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Jerryc41
10-11-2019, 04:16 AM
Do you have any "House Ukuleles"? I mean ukes that you wouldn't want to bring to a jam or a uke fest for fear of getting them damaged. Every time I go to a uke fest, I hear a uke fall and hit the floor.

I have several pricey ukes in beautiful condition, and I have no fear playing them at home, but bringing them somewhere to play with a group is not on my list of things to do. I've never had any uke get damaged, inside or outside of the house, and I'd like to keep it that way.

AQUATOPAZ
10-11-2019, 04:58 AM
Do you have any "House Ukuleles"? I mean ukes that you wouldn't want to bring to a jam or a uke fest for fear of getting them damaged. Every time I go to a uke fest, I hear a uke fall and hit the floor.

I have several pricey ukes in beautiful condition, and I have no fear playing them at home, but bringing them somewhere to play with a group is not on my list of things to do. I've never had any uke get damaged, inside or outside of the house, and I'd like to keep it that way.

No, but at the Antelope Valley Uke Fest last weekend I popped into a Uke Fun workshop for a peek and everyone was standing in a circle and Daniel Ward and
Heidi Swedberg were telling everyone to remove their straps and rotate their ukes around the circle on cue so that everyone got a chance to play everyone else's and I wondered about dropped ukes.

Counter
10-11-2019, 05:16 AM
Er, all of them!

Arcy
10-11-2019, 05:50 AM
My only expensive one is carbon fiber, so I don’t have many worries on its account.

The only uke that hasn’t left the house since it’s arrival is the solid-body electric, just because it requires an amp and I haven’t gone anywhere it’d be appropriate. Everything else has been out visiting, and I’ve never had an issue. I do tend towards hard cases and stands so I always have somewhere safe when it’s not being actively played.

The only issue I’ve had with somebody else playing mine was dispelling my UAS by proving the weak spot was in my fingers and not in the uke. I knew this, but it wasn’t nice to prove it ;)

Croaky Keith
10-11-2019, 06:28 AM
I have one that definitely won't be leaving the house, it's my 'best' & most expensive, has a great tone, & I really would not like anything to happen to it - my KoAloha Opio solid acacia long neck concert - but I'd be happy to take my Ohana solid mahogany long neck concert, if I knew it would be safe. ;)

Actually, I'd probably just take one of my concert ukes, truth be known - possibly my solid acacia Kala, if I wanted good tone. :)

bratsche
10-11-2019, 07:10 AM
Er, all of them!

Ditto!

I can't even imagine rotating ukes around a circle so that everyone gets to play everyone else's. Even if I had a dirt-cheap one, I'd be mighty pi**ed to get it back with somebody's careless fingernail scratches on it, let alone having dropped it.

bratsche

Cluze
10-11-2019, 08:12 AM
Yes, I have several.

The main one is my Kamaka HF-2 anniversary edition. I just can't bring myself to take it anywhere, even though I love playing it.

Nickie
10-11-2019, 08:15 AM
I rarely remove my autographed wall hanger, unless I expect to see a famous/semi famous uker who has a marker.

keenonuke
10-11-2019, 08:18 AM
Right now I have a few that may leave the house but only to a private music lesson:
Graziano Selmer Concert
Koaloha KTM
Martin Style 2 Soprano
And probably a National Resonator Mahogany which I'm hoping to sell.

kohanmike
10-11-2019, 08:30 AM
I believe that ukes are meant to play. The most expensive one I have is a custom made gypsy jazz that cost $780, I bring it to a park on Sundays to play with an acoustic group. I also have a strap on everyone of them. I actually dropped my Kala cedar top about a week after I got it, it hit the terrazzo floor on the edge of the upper bout and top of the head stock causing the glossy finish to crack a little, but I took it in stride and just say that makes it unique.

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ghostrdr
10-11-2019, 08:43 AM
Ditto!

