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hoosierhiver
04-13-2011, 09:26 AM
If you could have a ukulele collection of say 20 ukes including vintage ukes and could only one of each brand,
What would be on your must have list?

Pippin
04-13-2011, 09:43 AM
Hi Mike:

I'd have a Martin 5K vintage uke at the head of the list.

1. Martin 5k Vintage
2. Vita Uke Vintage
3. Lyon & Healy Bell
4. the original Kamaka Pineapple
5. Pineapple Sunday (have)
6. Santos "peanut-shaped" uke
7. Dias "peanut-shaped" uke
8. Glyph
9. Favilla baritone
10. Mainland Baritone (have)
11. Ohana CK-300G (have)
12. Chuck Moore, Moore-Bettah concert... any one would do.
13. Mike DaSilva Santos Reproduction
14. Compass-Rose tenor
15. Pohaku Concert
16. Gibson tenor
17. 1879 Anue-Nue solid koa uke (arrived today)
18. Kala solid Hawaiian Koa limited edition
19. Pete Howlett local-woods concert
20. Nunes "peanut-shaped" uke

Lori
04-13-2011, 09:48 AM
Well, I am already in trouble given those perimeters. I would want a Lyon and Healy Camp Uke and a L & H Shrine Uke (but with the green binding). I would like an original Harmony Roy Smeck Vita uke with the seal shaped sound holes. I don't own any vintage ukuleles.
–Lori

franulele
04-13-2011, 10:13 AM
Beltona Resonator Concert
Favilla Soprano
Flea Concert - got the bark cloth, but want the tie-dye!
Gibson Style 3
Gretsch Soprano
Harmony Roy Smeck Vita Uke (check!)
Honu Deluxe Tenor
Kala UBass
Kamaka Pineapple
Kanilea Tenor
Kepasa Ukulele
Kiwaya Concert
KoAloha Concert
Mainland Mahogany Concert - got it & play it everyday!
Martin Concert
Mya Moe Concert
National Resonator Uke
Pohaku Uke
Regal Wendell Hall "Red Head" Uke
Sandstrom Banjo Uke (http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2010/10/c1920-unmarked-birdseye-walnut-banjo.html) - got it! Cute as a bug!
Talsma Uke - Black Vita Uke style

ukulelecowboy
04-13-2011, 10:24 AM
Mike,

Great question...There's a bunch on Mickey's list that I would want but...

1. Favilla Mahogany Baritone (Own)
2. Martin Type 51 Baritone
3. Yasuma Type 51 Baritone (own)
4. C. F. Mountain Type 51 Baritone (own)
5. Red Cedar Mainland Baritone (June 2011, hopefully!)
6. Pono Koa Baritone Type 2
7. Talsma
8. Vega Arthur Godfrey Solo-Lute (own)
9. Compass Rose Tenor (own)
10. Favilla Sprucetop Baritone
11. Harmony 1950's Baritone (own)
12. Kamaka Baritone
13. Kanile'a Type 2 Baritone
14. Doug Heilman Black Bear Baritone
15. Michael McCarten Archtop Baritone Ukulele
16. Gretsch Baritone
17. Pono Spruce/Ebony Baritone (own)
18. Pono Red Cedar/Rosewood Slothead Baritone
19. Radiotone Archtop Tenor
20. Harmony Johnny Marvin "Prince of Wales" Airplane Bridge Tenor
21. DeVine Baritone

Tudorp
04-13-2011, 10:46 AM
this is "Kinda" easy.

If I were only limited to 20. 1st, all my current would go away to start fresh.

#1) Vintage Martin 5K
#2) Left open for whatever my "Have to" is at the time.
#3) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#4) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#5) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#6) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#7) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#8) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#9) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#10) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#11) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#12) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#13) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#14) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#15) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#16) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#17) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#18) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#19) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#20) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.

That about sums it up..

cletus
04-13-2011, 11:25 AM
Can I trade ukes for talent?:old:

I'm feeling 'ukulele rich' at the moment. I need to learn how to play, honestly.
About the only thing I'm thinking of is a soprano body/concert neck uke. Maybe Mainland will come out with one eventually.

ichadwick
04-13-2011, 11:56 AM
Tough. 20 ukes? I have a hard enough time thinking about five or six.

