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kypfer
04-23-2015, 05:08 AM
Do you ever pick up a ukulele that you haven't used for a while and wonder "Why don't I play this beautiful thing more often?"

I tend to get "locked into" a mode or style of playing and stick with whichever I feel is the best instrument for the job ... banjolele for clawhammer, concert ukulele for lute music etc. ... often to the extent of ignoring the other instruments on the wall/rack/floor or wherever they've been "stored" ... then suddenly "remember" that my tenor/baritone/soprano or whatever may well be better for a particular tune or arrangement ... at which point that instrument becomes my "current focus of attention" ... and so it goes 'round!

Maybe I should get out more ;)

janeray1940
04-23-2015, 05:53 AM
Do you ever pick up a ukulele that you haven't used for a while and wonder "Why don't I play this beautiful thing more often?"


I don't, but probably because I've never had more than four ukes at any given time. I play three regularly (low G and reentrant concert scale, and a reentrant soprano) and once that 4th one starts giving me "sad and neglected" vibes, off it goes to a new home. Having repeated this cycle several times throughout my playing lifetime, I'm wondering if I've finally learned that three is my magic number... we shall see :)

wayfarer75
04-23-2015, 05:56 AM
No, because I only have three ukes, and one of them is a beater. The other two are strung low g and high g.

katysax
04-23-2015, 06:05 AM
Yes because I have too many. When I get that feeling I go through the ones I'm not playing and pick some to sell or donate or give to friends.

PhilUSAFRet
04-23-2015, 06:09 AM
Begs for the definition of "too many" :confused:

SteveZ
04-23-2015, 06:10 AM
I've reduced the stable for that reason. I tend to get hands-on with each instrument at least once a week, and a couple (8-string tenor, baritone) usually get daily time. On usually-weekly "banjo day" both the tenor banjo and banjo uke get exercise.

I've noticed a lot of nice instruments out there lately, but am trying to keep to a "one added means one must go" policy.

pbagley
04-23-2015, 06:38 AM
Do you ever pick up a ukulele that you haven't used for a while and wonder "Why don't I play this beautiful thing more often?"


Yes, and this happens with other instruments too - not just ukuleles. The problem is that I have too many interests and too little time for them all. I've been blessed with enough spare change to be able to afford to experience a broad range of instruments... not all at once but by saving up over time. And some of my favorites are not so beautiful to look at, instead they are beautiful to listen to (at least to me). The most important thing is that when I return to an old favorite I sometimes find some new songs hiding in among the wood, glue, and wire. It's this discovery that is the most fun and rewarding part of music.

spongeuke
04-23-2015, 01:19 PM
Yes, My problem is that I can't list them on my signature, just too darn many given the word count or such. How many do I need? "Just one More"

co.jp
04-23-2015, 01:44 PM
I generally rotate ukes everyday. For example, today I'm using my Firefly then tomorrow my tenor. I just ordered a RISA tenor stick, and with my first son due in about 2 weeks, I feel that I'll be using that one the most (unplugged obviously).

wickedwahine11
04-23-2015, 01:47 PM
I only play one of my ukes, so I have been giving serious thought to selling the other three.

Hippie Dribble
04-23-2015, 02:02 PM
Yes, I have 3 sopranos, a baritone and a handful of concerts. Weird thing is that right now, only two are getting any air time: a 20s hollywood concert and the cheapest one, a kala laminate concert. Whenever this happens I always feel guilty and start selling. (Then I feel like I need more and so start buying again). Rinse and repeat. I need a doctor. :p

Booli
04-23-2015, 06:14 PM
I need a doctor. :p

:agree: You and me both brother. I have a serious problem.

I have more than a dozen ukes in all different shapes, sizes, tunings, and strings. I just can't get enough ukulele. Every moment I am not playing, I am thinking about playing. It's starting to interfere with the rest of my life in a bad way. Maybe I've become fixated. :eek:

UU is both a support group for UAS and it's withdrawal symptoms, as well as being a bunch of enablers, I love being a member of this forum, but damn all those NUD posts!!! LOL :)

Somebody STOP me!!!

sukie
04-23-2015, 07:24 PM
I only play one of my ukes, so I have been giving serious thought to selling the other three.
Keep one......just in case.

