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    Default Does anyone here have a Martin HSO

    Some time ago I bought a Martin HSO . They only made 178 of them.
    They put kerfed linings in a So type uke and had it finished in Nazareth.
    It's built more like a vintage Martin.
    The one I have is the only one I've seen ,I've never seen another for
    sale. Anyone else have one? Thanks
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    I recall that there was a little more positive reception to those over the SO. I don't think I ever saw or played one.

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    I have a Mexican made SO with a partially detached back that I hope to fix up this coming winter. Part of the plan is to fit it with kerfed linings of Spanish cedar and, maybe, new spruce bracing that extends across the full back instead of stopping short of the sides.
    I like the uke a lot - but it clearly had design problems. I suppose the extra step of bringing it back to Nazareth and the lining raised the original price quite a bit.
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    I have two SO's . I leave one out winter and summer on the coffee table , no problems , one for over 20 years . Great ukuleles .
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

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    As far as I know, there is a NEW SO at my local music store (Brickhouse Music in River Falls, WI) if anyone REALLY wants an SO.
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    SO , does anyone here have a Martin HSO ? They are a rare uke , I'm wondering how many are left ?
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    Last call , . . . . . . .
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukulele Pete View Post
    SO , does anyone here have a Martin HSO ? They are a rare uke , I'm wondering how many are left ?
    It would be nice if Martin maintained a public record of the number of ukes made. Maybe they do.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Customer service told me years ago they made 170 something , I think it was 178.
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

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    Well , . . . that's one so far , any more ?
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
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