I can't even imagine rotating ukes around a circle so that everyone gets to play everyone else's. Even if I had a dirt-cheap one, I'd be mighty pi**ed to get it back with somebody's careless fingernail scratches on it, let alone having dropped it.

bratsche

I have on occasion allowed other people to play my instruments. Sometimes, they are extremely advanced and excellent players. Also, sometimes, I hear their fingernails scratching against or dragging across the soundboard when they strum or fingerpick. Makes me cringe every time.

hobblecreek
10-11-2019, 08:49 AM
I too have not taken my Kamaka Centennial anywhere, but I have happily taken each of the other ukuleles out many times, generally to be played by me or by my wife.

Its one thing to let my kids play one of my instruments (they are all grown in their late 20s and up), but the idea of passing any one of my ukes around in a circle to standing players of varying abilities does not sound like anything Id be happy doing. Glad I wasn't at that uke festival.

The ukuleles I've purchased were bought to be played -- consequently scratches, dings, fret wear, an occasional bang or bump, etc. are signs of honest use that I don't mind. I didn't buy the instruments as investments (so they don't need to be kept in near-pristine condition), I bought them for the musical joy of playing them.

Rllink
10-11-2019, 09:32 AM
One of the reasons that I started playing the ukulele was to share my music, so I take every opportunity to do that. I play a lot away from the safety of my home. I also like to put my best foot forward, so I quite often take my most expensive and what I consider my most beautiful and best sounding ukulele to do so. But also I don't have a lot of other options when it comes to what I take. I wouldn't have a problem letting someone else try it out if they asked, but I don't offer it up and I would draw the line at just passing it around a group to let everyone get an opportunity to play it.

Lacole
10-11-2019, 09:39 AM
I have bought one, the Donner, to be my take out ukuleles. The others are home bodies.

derbyhat
10-11-2019, 10:17 AM
Nah. Its al about context. I played bassoon for years. The priciest Moore Bettah is on par with a run of the mill good bassoon, so Ive built up an ambivalence to how much an instrument costs.

That said, I still might leave my fictional Moore Bettah home just to keep it nice and shiny. But thats more for a cause its mine, MINE!!! sort or reason. 😜

keenonuke
10-11-2019, 10:29 AM
I would probably meet up with someone from UU to try one of my ukuleles but I draw the line on passing it around a circle, especially standing up.

gochugogi
10-11-2019, 12:29 PM
I always bring my best instruments to a performance or session. Otherwise why bother to own something so good? Now for teaching I bust out the second or third string of instruments since students are often clumsy. Almost daily I see students banging instruments into music stands and one another. Even worse, between classes, they leave their instruments stored in their cars in the hot Hawaiian sun! They constantly drop their $1000 iPhones so material goods must come easy for them compared to when I was in college. I baby my gear since it takes so long to save the money to buy something good.

Kenn2018
10-11-2019, 01:23 PM
I have a few tenors that are homebodies. I am willing to take most to my uke club meetings. For gigs and festivals I have a couple of ukes that are already nicked and dinged but play just fine and sound very nice.

bg42
10-11-2019, 02:34 PM
I’m really surprised at all the replies, my most expensive ukuleles (Kinnard, Kamaka, etc) go with me to lessons, jams and festivals! I like sharing their wonderful sounds and playability with others. You can’t buy these things in local shops so how are folks ever supposed to get a chance to try them out. I had a wonderful experience at the Reno uke fest last year, I complimented a fellow uke player on her Moore Bettah uke. She left her friends, walked over, handed me the uke and walked back to her friends!! So for ten minutes I got to enjoy one of the best. To me they should be out for all to enjoy, even if your not that good like me.

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Snargle
10-11-2019, 02:50 PM
So far, I haven't been brave enough to take my aNueNue Moonbird Tenor out of the house. I probably eventually will, because all of my instruments are meant to be played (and played hard), but for now it's like that new car of your dreams that you're terrified to get a scratch on it. It's going to happen and I'll get over it, but for now it's just for ME! :cool:

(Now that I think about it, there's probably a few micro scratches on it already, so I really should get it out and share it.)

