View Full Version : What's your player?

10-06-2014, 01:43 PM
I have six pretty good ukes to play at home. None of them is easier to grab than any of the others. Yet when I can't make up my mind which to play I always grab the Imua concert. I don't know why, but it's my player.

Which uku do you grab most often?

10-06-2014, 01:45 PM
my tenor spruce top mahagony pono with reentrant tuning :)

10-06-2014, 01:52 PM
This will be an enjoyable thread to follow. To keep it a short answer my player is a Koaloha Opio concert. I have left it out of the case in a corner all summer which makes it easy to just grab and play. Humidity is well over 45% here in the summer so no issues.

10-06-2014, 02:03 PM
Pono AC with Fremont Blacks.

10-06-2014, 02:03 PM
Similar to DownUpDave, my KoAloha Opio soprano is my player. I open the cases on the other ones to refill the humidifiers, but rarely play them any more outside of those times.

10-06-2014, 02:44 PM
The Moore Bettah. I haven't touched another ukulele since I got it.

Patrick Madsen
10-06-2014, 03:01 PM
I really enjoy my Moore Bettah but the big player I use most is my Griffin tenor. The MB just gets bettah and bettah.

10-06-2014, 03:06 PM
In my living room, next to my recliner, it's my KPK koa concert, behind me in my computer/uke room, it's my Pono MCD-E. They are the ones I practice with and play most often.

10-06-2014, 03:16 PM
Despite many "nicer" ukes worth far more money, my go-to player is my all mahogany Kelii super soprano.

10-06-2014, 03:39 PM
Creedy baritone, cedar top, saple sides and back, old school great sound, Savarez classic guitar strings, linear DGBE. It's my go to unless I'm feeling soprano, then it's a walnut Lo Prinzi.

10-06-2014, 03:42 PM
Always the KoAloha concert.

10-06-2014, 03:57 PM
The Kala concert in my sig. I swapped quite a number of ukes in and out and this one just "fits" in all the right ways for me.

But I would love a Koa concert as well.

Down Up Dick
10-06-2014, 04:18 PM
My Luna "Peace" Concert. I use it to learn stuff and to practice stuff I learn. I use my Kala "Exotic Mahogany" Soprano when I play at night. It's not so loud.

Get down, Fool! :old:

10-06-2014, 05:07 PM
I have ten ukes :o and try to spread the love around, but lately it's been my Lehua tenor.

When I go out to uke meets it's usually my Kala thinline tenor, just because it's thin enough to fit into my tote bag with my music stand and whatever else I need to bring so I only have to carry one bag.

10-06-2014, 05:16 PM
I got the Imua on the Big Island at Hawi Gallery. Sweet and subtle sound. Lot's of harmonics. Good action. The Orcas strings were just right. She is a well balanced. The Koa is understated and fairly dark. I've had this ukulele for a year and it just gets better. She is named "Ikaika" for a cat that lived for a long time at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

10-06-2014, 05:59 PM
My Moore Bettah. Like WickedW says, I am monogamous.

10-06-2014, 06:03 PM
Easy answer for me. My one and only Lanakai LU-11. I do wish my new Islander would get here though.

10-06-2014, 06:04 PM
My Lanikai 6 string tenor is sitting by my desk, so that's my go to player. I also play my off rand travel tenor a fair amount - like the way it sounds. After a long period of less-thn-love, I play my low G Kanilea fairly frequently too, especially considering the case is under another case.

10-06-2014, 06:04 PM
My Collings mahogany UT2, can't seem to put it down.

10-06-2014, 06:07 PM
Martin C1K or Kamaka Ohta San. Portability and beautiful sounding instruments.

10-06-2014, 06:13 PM
Right now its back and forth between my LFDM tenor and Boat Paddle ML Tenor. God bless Luis and Jerry!

10-06-2014, 06:28 PM
In the last few weeks at home, it's either the Timms or the National. And at the office it's the Risa stick.

But I'm trying to keep the others in reasonable rotation as well.

10-06-2014, 06:50 PM
No question, the Takamine tenor is always at hand.

10-06-2014, 06:53 PM
Kanile'a Tenor, unless I'm with a large group in close quarters, then it's the Oscar Schmidt Mango.