In general terms:
1 solid body electric, steel-string tenor
1 solid-body electric, steel-string baritone
1 carry-around-the-house and leave-it-anywhere tenor uke. Like a Fluke.
1 Nice-sounding solid-wood baritone, with pickup
1 Nice sounding solid-wood tenor, with pickup
1 all-acoustic lovely sound, solid-wood but not too expensive tenor so I can play it on the front porch with a glass of wine or beer.
1 all-acoustic lovely sound, solid-wood but not too expensive baritone so I can play it on the front porch with a glass of wine or beer.
1 banjo uke (scale undecided but either baritone or tenor)
1 tenor resonator uke

I'm not a collector of vintage items except more by chance, so owing a fabled Martin of Gibson of Healy & Lyon would be okay, but only if it was a bargain and it was fully playable. Like old motorcycles, they're lovely to look at, but I prefer something more practical. (I hope that, unlike old bikes, bits don't keep falling off them...).

Throw in a nice battery-powered micro amp, too and maybe a short-scale bass or even an electric upright bass.

Most of this stuff I already have, so I'm feeling pretty happy with my herd. I'd trade my Risa tenor for their LP model, though.

janeray1940
04-13-2011, 12:10 PM
I'm not a collector of vintage items except more by chance, so owing a fabled Martin of Gibson of Healy & Lyon would be okay, but only if it was a bargain and it was fully playable. Like old motorcycles, they're lovely to look at, but I prefer something more practical. (I hope that, unlike old bikes, bits don't keep falling off them...).


I've pretty much got a rule: I buy vintage whenever possible, *except* for instruments and vehicles! Getting my first new Kamaka was like driving my first new car (after 20+ years of driving vintage American beasts) - absolutely no going back.

That being said, my list might look something like this:

1) Kamaka Ohta-san concert
2) Kamaka longneck concert
3) Kamaka tenor 4-string
4) Kamaka tenor 6-string
5) Kamaka standard pineapple
6-20) a bunch of Makala Dolphins to hand out to people randomly when they look like they need a reason to smile :)

ukeeku
04-13-2011, 12:31 PM
I am simple.

1. Simple martin from the 20's
2. David Gill Concert Pineapple
3. Goldtone concert banjolele
4. Polk-a-lele
5. Ohana Sopranino
6. The washburn Bell uke that I saw when I toured U.S. Music Corp ( http://ukeeku.com/2009/06/21/my-visit-to-oscar-schmidt/)
7. Concert Paulele
8. Kala Soprano travel
9. Sukies flamingo Morre Bettah
10. Koa Concert solid body Eleuke
11. The Alumimium Risa soprano stick (yes it is real, only one made)
12. Koaloha Tenor Scepter
13. 1925 Lyon & Healy Monkeypod Camp Uke
14. pineapple shape Ukulele Built by Tiki King
15. Concert Surfer Fluke with rosewood fretboard
16. Lanikai 8-string Tenor
17. Can-o-lele from Aaron Keim
18. Black Bear Cigar box
19. Mendels uke from brad :)
20. 1920's HARMONY AERO UKULELE (It looks like a plane, how cool is that?)

hmgberg
04-13-2011, 01:11 PM
I've pretty much got a rule: I buy vintage whenever possible, *except* for instruments and vehicles! Getting my first Kamaka was like driving my first new car (after 20+ years of driving vintage American beasts) - absolutely no going back.

That being said, my list might look something like this:

1) Kamaka Ohta-san concert
2) Kamaka longneck concert
3) Kamaka tenor 4-string
4) Kamaka tenor 6-string
5) Kamaka standard pineapple
6-20) a bunch of Makala Dolphins to hand out to people randomly when they look like they need a reason to smile :)

Jane, my friend, you're so unruly! Mike stipulated that you can only have one of each brand on your list. I'm not surprised, somehow, that five Kamakas head your list. I am surprised that the Ohta-san tops it, though. I thought you said...Oh, never mind. It's on my list, too:

