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ItsMrPitchy
12-30-2010, 10:36 AM
Do you like to have a big family of ukuleles. Or do you like to have a few which you get attached to. Personally i cant say since i have played for only 5 months and have 2 ukes. But my first one was a cheap one i picked up to get started with.

Tudorp
12-30-2010, 10:47 AM
I dont really know how the brain works, but to be honest, I like to keep things simple. I would like to have just two, 3 tops believe it or not, but it seems ya just keep buying more and more of them. I have 6, and don't know how the heck that happened. I would like to have my favorite to play which is my "Iz", and my Banjo Uke "Bango" for that banjo fun sound. I have the Sopranino, which I bought because it was cool, and iddy biddy, but to be honest, don't play it much (I cant seem to hold the little dang thing). I have a few more, but tend to toss those to kids that show up at my door that want to play. So, I guess it's good I have a few. But, I really would like to simplify. Just recently buying a couple new guitars, I really need to have a string garage sale to down scale...

ichadwick
12-30-2010, 12:31 PM
Right now, it's down to six acoustic and two electric/steel-string, with three others for sale. That's a comfortable number for now, until my UAS starts acting up again.

Richie23
12-30-2010, 02:44 PM
The more the merrier I say. Some get neglected for a while, but then get re-discovered. At the moment, my fave is a Korala solid mahogany Baritone, followed by my beautiful Kala Archtop Tenor.
Neglected in the corner is a little Makala SK/N soprano, but it's demanding some attention, as is the Stagg solid body electric.

janeray1940
12-30-2010, 02:52 PM
Honestly I think two is the absolute minimum anyone can get by with. What if your uke has to spend a couple days at the shop?! You need backup!

That being said - I'm stopping at five. I've got four right now, each with a specific purpose:

Kamaka concert - my go-to uke
Kamaka soprano - for playing loud (has a pickup) and for travel
Ohana soprano - my beach uke
1920s Columbia - gets more use as a prop than as a player

The fifth one will probably be another koa concert that will be my dedicated low-G uke.

Chris Tarman
12-30-2010, 03:06 PM
Ummm.... 16. With plans for more. Oh my... Well, they ARE small, and (as far as instruments go) relatively inexpensive.

mm stan
12-30-2010, 03:09 PM
The more the merrier....and the better you get as you learn to play different ones...and sooner or later you'll find the perfect one for you...Happy Strummings, MM Stan...

salukulady
12-30-2010, 03:15 PM
I plead the 5th.......

spazus_maximus
12-30-2010, 04:22 PM
My mango tenor is my baby & I couldnt love another....Its all I could ever need....Intonation is spot on....Tone is fabulous & the action is silky as heck!

However I do have a cheap soprano that I keep on the back of the toilet for longer than expected visits......

Chris Tarman
12-30-2010, 05:00 PM
The more the merrier....and the better you get as you learn to play different ones...and sooner or later you'll find the perfect on for you...Happyn strummings, MM Stan...

I hope I never find the perfect one. I want to have a LOT of perfect ones!

SweetWaterBlue
12-30-2010, 05:51 PM
I agree with those that said two is the minimum and probably 3 is more than enough for me. I have 7 now, mostly because they were on my road to figuring out what I really wanted, and most are cheap ukes that aren't really worth selling, so they just take up space.

Lately, I have been playing mostly my spruce top tenor with the pickup and my soprano with a high G. The tenor is my jazz and ballad uke. Its easy to play. I have it strung with a low G, so its easy to pick out melodies and even make it sound like a guitar if I want to. Its loud when I want to play with others.

When I want that "real" ukulele sound on songs, I reach for the mahogany Ohana soprano with the high G. The mahogany soprano is so much different in tone and character than my tenor that these two represent the extremes of ukedom for me. Other than vanity, I have no desire for a "better" tenor or soprano right now.

I still play my baritones occasionally , and their lower tone fits my voice, but I am learning to sing higher, so I could let them go without too much sadness. My dolphin, and banjo uke have really just become wall hangers.

Brad Bordessa
12-30-2010, 07:38 PM
One. And I plan on playing it until the day I die.

countrybumpkin
12-30-2010, 08:06 PM
It's nice to have a workhorse, then others to go to when a different mood strikes.

Hippie Dribble
12-30-2010, 08:19 PM
um....what was the question again....eugenie, where's my medication dear?...... :o

Uncle Leroy
12-30-2010, 09:53 PM
I have only been playing for a couple of months and have been through 5. When I get into something I tend to jump all the way in. Like Sweetwater Blue said, I got these on the way to the one I like the best. I was thinking the Fluke and Flea would be it. But, now I know that there is nothing better than a solid wood Uke for me. I also agree with Tudorp about not knowing how the brain works, in the end, I can justify anything I do to myself and it makes perfect sense. I will keep the Pono and find a backup. Everything else will go by the wayside soon.

