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    Default Martin Konter Informational Thread

    There's been a number of questions about the new Martin Konter replica ukulele. I thought I'd start a thread specifically pertaining to this uke from an owners perspective. We can show close up photos of our Konter ukes and answer questions. I'll start with a few photos of my Konter. I ordered mine as a custom by requesting the PegHed tuners on the G and A string be installed to old way (thread from inside and wind toward the outside of the headstock.) I took delivery on 3/2019.









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    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Did you change the strings? I notice the G and A strings are wound to the inside of the pegs, rather than the outside. Does yours have a wonderful smell?
    Jerry, I ordered mine custom with the PegHed's installed the old way. Also, yes, it has that classic Martin smell. That part CAN'T be replicated.

    Jim
    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Do these instruments have the new Martin premium strings? I have not seen much mention of them on the forums or other places. I would be interested in hearing what people think. I have used them on a couple of instruments and have favorable impressions.
    EDW, yes, mine came with the new Martin M605 Premium strings and I believe on Martin's site these are the strings spec'ed for the Konter.

    Jim
    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    I am partial to my Konter. Martin did everything right with this ukulele. It's light as a feather, built like the vintage style 1's and just has a resonance and feel that make it stand apart from the rest. As you can tell, it's among my favorite Martins. I too have the hardcover book to go along with my Konter. I've had mine about 6 months. Here's a couple pictures.





    Jim
    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragtop232 View Post
    Jerry, I ordered mine custom with the PegHed's installed the old way. Also, yes, it has that classic Martin smell. That part CAN'T be replicated.

    Jim
    No other Martin I have smells anything like that.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Jerry, it's reminiscent of old Martin Guitars that were built with hide glue. But, it also has to do with the Koa I believe because some of my 3K's smell the same way but not quite a strong.

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    Current Ukuleles:
    2007 Martin Style 3K Soprano
    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2019 Martin Style 3K Custom Soprano
    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragtop232 View Post
    Jerry, it's reminiscent of old Martin Guitars that were built with hide glue. But, it also has to do with the Koa I believe because some of my 3K's smell the same way but not quite a strong.

    Jim
    I have a Martin C1K, and several Hawaiian koa ukes, and they all have virtually no smell. I wish I could post the smell online. It's 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
    I have a Martin C1K, and several Hawaiian koa ukes, and they all have virtually no smell. I wish I could post the smell online. It's delicious!
    We are counting on you to find a way. In the meantime you have piqued my interest. I must fins a Konter to smell. Would it be odd if, after locating one and bothering the sales staff to bring it down, I just stuck my nose in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    We are counting on you to find a way. In the meantime you have piqued my interest. I must fins a Konter to smell. Would it be odd if, after locating one and bothering the sales staff to bring it down, I just stuck my nose in it?
    That would be funny.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    I've been wondering how the original signatures were applied . Did they use a mechanical lead pencil , press down hard and then go over it again ?
    Does anyone know for sure ?
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
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