Joyful Uke
10-11-2019, 03:19 PM
I play them all regularly, but none leave the house because I never play publicly. That makes it an easy decision. :-)

ksiegel
10-11-2019, 05:41 PM
I don't bring my Donaldson Custom Concert, or my KoAloha Sceptre out when temps are under 50 F. Everything else is subject to what I feel like playing, and where.

It isn't a cost issue; I've got several ukes that cost more than the Donaldson, but they aren't as precious to me as something that a) was built specifically for me (the Donaldson), and b) was half paid for by my mother-in-law, who felt that if the ukulele spoke to me that much, then I should have it (The Sceptre).

I don't take the Timms uke with me, because friction tuners and I don't get along very well.

AQUATOPAZ
10-11-2019, 10:33 PM
Sharing your best uke with new friends is one of the great pleasures of owning a nice ukulele. Obviously you need to be careful, but you should try sharing your best ukes with new friends and see how much better it works for you. There are times when the weather or conditions where there is a high risk of too much sun or snow and you would not take your best uke. But most uke events are indoors, and set up so you can easily look after your instrument. Also if you are in a group where people share their ukes, you get to play and feel all the other ukes.
A second consideration is that often you will eventually want to sell your uke. The best market is among the people who you have shared it with. They don't need photos or sound files, they have played the instrument. The more people who know about it, the easier it will be to pass on to a new home without a lot of effort. Keeping a uke at home under your bed just creates a suspicion that there is something wrong with it in the eyes of prospective buyers who are every where.
Many makers like to see their ukes out and about and being played. They are happy to repair a nice uke that has some road damage incurred while using the uke to play music as opposed to fixing a crack caused by hiding it under your bed without humidification.

A uke that has been around the block, and been played by countless hands is bound to have at the least, nail scratches and strum marks, and at the worst dings, so it's resale value would plummet, making sharing to facilitate a future sale an abysmal idea. Someone posted not long ago who had a ding in a uke they wished to return after owning and sharing for only a few weeks. There is also the great possibility that the owner, like myself, would prefer not to have damage caused by others on their uke. When you cause it, the damage is wear from your enjoyment. When others cause it it is just an annoyance which you are reminded of every time you play. The best pleasure of owning a nice ukulele is playing it and listening to it.

AQUATOPAZ
10-11-2019, 10:37 PM
Glad I wasn't at that uke festival.



It was actually a great festival, with small attendance, so intimate. I just walked on over to the Craig Chee workshop where everyone was seated and happy playing their own instruments.

Jerryc41
10-12-2019, 01:48 AM
No, but at the Antelope Valley Uke Fest last weekend I popped into a Uke Fun workshop for a peek and everyone was standing in a circle and Daniel Ward and
Heidi Swedberg were telling everyone to remove their straps and rotate their ukes around the circle on cue so that everyone got a chance to play everyone else's and I wondered about dropped ukes.

Funny you should mention that. Shortly after I got my first good uke, a KoAloha soprano, I went to a local workshop. The instructor had us pass our uke to the person on our left. I was shocked. When it got to her, she said, "Wow! This is loud!" Fortunately, I got it back in one piece. Depending on what uke I had, I would think twice about passing it around again.

Jerryc41
10-12-2019, 01:52 AM
Sharing your best uke with new friends is one of the great pleasures of owning a nice ukulele.

Good point, but do you offer, or do they ask? When I bring a new uke to our Saturday jam, I offer it to the instructor. I also offer it to one or two others whom I trust. I wouldn't like someone to ask me to lend it to them. Refusing would be rude, but it could save an instrument from damage.

Jerryc41
10-12-2019, 01:53 AM
Also, sometimes, I hear their fingernails scratching against or dragging across the soundboard when they strum or fingerpick. Makes me cringe every time.

