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NatalieS
11-11-2010, 04:42 AM
At the moment, I have almost no UAS. (I say "almost" because I just saw the Ohana CK-75CG for sale in the Marketplace and got that heart-fluttery feeling of "I want!")

But... since I got my Kamaka, I have no desire to play any other ukes. I know that little pineapple is the uke for me. I know that no other soprano will ever replace it. And since soprano's are my favorite uke size, I think I'm all set. I still have my other ukes, but they haven't been touched in the last month. I'm re-evaluating which ones I need, and which ones can go on to new owners.

I'm also trying to live as frugally as I can, in all aspects of life. I've been going through the house and downsizing books, movies, unnecessary things. It's great to send that stuff along to other people who need it! I'm concentrating on hobbies, like paddling and my aquariums, and that keeps my mind off of ukes 24/7.

I'm sure UAS will come back some day with a vengeance, but I hope it doesn't. I am so content right where I am! :)

How about you all? Does UAS come and go, or is it a steady addiction?

GX9901
11-11-2010, 05:08 AM
I think it comes and goes. I had pretty much been free of UAS in the last year and a half other than picking up one during a trip to Oahu (how could I not??). However, after I received a custom Glyph that had been in the works for 3+ years, it kind of triggered a mini episode of UAS. In the last week or so I bought a Lanikai zebrawood concert and placed an order for a Mya Moe. I hope that's the end of it, but who knows...

kenikas
11-11-2010, 05:20 AM
I can't seem to get to the waning part! Since I got my 8 string I haven't really looked at new ukes, but I keep running on to old beauties that just need "a little work" to get them back to their original glory so I can't seem to stop. Would that be VUAS (vintage uke aquisition syndrome)?

janeray1940
11-11-2010, 05:28 AM
Hi Natalie! I think it comes and goes. When I got my first Kamaka (soprano) I thought I was done with UAS - I did the same thing as you, ignored all the other ukes except for that one. Then I decided I needed a Kamaka pineapple, and while shopping around for that I ended up with a Kamaka concert. I'm pretty sure that if I had to pick a favorite size, concert would be it - so theoretically I should be done, right? :) But I still find myself thinking about getting a pineapple. Thinking *a lot* about it!

I'm with you re: the frugality downsizing. A little over a year ago I moved into a 250 square foot apartment, so what came with me was already very limited, and I've been steadily downsizing ever since. Except for a handful of books, my media is all digital and fits on my laptop; my closet is tiny so it only contains the clothes I love most. And space constraints limit me to never having more than FIVE ukes. Rather than buy "stuff," I'd rather save my money for experiences (Hawaii next spring? Maybe!).

Except for that darned pineapple lust. It just doesn't go away!

cletus
11-11-2010, 05:35 AM
My KoAloha concert uke seems to be "the one", so my UAS was in remission...
Then I sold a Kala tenor, leaving me without a "backup" uke.
Now that I have a Fluke concert on the way, I'm feeling more secure.
Oh wait, there was that Dixie banjolele that caught my eye...

Mim
11-11-2010, 05:56 AM
I am surrounded by ukes being a dealer, so that sort of calms down the UAS big time. Not that I do not love them, I just have to discipline myself because I can not have everything I want!

BUT... in Tampa I had the opportunity to trade a uke. I ended up with a Recording King Resonator and I am giddy with love! I did not think I would be, but when he said he had one to trade I thought "might as well take a peek!" Might be fun to strum around on adn then hand it back. I played it and it is LOVE! Right up my little loud tin-ey alley! And it is shiney... oh I so love shiney things! And it is heavy and maybe this is weird of me, but I like the heavy feel! So, the UAS hit and the trade was made! Ha!

So, you never know! You may never want another uke ever again... or... one day by chance you may play another uke that sings to you in a completely different way!

Jnobianchi
11-11-2010, 06:03 AM
Oh wait, there was that Dixie banjolele that caught my eye...