1. Martin 3K or 5K
2. Lyon & Healy Shrine Koa
3. Kamaka Ohta-san
4. Manuel Nunes taropatch
5. Earnest Stradelele spruce top
6. Moore Bettah Style 1 soprano
7. DaSilva Santo repro
8. Pete Howlett Le Noir
9. Tim Laughlin 5k repro
10. Glyph mezzo soprano
11. Talsma Red Rocket
12. Gibson U-3 soprano
13. Kiwaya Master series koa concert
14. The koa soprano I'm building now, if I don't screw up
16. Beansprout banjolele - practicing my splitstroke in the hopes of one day...
17. The Gretsch tiple that Chuck Fayne has listed on E-bay
18. Hollywood concert uke
19. Kumalae Style 5
20. Harmony Prince of Wales

janeray1940
04-13-2011, 01:16 PM
Jane, my friend, you're so unruly! Mike stipulated that you can only have one of each brand on your list. ... I am surprised that the Ohta-san tops it, though. I thought you said...Oh, never mind. It's on my list, too:


Oh, I read that as one *model* of each brand :)

The Ohta-san is beautiful, and while I would never spend the money on it in real life, in dream life - sure, I'll take one, why not?

Good call on the DaSilva Santo repro. In my fantasy life that would be real nice to have!

zac987
04-13-2011, 02:18 PM
1. Martin 3M or 3K
2. A well-made tiple
3. Gibson UB2
4. Johnny Marvin Professional Tenor with Aero-Bridge
5-20 unnecessary :)

pepamahina
04-13-2011, 03:59 PM
15. Pohaku Concert

Love a Pohaku myself, but why a concert instead of a tenor? Just curious.

pepamahina
04-13-2011, 04:03 PM
5. Kamaka pineapple (vintage)

How about this one? I've played this one at the store, it is sweeeet! Maybe if I sold the car.....
http://elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-901.htm

hmgberg
04-13-2011, 04:51 PM
How about this one? I've played this one at the store, it is sweeeet! Maybe if I sold the car.....
http://elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-901.htm

You've played it!!! I'm so jealous. Tell me more.

Chris Tarman
04-13-2011, 04:52 PM
Only one of each brand??? What kind of b*&&#@! is that????? I NEED a 5K and 3K Martin, and a 3M and a Style 0!!!! And then there's the 2K and 1K to round out my Martin collection.
But, ok, sticking to the rules.... *grumble grumble*
1) Martin 5K
2) Gibson Style 3
3) Lyon & Healy Shrine
4) Talsma custom soprano I've been kicking around in my head for a few months
5) Da Silva Martin Style 3 replica
6) William King soprano of some sort
7) Kamaka Pineapple
8) Joel Eckhaus "Stradelele"
9) Harmony Vitauke
10) Kepasa "Josephine" soprano, black with white binding and the little white body doo-hicky like a Martin Style 3
11) Some kind of vintage banjo uke
12) Mainland banjo uke (when the sopranos get here)
13) Firefly banjo uke
14) Mya-Moe resonator
15) Beansprout Banjo-uke
16) An early Hawaiian soprano like a Nunes
17) Moore Bettah Soprano
18) Hmmm.... I'll have to think about the last 2, unless I can sneak a couple more Martins in....

hoosierhiver
04-13-2011, 05:23 PM
I'm loving these responses. Very cool.

pdxuke
04-13-2011, 05:31 PM
Here it is, in order of must have, one per brand: + means I own it:

1. Kamaka Pineapple +
2. Martin O +
4. Ohana SK35 +
5. Kiwaya KTS 4 +
6. Mainland Banjo Uke +
7. Collings Concert
8. Vintage Vita
9. Flea +
10. Harmony Barry +
11. Stromberg V. Soprano Banjo Uke
12. Makala Dolphin (pink :-) +
13. Lyon & Heally Soprano
12. Regal Novelty
13. A custom Moore concert with friction tuners
14. Gretsch Soprano +
15. Nunes Soprano from the teens
16. Koaloha concert w/ friction tuners
17. Mya-Moe resonator
18. William King Soprano
19. Lo Prinzi Mahogany Soprano
20. Maccaferri Islander

Having said that, I'm a brand hog like Jane:-) If I could have ukes in multiple brands, I'd be a happy man with 9, as follows:

1. Kamaka Concert
2..Kamaka Pineapple
3. Martin Vintage Tenor
4. Martin O
5. Ohana SK 35
6. Martin Vintage Barry
7. Mainland Banjo Uke
8. Vintage Banjo Uke
9. Makala Dolphin

and I'd trade out the Martin Tenor if Kamaka would make one for me with friction tuners...

