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Jerryc41
02-21-2018, 03:06 AM
I saw a survey here from a few years ago asking how many ukes are too many (as if that was really a thing). I've been playing a uke (sort of) for about five years, but I have a hard time resisting beautiful or special ukuleles. I now have twenty-seven, with one more coming in a month or so. Three are homemade cigar box ukes, and one is a cigar box I bought. I also made a tenor, courtesy of Stewart-MacDonald.

Of course I can't play all of them every day, but I do like taking each one out and playing that one for a few days. Keeping them all humidified can be a challenge.

I saw one other member who also has twenty-seven, and I'm wondering who else has "too many."

valde002
02-21-2018, 03:31 AM
I saw a survey here from a few years ago asking how many ukes are too many (as if that was really a thing). I've been playing a uke (sort of) for about five years, but I have a hard time resisting beautiful or special ukuleles. I now have twenty-seven, with one more coming in a month or so. Three are homemade cigar box ukes, and one is a cigar box I bought. I also made a tenor, courtesy of Stewart-MacDonald.

Of course I can't play all of them every day, but I do like taking each one out and playing that one for a few days. Keeping them all humidified can be a challenge.

I saw one other member who also has twenty-seven, and I'm wondering who else has "too many."

Was the same way- was heading towards collector-level # of ukes (not 27, but approaching 11 lol). But now I feel that if I had a house fire or theft and lost them all, would I have been over-doing it? I also keep in mind that Willie Nelson has had one guitar throughout his career and it is worn well from use. And he is a star. Not sure where you are life, but maybe it's my mid-life crisis/point; I think we all evolve and go through a process, and eventually find our maximum then start to sell off- just look at the Marketplace on this site. What's gonna happen to all my ukes when I die (wife will sell them on Ebay probably, lol)? I also find that I have some "go-to" ukes, and then others that are just sitting there.

So to answer OP, for myself any more than what I have listed below is too many. I just sold some to cull the herd, and if I feel the need to get another, would probably have to sell an existing one.

RafterGirl
02-21-2018, 04:03 AM
I've been playing for 10 months and I've owned 10 different ukuleles. In the beginning my goals were quite different than what they are now. I had no idea of where I'd go with learning to play. I had no idea what size, scale, design, or sound I liked or was comfortable playing. Now I have 4. Each one has a specific personality and fits a specific niche. I play each one regularly. I see so many others that really peak my interest. I can't say that I won't buy another one in the future, but it would probably replace one that I already have. Even with just 4, I feel guilty if one gets neglected for even a week.

Croaky Keith
02-21-2018, 04:27 AM
In my first year, I had to try out a few - different sizes, acoustic, electro-acoustic, electric.

So I purchased quite a few at the lower end price ranges, but eventually I found my ideal sized uke.

I now have two of that size, tenor scale concert, & my UAS has come to an end.

So, I would just say that I was still looking for my true uke size/scale when I was buying them.

Ukulele Eddie
02-21-2018, 04:53 AM
I've bought/sold many -- over 55 so far -- and enjoy experiencing different ukes. I have 13, which except for three concerts (one of which is 16") are all tenors. I keep four out for regular play. They're all pretty special custom ukes but I do go through periods where I "wish" I had "only" 5-6 even though I do rotate them so they all get some play. Of the ones I've sold, many I would have been quite happy to keep and do in fact miss, but there are only a couple that I truly, truly regret selling. For me, the exploring/experiencing different ukes is as much part of the ukulele experience as learning to play. I do find myself exploring less and playing more, as I've come to realize I can't own all the special ukes. ;-)

Rllink
02-21-2018, 05:34 AM
I don't think there is such a number as too many. I mean, one can have as many as they want. Who cares? I'll not judge anyone on the number of ukuleles they possess or even if they play them all or not. But I have three, two concerts and a soprano. The one concert takes the brunt of beatings, the other two get a little more careful consideration. I'm not going to say that is enough for me though, because I said that I had enough for years when I had two concerts, but then I decided that I just had to have a soprano, so we will just have to wait and see.

