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    As others have said Kiwaya's are incredible. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better value in a Martin copy than a used KTS-4. They show up in the marketplace semi-frequently usually for around $400. Never played a Timms, but I have no doubts about their reputation. I would also group my mahogany Pohaku as a Martin inspired. The look is unique and it is 13 frets to the body, but the sound and feel are very very vintage Martin-like. I also agree that just getting well setup vintage Martin may be a good choice. You good probably find a good price in the marketplace.
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    Add LoPrinzi to the list.
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    Collings UT1 Concert
    LoPrinzi Soprano Custom Spanish Cypress and Spruce
    Loprinzi AC-T Tenor with MISI Pickup
    Pops Opio Concert Pineapple Sunday
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    Another vote for Ken Timms. I've owned two original Martins, have repaired several, and have made a dozen Martin style sopranos myself, so I know the subject well. Ken's ukes are the work of a true craftsman.

    At the other end of the scale, I have a fourteen year old Ohana SK35G which I like a lot, but I have played other Ohanas, exactly similar, that were disappointing. All ukuleles are individuals - take two from the same production line, or from the same builder, and they will have their own unique personalities.

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    It depends on what your definition of "budget" is, but my Ohana SK-38 is about as budget as you get for a Martin copy, super light build and packs a punch. I'm not sure about the Flights previously mentioned. I've listened to some videos and they sound a bit mellow to me.
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsfloyd View Post
    While these classic instruments can come with a hefty price tag, I am very curious to hear what Martin copies you all are finding in similarities.
    So you're talking about ukes that cost less than $420 for a soprano, for example. I paid $399 for a Cocobolo soprano. I don't have any Martin lookalikes that cost less, though. I have ukes with different shapes - Fluke, Flea, Vita Uke - that cost less, but they don't look like Martins.
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    I had a Ken Timms, a 1920s Martin Style O, and now have a Kiwaya KTS-7. The Timms was unbelievably loud, the 1920s Martin had the mojo, and the Kiwaya KTS-7 is a thing of beauty.

    I wish I had kept the Timms and Martin but thought I was a tenor player at the time and went exclusively to tenors. After selling and gifting away all my ukes the last two years I am back to the soprano with the Kiwaya KTS-7. It is the most expensive of the three sopranos listed above but also much more beautiful than the other two in my opinion.



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    Quote Originally Posted by NewKid View Post
    I had a Ken Timms, a 1920s Martin Style O, and now have a Kiwaya KTS-7. The Timms was unbelievably loud, the 1920s Martin had the mojo, and the Kiwaya KTS-7 is a thing of beauty.

    I wish I had kept the Timms and Martin but thought I was a tenor player at the time and went exclusively to tenors. After selling and gifting away all my ukes the last two years I am back to the soprano with the Kiwaya KTS-7. It is the most expensive of the three sopranos listed above but also much more beautiful than the other two in my opinion.
    You came back with a classic uke, classic uke sound.

    I’ve had two Timms and three Kiwayas. I still have two Kiwayas. I’m not sure why, but I never played the Timms as much. They sound great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    I have own(ed) Martin 1ck, 1 centennial, 3 centennial, vintage 3m/3k 1920s, 1k 1920s, 2m 1920s.
    I have also owned, Kiwaya, Ken Timms, Wunderkammer, Tinguitar, cripple creek.
    I have played Ohana’s vintage rope binding series.
    Your best bet is Ken Timms.. if you want the vintage Martin soprano sound. All the ukes in that list are really nice so you won’t go wrong if you decide to go some other way..
    if you want a Martin the centennial series 3 is really really good (made in USA) and you can find them floating on reverb. The series 1 centennial is good (made in Mexico) too but harder to find. The Mexican Martin sopranos are good too but I would go with Ken if I were you..
    Is there a qualitative difference between the Centennial Style 1 and the regular S1, sound-wise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Prices for Timms have gone down from the crazy days, at least for the mahogany sopranos. I paid about the same for both my Timms and Martin, and the Martin wasn't in the best shape. I'm pretty sure a pristine vintage Martin will cost you more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafter View Post
    Is there a qualitative difference between the Centennial Style 1 and the regular S1, sound-wise?
    I think so, never played them back to back but I quite like the C1. The style 3 is definitely better than than the series 3 that they briefly made.

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