Hippie Dribble
12-30-2010, 11:54 PM
hmmm, I think I'm a serial ukulele polygamist. I have a big family, but I know I'm not the only one. I agree with sweetwaterblue in that, the act of buying a number of ukuleles is an inevitable step in the overall trajectory of UAS: you get addicted to the instrument, buy heaps, then start refining the collection down to a much smaller number of ukuleles that you really love and enjoy playing. The point being, you need to go through the process of acquiring many in order to reach the ultimate goal of a taut collection that is perfect for you.

We're all different but if really pressed, I think I need at least four: (i) a "banger" that is a travel, go-anywhere, sturdy uke that can take some punishment - perhaps a flea or a fluke fit this bill (ii) a soprano (iii) a concert and (iv) a tenor...of course the deeper you look arguments can then be made for another uke tuned differently - maybe to D or F - then still another resonator, oh, and then there's the banjo-uke, oh, and then you gotta have a plastic uke, a vintage uke, a handpainted uke, a baritone uke etc etc....weeeeeeeee...I'm feeling woosy again

There was a thread a couple of months back that you might find interesting in 'Uke Talk' under the heading "UAS: A Theory of Justification" where this stuff was also discussed :)

Hippie Dribble
12-31-2010, 12:05 AM
hey Mr Pitchy!

just found the link to the above mentioned thread:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?37520-UAS-a-theory-of-justification&highlight=UAS%3A+theory+justification

cheers mate

dkcrown
12-31-2010, 12:09 AM
I have "many". But I have decided to concentrate on playing only the tenor scale in hopes of becoming a better player. I have sold all of my concerts except for one. I hope that by focusing on one scale length, there will be less time adjusting to my different ukes and more familiarality for my brain and fingers.

Hippie Dribble
12-31-2010, 12:15 AM
I have "many". But I have decided to concentrate on playing only the tenor scale in hopes of becoming a better player. I have sold all of my concerts except for one. I hope that by focusing on one scale length, there will be less time adjusting to my different ukes and more familiarality for my brain and fingers.

hey dk

that really makes lots of sense actually. I find that the brighter sounds of the sopranos lend themselves better to certain types of songs, as the richer, deeper and more resonant voice of the tenor suits others. Also the bigger bodied ukes are better for picking...do you have your tenor tuned to high G, or low? Or do you change between the two?

mm stan
12-31-2010, 12:24 AM
It's funny what I may plan now and say I have enough ukes, then ones comes along and catches my fancy...you never know what the future beholds..minds change quickly when temptation and oppertunity arises.
I have no control of my future actions...but then, that's the fun of it all...he he...

ItsMrPitchy
12-31-2010, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the link eugene i found that intresting.
The dilema is that there is to valid arguements. One being you need to play lots of ukes to find the one for you. And another view that you can get attached to a uke and save up to get one good one that suits you.
Im starting to realize i lean more to the side of only having a few instruments. My reason for this is my guitars because i have only played uke for half a year. I get my Ibanez guitar and my first guitar four years ago. I have not bought another guitar and cant see myself buying another guitar for a couple of years. The only other guitar i have is one my dad gave me after a concert i did. I have had these two instruments for so long that it is hard to break out and buy another. But each to their own.

dkcrown
12-31-2010, 02:01 AM
hey dk
do you have your tenor tuned to high G, or low? Or do you change between the two?

Hey eugene. I have some tuned high G and some tuned low. At this time, I am playing more low G, especially when I am singing. There are some songs that I finger pick that lend themselves to standard re-entrant.

Hippie Dribble
12-31-2010, 02:04 AM
Thanks for the link eugene i found that intresting.
The dilema is that there is to valid arguements. One being you need to play lots of ukes to find the one for you. And another view that you can get attached to a uke and save up to get one good one that suits you.
Im starting to realize i lean more to the side of only having a few instruments. My reason for this is my guitars because i have only played uke for half a year. I get my Ibanez guitar and my first guitar four years ago. I have not bought another guitar and cant see myself buying another guitar for a couple of years. The only other guitar i have is one my dad gave me after a concert i did. I have had these two instruments for so long that it is hard to break out and buy another. But each to their own.

sure mate, I'm with you totally on the guitar thing. I've played guitar for over twenty years now, and the weird thing is, I never had the acquisition bug with guitars. I've only ever owned two, both gifts from my parents. They bought me my first one as an 18th birthday present, then, just on 10 years back, bought me another when all the frets had worn down and it was unplayable!!! Never had any urge whatsoever to buy lots of guitars. Never considered "shopping" around for comparisons. I loved them both so much

But with ukes...well that's different. I don't really know why exactly...guess it's cause they are, relatively, so much cheaper, smaller and more portable. I've got a bit of an addictive personality, and a bit of an obsessive / compulsive thing going on I daresay. dang it, they're just so cuddly and beautiful!!!

