Sometimes an instrument is more than the sum of its parts. If you were to just look at this instrument on the wall at a big name music shop you would probably pass over it. Sometimes you should take an extra second and look at the beaters.
Where this Uke shines is the tone and playability. Martin had the neck profile just right on these bad boys. It is on the skinny side with just enough width. The back of the neck is a little tacky to the touch, but with a soprano size you really don't have to worry about it as much as you would on a longer scale. The fretboard is really flat, which is great for the type of playing that this uke was intended for aka strumming along and singing. The tone that comes out of this uke is really mellow and sounds like a any other Martin uke of the era except with a bit more volume that I think comes from the cracks and the lack of finish. It is also perfect for playing the blues with its slightly muffled tone and how quickly the tone diminishes.
I love getting the opportunity to document things that I love. Musical instruments have a special place in my life. This little uke just shows how a little extra love on an instrument can look really cool and sound amazing.