That's a deal breaker!

Jerryc41
10-12-2019, 01:58 AM
So far, I haven't been brave enough to take my aNueNue Moonbird Tenor out of the house.

I've brought mine to jams, but I'm very careful with it. If I'm going to put it on the table, I put a cloth under it. A friend has a Moonbird tenor, and that's all he plays now, wherever he goes. I have a James Hill tenor and a Collings koa concert that I haven't brought anywhere, yet.

RafterGirl
10-12-2019, 03:47 AM
No "House Only" ukes for me. My most expensive ukulele gets played at church every Sunday, and they all go to monthly club meetings. I do have a Blackbird Clara now, so that has become my uke festival/outdoor/camping/travel ukulele. If someone I know & trust asks to play one of my ukes, I'll let them. Passing them around in a circle of strangers........I'd pass on that.

mjh42
10-12-2019, 04:06 AM
Instruments that make music are meant to be heard. I only own three ukulele's. I have have taken them all out to play to various venue's, a couple across the country, one to the woods with some regularity. I do take weather into account a little bit it gets as it stays below zero degree's Celsius in my location for weeks on end. I don't take my Koaloha or Godin to the woods. I put some of this into perspective with my spouses violin and hardingfele and my son's violin. Instruments with much greater value. Heck one of my spouses violin bows in worth the cost of a higher end uke. The value of making music transcends the value of the instrument. I might get a little twitchy with a big circle pass around if I had my Koaloha with me but if a person sitting next to me asked if they could play a tune to try it out I'd likely pass it over.

Rllink
10-12-2019, 06:31 AM
On the other side of it, does anyone have one that is so crappy that they wouldn't get caught in public playing it? I've had three of those.

Jerryc41
10-12-2019, 07:18 AM
On the other side of it, does anyone have one that is so crappy that they wouldn't get caught in public playing it? I've had three of those.

That's funny. Fortunately, no, I don't. My original uke is a cheapie I bought in Hawaii - the one that got me started. I also have an old (1940) Roy Smeck and a Wabash (1950), but they're in good condition - and not shameful. :)

sburke
10-12-2019, 07:47 AM
I agree with kohanmike. Part of the fun and enjoyment is showing my favorites to others, letting them hear them get played and watching them when I offer to let them play them myself!

Martinlover
10-12-2019, 04:34 PM
I have a James Hill tenor and a Collings koa concert that I haven't brought anywhere, yet.

Correction Jerry, you brought that James Hill to camp one Saturday and you let me play it. Remember, I said, if you ever want to sell it, please let me know first? :drool:

Jerryc41
10-13-2019, 01:51 AM
Correction Jerry, you brought that James Hill to camp one Saturday and you let me play it. Remember, I said, if you ever want to sell it, please let me know first? :drool:

You're right. It's the Collings that I don't think has left the house.

Dohle
10-15-2019, 06:38 AM
My rule of thumb is to have one uke and one banjo uke for playing exclusively in my home and another cheaper one of each for travel primarily. This way I can limit the ukes I have in my house at any time to four. Whenever I decide to get a new and more expensive one, I sell the cheapest one and the next cheapest one becomes the new travel uke, which also means that even the travel uke is usually of decent quality.

UkeComa
10-15-2019, 12:25 PM
On the other side of it, does anyone have one that is so crappy that they wouldn't get caught in public playing it? I've had three of those.

I have a couch uke, a $200 Gretsch which is the first I ever bought. I use it to play while watching TV because I don't care if it gets knocked onto the floor or whatever by the kids. Wouldn't be embarrassed by it, but I have better ukes to play out with that I use. But I'd say the Gretsch gets more playtime than any other.

Kibes37
10-17-2019, 07:48 AM
I purchased Ukes on the cheaper side to take outside, but I just end up missing my high end Ukes. Passing a nice Uke around a circle would simply NEVER happen. You can play my nice uke if you are an experienced player... and you are on a memory foam football field ;)