Pippin
04-13-2011, 05:33 PM
Love a Pohaku myself, but why a concert instead of a tenor? Just curious.

It's my favorite size.

funnyguy0804
04-13-2011, 05:45 PM
The must have ukes that I can only think of now is:

Custom Moore Bettah Tenor
Kamaka Tenor

:) These are definitely on my wish list~

Teek
04-13-2011, 11:14 PM
Gosh. I'm trying to de-acquisition.. so I would have to have a dream house to have room for the dream ukes. My ego is resistant, but:

The Beansprout banjo uke, it seems high on the lists so far; concert or tenor, probably concert, but the tenor sounds phenomenal.

Martin baritone. There's one in the family but I will never see it again.

Kamaka baritone, custom.

Lyon & Healy Camp uke, or a nice soprano with the mustache bridge, I LOVE the mustache bridge.

Favilla baritone.

Original Vita Uke.

Gibson sunburst soprano with pin bridge, a real high end model.

Favilla tear drop soprano, natural.

A perfect JR Stewart black Le Domino soprano.

An Octophone.

My old CBU back, sigh.

Fill in with customs:

Greg Pacetti

Monkey Wrench

Ken Timms

Pete Howlett

& a few others.

I would have to add talent to the dream along with the house.

rreffner
04-14-2011, 01:52 AM
Pete Howlett concert.

GX9901
04-14-2011, 05:44 AM
Not sure if I could come up with 20, but here they are in no particular order:

-Martin 3M
-Gibson Uke-3
-Kamaka tenor HF-3
-William King concert (long scale)
-Glyph mezzo soprano (long scale)
-Moore Bettah tenor
-KoAloha Pineapple Sunday
-DaSilva Santos reproduction
-G-String concert "Sun"
-Talsma concert
-Mya-Moe concert
-Ernest LaPaula (cherry sunburst)
-Risa LP tenor
-Ko'olau Contemporary Series tenor (macassar ebony)
-Koa Works tenor
-Collings UC-3
-Kanile'a super tenor K-5 or custom

Kauai808
04-14-2011, 06:53 AM
Santa Cruz hog ukulele
Collings hog ukulele

I would be good after that.

pepamahina
04-14-2011, 07:29 AM
How about this one? I've played this one at the store, it is sweeeet! Maybe if I sold the car.....
http://elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-901.htm


You've played it!!! I'm so jealous. Tell me more.

It's just so beautiful to hold, like a little jewel. The wood is so rich and all of that gorgeous decoration...I felt like I had to hold it like a baby. It really was special. It also sounded better than any of the other ukes I had played that day. I actually scolded the guy at the counter for not having a humidifier in it! It was definitely the best uke in the store, but I prefer koa to mahogany so that may have something to do with why I thought so. If they were selling it for half of that, I would say consider it if you are a true collector, but that price is just insane, and they consider it "reduced". I played with a bunch of their vintage instruments, most of which I didn't like, including this other kamaka pineapple:
http://elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-1389.htm
Which for me was just a lesson about buying vintage online. I don't want to buy a vintage uke that I can't play first. Another problem is that they usually keep the original strings on the vintage ones, so you can't hear what they would sound like with updated strings. So vintage ukes can be hard to buy, even if you can play them ahead of time.

hmgberg
04-14-2011, 04:38 PM
How about this one? I've played this one at the store, it is sweeeet! Maybe if I sold the car.....
http://elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-901.htm



It's just so beautiful to hold, like a little jewel. The wood is so rich and all of that gorgeous decoration...I felt like I had to hold it like a baby. It really was special. It also sounded better than any of the other ukes I had played that day. I actually scolded the guy at the counter for not having a humidifier in it! It was definitely the best uke in the store, but I prefer koa to mahogany so that may have something to do with why I thought so. If they were selling it for half of that, I would say consider it if you are a true collector, but that price is just insane, and they consider it "reduced". I played with a bunch of their vintage instruments, most of which I didn't like, including this other kamaka pineapple:
http://elderly.com/vintage/items/180U-1389.htm
Which for me was just a lesson about buying vintage online. I don't want to buy a vintage uke that I can't play first. Another problem is that they usually keep the original strings on the vintage ones, so you can't hear what they would sound like with updated strings. So vintage ukes can be hard to buy, even if you can play them ahead of time.

