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ghostrdr
05-22-2019, 03:49 AM
I was thinking of why I have UAS. When I first started, I was a Player only (not very good, but someone who wanted to learn). I only needed a single instrument.

As I got better, I started “collecting” a few because the nicer instruments made my mediocre playing sound better. I got better sounds and it was an “easy” way to immediately improve my playing. Going from laminate to all wood made a difference. Back then it wasn’t a given that the import ukes were playable with low action. Trying tenor and concert gave better range.

Now, I feel like I buy new ukes because I get joy from having nice or pretty things. It’s my hobby and hunting for ukes, music, accessories is part of the fun also.

I don’t know if I will ever go back to being a “player” only and no longer feel the need to “collect.” I was curious if anyone else feels like this and maybe with the passage of additional time and as I get better, I will evolve to being more of a player vs collector.

Right now, it is really a great time to be a player AND a collector

Just curious...

Jerryc41
05-22-2019, 04:10 AM
Interesting post, and I can relate. I like to play, but I'm also a sucker for something beautiful or special. I don't consider myself a collector, although I do have quite a few. "Collecting" suggests buying them to display or to sell at a profit later.

AQUATOPAZ
05-22-2019, 04:25 AM
Interesting post, and I can relate. I like to play, but I'm also a sucker for something beautiful or special. I don't consider myself a collector, although I do have quite a few. "Collecting" suggests buying them to display or to sell at a profit later.

I also am a sucker for something beautiful. Fortunately, my love of art has forced me to realize and embrace that I can't own everything I find amazing. I did order a custom soprano resonator because it was a work of art and am trusting that because it is made by a musician, it will sound great. But that was for me the melding of art, music and rarity so I embraced that. I have a small collection of art pieces which I adore. I regularly go to art shows and salivate over the pieces I have no room for and occasionally buy one I can find a place for.

sunshiNee
05-22-2019, 04:27 AM
Need Wanna Be player and Wanna Be Collector options for me :)

YogiTom
05-22-2019, 04:45 AM
I hope to be a better player than collector at some point, but for now it is about even for me.

actadh
05-22-2019, 04:55 AM
For me, collecting is about saving something that won't ever be available again.

My two baritones are vintage - a Vega and a Tempo.

The Vega is wonderful and is a joy to play. All mahogany with a marvelous patina and has a smoky, bluesy sound.

The Tempo is probably a 1960's version of a Makala. Looks to be a birch laminate, nothing fancy. But, every time I play it I imagine it as somebody's first uke back in the day. It looks like it was much loved and played.

I have other vintage ukes that are collected for their histories. Some are not playable without some TLC, like my vintage Kay soprano. When I retire in a few years, I will bring them back to life. This is why I collect.

glennerd
05-22-2019, 05:11 AM
I wouldn't say so much being a collector than an accumulator, but I've been guilty of spending more time looking at ukuleles online than playing my ukuleles. I've also expended a bit of effort looking for "the one" and wanting different sizes. The dust is settling and my "collection" is at six, going to five. I could get it down to one uke if I designated the other one as my wife's :p

Joyful Uke
05-22-2019, 05:15 AM
I have more ukuleles than I "need", I suppose. One low g and one high g would in theory cover me.

I don't consider myself a collector because I have more than that, though. I play them all regularly, and some days, one inspires me more than another. The next day, the one that didn't inspire me might be the one that really shines for me. I buy them to play them, not to display them or in hopes that I could make a profit by reselling.

How are we defining collector?

I would consider myself a wanna-be player who enjoys having some variety in my ukuleles.

Rllink
05-22-2019, 05:33 AM
I don't collect anything. I think that ukuleles are beautiful, and I really like looking at pictures of ukuleles made of exotic woods, but I have no urge to possess them and surround myself with ukuleles. After making that statement, am I the odd one? Is it unnatural to not want to be surrounded by the things that one likes?

slackkey007
05-22-2019, 05:42 AM
I don't collect anything. I think that ukuleles are beautiful, and I really like looking at pictures of ukuleles made of exotic woods, but I have no urge to possess them and surround myself with ukuleles. After making that statement, am I the odd one? Is it unnatural to not want to be surrounded by the things that one likes?

VERY!!! ..... Kudos to you, brah!:shaka:

Jerryc41
05-22-2019, 05:42 AM
For me, collecting is about saving something that won't ever be available again.

Yes! That's it exactly. Something unusual that you probably won't see again.

