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DownUpDave
05-14-2015, 09:25 AM
Some of us buy ukes and these lovely instruments sit in the corner feeling unloved and unwanted. For what ever reason the desire to "have" was the strongest part of the purchase and they never made the A team. Mine are as follows.

Koaloha Opio concert ( played it a lot when new but realized I am a tenor guy)

Gianinni Baritone (see above.....tenor guy, hoping to like playing Bari some day)

Loprinzi super soprano ( I do enjoy playing it but not as often as I should)

What are your wall flowers????? The thread about "How many have you played today" Got me thinking about this

Icelander53
05-14-2015, 10:27 AM
Hey I'm sending you a PM about something in your OP.

Anyway mine are a Moku spruce/hog tenor. It's actually a nice instrument but the neck shape is really not to my liking.

then there's an Alulu tenor solid acacia high gloss. Sounds fairly nice but low in volume.

Then a black Fluke tenor with wooden fretboard. I actually ended up preferring their plastic fretboard. It's easier to play on. Sound is very nice.

Then a concert Firefly. There is nothing not to like about this guy except its a concert and I just don't do a lot of banjo at this point. It's cool and sounds great though.

These guys really don't get played and are waiting for me to get motivated to finding them a good home. All of them are worth owning for someone. I'm just really lazy about this sort of thing these days. When I was young and broke selling my stuff was a lifestyle. :p

Nothing else is worth mentioning.

SteveZ
05-14-2015, 11:25 AM
Probably the only one which isn't played at least twice a week is the Flea Soprano. It spends a lot if in-the-trunk(boot) time, so its time is usually limited to the "waiting while spouse shoos" situations.

Rllink
05-14-2015, 11:30 AM
Yes, that thread got me to thinking too. When my new Mainland showed up, the Makala went upstairs to the spare bedroom. But the strings were shot on it, and I stripped those off. I didn't even give it a thought for weeks, because I was playing the new one. Then, last week I put a new set on the Makala, and for some reason I keep going up there and tuning the new strings, then strumming a few bars of Gilligan's Island, then I go back downstairs. Does that count? I'm essentially getting the new strings to settle in, nothing more. And why I'm doing that, I don't know.

Icelander53
05-14-2015, 11:38 AM
you're doing it because it's there. Kind of like Mt. Everest.

Cornfield
05-14-2015, 11:52 AM
I've been clearing out the dusty corners. In the last week I sold a Scott Wise Tenor (delicious sound) and a Risa LP Cherry Sunburst (Beautiful). I put a 1930 National Tri-cone Tenor Guitar on consignment at a local luthiers shop as well as an off brand electric guitar. Currently selling a Scott Wise Baritone and a Kala Solid Body U-Bass.
That will leave me with two 6 string acoustic guitars (Martin and Blue Ridge), a Kamaka Tenor, Kamaka 8 string tenor, Mya-Moe Resonator, Mya-Moe Lap Steel Resonator, a Big Rusty tenor resonator (on loan to a friend), a tenor banjo strung up as a baritone banjolele and some novelty ukes.

wayfarer75
05-14-2015, 01:49 PM
I really don't have many ukes, just three. (A fourth will be coming fairly soon.) The one I don't play is a Kala KA-S. And no, it isn't expensive and it doesn't have beautiful tone, but it served me well for over two years playing just one uke. It's a really good instrument for its price. Maybe I got lucky with it; even the action is good and it came from Amazon. Martin M600s sound great on it. But when I play a soprano, I play my Kamaka pineapple.

sam13
05-14-2015, 02:44 PM
Some of us buy ukes and these lovely instruments sit in the corner feeling unloved and unwanted. For what ever reason the desire to "have" was the strongest part of the purchase and they never made the A team. Mine are as follows.

Koaloha Opio concert ( played it a lot when new but realized I am a tenor guy)

Gianinni Baritone (see above.....tenor guy, hoping to like playing Bari some day)

Loprinzi super soprano ( I do enjoy playing it but not as often as I should)

What are your wall flowers????? The thread about "How many have you played today" Got me thinking about this

I actually play all of my Ukes three or more times a week.

