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    I think i've found the reason why this uke sounds a little disappointing, I just measured the top thickness with a micrometer at .079" (2mm) thats about approx: .015" (.4mm) thicker than what I aim for to get a good sound..It also explains why martin tops don't distort much...may be mine are too thin

    *Edit* Not 1940's ...It's a 1960's uke... Further research shows that this is not a 1940's model as I was led to believe but it's an early 60's model.. this is shown by the inside decal which has the "MADE IN USA" stamp. At first I thought there was no inside stamp at all, but after a quick clean up of the dust on the inside with a damp brush it was revealed.
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    Checked 5 1919 -1936 sopranos they were between 1.62 - 1.74mm, the WWII concert measured 2.02, all sound like Martins, with variation in bark and a little in range. The concert is naturally a bit deeper.

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    So - time to take the fingerboard and bridge off and do some sanding Ken!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    So - time to take the fingerboard and bridge off and do some sanding Ken!
    No way ! I'll just put it back in the case and forget about it.
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    Don't put it away until you've tried it with some decent strings, Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    No way ! I'll just put it back in the case and forget about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPA_Ukuleles View Post
    I found a late 1920s style 1 last year. It was dark and grungy but after cleaning (and cleaning and cleaning) it's ten shades lighter. A real beauty. A very koa looking mahogany.
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    Rodney, I don't think that is koa looking mahogany. That is koa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vintageukes View Post
    Rodney, I don't think that is koa looking mahogany. That is koa.
    Thats what I thought as well K1...So the value has increased
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    Well if it is koa, then I absolutely stole it!

    It looks less koa-like sitting between two known koa ukes though. It is a beautiful example of early Martin work, regardless. And it does have the magic tone.
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    Below is an old post I did regarding 1920's Martin uke. Neighbor found it in her grandmother's closet.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...ghlight=martin

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