Don't do it! Friends don't let friends buy Dixies... ;)

Seriously, for me it comes and goes. I've bought four ukes in the last six months, the worst UAS I've ever had. But what was it that Oscar Wilde said about temptation: the only way to overcome it is to give in to it. Well, that did the trick. The minute I bought my last one - a Ludwig Wendell Hall - poof. I stopped looking online, dropped a few seller links and generally felt like a weight had been lifted. And now, I get to play the lovely thing. :)

So yes, it comes and, thankfully, goes...

Sir
11-11-2010, 06:28 AM
I'm suffering a particularly bad attack at the moment. It started about a week ago, and is getting worse. What makes this episode so bad, is that my UAS has set its sights much, much higher this time.

Might have to give up eating.......

janeray1940
11-11-2010, 06:37 AM
Then I sold a Kala tenor, leaving me without a "backup" uke.

Everybody needs a backup uke! That's not UAS, that's just plain common sense :)

NatalieS
11-11-2010, 06:56 AM
Except for that darned pineapple lust. It just doesn't go away!

Once you get a pineapple you will never go back! I swear!

mm stan
11-11-2010, 07:20 AM
Once you get a pineapple you will never go back! I swear!
Aloha Natalie,
How about Mary Mac's William King Soprano, are you contemplating on it...I recall that you always wanted one..hmmmm

sukie
11-11-2010, 07:23 AM
I am done with UAS. Done totally. I got my dream ukulele last month and I have absolutely no desire to purchase another ukulele. Sorry. UAS can be stopped.

NatalieS
11-11-2010, 07:39 AM
Aloha Natalie,
How about Mary Mac's William King Soprano, are you contemplating on it...I recall that you always wanted one..hmmmm

Haha no, I don't need any more ukes. A ways back I was trying to find my ideal soprano, and I've found it in my Kamaka. No more uke buying for me!

mm stan
11-11-2010, 08:06 AM
I am done with UAS. Done totally. I got my dream ukulele last month and I have absolutely no desire to purchase another ukulele. Sorry. UAS can be stopped.

Aloha Sukie,
I'll give you 3 weeks before that UAS returns...he he

mm stan
11-11-2010, 08:08 AM
Haha no, I don't need any more ukes. A ways back I was trying to find my ideal soprano, and I've found it in my Kamaka. No more uke buying for me!
Aloha Natalie,
Can I ask the same question at Christmas time????? he he...Your friendly Kamaka enabler....

sukie
11-11-2010, 08:52 AM
Aloha Sukie,
I'll give you 3 weeks before that UAS returns...he he

Nope. (I still owe my husband money) It's my perfect ukulele though. I need no other.

musiccityuker
11-11-2010, 01:42 PM
My UAS definitely waxes and wanes. It waxes all day... wanes when I fall asleep at night (unless I'm dreaming about ukes) then returns promptly the next day. Thought I had moved on until I strummed a new Collings Adirondack spruce UC2 concert the other day. Ohhhhhhh do I ever have a bad case of UAS now!

Hippie Dribble
11-11-2010, 01:42 PM
hi Nat

so far I'm all wax and no wane!:o but hoping to one day reach your place of contentment...must be a nice view from there:)

wickedwahine11
11-11-2010, 01:52 PM
Right now I'm good. I had UAS (or at least PineappleSundayUAS bad for a while) but now it has waned. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to own a Moore Bettah one day, and I certainly like looking at and listening to beautiful ukes -- I window shop every time I go to Hawaii. But I feel like I have the uke of my life right now. And I love her dearly. :)

Hippie Dribble
11-11-2010, 02:03 PM
Right now I'm good. I had UAS (or at least PineappleSundayUAS bad for a while) but now it has waned. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to own a Moore Bettah one day, and I certainly like looking at and listening to beautiful ukes -- I window shop every time I go to Hawaii. But I feel like I have the uke of my life right now. And I love her dearly. :)

hi wickedwahine! is your dream uke the Kamaka Tenor??? I bet it is!!! That one's next on my list...not until after Christmas though! :o

wickedwahine11
11-11-2010, 02:38 PM
hi wickedwahine! is your dream uke the Kamaka Tenor??? I bet it is!!! That one's next on my list...not until after Christmas though! :o