But I might be a little too heavy in Spruce tops and need to change out strings.

wickedwahine11
05-14-2015, 02:52 PM
Right now I have one player and three wallflowers. The three unplayed are my KoAloha crown bridge tenor, my Kanilea island inlay tenor and my Kamaka tenor. All three are great ukes, I just prefer my MB. I do feel bad about them being unplayed though and plan to sell all three this summer.

turtledrum
05-14-2015, 03:58 PM
What I've found is that I have some really nice guitars just sitting - a Gibson Les Paul Standard honeyburst, a Godin 5th Avenue archtop acoustic, a Baby Martin and a Seagull mini jumbo rustic. Thus far, all of the ukes are played within each week.

Ukejenny
05-14-2015, 03:59 PM
Have to admit, since getting the Clara, my Ohana retro soprano and cedar/redwood concert have been lonely. I will get back to them, but for now, the honeymoon period continues...

DownUpDave
05-14-2015, 04:15 PM
Have to admit, since getting the Clara, my Ohana retro soprano and cedar/redwood concert have been lonely. I will get back to them, but for now, the honeymoon period continues...

Well said about the honey money period. There is nothing so enchanting as the sound of a new uke that you are in LOVE with. It is like a drug you just can't seem to get enough of.

All my ukes at the moment are keepers but I seem to go through.......mini honeymoon periods with each. I call it "conditioned ear or fussy ear" where I seem to like one particular sound and will stick to playing that one uke. A day or a week later I might like Low G instead of the re-entrant I was just loving. So I mix it up as the mood strikes me.

TheCraftedCow
05-14-2015, 10:56 PM
Tune your Gianinni baritone with a low D as a first and fourth, and pull the first string up to an E Dirk from Southcoast Strings is the person who piqued my curiosity. My other one is conventional tuning and has become somewhat of an orphan.

Kevs-the-name
05-14-2015, 11:48 PM
I have purchased and sold a number of ukuleles.
Usually they have that honeymoon period of play but then I seem to keep going back to my Koaloha Concert.
I have tried different sizes, styles, makes etc but the Koaloha just brings a smile EVERY time I play it.

Its funny, I 'want' more ukuleles but can't justify them sitting in their cases.
I have moved on to making rather than purchasing... perhaps I will strike lucky and make 'the one'
at least this way I can have (almost) any shape, size, style and wood I can manage. and if/when I don't like it.....make another!

Captain_Lovehandles
07-31-2015, 10:47 AM
I hate to say it, but my 70's Kamaka pineapple soprano goes umplayed. I always play my Mainland and my Sailor… my Ferrero electric, my Mainland banjolele…
I really think I may need to find the Kamaka a new home. It really is a sweet little uke.

MickeyD
07-31-2015, 12:20 PM
I think I now have over 20 stringed instruments, so it gets difficult to give them all the time of day. My pocket Rubin is often decoration, but I'll pick it up and strum it every so often. I just finished a DIY uke I received as a gift. A combination of cheap materials and amateur building skills make it prime for a wall decoration as well. My first uke, a Cordoba 15cm, took a tumble and the neck separated from the body. A tech friend of mine glued it back, but it will never play the same again. I can't get rid of it though. I have also been neglecting my classical (Mexican made Tres Pinos) and my electrics. They get a lot of play when I'm jamming with friends, but right now I'm not doing any colabs so they sit in their cases. I still love having the options and I still break them all out from time to time.

k0k0peli
07-31-2015, 02:29 PM
I think I now have over 20 stringed instruments, so it gets difficult to give them all the time of day. I have 34 string instruments. I haven't touched the half-dozen electrics lately, nor the dulcimers, nor the Cümbüş o'uds for too long, nor the banjo nor dobro enough. The banjo-mando and banjo-uke don't see a lot of action either. But they're there, just in case! I *have* been running through the mandos and 'uke-like objects a lot recently (well, they're mostly still pretty new) and even the half-dozen old acoustic guitars. But it's mostly newer-to-me stuff that gets played more.

Nickie
07-31-2015, 03:44 PM
I don't play my Kala KA-C anymore. It was my hospice uke, but not now. I spend money on it experimenting. I've experimented it into unplayability, for now. The others get the snot played outta them.

