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    Eugenio, looking forward to the NUD for whatever you end up getting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puglele View Post
    I asked a dealer the same question whom I will not name. They recommended ohana sk-38 for better value.
    I suppose it may be more bang for the buck. I would probably still spend a bit more and get the Martin. Either would be a pleasure to play.

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    My list of "dream" ukuleles continues to shrink. One of the ukuleles on the list was a Martin--I wanted "a" Martin. A used S1 popped up at a local second-hand music store, and was priced right...and I bought it. I did put Gotoh UPTs on it, and tried to get the black nut and saddle that were used on the centennial version with no luck (which reminds me that I need to contact someone about that again).

    You can find used S1 models from time to time under $300. That's really the way to go about it.

    That said, the CK-39 (concert) really appeals to me (concert is my preferred scale) but I have to put off some ukulele acquisitions for a while...our Highlander needs new tires ($700)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    My list of "dream" ukuleles continues to shrink. One of the ukuleles on the list was a Martin--I wanted "a" Martin. A used S1 popped up at a local second-hand music store, and was priced right...and I bought it. I did put Gotoh UPTs on it, and tried to get the black nut and saddle that were used on the centennial version with no luck (which reminds me that I need to contact someone about that again).

    You can find used S1 models from time to time under $300. That's really the way to go about it.


    That said, the CK-39 (concert) really appeals to me (concert is my preferred scale) but I have to put off some ukulele acquisitions for a while...our Highlander needs new tires ($700)...
    I have a ck-39 to sell in the Marker Place. Just saying
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brle)
    Mainland Spruce/Mahogany Concert
    Ohana sk-38
    Famous FS-5
    Ohana SK-21m
    Cocobolo Super Soprano
    Martin 0x Bamboo
    Ohana Pequeno
    KoAloha Concert Koa

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    I purchased a Martin mahogany soprano S1 a couple of years ago. Tremendous ukulele! The mid-priced Mexican made Martin ukuleles are an excellent buy and definite keepers with every bit of the quality found in the Nazareth, Pennsylvania Martins. I have a number of high end ukuleles - Mya-Moe, Kamaka, Martin and Kala Elite. The S1 has the quality of sound and construction they have.

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    "A used S1 popped up at a local second-hand music store, and was priced right...and I bought it. I did put Gotoh UPTs on it,"

    Choirguy, I am in the process of buying a used S1. Not a big fan of friction tuners. How did the Gotoh UPT's work out? That was my thought when I bought the S1, change to the Gotoh's.
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    In order of age:


    Martin C-1K Concert, C Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018
    Kamaka HF-2 Koa Concert C Linear 6/26/2019
    Cocobolo Concert #433 C Re-Entrant 2/3/2020
    Martin S1 Soprano, C Re-entrant Tuning 3/19/2020

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    good bought

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    I have better ukes, but the S1 hangs in my LR and gets the most play. It's pretty good. A bargain!
    Greg_C.

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    -I wanted "a" Martin. A used S1 popped up at a local second-hand music store, and was priced right...and I bought it. I did put Gotoh UPTs on it,

    Choirguy, how did the change to UPT's go on your Martin S1? I was thinking of doing the same thing and wanted t know if you liked the change.
    DEPENDENTS:

    In order of age:


    Martin C-1K Concert, C Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018
    Kamaka HF-2 Koa Concert C Linear 6/26/2019
    Cocobolo Concert #433 C Re-Entrant 2/3/2020
    Martin S1 Soprano, C Re-entrant Tuning 3/19/2020

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