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    Default Impulse buy: Martin Style 3 Centennial Soprano

    Hello UU friends, I got my first Soprano ever today, it is a Martin Style 3 Centennial.

    I first tried this ukulele back in September at a local music store, I didn't know what brand was it back then. When I strum it the first time, I was blown away by its volume and tone. Here's is a video I recorded playing it for the first time, you can hear the volume is so loud.
    https://youtu.be/qfWE_MTfugM
    I looked at the price, a sweat dripped down my forehead, I put it back.

    Now fast forward to last night, I dreamed about this ukulele. I couldn't fall back to sleep, I got up and did some research. When I saw a hundred years old martin soprano still sounds and looks amazing, I decide to get it!

    I haven't put it down since this morning, it sounds just so beautiful.
    I mainly play Tenor fingerstyle, I don't really know what kind of music is best on a soprano. Would you guys please recommend me some artists and video to show me what a soprano can do? Thanks.

    Pictures:
    martin 1.jpg
    m2.jpg
    m3.jpg
    m4.jpg
    m5.jpg

    Update: sound sample
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B4JE0eJF...ns_share_sheet
    Last edited by Ukujiji; 11-04-2019 at 12:58 PM.
    Moore Bettah Master Koa Tenor #2002 "Tiki Time"
    LFDM Tenor Sinker redwood+ Cocobolo
    Kamaka HF-3
    Martin Style 3 Centennial Soprano
    Risa stick Concert
    Kala Baritone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukujiji View Post
    Hello UU friends, I got my first Soprano ever today, it is a Martin Style 3 Centennial.

    I first tried this ukulele back in September at a local music store, I didn't know what brand was it back then. When I strum it the first time, I was blown away by its volume and tone. Here's is a video I recorded playing it for the first time, you can hear the volume is so loud.
    https://youtu.be/qfWE_MTfugM
    I looked at the price, a sweat dripped down my forehead, I put it back.

    Now fast forward to last night, I dreamed about this ukulele. I couldn't fall back to sleep, I got up and did some research. When I saw a hundred years old martin soprano still sounds and looks amazing, I decide to get it!

    I haven't put it down since this morning, it sounds just so beautiful.
    I mainly play Tenor fingerstyle, I don't really know what kind of music is best on a soprano. Would you guys please recommend me some artists and video to show me what a soprano can do? Thanks.

    Pictures:
    martin 1.jpg
    m2.jpg
    m3.jpg
    m4.jpg
    m5.jpg
    Congratulations!! Yup both the style 3 and style 1 centennials sound amazing and worth the price!
    there is also a thread here people are listing the serial numbers they own.

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    Your uke family looks great and that Martin sounds fantastic. Enjoy :-)
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    Congratulations on your purchase! One can't go wrong with Martin's impeccable build quality and fantastic sound.
    Check out George Elmes on YouTube. He's an amazing soprano player worth a listen. https://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgeUke/videos

    Cheers!
    ~Jodie
    Last edited by jksk8in; 10-13-2019 at 03:56 PM.

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    Congratulations on your new ukulele.
    Check out John King on YouTube. He played soprano, and proved that it can do anything a bigger ukulele could do.

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    Congratulations Ukujiji! Your Style 3 Centennial looks and sounds wonderful!

    Your Kanile'a tenor also looks amazing. Love the scoop.

    Enjoy them.
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    You can learn by reading, but you don’t begin to know until you begin to try to do.

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    "Impulse buy" That's the story of my life.

    You got yourself a beauty there - a Style 3 and a Centennial.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Congrats! and thanks for sharing...

    For some great soprano players, you might want to check out videos on YouTube of:

    - Samantha Muir
    - John King
    - Roy Smeck
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    Thank you guys so much, now I got so many soprano songs to catch up! Discovering Soprano its like the first time I discovered Ukulele. It is so much fun, I played it for 6 hours today, can not put it down. Since it has 17 frets, I could basically play anything. I could play stuff like "while my guitar gently weeps" on this little beast, it is not only fun for me, it actually sounded so damn good!! For some parts I think it sounds better on this Soprano than on my ktm00. Each note is solid, punchy, clear.

    This little guy might be my favorite ukulele so far. It just constantly wows me each time I play it.
    Moore Bettah Master Koa Tenor #2002 "Tiki Time"
    LFDM Tenor Sinker redwood+ Cocobolo
    Kamaka HF-3
    Martin Style 3 Centennial Soprano
    Risa stick Concert
    Kala Baritone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukujiji View Post
    Thank you guys so much, now I got so many soprano songs to catch up! Discovering Soprano its like the first time I discovered Ukulele. It is so much fun, I played it for 6 hours today, can not put it down. Since it has 17 frets, I could basically play anything. I could play stuff like "while my guitar gently weeps" on this little beast, it is not only fun for me, it actually sounded so damn good!! For some parts I think it sounds better on this Soprano than on my ktm00. Each note is solid, punchy, clear.

    This little guy might be my favorite ukulele so far. It just constantly wows me each time I play it.
    Talking about good soprano ukes
    Check out this uke by Beau Hannam

    and Ken Timms

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