10-06-2014, 09:50 PM
Although I only have 5 I can't narrow it down to 1 (maybe monogamy's not my strong point ;) ) I have 2 players: they're both Ponos.

Uncle Leroy
10-06-2014, 11:35 PM
The one in my Avatar.

10-07-2014, 12:33 AM
Before was my first uke, a Kala Golden Acacia Tenor. After, I got a Covered Bridge Myrtle Tenor, thats the player now.

10-07-2014, 02:08 AM
My inexpensive Oscar Schmidt bari.

10-07-2014, 02:29 AM
My Moore Bettah. Like WickedW says, I am monogamous.

I hope that isn't terminal.

10-07-2014, 04:29 AM
I usually grab my 50's Martin Soprano. And now that it's humidifier time here in the north, it's the only one that does not go in a case, so it's always ready.

10-07-2014, 04:39 AM
When I'm home, my Ohana soprano (vintage style mahogany) or Ohana concert. When I'm "out and about", my Ohana concert (cedar/rosewood).

10-07-2014, 05:17 AM
Longneck Ono concert.

10-07-2014, 05:19 AM
Sailor, cherry-spruce top

10-07-2014, 05:23 AM
My player is a Makala pineapple soprano. I bought it for a beater. I carry it to work and play it there everyday. I put a strap on it for parades. I take it to my strum group whenever I see it is going to be crowded because it is smaller. I have taken it camping this summer as well. It has a nicely polished strum line and one more where my forearm holds it. I have much nicer instruments for performances and at home, but it seems for most everything else the little pineapple is called on. If this is the case why do I still want more?

10-07-2014, 05:26 AM
When I lived on the sailboat, my main player was a Bushman Engelmann concert (solid spruce/rosewood) with a Mi-Si pick-up.

Sadly, my move to the New Mexico mountains, with frequent single-digit humidity and dramatic daily temperature fluctuations, has been very hard on my solid wood ukes, making it necessary to keep them in their humidified cases virtually all the time.

Needing a main player that can take the environmental abuse, I've acquired a couple of laminate A/E concerts (and a Risa tenor stick). Now my main player is a mahogany lam Luna lizard A/E concert. A sweet, loud, durable little beast, she goes with me almost everywhere.

10-07-2014, 05:54 AM
Favilla baritone, I have 3 so it's whichever one I'm closest to.

10-07-2014, 06:22 AM

Whatever's hangin'...

(Pic was good on computer...donknowhy it's sideways??)

10-07-2014, 06:26 AM
Always the KoAloha concert.

Same for me.

10-07-2014, 06:33 AM
I don't have a lot of choice right now, but it's my Gretsch concert.
Every time I pick up my cheap soprano to have a play it doesn't take long for me to swap to the nicer instrument.

10-07-2014, 06:37 AM
I am very fortunate to have a multitude to grab, so my player changes as per my desire at the time.
Right now it's my Koa soprano made by Leo K.

Ukulele Eddie
10-07-2014, 06:57 AM
I play my Blackbird Clara and my Collings UC3M pretty equally, although my wife is doing her best to claim the Collings as hers. ;-)

10-07-2014, 07:18 AM
I'm just returning to the ukulele. I have one on eBay so my main right now is a humble Bruko #6. I like my Makala MK-S when i'm out and about... or not.

Watch this space!

10-07-2014, 07:28 AM
I'm down to two:

Bruko no.1 for out and about
Airline bari for home.

That said, a recent trade acquisition is threatening to upset the balance.

Leigh Coates
10-07-2014, 07:53 AM
My mahogany Mya-Moe concert pineapple. Unless I'm outside rambling around...then it's my "see-through" Outdoor Uke.

Kayak Jim
10-07-2014, 08:52 AM
My Moore Bettah. Like WickedW says, I am monogamous.

I hope that isn't terminal.

It's definitely not ubiquitous!

10-07-2014, 09:08 AM
Longneck Ono concert.

Good to hear! I have an Ono pineapple coming shortly. I can't wait!

Until the time comes when I have multiple ukes to choose from, my go to is my KoAloha Concert

10-07-2014, 09:10 AM
My Ohana CK-20CE
It's starting to look a little loved, but that's okay with me. :)

10-07-2014, 09:51 AM
Mine's an Ohana CK-200G. The neck is perfect. It's just about cured my UAS....can a uke wear out?

