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    Default Martin ukulele kit

    Saw this on Reverb, How long have they been offering these?

    https://reverb.com/item/33220982-martin-tenor-uke-kit
    John

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    Looks a little rough.

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    I loved this: "...The only blemish we have found is a bit of tear out on the bass side of the heel which is in the provided photos. ..."

    But it's listed as "Mint" condition!

    If it's a legit Martin Kit, judging by the condition of the case, it's been around for a lot of years.

    I think I'd want it sprayed for termites before taking it on. Or treated for dry rot?
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    Where in the photos does is show any Martin branding at all????

    No where. (unless I missed something)

    So the title seems to be all clickbait to me without any provenance, and $290 USD for a tenor uke kit with a hard shell case seems quite expensive to me.

    You can buy a nice Mainland mahogany tenor, already assembled, for about that price.

    Prior to the virus pandemic, you could find similar cases on eBay and Amazon for ~$50 USD shipped, not sure the price now, but I would pass on this if it were me.
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    It's been talked about here 8 years ago: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...in-Ukulele-Kit.

    In short, although Martin did produce guitar kits, they never did ukulele kits.

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    I don't see "Martin" anywhere.

    As for the messed up heel, maybe that could be sanded away. The neck seems pretty rough, and it would probably need quite a bit of modifying. For that price, someone else can buy it. Stewart McDonald sells nice kits - with instructions. I didn't see any paperwork with the Reverb kit.
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