Yep. She is my fave. You will love yours as well, I look forward to seeing pictures of it when you get one. Everytime you buy a Kamaka an angel gets its wings. :)

itsme
11-11-2010, 03:14 PM
It's funny... last night I was talking to my husband about so many people here having serious UAS. He laughed and said he understood completely from his days of being into R/C cars. Then he asked me if I wanted any more ukes and I said no, right now I'm happy with what I've got (two tenors, one high-g, one low-g). :)

And good on you Natalie, for downsizing and living frugally. I suppose people like you and me aren't exactly bolstering the economy, but I think a big part of what got the economy in trouble was people buying more than they could afford and living beyond their means.

I guess I've never been an overly materialistic person, never was into buying things for status or to be trendy. To me, there's a big difference between being frugal and being cheap. I spent over $2K on a used guitar once and consider it to be one of the best purchases I ever made. (This particular luthier's offerings are now going for $6K.)

So cheers to my fellow "frugalites" who appreciate and enjoy what they do have and don't fret about lusting over what they don't have. :)

kalmario
11-11-2010, 05:34 PM
i find uas only really flares up when reading Ukulele Underground too much.
a couple of days of the net and it fades fast.

Cliff

marymac
11-11-2010, 06:52 PM
so far I'm all wax and no wane!:o but hoping to one day reach your place of contentment...must be a nice view from there:)

I know exactly what you mean Eugene. I'm sated for the moment, so I'm really, really hoping it lasts. It will help if I stop looking at the marketplace!

Hippie Dribble
11-11-2010, 11:34 PM
I know exactly what you mean Eugene. I'm sated for the moment, so I'm really, really hoping it lasts. It will help if I stop looking at the marketplace!

with you again there Mary...one of the first stops on the computer round for me each day is fleamarketmusic...then it's the UU marketplace...I've finally stopped visiting elderly for awhile as I'm sure I alone was keeping them in business in the first half of this year:o...BTW I love your William King...just don't have the cash unfortunately. Were I able to sell my 2 ukes 4sale I'd be on it real quick:drool:

ichadwick
11-12-2010, 12:58 AM
It wanes?

Oh.

joeybug
11-12-2010, 03:19 AM
Mine seems to be gone at the moment, once I got Lilo I thought I was done, but then I saw Rhea and had to get a Pineapple and now I'm just...well...done, I think so anyway, I did get two in the space of a week and after Christmas is my birthday and oh my, isn't that a pretty Fluke in poiple....no, must resist!

cletus
11-12-2010, 03:28 AM
Mine seems to be gone at the moment, oh my, isn't that a pretty Fluke in poiple....no, must resist!

Poiple Fluke in the future for joeybug? Seems inevitable...

marymac
11-12-2010, 06:00 AM
with you again there Mary...one of the first stops on the computer round for me each day is fleamarketmusic...then it's the UU marketplace...I've finally stopped visiting elderly for awhile as I'm sure I alone was keeping them in business in the first half of this year:o

My strategy now is to go cold turkey on these three (UU marketplace, Elderly, FMM) and eBay. If I use the hours I've been spending shopping on practicing instead, I'll be a better player on my ukes in days!

danged
11-12-2010, 11:36 AM
My strategy now is to go cold turkey on these three (UU marketplace, Elderly, FMM) and eBay. If I use the hours I've been spending shopping on practicing instead, I'll be a better player on my ukes in days!

