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Rllink
11-08-2016, 02:25 AM
Just for the sake of getting away from the election day drama, and because UAS threads always get lots of traction, I thought that I would ask. Everyone likes to talk about how many they have, but I was curious how many some people have had? I have two ukuleles at the moment, but I've had three. I gave one away. But sometimes I am just mind boggled by how many ukuleles some people own, and I'll bet that when we start talking about how many some people have gone through over time, the numbers get crazy.

mikelz777
11-08-2016, 02:38 AM
And of "X" number of ukes owned, how many of them are actually played regularly or for a meaningful amount of time? I have 3 and I don't feel all of them get the time they deserve given the cost even though I try to play them all fairly regularly.

Booli
11-08-2016, 02:51 AM
I'm gonna have to plead the fifth on this one.

DownUpDave
11-08-2016, 03:01 AM
I have owned 20 ukes. I currently have 13 of those in house. Yes they all get played....some more than others. I might be in a soprano mood or a concert mood or a tenor mood or a baritone mood. Among those I might desire a warm tone or a bright tone or a...........oh heck there is no need for justification. They all give my great joy.

Good topic Rolli.......some guys will no doubt blow our minds

Rllink
11-08-2016, 03:10 AM
I have owned 20 ukes. I currently have 13 of those in house. Yes they all get played....some more than others. I might be in a soprano mood or a concert mood or a tenor mood or a baritone mood. Among those I might desire a warm tone or a bright tone or a...........oh heck there is no need for justification. They all give my great joy.

Good topic Rolli.......some guys will no doubt blow our mindsI enjoy reading about people's UAS, but no one need defend themselves or their ukuleles. I didn't intend for it to be judgmental. I do a lot of things that I can't justify. In fact, I have a life long friend who questions almost everything I do or think, and he's heard me say, ""cause I feel like it," thousands of times. I just thought that it would be fun to ask. It makes no difference to me if they get played or not.

mkatz
11-08-2016, 03:20 AM
I recently heard that the right number of ukuleles for anyone to own is "n + 1" with "n" being the number you currently own.

Mitch

Mivo
11-08-2016, 04:18 AM
Over the past almost four years, I've owned a total of five sopranos (and a Waterman, but it was unplayable), two tenors, two concerts, one baritone, and a guitarlele (which is really a short-scale guitar). Of those, I have three sopranos (and the Waterman), two tenors, one concert (needs repairs, was my first instrument) and the guitarlele left, so, seven, and the Waterman. I sold and re-homed the baritone (loved it, but thought the guitarlele would replace it, which it did not), the KoAloha Opio concert, and the KoAloha LN pineapple soprano. I accidentally destroyed my first soprano, a mahogany ukuMele. I'm likely to sell the guitarlele, even though it is lovely and wonderful, because I spread myself too thin, and I intend to gift the extra ukuMele tenor to my elderly landlady for Christmas.

As for playing them actively, I regularly (at least once a week) play only four of them and typically have one or two that I play daily. Lately, that's been the Famous FS-5 soprano and the Black Bear soprano, previously it was my Barron River tenor that I still do like.

I'm not "done" yet, but I feel that I'm slowly getting to the point where I know what I want. If right now you asked me which one ukulele I would keep if I could only have one, it would be the Famous FS-5G. It's still new to me, so there's the newness factor, but the immense playability and very precise intonation (three times compensated saddle) paired with its sound, volume, and low maintenance aspects (it's quality laminate, though I'd never be able to tell if I didn't know) make this a keeper for me.

While I feel that having experienced so many (by my standards at least) instruments really improved my understanding of my own preferences, and was rather educating, I also feel that it slowed down my improvement. More focus, I feel, is better. Still, seeing how I went through various phases where I favored this or that size, this or that tuning, I think that this journey has definitely been needed, if only to get the wondering and speculating off my mind.

Ideally, though, I'd like to end up with no more than three, and that'll happen eventually. I think I'd feel best with that number.

actadh
11-08-2016, 04:42 AM
I have never gotten rid of any ukulele I own. I have a few more than in my signature. I have two wall hangers that could be fixed to be playable - a vintage camp uke and a Kay soprano. Keep meaning to consign some at a local shop, but....

janeray1940
11-08-2016, 04:44 AM
I think I've owned a total of 10 over a period of 8 years. I've kept 3 and have no need or plans to buy more.

SteveZ
11-08-2016, 04:54 AM
When I started looking at ukes as serious instruments on their own, the question was what "fits" me the best. In order to determine the answer, a lot of experimentation was necessary. Many have come and gone - some very good, none too bad. What's in the stable now all get played regularly, and each one satisfies a particular musical niche.

