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Original Post By: Mike Date: 10/16/2018 11:20:46 AM
I am trying to decide between a Martin concert uke or a Martin tenor uke. Any input, pro, or cons would be appreciated. Also, are the Martin 2 concerts worth $1000 more than the Martin C 1 k ukes. Finally, can a Martin concert or tenor uke be strung to low G tuning? Thanks
Posted By: Muttzukii Date: 10/17/2018 1:09:29 PM
I'm surprised that no one has taken a poke at you about your post, Mike. Regardless of brand, Concert or Tenor is strictly subjective. What do you play now? Regarding cost vs value. If you think it is worth more, it is. Everything can be tuned low G. There are several brands of strings that have a low G that you don't need to regroove your nut to use.
Posted By: RAWright Date: 10/17/2018 2:05:39 PM
Hi Mike,

Agree with Muttzukii, totally subjective. Many people base the choice of size based on the size of their hands and what feels best. I gravitate to tenors, because I have larger hands and longer fingers. That said, I also have a concert and soprano. The concert is my favorite to just sit down and strum a little (even during TV commercials). The tenors (I have 3) are what I use to do more serious practice sessions.
Posted By: Dave Means Date: 10/18/2018 3:18:18 PM
While I agree with Muttzuki that any uke can be tuned to low G, that doesn't mean they all will perform well in that tuning.

Acoustic stringed instruments are designed so that the body (air) resonance props up the response of the lowest-tuned string, and that requires a certain amount of air volume inside the body. That volume is simply not there for low G in a normal concert or soprano. Without that support, the fundamental response of the 4th string will be weak relative to the other strings. You will hear a G, but the note will be more harmonics than the actual fundamental G note.

You can't fool the Laws of Physics!
Posted By: Tom B. Date: 10/20/2018 11:57:43 AM
I'm assuming you're talking about modern Martins, not vintage. I think the C1K is a terrific uke at street value. It's cheaper because it's imported. The Martin 2, at least the one I played in a store, was slightly better. If money were no object, I would have preferred that nicer-looking, American-made, better-set-up instrument. But for my purposes, I couldn't justify that bump in price. The key words here are: "for my purposes." What are your purposes? What are your priorities? (I should note: the C1K may need fret dressing and setup. Mine didn't, but a friend bought a new one from big dealer, and it really had sharp fret ends.)

As for low-G, I agree totally with Dave. I've never liked the sound of the low fourth string on a concert ukulele, whereas I don't think I've owned a tenor that didn't hum along with a low G.
Posted By: Ukubee Date: 11/1/2018 4:24:13 PM
I've found a wound string will pull it off on a concert size. The brassy attack of the metal string creates a doable low G on a concert. To me the Soprano should always be high G re-enterant. It's the true uku!

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