Martin S-1Soprano ukulele
This is an absolutely excellent instrument for beginner, professional, or any discerning ukuleleist. It has pure simplistic beauty that is honest and rich. Sure, you can have an instrument with a lot of decoration, but the decoration only adds to the cost and not the tone. This instrument exhibits flawless workmanship. The playing action is excellent, the tone is warm,focused, clear, and and allows the musician to phrase the music. From loud to soft this instrument projects! If you want an instrument that can become an heirloom, this is it. The price is approachable but reasonable enough for most people to own. This can be a starting instrument because of its price, but it can also be a very nice professional instrument one will have all of ones life . It's that good. Don't let comments like its a good beginning instrument cause you from not taking it seriously. It is a great instrument at any price. Pick one up and see for yourself. Needless to say I love mine! I also have a Koaloha soprano that I love as well and is in the same class as this one. The tone of the Koaloha is a little box like and I love it's timbre but no better than the Martin.I got the Martin because of its extended range 17 frets instead of 12 . This would be better to experiment with playing Bach. Anyway, check a Martin S-1 out for yourself and I think you will be glad you did.