Every one in the stable has been set up, modified and otherwise tweaked by me. I find a lot of enjoyment in taking what some consider inexpensive "sow's ear" models and turning them into "silk purse" specials. So, there is a lot of kinship that's been developed with the instruments by working on them.

BluesPreacher
11-08-2016, 05:17 AM
Three. A "vintage" Chicago-made Harmony baritone, an Excel soprano, and a "vintage" China-made Harmony soprano.

I don't play the bari as often as I should. I hadn't touched literally in years, so I recently changed the strings and I'm playing it more now.

The Excel is for work.

The Harmony soprano is at home.

efiscella
11-08-2016, 05:38 AM
I have owned 26 since 2011 and now have those listed in my signature. Almost impossible to find quality ukes in stores here so in order to find the "right" one, I had to purchase and then sell before settling on the right "ones". UU was a life-saver in this because you are dealing with very knowledgeable community of straight shooters who not only know their stuff, but are willing to share and support.

Croaky Keith
11-08-2016, 05:39 AM
I've bought a few, & they're all still with me. :)

I have been looking for what suits me best, & I think I'm just about there now, but I still play nearly every one of them, (the original Makalas only occasionally).

Basically what I have as my main ukes are my Kala Cedar topped bari, my tenor necked Solid Mahogany Ohana concert & soprano, my Baton Rouge solid Spruce concert fitted with a MiSi Trio, & my Kala KA-SLNG concert necked soprano. (Plus I have 2 RISA electric ukes, but haven't been playing them much of late.)

Down Up Dick
11-08-2016, 05:40 AM
I have what's below plus two banjoleles which I count as little tenor banjos. I don't intend to buy anymore as I'm spending my music money on banjo stuff, and it's expensiver.

And yes, I do have a problem keeping up with all my stuff, but I'm old. :old:

Uk3player78
11-08-2016, 06:24 AM
I think the most I had at one time was four. Generally I had two at a time till the last two years when I have had just the one.

Now? I just have my recently received Koaloha KCM 00. I try to employ minimalism in my life. My old ukulele is sold. One guitar one Ukulele.

If I were to break the rule (and I often browse) I would have a Martin or Martin style soprano. But for now I'm content and blown away daily by the tone of that Koaloha.

stevejfc
11-08-2016, 06:43 AM
More than 25 in total. Currently 10

kohanmike
11-08-2016, 06:57 AM
Between ukuleles, bass ukes and mini bass guitars (in my signature), I've gone through 34 since I started playing ukulele about 3 1/2 years ago (including 3 basses that are on their way). In the first year I had 16 ukes that I culled down to 4, which I rotated regularly because our uke group meets twice a week, and in the last couple of months bought 2 more. My first was a soprano before I knew about sizes, but when I had a hard time making chords, I bought my first tenor cutaway and that's all I've bought since. I buy for style as much as anything else, each of my ukes has something distinctive for me, and also play very well.

Then a couple of years ago I started playing bass and continue to accumulate and modify those, also rotating them regularly. Since I will only play very short scale bass, no more than 25 inches, I modify the few that are available to look like popular full size basses, and actually will buy a 3/4 guitar to convert into a mini bass, I have 3 like that.

I stopped worrying about GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) a while ago and just enjoy the process of searching out and modifying what I find. I actually thought I would stop at 10 basses because that's all that would fit on a wall rack I put up, but that did not stop me, so I just bought another rack to fit 10 more, we'll see how soon that fills up.

In the almost 50 years of playing guitar, I only bought 5, and since playing uke, I haven't touched my guitars.

spongeuke
11-08-2016, 07:06 AM
Too busy looking for the next one to count but it is greater than 40.

Ukulele Eddie
11-08-2016, 07:19 AM
Forty-seven!

igorthebarbarian
11-08-2016, 07:43 AM
Currently about 10 out of appx 30 (not a good rate I now realize). The thrill of the hunt...

UkieOkie
11-08-2016, 07:56 AM
I have 11 now. I have given five away, if memory serves. So I believe I have owned 16 or so. Of the current 11, they all get played quite a bit. There are five of us and we all play. My wife is my assistant in the uke class I teach at our homeschool co-op. She started playing along with the kids and is now hooked too.