Ukecaster
02-21-2018, 05:36 AM
It's very scientific! At any point in space & time, be like Einstein...he loved ukes!

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Jerryc41
02-21-2018, 05:52 AM
Thanks! So I'm not crazy! ;)

kohanmike
02-21-2018, 07:07 AM
I'm the one with 27 ukes Jerry mentioned. I fully embrace GAS/UAS and enjoy collecting. I rotate through them regularly, playing bass twice a week with The CC Strummers, and uke with the Culver Acoustics Meetup in the park on Sundays. As my signature shows, it's 8 tenor ukes, 11 bass ukes, but I don't really consider the 8 mini electrics ukes since they don't have fat poly strings or under saddle pickups.

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mikelz777
02-21-2018, 07:49 AM
I will soon have 4 and for me, that is too many. My skill probably doesn't even justify having more than one so having more than that is indulgent for me. My magic number is 3. It provides enough variety to satisfy that need and I can still play each often enough to justify their cost. I haven't received my 4th one yet but I'm already trying to sell one of my current ukes.

TopDog
02-21-2018, 07:52 AM
I currently own six; it was up to eleven once, but
realistically, I hardly played some of them, so I sent
them on to people who would get the full value from
them!

maki66
02-21-2018, 10:00 AM
About ukuleles; you only need one, more.;)

Croaky Keith
02-22-2018, 12:32 AM
I got up to sixteen at one point, so I gave six away, someone else is enjoying them now. :)

However, I did buy a couple more much better quality ukes to fill the gaps, but as said earlier, I have now found 'my' uke size. :D

Ukulammy
02-22-2018, 04:48 AM
I have 2, however, I’ve only been playing since January so I already seem to have a problem. One is a thin body travel type I got cheap on eBay. I LOVE playing it. Both are tenors. I’m already drooling over a concert pineapple.

Regmon
02-22-2018, 05:09 AM
Okay good, I'm not crazy either , I've only been playing a few months myself and I'm already up to seven Ukes! Four which are Sopranissimos.
I try to play at least three different sizes each day.

Darylmesa
02-22-2018, 08:43 AM
would say one of each size and style
Soprano - 1 low g and 1high g
Concert- 1low g and 1 high g
Tenor - 1 low g, 1 high g, 1 dGBE and 1 DGBE
Baritone - 1 dGBE, 1 DGBE, 1 gCEA and 1 GCEA
Metal string electrical
Banjo uke
Uke bass
Cavaquinho
At least

So far that makes 16 not including different brands and different woods.
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Darylmesa
02-22-2018, 08:44 AM
would say one of each size and style
Soprano - 1 low g and 1high g
Concert- 1low g and 1 high g
Tenor - 1 low g, 1 high g, 1 dGBE and 1 DGBE
Baritone - 1 dGBE, 1 DGBE, 1 gCEA and 1 GCEA
Metal string electrical
Banjo uke
Uke bass
Cavaquinho
At least

So far that makes 16 not including different brands and different woods.
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I personally only have 3 (plus 2 more in the house)
But I could easily own many more if I had a bottomless bank account

Jarmo_S
02-22-2018, 09:04 AM
Jerryc41, forums like this can be dangerous and I hope you did not get so many just because.

I myself was ... well I still am if I can remember my password I guess, to safety razor forum. Fellows talking about how a particular razor is effective in cutting their whiskers. All that vintage Gillette thing. And myself I got into buy some. But what I use for my shaving is just really a one razor that I use, all others are just collectors items = useless.

Also safety razor blades I have to last my lifetime, with differing qualities. Living up in the north on winter times milder blades are more desirable, whereas in summer and moister humidity sharper ones are good too. Etc. etc.

So if you have re-entrant and that low-G ones, you should be good.

