprised by anything.
    As long as you think it's okay, it's actually "nitpick" but I hate to nitpick.

    Interesting term - "nits" are actually the eggs laid by head lice on individual hair follicles, so "nitpicking" is minutely searching through someone's hair looking for and removing tiny lice eggs.

    Be that as it may - good luck with your sale - it's a beautiful ukulele that, IMO blows that Martin out of the water tonally.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    As long as you think it's okay, it's actually "nitpick" but I hate to nitpick.

    Interesting term - "nits" are actually the eggs laid by head lice on individual hair follicles, so "nitpicking" is minutely searching through someone's hair looking for and removing tiny lice eggs.

    Be that as it may - good luck with your sale - it's a beautiful ukulele that, IMO blows that Martin out of the water tonally.
    Lol! Thanks Swamp Yankee!

    Jeez, you all are giving me second thoughts again :-)

    You have Martin Concert right Swamp Yankee?
    Pure curiosity here, does is sound like mine, more like the Takumi, different than both? I'm always curious to learn how much difference there is among old Martins.
    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    1940s Martin Mahogany Concert
    Koaloha KSM-00C Koa Soprano
    Bruko Cedar Top Mahogany Soprano (for sale, see Marketplace)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Lol! Thanks Swamp Yankee!

    Jeez, you all are giving me second thoughts again :-)

    You have Martin Concert right Swamp Yankee?
    Pure curiosity here, does is sound like mine, more like the Takumi, different than both? I'm always curious to learn how much difference there is among old Martins.
    My Martin has a very warm and mellow tone.... not as bright as either of your concerts there. Mine is also shifted more towards the midrange, it seems. Maybe it’s because mine has several cracks in the top, sides, and back
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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