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    Quote Originally Posted by cigarfan View Post
    When I play my ukes the sound hole is closest to my ear.
    Wow , I'd like to see how you do that .http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ilies/wink.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukulele Pete View Post
    Wow , I'd like to see how you do that .http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ilies/wink.png
    Had to take special classes.

    Should have said closer to my ear than anyone else's.
    cheers ... dennis

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    Default Why are Martin ukes so expensive

    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    cuz they're awesome!
    Because Martin 5K's are truly the finest.

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    I have a Martin Style 2 Soprano and I love it. It's action is amazing, it's sound is amazing. It's so responsive, easy to play and good looking.

    We (my grandson and I) also have a Martin OX, it's action and sound are not of the same caliber as the Style 2 but it's still not too shabby and is a keeper.
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    You've got great ukes. I have a Style 2 Tenor that I love. Play yours in good health!

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    Thanks

    And Happy Strumming
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    Quote Originally Posted by cayuga red View Post
    You've got great ukes. I have a Style 2 Tenor that I love. Play yours in good health!
    Thanks I almost added a Style 2 Concert but am having arm issues and am trying to play thinner ukes instead.
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    It is my observation that in the past 5 years, in the US Vintage Martins have gone down in price. 4 lovely Martins were just sold for $1999 on the Marketplace.
    I sell "rescued" Martins and actually I have no problem with selling them for much less than what they were 10 years ago as they aren't collector pieces, just nice to great playing instruments that will please it's holder.

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    Why do rare, old postage stamps cost so much? They are just small pieces of paper with ink on one side and glue on the other. Crazy, isn't it?

    John Colter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    The market for vintage ukes is a market. The instruments are commodities at the mercy of supply and demand in the market.

    But it does not hurt to lament the fact that you cannot afford a particular instrument, it happens to us all.

    However, there has to be plenty of low cost used ukuleles on the planet. Mahalo produced its first ukes in 1999, 20 years ago. The old ukes are out there, you just have to find them. In the early part of the century there was a flurry of brands, a lot of them very well built and possibly going to be getting better with age now. So there is no need for despair, just change the target species. In 2020 you may start to clearly see some of these old ukes in markets and charity shops for less than $20. Take a chance and buy one and see how it goes.

    Flea Market Music has a bulletin board that goes back to the late 1990s. Its a good resource to research and target a wide range of low cost vintage ukulele. Its still active as well.

    The thread was started in 2014 and the last post from the originator seems to be date 2016. It would be interesting to see how the quest for a nice uke ended.
    As ever Bill hits the nail on the head. Thanks and I’ll be following some of that advice in due course.

    I note Bill’s references to Mahalo and then think of an old one that I had. It didn’t sound great when I got it but was clearly worn from years of gentle use so it must have pleased someone. Some home Luthier effort and better stings improved maters but it fell just short of something I’d really enjoy playing at the Uke Club so I gave it away to another player as a good spare. I still liked it and somehow it had provenance; perhaps I should have kept it as a beater, but trying to help others has a value too ... maybe it will be returned when they don’t need it anymore. Anyway the point is (in support of Bill’s comments) that there are many pre-loved and cared for instruments out there that you can love and enjoy and not all of them have the Martin name on them.

    Though I keep an eye out for them Vintage Ukes don’t seem to cross my path. I’ve had several basic Sopranos through my hands, I keep the best ones and sell on the others - buyers always get a really good deal in the form of a much improved Uke at a fraction of the cost it should be for the time and materials put into it. Strangely (counter to all expectations and commonly perceived wisdom) the Uke I currently love most, after working on it to bring the best out in it, is a humble Kala KA-S. It just sings to me, of course there will be something better out there but if past experience is any guide then the route to it is almost certainly via many that are worse regardless of price.

    Edit. For what it’s worth check a Uke by listening to the plucked open C string and the plucked A string fretted at the twelfth fret - it took me years to discover that. That test tells you whether it has bass response, whether it has treble response and whether it has sustain, do it with known good strings that have settled in.

    Why do Martins cost so much? Well I don’t doubt that a lot of it is down to the company still being in business and still marketing its brand very successfully. Of course the product basically just works very well too and for that it’s the case of the plumber’s $100 bill: $1 to hit the pipe and $99 for the knowledge and years experience needed to know the right place to hit it.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 11-17-2019 at 11:37 PM.

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