Hippie Dribble
07-31-2015, 04:31 PM
I seem to get on a roll with one exclusively for a few weeks at a time. Then for some reason I'll pick up another, get obsessed with that and do the same thing. Rinse and repeat. So yeah Dave, at any given moment, all but one in my collection tend to be wall flowers; or in my "case", case dwellers.

Hippie Dribble
07-31-2015, 04:34 PM
Dave, can you clear your PM box thingo? Wanted to send you a PM....

CeeJay
07-31-2015, 04:48 PM
The others get the snot played outta them.


Euuuuueeeeyuuhh ....get a handkerchief....really ....

Heavens to Murgatroyd.:drool::drool:

katysax
07-31-2015, 05:31 PM
I could open a store with the ones that go unplayed.

I have barely played soprano in the last six months. Ever since I sold my Mya Moe soprano, my Koaloaha, Kiwaya KS-7, Big Island Island Style, Pono Mahogany - all stay in the case. One of these days I will sell the Big Island and the Pono. My original Vita Luke rarely gets played. The Ohana copy never gets played. The Ukiyo never gets played. A Brueko soprano never gets played.

Concert size I've been playing mostly my Pete Howlett Vita Luke, Mya Moe Concert, Kanilea concert, KalaWhat and the Compass Rose. Those are the ones of all my ukes that get played the most. What almost never gets played in the Koaloha Opio which was sent as a replacement for a cracked Koalona. I think I've played the Opio all of 30 minutes - I should sell it. A Brueko Concert never gets played.

Tenor. This is tough because my hands have issues with tenors. Especially my left hand. I have two Pono Pro Classic tenors that I love but which get played very little. The reason is that they really do seem to exacerbate the issues with my hand. The Ko'olau tenor also gets played very little. A Martin Vintage never gets played. The Pete Howlett tenor never gets played. An Islander Tenor never gets played. What does get played are the Moore Bettah, the Luis Feu de Mesquita, a Collings UT2, a Martin IZ model.

My one baritone, a Pono, never gets played.

My Kala acoustic U-Bass rarely gets played.

My guitars never get played. I've got various and sundry other ukes. I put them up for sale in spurts. The problem is there are quite a few that I don't play that I I am still attached to. I keep hoping that my hands recover enough that the Ponos are no longer a problem.

Doc_J
07-31-2015, 06:00 PM
Hmmm... Believe it or not only 1 doesn't get played, a Lightnin Reso. Might be different if learn to play claw hammer.

fretie
07-31-2015, 06:11 PM
I only own four ukes and three get a lot of play time but, why, oh, why doesn't the lovely Koaloha long neck pineapple get played very often?! Ack, I'd hate to have part with it as I am a Koaloha fan gurl but if in the next year the pineapple is still not getting into my hands regularly she'll have to move on.

d-mace
07-31-2015, 06:40 PM
I've got a Ditson shaped koa concert from Dave Talsma. It's the best sounding uke I've had to my ears and it lays in its case most of the time. Wish it were a soprano!

Ukulele Eddie
07-31-2015, 06:42 PM
I try to play all mine regularly. I do admit the Kinnard hogged a lot of time with its arrival. I had switched my Hive to re-entrant thinking I'd play it more as I know so few Low G specific songs. Strung Low G, it is among the best few ukes I've ever played or heard. So I've switched it back and am enjoying it a lot. It has inspired me to learn more Low G stuff.

My Collings UC3 is so unique and beautiful I'd be happy just to stare at it, but fortunately it sounds good, too and the concert size is super comfortable for me. So it gets regular play. My Collings UT2 sounds better than any other UT2 I've heard and I think the unique Doghair finish is stunning in person. But I admit it is currently getting the least play -- but still played at least 1x per week.

janeray1940
07-31-2015, 07:23 PM
Now that I'm down to just three, none of them technically go unplayed. But I play my two concert scale Kamakas (HF-2 and HF-1L) the most - since I've become comfortable with concert scale, my little Kamaka HP-1 pineapple soprano doesn't get as much play time. I'm glad this thread came up; I think I'm going to give that uke some attention tonight!