I regret selling my KoAloha concert. What if some day I need to send my ukulele to Chuck for some fine tuning? I finally got a Mainland tenor. But I shoulda kept the KoAloha.

kohanmike
04-23-2015, 08:16 PM
I'm parring down my collection, now down to 5 with one on the shopping block, 4 is more than enough for me, but I'm getting crazy with small basses now (as Booli can attest). I'm up to 5 (one in the cabinet waiting for a future fix) and I'm afraid I might go for 2 more custom basses, we'll see. I do rotate between them, and trying to fit in the ukes as well, but the bass is so much fun.

kypfer
04-23-2015, 11:33 PM
Thanks for all your thoughts :)

It's interesting to see such a wide range of opinions!

Doubtless my situation is compounded not just by "too many" ukes but also "too many" guitars ... then there's the banjo and the mandolin ... and all those pernickerty wooden tubes with holes in!

I'll retire some time in the not too distant future, provided I can afford to (if I don't buy too many more instruments ;) then I'll have more time to play. In the meantime ... they're "investments" ;)

Olarte
04-23-2015, 11:34 PM
Uhm with over 40 ukuleles hanging on the walls of a humidified room. I have realized it's more than just a passion to play Uke but also the enjoyment of the the varied palette of sizes, tunings, materials, vintage etc.

I've been working steadily since I was 14. I'm now 53 and have provided for our family of 4 for the last 25 years. I have a house almost paid for a healthy 401k account and a steady career as an IT Widget.

After surviving prostate cancer last year which left me cures but with incontinence, ED, and a lot of emotional issues with my siblings and my closest and oldest friend I changed my and have no guilt left about buying and enjoying my Ukes.

Life is too short and after all my responsibilities are met I enjoy purchasing what I want and enjoying it to its fullest.
So I have a beautiful collection which I enjoy using.

One of my favorite things to do is to play the same tune on different Ukes until I find the right one.

And when I'm finally gone. The Ukes will be either donated to kids club or left as investments for my sons to at their proper market value.

Hippie Dribble
04-24-2015, 02:19 AM
:agree: You and me both brother. I have a serious problem.



Found someone for us mate. She looks a bit dodgy though. Could be worth a consultation...

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DownUpDave
04-24-2015, 02:30 AM
"Too many instruments"........ WTF......... Life might be short but is it awfully wide, if you want it to be. Fill it up with the stuff you love and love to do. Uke is not a noun it is a verb. Once you have checked out from the buffett table of life there is no going back. Get em while you can.

Olarte
04-24-2015, 02:59 AM
If you can swing it go for it.

Well said!


"Too many instruments"........ WTF......... Life might be short but is it awfully wide, if you want it to be. Fill it up with the stuff you love and love to do. Uke is not a noun it is a verb. Once you have checked out from the buffett table of life there is no going back. Get em while you can.

Ukejenny
04-24-2015, 04:25 AM
There is nothing wrong with saying, "I'm a collector." Doesn't it have an almost academic ring to it? Yes, it does!!!! Especially if you say it with one eyebrow arched while gently rubbing your chin.

I actually don't have too many. I started with a tenor, which my husband now claims, so I don't count that one. I have a concert, a soprano, and an outdoor ukulele in the van. That's it for me.

BUT! I have gotten to purchase quite a few ukuleles!!! I've helped many folks in the UBA choose an instrument, I've bought for my husband and sons, and I've purchased a couple loaner ukuleles for UBA. It is fun to shop even if you aren't shopping for yourself!

I've also ordered a low G BBClara, but it isn't here yet, hasn't shipped yet, so I will not count it until it is in my hands.

kypfer
04-24-2015, 12:39 PM
"Too many instruments"........ WTF......... Life might be short but is it awfully wide.

Like it :cool:

Ukejenny wrote:
There is nothing wrong with saying, "I'm a collector." ... 'bin there ... ended up with over 600 cameras ... gave most of them away !!

DownUpDave
04-24-2015, 12:53 PM
Like it :cool:

Ukejenny wrote: ... 'bin there ... ended up with over 600 cameras ... gave most of them away !!


600 cameras, I love it. Sounds like you are no "lightweight" when it comes to AQUIRING objects of your desire.

In all honesty I do sometimes feel I have too many ukes. But they are all different and have different sounds and feels and characters. I enjoy them all. When I have "fussy ears" I might pick up and play 5-6 of them until I have found the one that matches my mood

Nickie
04-24-2015, 02:09 PM
Well, the OP said "instruments", so here goes....
In our household:
Mine: Yamaha piano, keyboard, hammered dulcimer, didgeridoo, harmonica, 3 ukuleles
Tamara's: 3 guitars (flattop) Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, didgeridoo, harmonica, 3 ukuleles, assorted hand drums, tambourine, mountain dulcimer
We love to make noise.....
This is what happens when you have no television....

