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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I've watched many of Martin's own historical and promotional content as it comes to ukulele, and it certainly seems that Japan is a primary target of their new instruments. I'd be willing to bet that you can go to most of Martin's guitar dealers and see very few ukuleles...when I went to summer NAMM 2018, in the whole Martin booth, there was one row of ukuleles on a single wall. So while they may sell a few of the expensive ukuleles here in the US...I'd guess most of those sales are abroad.

    Chris Martin talks in one of his videos about how Japanese visits led to the rebirth of the 5K Ukulele.

    Then I also track the prices of certain ukuleles, and (good) ukuleles that sell for $1000 to $1500 in the US are often much more expensive when listed from Japan. So what may seem expensive in our market might just be the "normal" price in other markets.

    I did play all five ukuleles at NAMM...no one stopped me or asked me about it...and I wasn't that impressed with the sound of the 5K (looks were a 10 out of 10). But the sound from the Konter ukulele was amazing, and I look forward to Petey's upcoming videos with it.
    Tell you what. Everything I hear from other people and see for myself regarding Martin's uke production leads me to one conclusion, and it's not a pretty one. In my eyes, they are just following the larger trend instead of innovating and pushing the envelope themselves. Now that the uke craze seems to be on the rise again we see them coming up with new models. Before that, it was years of silence on the uke front. They both have recognized enough of a brand and small enough a company to be able to affect the uke market themselves but they never do. Today, Martin seems more like an opportunist instead of properly involving themselves in the ukulele business which makes me a bit upset and sad.

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    I think we have to keep in mind that at Martin, guitars are their bread and butter. I too would like to see more from them in their uke line. I'm sure they could produce a killer Guitarlele if they thought it would be profitable.

    I would also like to see a new tenor guitar and baritone uke.

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    I got in touch with my local shop, Elderly Instruments, to ask about the OXK concert, and when they thought they might be getting some in. According to their buyer, after talking to Martin, the estimate is November. Elderly is hopeful it will be sooner, but that is quite a bit of a wait...

    Whenever someone manages to get their hands on one, be sure to let us all know your thoughts.
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    Hello, I just received the 0XK concert. Sounds and plays great! I always thought the soprano version looked so boring. The concert version looks like really nice Koa, and the set-up is great straight out of the box!

    Got it from GearTree, and it was here in 2-days, and they didn’t even charge tax!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    I bet these are close to the street prices. Looks like Martin dropped their website prices on existing models to the prices that major dealers were already selling them for. I don't see anyone selling the Martin C1K for less than the $499 price on the Martin website. When the Martin 0XK soprano was available, the retail price was usually more than $300.
    Isn't that what everyone hated on Kala for doing? Screwing dealers by selling direct at the same price?
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    I believe that Kala was doing a bit more than that. It wasn't just direct sales at the same prices as retailers, it was having sale prices that were well under what dealers could do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelrie View Post
    Isn't that what everyone hated on Kala for doing? Screwing dealers by selling direct at the same price?
    Martin does not sell ukuleles from their website. Their instrument pages show the suggested retail price and have "Find A Martin Dealer" links, but there is no way to buy directly. They do sell strings and T-shirts directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    I got in touch with my local shop, Elderly Instruments
    LOL for a second I got all jealous that such a shop was local to you. Nice! Then I remembered the K shops and HMS/TUS are my local shops and almost slapped myself for being silly.

    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    Martin does not sell ukuleles from their website. Their instrument pages show the suggested retail price and have "Find A Martin Dealer" links, but there is no way to buy directly. They do sell strings and T-shirts directly.
    Ahh ok.
    Last edited by Kaelrie; 03-25-2021 at 11:06 AM. Reason: Added
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelrie View Post
    LOL for a second I got all jealous that such a shop was local to you. Nice! Then I remembered the K shops and HMS/TUS are my local shops and almost slapped myself for being silly.
    The craziest thing about them being my "local shop" is that I lived here for years without ever knowing about them. Then I got in the ukulele and "discovered" them. I very quickly came to realize just how lucky I am to live so close to such a great shop!

    Those of us who are near someplace great can take it for granted. I feel terrible for all the folks who live in places without such resources. I just happened to get lucky, and I am very very thankful for it!
    Mainly a concert player.

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    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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    Martin for years and years demanded that dealers sell their instruments for the MSRP. Anyone who didn't lost their dealership. Although some "sales" were allowed.

    Now that interest in acoustic guitars has cooled substantially, they are looking for other revenue streams. Since the already have the jigs and plans for ukuleles, it made a lot of sense to ramp up production to bolster sales. Especially trading on the Martin name in other countries.

    I read recently about how the Kingston Trio's popularity started the Folk Music revival. Since the members played Martin guitars and Vega banjos, that popularity translated to guitar sales and Martin expanded rapidly to meet the demand.

    (In appreciation, Martin released a 40th Commemorative Kingston Trio instruments in 1997 of a D-28 Dreadnought, an 0-18T tenor, and a Vega replica long neck banjo. In 2002 they released a 45th Anniversary Bob Shane limited edition D-28KTBS guitar.)
    Last edited by Kenn2018; 03-26-2021 at 01:33 PM.
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