10-07-2014, 09:55 AM
Lately, my Koaloha concert.

10-07-2014, 10:01 AM
I own three ukuleles, one of which is living at my daughter's house currently, as she has decided that ukulele is more fun than guitar. The two still at home, I play pretty much equally, and that's a deliberate choice: one is a Woodley White koa, the other an Alan Carruth spruce/osage orange, both tenors, both strung low-g. The White is fourteen frets to the body, the Carruth twelve, and I want to be able to be able to manage both. Interesting how much that spacing on the fretboard makes them different players, at least in my hands.

In the not-too-distant future, I expect to have another tenor to plug into the rotation. It will be fourteen-to-the-body, but with a slightly wider fretboard. So switching among them will give me a different left hand-position each time.

10-07-2014, 10:04 AM
I hope that isn't terminal.

It is. I don't have a problem with it.

I do lust after Beau Hannum(?) ukuleles lately. But, like my marriage, I can look. I just can't touch.

10-07-2014, 10:05 AM
Lately, my Koaloha concert.

Those are great.

Is it because of the unfortunate accident this is happening?

10-07-2014, 10:09 AM
My Kala KAATP-CTG-CE. Solid cedar top, acacia koa body. Great tone, projection and sustain. (But waiting for my custom gypsy jazz style to open up, we'll see how it compares.)

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Kala KAATP-CTG-CE 2.jpg

10-07-2014, 12:09 PM
lately it has been the HF3L with soooo much room and a rich sound!

10-07-2014, 01:18 PM
Kala SMHT. Though I only own 3 ukes, the kala was my first. I also have a lanikai tenor knock-around that goes camping with me, and a luna tattoo concert that I'm trying to get used to. Shorter fret distance makes me misjudge chord shapes up the neck.

10-07-2014, 01:33 PM
Lately, it's my Kanile'a Concert:


10-07-2014, 02:35 PM
its my fender though I try to play all mine equally, the fender is the first I always go to

10-07-2014, 02:36 PM
My go-to Uke is usually the tenor Koa Fluke.


10-07-2014, 02:45 PM
Those are great.

Is it because of the unfortunate accident this is happening?
Lol, no, the 8 string was my gig go-to because of the pickup and on board tuner.

10-07-2014, 07:22 PM
Pono almost always.

10-07-2014, 07:29 PM
Almost always my harmony baritone. It suits my style of picking and the scale seems to just really fit my hand these days. Actually deliberating trading my pro classic cedar acacia tenor for a higher end bari!

10-08-2014, 03:25 PM
My Kiwaya KTS-4 soprano

10-09-2014, 08:05 AM
KoAloha Pikake concert at home, Soprano Flea for travel.

10-09-2014, 12:13 PM
fluctuates between Pono MB and Concert Flea - I use the Pono for teaching kids because the flea frets aren't very visible.

10-09-2014, 03:55 PM
Compass Rose walnut tenor

Andy Chen
10-09-2014, 09:28 PM
My Mya-Moe.

I like the Clara and the Blackbird tenor better, but because the Mya-Moe is a wood instrument, playing it more often is better for its maintenance. That's why I put the Mya-Moe up for sale, regretted it and have since pulled it out of sale.

The Blackbirds, which are made of composite materials, won't suffer in the least even if I play them only once in a while.

10-09-2014, 11:21 PM
As a beginner I go the quiver and swap out fairly regulary with a partiality for the kala tenor.

10-10-2014, 02:59 AM
Mine is the Ohana CK-35S. Maybe not monogamous, but definetively "mahoganous". All solid Mahogany Concert and gorgeous Gloss finish.

I've ordered from Mike, UkeRepublic, a Makala Shark, Great White, for a beater. I'm always travelling and live in a very hot and humid area (Brazilian Amazon) so this little white pal will be a great companion.

Slow Eddie
10-14-2014, 10:58 AM
I have a few nice ukes; being solid wood instruments in northern New England, once the mercury drops and the heat comes on, they tend to spend more time cased up and well-humidified than they do being played. The one laminate uke I own, a Kala KA-KTG, spends its life on a String Swing in the kitchen, regardless of the season, and it seems to get most of the spur-of-the-moment action, while waiting for toast or pasta, or feeding the dogs.