The other thing is, I played uke for 2 years before I even bought a 2nd!!! But I've found as my playing ability has improved, my appetite has grown more voracious. Hmmm...maybe time for therapy after all...

hello I'm eugene. I am a serial ukulele polygamist... :o

Tor
12-31-2010, 02:23 AM
George Harrison always travelled with two ukuleles, one for himself and the other for anyone he met up with so that they could have a jam. Here's a video where you can see two ukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
(btw. it sounds like George was just about to start on 'In the Mood' at the end of the video).

I have two so far, but (as for so many others of the beginners here) it's because I started with a cheap one to test the waters and then quickly upgraded. I thought I would get another tenor, or maybe a concert (if the neck isn't too tight-fretted - will have to check out those long-necked/tenor-necked things I think). I never thought I would want a baritone, but there was a posting here recently about how convenient a baritone could be for a visiting guitar player without a guitar.. so I'll probably get one. The laminated ukuleles are so cheap compared to acoustic guitars - I figure I could buy ten reasonably good ones for the price of one good acoustic guitar. Anyway, for ukuleles the idea of having or bringing extra instruments for other players is appealing (and different from how I used to think with guitars).

lozarkman
12-31-2010, 02:55 AM
Hmmmmm seems that most of you must not be married:) If I weren't married to my wonderful wife who keeps my UAS in check, I would be so deep in debt buying ukes I would probably be homeless pushing my ukes around in a Wal Mart shopping cart. So, I have kept my "collection" to 3 Baris, buned both low and high G, and two tenors, both high and low G, and that seems to satisfy my playing needs. But I sure see a lot of super neat ukes I would love to have, but my wife sees a lot really neat stuff she would like to have to, so the trade off is we both bypass most of the neat stuff. Lozark

ksiegel
12-31-2010, 03:42 AM
I've got two playable ukes at the moment, with a third about to arrive (it's on the truck for delivery!) When I was talking with my wife about the new one, I said "but that doesn't mean I'm not going to buy any more..." and she said "Of course it doesn't. They all have different sounds - and I really do want to go to the Fluke factory with you this spring."

I think that I'm merely getting paid back for supporting her YAS (yarn acquisition syndrome) over the past year - each yarn buying trip can easily equal the cost of a new ukulele, you see, and I am occasionally the recipient of something made of merino, alpaca, llama, silk, or a combination of fibers.

So, no - one isn't enough... neither is three. (And I also have 4 playable guitars, two wall art guitars, a wall art mandolin, a 5-string banjo, and a semi-playable 30+ y/o aria baritone uke. (Neck seems twisted... any way to get those things fixed?). We won't even go into the other wall art or toy instruments.

(And books... I keep buying books, e-readers be damned!)

-Kurt

Skottoman
12-31-2010, 03:54 AM
I have 9. I recently left my Kala Concert at my parents house so it would be there when I visit. Other than that, I really enjoy playing all my other ukes. I like playing a song, and then grabbing another uke and playing the same song. Completely different experience!

That said, I've stopped buying ukes randomly, and from now on will only purchase ukes on trips or special occasions.

I've found that the ukes I purchased on a trip, or got as a gift from my wife mean more to me, than the ones I've ordered on the internet, or just picked up at the store.
Cheers,
Skottoman

lkdumas
12-31-2010, 04:42 AM
High G, Low G necessitates an absolute minimum of two. My ukes: Kala Soprano (banger/loaner), Ko-Olau Pineapple concert (Low G), Ko-Aloha Pikake Concert (High G), Kanile'a Tenor (perfect fretboard for picking), Honu Rope Series Concert (because it's pretty). Still looking for the "right" Kamaka - maybe one will show up at the Reno/Tahoe Festival in March.

ItsMrPitchy
12-31-2010, 04:53 AM
I guess i will have to see what happens. Currently i think a few is enough but time will tell. Btw hope you all have a happy new year.

Harold O.
12-31-2010, 05:17 AM
I only need one more.

Since I'll be in Hawaii next week...

olgoat52
12-31-2010, 06:53 AM
My mango tenor is my baby & I couldnt love another....Its all I could ever need....Intonation is spot on....Tone is fabulous & the action is silky as heck!

However I do have a cheap soprano that I keep on the back of the toilet for longer than expected visits......

That introduces a whole new paradigm for the "I got a funky smelling uke"..

olgoat52
12-31-2010, 06:58 AM
I think of it as "sleeping around" looking for "miss righter than the last one". Once I find one that is "righter" that is the one I play. I just never get around to selling the older ones. Unfortunately not everyone I buy ends up being an improvement.