Jerryc41
05-22-2019, 05:44 AM
I don't collect anything. I think that ukuleles are beautiful, and I really like looking at pictures of ukuleles made of exotic woods, but I have no urge to possess them and surround myself with ukuleles. After making that statement, am I the odd one? Is it unnatural to not want to be surrounded by the things that one likes?

Well, we're legally limited to just one wife. There must be a reason for that. :D

Croaky Keith
05-22-2019, 05:48 AM
I have accumulated a collection, just as a result of looking for 'the one' that really suits me.

I now have two in that category, one solid acacia, the other solid mahogany, both long neck concerts, with low G.

But, I also play the others now & again, just for the pleasure of it.

RafterGirl
05-22-2019, 05:51 AM
I play them all regularly, and some days, one inspires me more than another. The next day, the one that didn't inspire me might be the one that really shines for me. I buy them to play them, not to display them or in hopes that I could make a profit.

I would consider myself a wanna-be player who enjoys having some variety in my ukuleles.
This pretty much describes me as well. Iíve been through about a dozen or so in the two years Iíve been playing. Trying out different sizes and brands. I have 4 now that Iím very happy with. These 4 provide me with the right amount of variety and functionality. I still like to look, but thereís nothing I want at the moment. I play a little everyday day at home, at uke groups, and in public. So Iíd say Iím a player who likes variety and appreciates nice ukuleles.

slackkey007
05-22-2019, 05:55 AM
I'm definitely more of a collector than a player. As Glenn "glennerd" mentioned in his post, I think a better descriptive for me would be "Accumulator" because I keep my 17 ukes (all tenors strung Low G) in their cases and don't display them. I really don't have time to play and practice due to my busy work schedule and very fit & healthy lifestyle, which is why my playing skills are deplorable. *sigh*:rolleyes:

I do love the fact that there are so many different options with each individual uke such as tone woods, body shape, neck size and shape, various types of headstocks, side sound ports, etc. :shaka:

AQUATOPAZ
05-22-2019, 06:07 AM
I don't collect anything. I think that ukuleles are beautiful, and I really like looking at pictures of ukuleles made of exotic woods, but I have no urge to possess them and surround myself with ukuleles. After making that statement, am I the odd one? Is it unnatural to not want to be surrounded by the things that one likes?

Not at all. The idea of being surrounded by ukes, humidifying ukes, and experiencing them as clutter would add stress to my life.

AQUATOPAZ
05-22-2019, 06:09 AM
I'm definitely more of a collector than a player. As Glenn "glennerd" mentioned in his post, I think a better descriptive for me would be "Accumulator" because I keep my 17 ukes (all tenors strung Low G) in their cases and don't display them. I really don't have time to play and practice due to my busy work schedule and very fit & healthy lifestyle, which is why my playing skills are deplorable. *sigh*:rolleyes:

I do love the fact that there are so many different options with each individual uke such as tone woods, body shape, neck size and shape, various types of headstocks, side sound ports, etc. :shaka:

Since you mention your fit and healthy lifestyle I want to put out there that playing an instrument has been shown not only to soothe and lower blood pressure, but to fight against brain degenerative diseases and lead to brain health. Playing them regularly would only add to your healthy and fit lifestyle.

Jhud
05-22-2019, 06:12 AM
This pretty much describes me as well. I’ve been through about a dozen or so in the two years I’ve been playing. Trying out different sizes and brands. I have 4 now that I’m very happy with. These 4 provide me with the right amount of variety and functionality. I still like to look, but there’s nothing I want at the moment. I play a little everyday day at home, at uke groups, and in public. So I’d say I’m a player who likes variety and appreciates nice ukuleles.


I agree 100% with RafterGirl’s comments . After accumulating 14 Uke’s in under a year my aim now is to whittle the 14 down to just 4 . The “4” being -
Chris Perkins Tenor
Martin 2K Tenor
Pono ETSH-5
Rebel Double Cream

I consider myself a lucky guy !

WestyShane
05-22-2019, 06:14 AM
Not at all. The idea of being surrounded by ukes, humidifying ukes, and experiencing them as clutter would add stress to my life.

Same here. My four are all I care to own. In fact, I could give away my beater Mahalo but that's the one I don't store in a case and therefore gets a fair bit of use when I just want to strum a bit before leaving the house etc.

I prefer to spend my "extra" money on other stuff.

keenonuke
05-22-2019, 06:25 AM
I have more ukuleles than I "need", I suppose. One low g and one high g would in theory cover me.

I don't consider myself a collector because I have more than that, though. I play them all regularly, and some days, one inspires me more than another. The next day, the one that didn't inspire me might be the one that really shines for me. I buy them to play them, not to display them or in hopes that I could make a profit by reselling.