10-14-2014, 01:26 PM
I have a number of really nice Ukuleles, each with its own special qualities. I'm actually trying to play a different one each day so as to rotate through them. I do cheat a little in going back to my Kamaka Concert a bit more often, but not much.

10-14-2014, 04:43 PM
Koaloha soprano. So easy to play - nice low action, Worth brown strings.

10-15-2014, 04:44 AM
My Ohana TK-38 gets daily use. The other two ukes ended up living in their cases. Sold the Mainland hog concert and kept the Martin OXK for my "traveling" uke.

10-15-2014, 06:19 AM
I have some really nice Kamakas, etc., but the uke that gets the most play at my house...is the Makala Pineapple! 25 bucks used.

There's a little bit of stress involved in bringing out a really nice uke. (I have kids.) But, this Makala Pineapple sounds great, is very forgiving of new players and is easily replaced if broken. In fact, I have another one in the "on-deck circle."

10-15-2014, 06:33 AM
I make it a point to play them all, that's why I bought them. That being said, I usually start and end with the Compass Rose.

10-15-2014, 07:38 AM
Right now it's my Kelii concert. We'll have to see how that goes once my next uke arrives.

10-15-2014, 03:47 PM
This is difficult. The current in-house uke stable includes a Pono Pro Classic tenor, a Lanikai Monkeypod tenor w/Fishman Isys, a Flea Soprano, a Kala pocket travel and a Gretsch Banjolele. I try to rotate them, just to keep current. They have all taken specific-purpose roles, but the one which lately gets the most out-of-case time has been the Lanikai tenor.

10-15-2014, 04:06 PM
Generally it's the Pono or the Kamoa. Next would be the R & L Koa. I think I will play that one tonight when I get home!

10-15-2014, 10:23 PM
My 'Top Two' daily players are made by The Magic Fluke Company (http://www.magicfluke.com/). They each sound different, and I like both sounds and how easy they are to play, as well as the really really good intonation.

My #1 is my Koa Tenor Fluke with Pegheds and rosewood fretboard (http://www.magicfluke.com/Fluke-Ukulele-p/koafluke.htm).


My #2 is my Lava Concert Flea (http://www.magicfluke.com/product-p/lavaflea.htm), with Gotoh UPT-L tuners that installed myself, and the plastic fretboard.


The other ukes also get played over 14 day span, but I'm still testing strings for the best on these 2, and while I've narrowed it down, it's still a work in progress...

I have a kind of rule that I cant just pick up any of my ukes, and ONLY tune it, and that it gets AT LEAST 10-15 mins of play (but in reality it tends to be more) before I put it down. Keeps me practicing more, and keeps my agility for play on different scale lengths.

10-16-2014, 05:37 AM
I have two: Blackbird Clara concert and KoAloha Thinline electric tenor.

I've got a bunch of nice concert ukes (Collings, Santa Cruz, KoAloha, Uke Brand, Pohaku, Mainland), which I play often. But Clara and the Thinline get the most play time. Clara because it sounds great while being less susceptible to dings and the elements. The Thinline because its fretboard is joined at the 15th fret, it's extra comfortable to play, and it sounds great both plugged in and not.

10-16-2014, 07:11 AM
Lately, the Martin CK1, but The Lanakai LU22C GC will always be my first love. I do try to rotate, but these two concerts are my favorites.

10-16-2014, 07:31 AM
Downstairs: 2001 Koaloha KC-00 all koa concert
Upstairs: Walnut/Cedar Boat Paddle 5-string ML concert

10-16-2014, 07:39 AM
I've been fortunate to own many custom and higher end brand ukes but the uke I reach for 99.99% of the time is my Kiwaya KS-5 that I bought used here on the UU Marketplace.

10-16-2014, 10:46 AM
The one that I seem to go to the most is the custom uke made by Ken Otto.

10-16-2014, 12:00 PM
My current player is a Pono RTSH Spruce top ... man, I just love the sound ... so rich and colourful.

10-17-2014, 09:09 AM
High-G, the Kamaka longneck concert. Low-G, a Compass Rose.

But since the OP asked for single player, it would be the custom Adi spruce/bloodwood microjumbo Compass Rose... beautiful in looks, sound and action.