CeeJay
04-24-2015, 02:25 PM
Well, the OP said "instruments", so here goes....
In our household:
Mine: Yamaha piano, keyboard, hammered dulcimer, didgeridoo, harmonica, 3 ukuleles
Tamara's: 3 guitars (flattop) Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, didgeridoo, harmonica, 3 ukuleles, assorted hand drums, tambourine, mountain dulcimer
We love to make noise.....
This is what happens when you have no television....

You should maybe keep that third instrument,the dulcimer away from the drinks cupboard . It clearly has a problem with booze.

Nickie
04-24-2015, 02:37 PM
You should maybe keep that third instrument,the dulcimer away from the drinks cupboard . It clearly has a problem with booze.

LOL CeeJay, I wonder why the h--- you don't have any friends? Maybe you're just too clever....

Booli
04-24-2015, 02:42 PM
Well, the OP said "instruments", so here goes....
...In our household...This is what happens when you have no television....

Nickie - Make NO mistake - this is a very GOOD thing.

CeeJay
04-24-2015, 03:02 PM
LOL CeeJay, I wonder why the h--- you don't have any friends? Maybe you're just too clever....

Clever ....nah .....if I was I'd keep my gob shut .....

Words just sing to me and I can't help but be daft ...

turtledrum
04-24-2015, 03:10 PM
I've loved reading everyone's thoughts in this thread....the honesty, the humour, the enabling, and most of all, the love. I have more ukes than a person could ever need. That being said, each represents a leg on this magnificent journey I've undertaken with the instrument I waited a lifetime to find. Each day, no matter which I play and no matter how long I play, I feel a "coming home" - a contentment that is unique to my time with the uke. For me, right now, there is no magic number - there is only magic.

Ukejenny
04-24-2015, 03:41 PM
Well, the OP said "instruments", so here goes....
In our household:
Mine: Yamaha piano, keyboard, hammered dulcimer, didgeridoo, harmonica, 3 ukuleles
Tamara's: 3 guitars (flattop) Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, didgeridoo, harmonica, 3 ukuleles, assorted hand drums, tambourine, mountain dulcimer
We love to make noise.....
This is what happens when you have no television....

Oh goodness. That is right, he did say instruments. Well then, I'm a complete whore.

NewKid
04-24-2015, 06:28 PM
No, not enough yet. It's only been three years and I'm at four after having just sold two. My taste is evolving and my skills are improving. I'm enjoying the journey!

janeray1940
04-24-2015, 06:33 PM
... as an incentive to keep living.

Best laugh I've had all day :)

NewKid
04-24-2015, 06:58 PM
Best laugh I've had all day :)

Finally someone who gets my humor. But I revised my post since my jokes have offended people here in the past.

KaraUkey
04-24-2015, 09:32 PM
The most important thing is that when I return to an old favorite I sometimes find some new songs hiding in among the wood, glue, and wire. It's this discovery that is the most fun and rewarding part of music.
Reminds me of the day long ago when someone pointed at the sound hole in my guitar (I had not discovered the Uke yet) and said "every song ever written is in there somewhere, all you have to do is find them". There are different songs in different ukes though that's for sure. So as someone else here said, you play a song on all of them until you find the one that does it best.

kypfer
04-24-2015, 11:10 PM
You should maybe keep that third instrument,the dulcimer away from the drinks cupboard . It clearly has a problem with booze.

HA !! :)

... I had to re-read that several times to finally "get it" ... some people just have a "different point of view" ... love it :cool:

k0k0peli
04-27-2015, 09:53 PM
The other day (just before I joined UU) I wore my black Playin' Guitar tee decorated with a score of axes and the motto YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY GUITARS! I apply that sentiment to excess. I own a dozen guitars, another dozen "small lutes" including 'ukes, a dozen fipple flutes, many dozens of harmonicas (not just blues harps), and too many collectible objects to mention. Are they "too many"? Well, I've neglected my electric guitars (jazz, rock, bass, and lap steel) and mountain dulcimers and Cümbüş o'uds lately, poor babies. Haven't touched the analog synths in recent years, either. I have excuses. I've been focusing on other stuff. Right. But I'll be restringing many instruments in upcoming days, fondling them, sounding them, bringing them back to life.

That won't last. We leave on a six-week car trip in a month. I won't have capacity for much more than a travel guitar, a mandolin, a tenor 'uke, and a very limited harmonica kit. No concertina, ratz. All else will just have to wait. They're too many.