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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragtop232 View Post
    Jodie, I also wanted to mention my experience with strings on my Konter. It came with Martin 605's, I was able to take them off and keep them to put on later if I decided they were the best. I tried Martin 600's, Worth Browns and Worth Clears. While they all sounded good, the best vintage sound came from the Martin 605's to my ear. That's what I'll keep on my Konter.

    Jim
    I did the same thing Jim. Took the 605's off, and tried both worth and living water. Neither did it justice. I am not smitten with the thin A string on the Martin 600's, so didn't even attempt those. The 605's went back on, as I too found them best sounding thus far. I may experiment with fremont blackline hard tension down the road, but not anytime soon.

    ~Jodie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    All this Konter talk did terrible things for my UAS... I found a good price on a used one on Reverb, and one thing led to another, and I have ordered it.

    I can't say I regret it, exactly, but Reverb is a dangerous place for my wallet...
    Wow soo many positive comments!
    Does any one who owns a Konter and also a Ken Timms and or vintage martins from 1920s care to chime in?

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    Well, my "used" Konter arrived, and I couldn't be happier. This thing looks 100% pristine. Not a single mark or blemish anywhere on it. It even arrived in the original shipping box from Martin. I asked the seller, a shop out of Wisconsin, about it, and it was purchased new from them but later returned, in the same box, by the original owner. I guess they didn't bond with the instrument. I know *I* have!

    Overly wordy NUD post coming soon, I suspect. For now, time to go play a bit...
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2A | KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia) | KoAloha Opio KCO-10S (spruce top)
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    Well, my "used" Konter arrived, and I couldn't be happier. This thing looks 100% pristine. Not a single mark or blemish anywhere on it. It even arrived in the original shipping box from Martin. I asked the seller, a shop out of Wisconsin, about it, and it was purchased new from them but later returned, in the same box, by the original owner. I guess they didn't bond with the instrument. I know *I* have!

    Overly wordy NUD post coming soon, I suspect. For now, time to go play a bit...
    Does it have a nice smell? Mine smells delicious.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Does it have a nice smell? Mine smells delicious.
    It certainly does have a smell, a bit like cinnamon and vanilla. It is odd, but nice. (I, too, sniff all my instruments.)

    What I can't quite get over is how well they have replicated that vintage Martin sound. It just doesn't sound like an instrument that was made in the past 50 years. They did it with their Centennial edition ukes too. It arrived last week, but I was out of town all weekend and left the Konter at home. All I could think about the whole time was coming back and playing it again. I can't put it down!
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2A | KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia) | KoAloha Opio KCO-10S (spruce top)
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    It certainly does have a smell, a bit like cinnamon and vanilla.
    I'm glad you said that because I thought it smelled like cinnamon.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    It certainly does have a smell, a bit like cinnamon and vanilla. It is odd, but nice. (I, too, sniff all my instruments.)

    What I can't quite get over is how well they have replicated that vintage Martin sound. It just doesn't sound like an instrument that was made in the past 50 years. They did it with their Centennial edition ukes too. It arrived last week, but I was out of town all weekend and left the Konter at home. All I could think about the whole time was coming back and playing it again. I can't put it down!
    Congrats on your new Konter! I agree about replicating the vintage sound, and Martin nailed it on this one. My Konter has now become my main player, and sadly my other ukes have been neglected the past couple weeks. Say la vi!

    ~Jodie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jksk8in View Post
    Say la vi!

    ~Jodie
    C'est la vie - Ce=that, est =is, la =the, vie = life
    Last edited by AQUATOPAZ; 10-21-2019 at 11:14 AM.

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    Double post again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    C'est la vie - Ce=that, est =is, la =the, vie = life
    Oh, so that's what he meant! I thought he was writing some foreign language.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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