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    Default Changing times, changing tastes

    We ukeaholics tend to buy and sell as the mood strikes us. Whenever I see a thread about selling off ukes and going the minimalist route it appeals to me.......sorta.

    The recent purchase of a Kala super soprano got me thinking. I have gone through all the sizes and determined tenors and baritone is where it is at for me, right now. But tastes change as times rolls on. I sold a Loprinzi super soprano a few years ago that I now wish I still had. A friend sold a fabulous super concert because he thought a tenor was better in reentrant. A few months later he has just purchased another super concert for reentrant playing.

    Playing ukulele for a long enough time will have a lot of us coming full circle and rediscovering sounds and songs suited to instruments we once had. Just because I am playing certain genre's now doesn't mean that is all I will play in years to come. Andrew of HMS said something that stuck with me " before you sell an instrument remember why you bought it and the reson you have kept it this long"

    So no more selling off instruments just for the sake of decluttering or downsizing. If I want to do that I'll give away some old tee shirts and jeans I don't wear anymore.
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    I'm giving away my original ukes, they are quite low value, but are pretty good players, so I hope to spread the joy.

    Things do tend to go in cycles, but I know that normal sopranos are not for me, so they are going.
    However, the 'long necks' still have most of that soprano sound, so they are definately staying.

    I haven't used my concerts much lately, but they are good for when my hands are stiff, & they are electro acoustics, so they are staying.
    My baritones have been sitting idle for a while also, but I will be keeping them, because they have a certain kind of sound that can't be got from any other size uke.

    I have just one standard sized tenor, but have some small bodied tenor scaled ukes that are my main players just now, & these I really like.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
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    Dave
    I don't like this post. Please take it down!
    I want your Kala .
    Yes you read it right. The Kala!
    You are my inspiration and my UAS buddy. You can't stop now ! Keep buying pleaseeeeeee..........see you later today . Please have the Kala and Lfdm baritone polished and ready !

    ( Andrew is a wise man. Very well said but we often made mistake too! My first uke was the pricey concert then I decided tenor is more suitable! The only uke I miss is TT)
    Brenda

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    I have four Ukuleles. Two tenors, one Baritone, and a clear plastic Waterman Soprano. I have sold two tenors, both entry level laminates. I don't regreat selling them, but each of my remaining ukes have a purpose and I see the need for at least a couple more. My Uke acquisition is slow and deliberate by reason of necessity and that's probably not a bad thing. I am lusting after a cedar topped Baritone and a good playing Soprano. Been putting loose change away for several months. Will see what bargains might be available at the Strummin' Man Ukulele Festival in October.

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    I don't really think that Watermans should be included in the count. One, they aren't much more than a novelty uke, and two, Kala gives them away like candy. I've won three so far in raffles, and I've given two of them away to people who didn't learn to play them. Just saying.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I don't really think that Watermans should be included in the count. One, they aren't much more than a novelty uke, and two, Kala gives them away like candy. I've won three so far in raffles, and I've given two of them away to people who didn't learn to play them. Just saying.
    I agree. I only have it so I can play on the beach or tubing down the river. It's intonation is not great and I don't enjoy playing it. But I will keep it for those rare occasions when it is the best option.

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    I think Six Ukes is sufficient, so I've set myself a Maximum Limit of no more than Twelve, just to make sure I don't have have less than Six.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Beaver View Post
    I think Six Ukes is sufficient, so I've set myself a Maximum Limit of no more than Twelve, just to make sure I don't have have less than Six.
    Sounds like a good plan.

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    Being that I only play reentrant tenor, I don't have the size isuue, my UAS is about looks. After going through 16 lower end tenors when I first started four years ago, a year later I culled them down to four that played the best and were the most different looking from each other. Since then I'm up to eight, with an Ovation I bought just two nights ago on eBay, each has it's own look.


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    I guess it is very different from person to person how many ukes they like to have.
    I don't have that many, only 5, and I still consider getting rid of a few.
    But those I would sell are not high quality, so it is not for changing taste - more for upgrading. Having quality lying around for changing tastes or display is interesting. Having extra beginner ukes not as much, though they can be useful.
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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