How are we defining collector?

I would consider myself a wanna-be player who enjoys having some variety in my ukuleles.

I can relate to what Joyful Uke shared. I play many of my Ukuleles each night.

I think part of the collecting is the search for the sound and for me loving the variety. Each size, shape, wood type, strings, tuning, and Luthier brings with them different tones to the instrument.

That being said when I bought my Style 2 Martin Soprano it ended my need for another Soprano and I am quite satisfied with my assortment of concerts. The Graziano was a happy uninteneded accident. However Tenors seem to be different for me and for now I am enjoying feeding the UAS syndrome.

Arcy
05-22-2019, 06:39 AM
I wouldn't say so much being a collector than an accumulatorI like "accumulator". My wife might use the term "hoarder" ;) (6 guitars, 2 basses, a mandolin, 10 ukeleles... eep. she may be right).

My collection is mostly built of used / inexpensive instruments I picked up while trying to decide what I liked (soprano, concert, tenor, baritone), along with a few picked for special purpose (solid body electric, outdoor, fifths tuning). Several are on the list to move on to a new home, but aren't worth enough that I've put in the effort to move them. Most of the ukuleles would have been under $100 new, and only one over $200 new (and it's a keeper). Now that I've counted them, that may accelerate :)

That said, the collection is designed around playing. My goal is to always have an instrument at hand to play: there're two hanging by my bed, one in my work office, a few in my living room, one in my car etc. in addition to the collection in my home office / studio.

AQUATOPAZ
05-22-2019, 06:47 AM
I like "accumulator". My wife might use the term "hoarder" ;) (6 guitars, 2 basses, a mandolin, 10 ukeleles... eep. she may be right).

My collection is mostly built of used / inexpensive instruments I picked up while trying to decide what I liked (soprano, concert, tenor, baritone), along with a few picked for special purpose (solid body electric, outdoor, fifths tuning). Several are on the list to move on to a new home, but aren't worth enough that I've put in the effort to move them. Most of the ukuleles would have been under $100 new, and only one over $200 new (and it's a keeper). Now that I've counted them, that may accelerate :)

That said, the collection is designed around playing. My goal is to always have an instrument at hand to play: there're two hanging by my bed, one in my work office, a few in my living room, one in my car etc. in addition to the collection in my home office / studio.

It isn't hoarding when you have a utilitarian reason for it. Always having one near you obviously make it easier for you to add in playing time, which adds to your enjoyment.

kohanmike
05-22-2019, 01:03 PM
When I first started playing uke six years ago, in the first year I accumulated sixteen ukes. By the end of the year I decided to keep only the ones I liked the best, which was four (now up to nine). At that time I also started playing bass uke, since then I'm up to twenty-five bass ukes and mini bass guitars. Never been married, never had children (that I know of) and retired, so accumulating and playing has become my pastime.

This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

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70sSanO
05-22-2019, 07:47 PM
I would like to say Iím a player who collects, but the truth is most gigging musicians Iíve known over the years donít have 8-10 guitars or ukuleles or whatever instrument. Their guitar is their tool, and while they might have a backup, the instrument is a means to an end. The collecting doesnít start until there is sufficient expendable income.

Years ago I saw a video of Jake Shimabukuro talking at, I think, a Toronto ukulele club event and when asked how many ukuleles he had he said one. He said that every instrument has quirks and it was important to really understand how to work around them. He probably owns more ukuleles now, but it does give the perspective of a working musician.

So, regardless of what Iíd like to think, Iím a collector that plays.

John

AQUATOPAZ
05-22-2019, 07:59 PM
I would like to say I’m a player who collects, but the truth is most gigging musicians I’ve known over the years don’t have 8-10 guitars or ukuleles or whatever instrument. Their guitar is their tool, and while they might have a backup, the instrument is a means to an end. The collecting doesn’t start until there is sufficient expendable income.

Years ago I saw a video of Jake Shimabukuro talking at, I think, a Toronto ukulele club event and when asked how many ukuleles he had he said one. He said that every instrument has quirks and it was important to really understand how to work around them. He probably owns more ukuleles now, but it does give the perspective of a working musician.

So, regardless of what I’d like to think, I’m a collector that plays.

John

What I really want to know is how many George Harrison had that weren't for gifting. I think he must have had a couple for each room.

DownUpDave
05-22-2019, 10:06 PM
I started as a player, owned one uke, attended three regular uke jams and got up to speed strumming and singing quickly. Then as I got into finger picking and chord melody I became an "experimenter". I had to try different sizes, different wood combos always searching for a particular sound, playability was most important too.