Otherwise it will be liberating to donate your other ukes. Except I certainly can't donate my razors, cause who even knows how to shave and appreciate them. So might be the same with ukes. There is always a bonfire thing too, except they burn really fast, lol :)

Jerryc41
02-22-2018, 09:15 AM
There is always a bonfire thing too, except they burn really fast, lol :)

Since I heat with wood, that's a definite - expensive - possibility. It's not this forum that got me buying ukes. It's the beautiful ukes themselves that I can't resist. : )

Patchenu
02-22-2018, 11:40 AM
I am up to 20 once I get the customer orders. I think that is too many as I can't play them and most just sit. i want to be in the 10-12 range so I will start to sell some nicer ukes as I can't keep them all and it they all deserved to be played and loved.

mikelz777
02-22-2018, 11:42 AM
I myself was ... well I still am if I can remember my password I guess, to safety razor forum. Fellows talking about how a particular razor is effective in cutting their whiskers. All that vintage Gillette thing. And myself I got into buy some. But what I use for my shaving is just really a one razor that I use, all others are just collectors items = useless.

Also safety razor blades I have to last my lifetime, with differing qualities. Living up in the north on winter times milder blades are more desirable, whereas in summer and moister humidity sharper ones are good too. Etc. etc.

I can totally relate to this. I'm probably on the same site. (B&B?) Over the years I've easily bought and sold over 20 razors, both modern and vintage. For quite a while I was rotating 4-5 different razors. I pared that down to 3-4 razors and finally brought myself down to the 2 razors I'm currently rotating. I like the simplicity and familiarity of having only two. Now I'm trying to pare down my soaps and aftershaves. Blades will take a while, I've got close to a decade's worth.

Razors are a lot easier to collect than ukuleles. (At least, a lot more affordable.) I didn't bat an eye when I went from 1 uke to 2, it was still comfortable and very doable. When I went from 2 to 3 I started feeling the saturation point. (for me) Even with only 3 I started feeling a sense of neglect when I stuck with one too long. At 3 I feel I can still play each of them enough so I don't feel bad about spending so much money on something that gets ignored or barely played. I'll soon have 4 but I went into the last purchase knowing that I would be selling one that I already had. Maybe I learned a lesson from my razor experience - simplify and keep things reasonable and manageable.

Croaky Keith
02-22-2018, 11:30 PM
Ha, ha, lots of ukes means lots of choice, some sound better on certain tunes/songs, this is why some of us have so many. ;)

Different woods, strings, high G, low G, acoustic, electro acoustic, solid electric, steel stringed solid electric, sopranino, soprano, long neck soprano, concert, long neck concert, tenor, baritone, etc. :)

Jarmo_S
02-22-2018, 11:45 PM
I can totally relate to this. I'm probably on the same site. (B&B?) Over the years I've easily bought and sold over 20 razors, both modern and vintage. For quite a while I was rotating 4-5 different razors. I pared that down to 3-4 razors and finally brought myself down to the 2 razors I'm currently rotating. I like the simplicity and familiarity of having only two. Now I'm trying to pare down my soaps and aftershaves. Blades will take a while, I've got close to a decade's worth.

Razors are a lot easier to collect than ukuleles. (At least, a lot more affordable.) I didn't bat an eye when I went from 1 uke to 2, it was still comfortable and very doable. When I went from 2 to 3 I started feeling the saturation point. (for me) Even with only 3 I started feeling a sense of neglect when I stuck with one too long. At 3 I feel I can still play each of them enough so I don't feel bad about spending so much money on something that gets ignored or barely played. I'll soon have 4 but I went into the last purchase knowing that I would be selling one that I already had. Maybe I learned a lesson from my razor experience - simplify and keep things reasonable and manageable.

Shavemyface site, it is older and more older knowledgeable guys too, though many are in both sites. One day I predict you will also limit yourself just to one DE. Myself I have even gone back to canned foam or gel. My 3 brushes and soaps are also just waiting that day when no canned goo available ;)

Yes I think you learned same as me and yes it was much cheaper that little RAS than UAS I don't think getting. I have my guitars, 3, so I think staying at a reentrant uke. But who knows the future. Ukuleles are so beautiful also.

These days I mainly play my uke, but a guitarist needed to have a classical, electric and acoustic ones. Glad I did not get into some guitar forum or rather they did not exist when I got those I have. Now I am a member too to my language local site that is translated "musiciansnet", the guitar part is the most popular of instruments. But I feel have grown up and not anymore in acquisition syndrom danger :P