Many mahalo's to marymac, that's the best remedy I've heard. I had the worst case of UAS, as it's been 3 years since my most recent relapse. My latest case of UAS involved by newest acquisition named "JAKE", as in Kamaka Jake Shimabukuro signature model. Not only I cured my UAS for considerably a very long time, as I am now flat broke and in debt for a lifetime due to my UAS! But the bugga sound so good!

marymac
11-12-2010, 03:59 PM
I saw the pictures of Jake on the reviews section. That baby is pretty much unsurpassable. I can't imagine that you'll ever need another uke again ever ;)

ichadwick
11-13-2010, 02:18 AM
I can't imagine that you'll ever need another uke again ever...
Just took a great breath. Sweet, deep, full of oxygen. Unsurpassed intake. Will I ever need to take another?

cletus
11-13-2010, 02:22 AM
Super concert KoAloha with a BIN price on the ebay today. Hee,hee!!

marymac
11-13-2010, 06:31 AM
Super concert KoAloha with a BIN price on the ebay today. Hee,hee!!

Now Cletus, it's not nice to pick on people (tsk, tsk). Here I am struggling with addiction and you wave a beautiful crown bridge concert in my face! Thank goodness it's a tenor neck or I would be $750 poorer as we speak.

koa
11-13-2010, 09:30 AM
Content with the ukes I play and own ( KoAlana 1st gen soprano, the go anywhere/travel uke. Couple KoAlohas KSM-02 & KCM-00, plus couple King sopranos). Patiently waiting for the "last" uke. A Glyph extended scale concert. Many nice looking and interesting instruments out there. But the reality of a set amount of $$s to spend, I can only play one uke at a time keeps UAS under control. After the Glyph, no new uke unless I trash the travel uke.

Jerlial Prophet
11-13-2010, 11:30 AM
My name is Jerlial and I'm an addict. However, my collection far surpasses my current skill so I'm in remission. I've been UAS free since I bought my KoAloha about 2 months ago.

pdxuke
12-17-2010, 07:02 PM
Last year I discovered the ukulele. In fact, about a year ago.

I went through many ukes, and found the stable that made me happy (see signature below.)

I went away for almost a year, and played, and practiced, and had a ball.

Now I'm back. It comes in waves. Santa is adding a pineapple screened Flea. I also want the Ohana PK25. I think it's time to let the Fluke move on.

My prediction?? I'll re-shuffle my collection, and go away for another year, play and play and play, then come back and re-shuffle again.

But for the month of December--I'm back! :)

Teek
12-17-2010, 11:40 PM
I am also back to downsizing again on all sorts of stuff as the main one of two jobs has slowed and I'm afraid of the day I would have to move again. So my keepers for now are 2 tenors, 2 concerts, too many sopranos but those are being sorted and slimmed down, hopefully to a vintage pineapple, the Ohana Vita and the dolphin, and a beat up Favilla.. There was a guitar problem over the last 3 months but that has settled out with two vintage steel string 3/4 size, one now in wahine slack key tuning, one a new to me classical I'm falling in love with. I missed having one. Hopefully the hubby will be able to learn chords on this one, the steel strings were discouraging to him. In the last 12 years I have downsized 3/4 of my stuff and still have more to go, for money preferable, I gave away tons before.

I should note that I was an artist and an antiques dealer for 25 years, accumulations go with those businesses. I don't want my stuff to own me anymore though!

I think finding the right ones helps a lot with UAS, and that just takes time.

marymac
12-18-2010, 08:32 AM
I think finding the right ones helps a lot with UAS, and that just takes time.

I think that's true Teek. I slowed way down on buying new ukes once I had some I really love.

By the way I was tickled by your phrase "There was a guitar problem over the last 3 months but that has settled out". In my minds eye the guitars were like hordes of guests (suitors?) pushing their way into the house in spite of your protests. But now you've sent all the clearly unsuitable ones on their way and are letting the ones you like ones stay. Should be a nice party now!

Lalz
10-11-2011, 12:34 PM
Luckily I'm too broke to let my UAS get out of hand.
I do have to fight it though, the other day I was almost about to spend my rent money on a solid wood tenor. What a beauty... But then I remembered that it's good to have a roof over your music instruments, so I got over it lol