BigD
08-01-2015, 03:51 AM
Its funny because the uke i sought after for so many years is now the one that almost never gets played. I love my pono atc pcc though! Its such a nice instrument,beautiful cedar and acacia,sounds amazing,yet is almost never in my hands :( ive come to the realization that my taste in sizes swing way to both sides,im either playing bari or soprano. Preferably baritone. Im actually in the market for a tenor guitar or a nice baritone if anyone is looking for tradzees,im down :D i also had a koaloha soprano that i traded because i never played the thing. Strange how that works sometimes! I probably use my $50 makala pineapple most,then my harmony bari second.

Dan Uke
08-01-2015, 10:53 AM
Kamaka Longneck Concert. It's high G and I like low G more.

82006

sam13
08-01-2015, 03:31 PM
I could open a store with the ones that go unplayed.

I have barely played soprano in the last six months. Ever since I sold my Mya Moe soprano, my Koaloaha, Kiwaya KS-7, Big Island Island Style, Pono Mahogany - all stay in the case. One of these days I will sell the Big Island and the Pono. My original Vita Luke rarely gets played. The Ohana copy never gets played. The Ukiyo never gets played. A Brueko soprano never gets played.

Concert size I've been playing mostly my Pete Howlett Vita Luke, Mya Moe Concert, Kanilea concert, KalaWhat and the Compass Rose. Those are the ones of all my ukes that get played the most. What almost never gets played in the Koaloha Opio which was sent as a replacement for a cracked Koalona. I think I've played the Opio all of 30 minutes - I should sell it. A Brueko Concert never gets played.

Tenor. This is tough because my hands have issues with tenors. Especially my left hand. I have two Pono Pro Classic tenors that I love but which get played very little. The reason is that they really do seem to exacerbate the issues with my hand. The Ko'olau tenor also gets played very little. A Martin Vintage never gets played. The Pete Howlett tenor never gets played. An Islander Tenor never gets played. What does get played are the Moore Bettah, the Luis Feu de Mesquita, a Collings UT2, a Martin IZ model.

My one baritone, a Pono, never gets played.

My Kala acoustic U-Bass rarely gets played.

My guitars never get played. I've got various and sundry other ukes. I put them up for sale in spurts. The problem is there are quite a few that I don't play that I I am still attached to. I keep hoping that my hands recover enough that the Ponos are no longer a problem.

Earlier today, I told my wife I thought my UAS was in remission until I saw that Kinnard Tenor NUD post. She told me her UAS for me was complete. She thought I had 5 Ukes. I have 8.

I just read her this post. And she agreed there could be a little more room for a few more Ukes.

Thank you.;)

sam13
08-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Kamaka Longneck Concert. It's high G and I like low G more.

82006

It would find a loving home at my place. ;)

Dan Uke
08-01-2015, 03:58 PM
It would find a loving home at my place. ;)

It doesn't have radius. I should trade someone for whatever??? lol

sam13
08-01-2015, 05:14 PM
It doesn't have radius. I should trade someone for whatever??? lol

I have changed my tune a little. Both of my SS (Keli'i and KoAloha) are a flat neck and I love them.

What would the man who has really beautiful Ukes trade for?

kkimura
08-03-2015, 03:52 AM
Early on I had a Mainland Mahogany Concert that was everything a uke should be. But for some reason I never bonded with it and it lived in it's case most of the time.
Luckily, a former UU member posted and asked about ukeleles for sale. Glad that it found a good home and hope the new owner bonded with it.

CdnSouthpaw
08-03-2015, 01:56 PM
I'm trying to cap my collection at three so no guilt, no case queens. The least played (Martin soprano) still makes it out a few times a week...the other two pretty much daily.