UkerDanno
11-08-2016, 11:11 AM
I've had 20 plus go through my hands, currently have 7 and would like to pass on a very nice Waverly Street banjolele...need to start a spread sheet, I guess. Just to keep track of how much money I've lost...;-D

Pete F
11-08-2016, 11:47 AM
Four, soon to be five. I just wouldn't have believed or understood this almost two years ago, when I started playing. Only one, I now think hasn't been the best decision to put it one way; as it was a gift (I chose) for a milestone birthday I'll never part with it, and it does have a unique (quiet) sound which can be appreciated at times.

WCBarnes
11-08-2016, 12:04 PM
Forty-seven!

That's a great # Eddie! How many do you currently have?



I have owned 20 and am now down to 14. I plan on both adding and thinning going forward. My goal is to get down to 4 or 5. Some will be easy to let go, but others are so sweet that even if I don't play them often, when I do I fall in love all over again!

padlin
11-08-2016, 12:41 PM
Not being a collector, I have 3, all tenors. Hi G, Lo G, and a laminate traveler. May have to pick up a concert in the not too distant future, I'd like to try one, sitting in a Uke shop for a half hour doesn't cut it.

Chopped Liver
11-08-2016, 12:43 PM
Since 2012, when I started I've had a total of 7 (not all at one time). I gifted 3. Now I have 4 which includes my new Mango Soprano Pono :love:

I do not see me getting anymore - at least not for a long time. Too much debt to pay off . . .

I play them all pretty regularly except for my Eleuke Peanut. It doesn't get as much play but I still like it!

bunnyf
11-08-2016, 01:43 PM
I've been playing for several years and have had about 10 with maybe only 4-5 at the most at any one time. I have sold/traded a few and gifted a couple. I'm down to 4 (2 baris, 2 sop)and I don't see that number changing anytime soon.

2manistrings
11-08-2016, 04:09 PM
Added up over the 13(?) years I've been playing, I've probably had about 30 ukes. How many at the same time... I think 4, 3 of mine and one for the kids. So I guess technically now I have 2, but I never touch the kids' uke. Oops I sound like a snob. :o

tigersister
11-08-2016, 04:18 PM
I currently have 15. I've given away 3, and sold one so far. I'm planning on selling off 1-2 more.

Jim Hanks
11-08-2016, 04:30 PM
13 total, still have 7.

Hodge? Calling on Hodge. Please report to the thread, stat! ;)

Doc_J
11-08-2016, 05:08 PM
13 total, still have 7.

Hodge? Calling on Hodge. Please report to the thread, stat! ;)

OK Jim, :D I don't have a optimal number. But currently I have just under 2 dozen (23). Sounds smaller in units of dozens..doesn't it. Love em all. I have re-homed 115 over 7 years. The exploration never ends.


So many variations (koa, mahogany, spruce, cedar, redwood, myrtle, cherry, maple,..... low g,high g, c tuning, b tuning, ...string variations, bracing difference,...not to mention sizes).

katysax
11-08-2016, 06:53 PM
A big reason I've been staying away from UU is that it causes UAS. I go out and play with lots of people and different groups and I'm very happy with what I own. As soon as I start reading here I start thinking about new ukuleles. I've divested more than half of my ukes but still have around 20 and I'd like to get down to less than 10. At some point too many becomes a burden.

There is definitely a rush in getting a new one, but it does wear off. I have focused on getting my thrills from playing. Much as I enjoy the UU community I have learned that I am better off not to keep reading about new ukes.

Mezcalero
11-08-2016, 06:53 PM
OK Jim, :D I don't have a optimal number. But currently I have just under 2 dozen (23). Sounds smaller in units of dozens..doesn't it. Love em all. I have re-homed 115 over 7 years. The exploration never ends.


So many variations (koa, mahogany, spruce, cedar, redwood, myrtle, cherry, maple,..... low g,high g, c tuning, b tuning, ...string variations, bracing difference,...not to mention sizes).

I need to start thinking in terms of dozens. I only have a dozen and half :)

Ukulele Eddie
11-08-2016, 07:26 PM
That's a great # Eddie! How many do you currently have?



I have owned 20 and am now down to 14. I plan on both adding and thinning going forward. My goal is to get down to 4 or 5. Some will be easy to let go, but others are so sweet that even if I don't play them often, when I do I fall in love all over again!

14 including the incoming ones. It won't be easy to thin down to 7-10. There are a couple really specialty ukes that will be "easier" to let go as they simply don't get much play (a banjo uke and a resonator) but I know if/when sold they'll be missed at some point.

rpfrogner
11-09-2016, 02:15 PM
Never had more than 60 all at once and have owned a total of 70 or so. I currently have 16 and can think of maybe 6 more I would like to own. Fairly certain I will rehome a few more along the way.