I was initially going to say collector/player as I do love a beautifully made wooden instrument. But every uke I sold off was because it didnt have the sound or playability I was looking for. I went through a boat load of high quality ukes, mostly used in search of what worked best for me. I am now very happy with what I own below. Time to concentrate more on playing, once I rehab from hand surgery. Been one month and seems like many more before I can start to play again. I had over 50 stitches in my left hand and just had the remainder removed two days ago, now physio starts

70sSanO
05-23-2019, 01:22 AM
What I really want to know is how many George Harrison had that weren't for gifting. I think he must have had a couple for each room.

Probably not many in 1960.

John

keenonuke
05-23-2019, 01:26 AM
I started as a player, owned one uke, attended three regular uke jams and got up to speed strumming and singing quickly. Then as I got into finger picking and chord melody I become an "experimenter". I had to try different sizes, different wood combos always searching for a particular sound, playability was most important too.

I was initially going to say collector/player as I do love a beautifully made wooden instrument. But every uke I sold off was because it didnt have the sound or playability I was looking for. I went through a boat load of high quality ukes, mostly used in search of what worked best for me. I am now very happy with what I own below. Time to concentrate more on playing, once I rehab from hand surgery. Been one month and seems like many more before I can start to play again. I had over 50 stitches in my left hand and just had the remainder removed two days ago, now physio starts

Yep. I totally agree. Yep

stevejfc
05-23-2019, 03:03 AM
What I really want to know is how many George Harrison had that weren't for gifting. I think he must have had a couple for each room.

George's son Dhani told me a few years ago that he had a uke in just about every room. So George's home, Friar Park must have 50+/- rooms. I've seen pics of his instrument room and I'd say maybe 25 guitars.

captain-janeway
05-23-2019, 04:43 AM
I would be more of an accumulator if I played better. I still pretty much am terrible, so I can't see spending a ton of money for something I don't do well. That's not to say there aren't one or two stupidly expensive ones I'd love to have for looks (because I haven't been able to hear the sound in person), but I have one high g and low g and that's working well.
I have make two cookie tin ukes and two banjo ukes that play pretty well so I play with them too.
I also have mopeds that need work that ALWAYS need money going to parts.

ghostrdr
05-23-2019, 08:38 AM
I get that for different people, "collector" may have different meanings and accumulator may be a better noun. For me, it's been great reading everyone's interpretations and replies. It helps me understand why even though I have some fantastic ukes, I still enjoy "hunting" for and then buying more. I wasn't always like this. When I first started, I had a low G tenor and a high G concert. I lived that way for quite a while. My most expensive ukes I bought because they were hundreds of dollars off retail and I just couldn't pass up the unique opportunity reasoning that I may never see that model uke for that price again. (And that has been true). Those expensive ukes sound fantastic even with my mediocre playing. I'm not so good at getting rid of ukes because I've typically developed some type of memory or sentimental attachment. The result is my now having a "collection."

But I think the point about a gigging musician is spot on and important. I know a professional violinist and she plays a multi-million dollar violin that is "loaned" to her. I don't think she has a dozen other violins. Moreover, I'm reminded of the point that watching those videos from Corey, Kalei and others on the Ukulele site, when they demo some ukes, they could make almost anything sound amazing.

bkrownd
05-23-2019, 11:48 AM
I'm new and can barely fret a chord, so I have to stuff myself into the collector side for now because I bought more ukulele than I "need", but I want to play. I'll certainly buy more of them faster than I learn to play. I love beautifully crafted wood, as well as a finely crafted tune. :D

zztush
05-23-2019, 11:55 AM
I am collector and player.

Most of the classical or jazz fan are CD collectors or HiFi nerds rather than players. I rather better than only collector.

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bacchettadavid
05-23-2019, 03:22 PM
Player here, but I also sometimes collect so long when I feel inspired by an instrument. I have 3 ukes, and each one is a tool and companion. I own two K brands for amplified gigs and teaching and one custom in linear tuning for venues with lower noise floors. The reentrant K brand currently sees the most use, and I’m on the hunt for the right custom to tune reentrant. Additionally, I sometimes tune one of the ukes in a less established tuning depending on my current repertoire.

I try to keep the stable as open as my musical pursuits allow, but as a multi-instrumentalist, I have a veritable petting zoo of instruments.

fretie
05-23-2019, 05:27 PM
I definitely accumulate more ukes than my skill level warrants. Also I have gone through various ukes as my style of playing changes and experience grows. I always sell or gift ukes that I no longer actively play because I will not just house an instrument if it is not getting musical attention.