PTOEguy
08-19-2015, 06:42 PM
For me its the MB baritone that doesn't get played - it is a great uke, but the strings I have on it seem to break and it takes me a while to get around to fixing them. The other one that doesn't come out as often as it should is my Goodtime Special 5-string banjo. The banjo is very loud, and have have to put on finger picks and once I've got them on and the banjo tuned, my wife comes in and asks whether my mute is on, so the picks come off, the mute goes on and now its time to tune again. So much easier to just pick up the Clara and play...

bhart
08-20-2015, 06:21 AM
I'm so glad to read this thread, because now I don't feel so bad my current dilemma:

I own a vintage Kamaka pineapple, Pono mahogany soprano and concert, 1 tenor Fluke, and a tenor Mya Moe. The Mya Moe is my number one instrument, accounting for about 95% of my playing. The Pono concert gets the other 5%, because of its smaller neck size. My hand is too small to reach some of the more interesting chords (like the span of 6 frets) on my tenor Mya Moe. That is why the Pono gets some play. I love love love my Mya Moe. It seems like a whole different breed of cat from the others.


SO.....then I find myself returning to the Mya Moe website for whatever reason (ha!), and there is a very very long waiting list to sign up to just to get on the official waiting list for a uke, like a 3 year wait. What the heck, I think, and sign up. Time passes and now I'm a month away from the deadline to place an order. So due to the size issue I mentioned above, I'm leaning toward ordering a concert.


BUT THEN, I restring the Pono with a low-g, and it sounds AWESOME. Why would I want another concert? And maybe I want to play a Mya Moe tenor with a low g. If I order another tenor, I can have one low g, and one high g. Or order a super wonderful concert. But then, what if that means I stop playing my beloved tenor?

This is all just ridiculous, especially when I'm not even playing 2 of the instruments I already own (although I play the Fluke at work). But how does one turn one's back on the once-in-three-year opportunity to order another Mya Moe?

Now that I've typed this out, I'm thinking maybe I'll order the concert Mya Moe.....with low g.....maybe.... :confused:

Jacman Rasta Bicycle
08-20-2015, 07:26 AM
I have an Epiphone Mandobird IV (gCEA) that never gets played due to the mandolin style neck and my hand (which resembles a 1920s baseball glove) do not get along. It looks nice on the wall though.
There's a Kala baritone that get's played by my guitar wizard 16 year old daughter. I rotate my ukes every couple of weeks, but the 20s-30s Harmony and Wailing reso get the most play.
I have a no name banjolele that I play sometimes. It sounds very strange. It's an open back, so if I move it around a bit I can get a funky "wah-wah" tone.

DownUpDave
08-20-2015, 09:56 AM
I'm so glad to read this thread, because now I don't feel so bad my current dilemma:

I own a vintage Kamaka pineapple, Pono mahogany soprano and concert, 1 tenor Fluke, and a tenor Mya Moe. The Mya Moe is my number one instrument, accounting for about 95% of my playing. The Pono concert gets the other 5%, because of its smaller neck size. My hand is too small to reach some of the more interesting chords (like the span of 6 frets) on my tenor Mya Moe. That is why the Pono gets some play. I love love love my Mya Moe. It seems like a whole different breed of cat from the others.


SO.....then I find myself returning to the Mya Moe website for whatever reason (ha!), and there is a very very long waiting list to sign up to just to get on the official waiting list for a uke, like a 3 year wait. What the heck, I think, and sign up. Time passes and now I'm a month away from the deadline to place an order. So due to the size issue I mentioned above, I'm leaning toward ordering a concert.


BUT THEN, I restring the Pono with a low-g, and it sounds AWESOME. Why would I want another concert? And maybe I want to play a Mya Moe tenor with a low g. If I order another tenor, I can have one low g, and one high g. Or order a super wonderful concert. But then, what if that means I stop playing my beloved tenor?

This is all just ridiculous, especially when I'm not even playing 2 of the instruments I already own (although I play the Fluke at work). But how does one turn one's back on the once-in-three-year opportunity to order another Mya Moe?

Now that I've typed this out, I'm thinking maybe I'll order the concert Mya Moe.....with low g.....maybe.... :confused:

You need to order a Mya Moe tenor and have it strung low G. Go a completely different wood combo. If your current tenor is, lets say, all myrtle then go spruce top, quilted maple back and sides. Something different enough in low G to make it interesting.

I have a Mya Moe high G tenor and am on the wait list for another Mya Moe. I will do as I just outlined or I will get a resonator.

Patrick Madsen
08-20-2015, 03:40 PM
Mine is probably the Webber baritone. Wonderful instrument but my vintage Martin and new Chennell baris seem to be out of their cases more than the Webber.