Estudiante
11-11-2016, 04:23 AM
Because I already have so many great memories associated with my KA-T (vacations, my young kids "playing" it, and so on), I don't want another one ever. I got an Outdoor Tenor recently, but it felt wrong...it doesn't carry any memories.

padlin
11-11-2016, 04:58 AM
Because I already have so many great memories associated with my KA-T (vacations, my young kids "playing" it, and so on), I don't want another one ever. I got an Outdoor Tenor recently, but it felt wrong...it doesn't carry any memories.

I had thoughts along these lines after seeing Willie Nelson's guitar. Get just one and play it till it's falls apart.

sam13
11-11-2016, 05:30 AM
OK Jim, :D I don't have a optimal number. But currently I have just under 2 dozen (23). Sounds smaller in units of dozens..doesn't it. Love em all. I have re-homed 115 over 7 years. The exploration never ends.


So many variations (koa, mahogany, spruce, cedar, redwood, myrtle, cherry, maple,..... low g,high g, c tuning, b tuning, ...string variations, bracing difference,...not to mention sizes).

So awesome to read ... lol. NUD to follow shortly.

I have bought 14 since Oct 2013. Sold 4 and two more are on their way out of the house shortly.

Rakelele
11-11-2016, 08:55 PM
Some twenty-ish. But this includes a solid body electric, a guitalele, ubass, and a couple of tenor guitars tuned like a baritone. Moreover, they are shared between the two of us, so each of us individually owns only about 10, which feels like an optimal number. We have sold two and would sell a couple more that have become redundant, but living remote from any major markets makes it hard to sell.

Django
11-12-2016, 03:31 AM
95619
I guess enough is what fits in my cabinet Right now I have 4 more than enough.

TheCraftedCow
11-13-2016, 08:36 AM
Are you talking of ones in playable shape, or does this include project instruments underway as well as yet to be begun? Does it include mandolins strung as a uke or a balalaika or a cavaquino?

Rllink
11-13-2016, 08:44 AM
Are you talking of ones in playable shape, or does this include project instruments underway as well as yet to be begun? Does it include mandolins strung as a uke or a balalaika or a cavaquino?It can be whatever you want it to be. It is your response, so go ahead and own it. :D

aldwyn
11-13-2016, 09:47 AM
I have never had more than two... But I do have another one coming from HMS, and those take a while. Maybe I should sell one before the new one comes in, so I can still say I have only had two? :D

Just dont ask me how many guitars I have.

I posted this in another thread today, but its just as relevant here. :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/aldwynn/Misc/einsteinshow.php_zps1ynz3i4s.jpg

Rllink
11-20-2016, 01:08 PM
Okay, I have to surrender my smugness. I doubled my count this weekend in one short door prize drawing. My wife and I attended the Fall Great Minnesota Uke Gathering and we both won Waterman ukuleles. My wife won a teal colored glow in the dark, and I won a clear plastic which will soon be filled with Christmas tree lights. So I am up to four now. My wife, who has never played the ukulele but is quite musical, has already mastered up the C, the F, the G, and the G7, and she is belting out songs at a phenomenal rate. She is just going through the books. I want to add that the festival was fantastic, I learned a lot from the Jim D'Ville workshops, and I met one of our UU stalwarts, Choirguy. We sat out off the hotel lobby, talked and jammed until after eleven last night, and it was so much fun. And while I came home with two more ukuleles than I arrived with, I was able to control myself in the room with all the vendors. It wasn't easy. There was plenty of ukuleles in there that caught my eye. In fact, I went there hoping that maybe I might find a particular ukulele that I had been thinking about, only for find it, play it, and decide that I didn't want it near as much as I thought that I had.

PhilUSAFRet
11-20-2016, 01:11 PM
18 I think. Sold a few earlier this year.

UkieOkie
11-20-2016, 01:51 PM
I have 11 now. I have given five away, if memory serves. So I believe I have owned 16 or so. Of the current 11, they all get played quite a bit. There are five of us and we all play. My wife is my assistant in the uke class I teach at our homeschool co-op. She started playing along with the kids and is now hooked too.

I made another cigar box Uke this week. So make that 17 total with 12 currently. ;-). I tuned it to D tuning.

95801

Rllink
11-21-2016, 03:29 AM
I made another cigar box Uke this week. So make that 17 total with 12 currently. ;-). I tuned it to D tuning.

95801I want to do that this winter.