Thanks for your kind response. It's just an exquisite little number. There was one on the marketplace at FMM last year for, I think, $3,500.00. Nobody bit. I didn't have the cash (or even close to it) at the time. I've purchased some vintage ukes from elderly, and have been quite pleased. They have some Martins I would like to hear. Which ones did you not like, besides the other pineapple?

Teek
04-14-2011, 07:43 PM
I forgot the Mainland Honeybee, sigh.

kenikas
04-15-2011, 07:21 AM
Great list's, I'd love to try most that have been listed. Since Hoosierhiver started this I'll put in my vote for a,
Mainland solid Mango Concert with slotted headstock...hint,hint!

ukukimmy
04-20-2011, 08:15 AM
...Lyon and Healy Camp Uke and a L & H Shrine Uke (but with the green binding)...–Lori

Looks like "your" L&H w green binding is now available on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Washburn-Lyon-Healy-Shrine-Ukulele-Soprano-w-OHSC-/370503207419?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5643b649fb) for a meer $2k. ;-)

Nixon
04-20-2011, 11:56 AM
Red=got/on the way

1.Pete Howlett acoustic tenor
2.Pete Howlett electric tenor
3.Gibson type 1 soprano should arrive tomorrow:D
4.custom Koaloha 8 string sceptre
5.Gretsch camp uke
6.Kumalae soprano
7.Gibson UB-1
8.Rob Collins longneck soprano
9.Chuck Moore twin neck tenor
10.Kamaka pineapple concert
11.Some kind of dobro

and 9 beaters/niceish ukes to lend out to mates.

This has made my UAS kick in so bad, must resist til 2012.

Lori
04-20-2011, 01:05 PM
Looks like "your" L&H w green binding is now available on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Washburn-Lyon-Healy-Shrine-Ukulele-Soprano-w-OHSC-/370503207419?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5643b649fb) for a meer $2k. ;-)
Nice! Thanks for the link. I don't think I will be spending $2K on that right now though. Nice to see one! I don't know what they sound like in person.
Another I would add to my list is a Boat Paddle M-style and a Moore Bettah with a side sound port and custom inlays, Kanile'a Super Concert, Ohana G35-5 hi/low g string, a Kamaka, DaSilva Santos reproduction, Mya-moe resonator, and a Flea.

–Lori

pepamahina
04-20-2011, 03:10 PM
Thanks for your kind response. It's just an exquisite little number. There was one on the marketplace at FMM last year for, I think, $3,500.00. Nobody bit. I didn't have the cash (or even close to it) at the time. I've purchased some vintage ukes from elderly, and have been quite pleased. They have some Martins I would like to hear. Which ones did you not like, besides the other pineapple?

They kept the really nice Martin antiques high up on the wall out of reach and since I didn't want a soprano unless it was a Kamaka at the time I didn't ask them to get any of them down. Next time I go I definitely will. I didn't like any of the other vintage ukes that I tried enough to buy, except for one, which is a secret because it's still there and someday I might just go up there and get it ;)

Hippie Dribble
04-21-2011, 02:19 AM
1. Mya Moe soprano
2. Kamaka pineapple soprano
3. Moore Bettah pineapple soprano
4. Collings concert
5. Black Bear concert

all the rest would just be garnishes....

hmgberg
04-21-2011, 04:06 AM
They kept the really nice Martin antiques high up on the wall out of reach and since I didn't want a soprano unless it was a Kamaka at the time I didn't ask them to get any of them down. Next time I go I definitely will. I didn't like any of the other vintage ukes that I tried enough to buy, except for one, which is a secret because it's still there and someday I might just go up there and get it ;)

Ha! I understand your secretiveness.

cletus
04-21-2011, 04:11 AM
1. Mya Moe soprano
2. Kamaka pineapple soprano
3. Moore Bettah pineapple soprano
4. Collings concert
5. Black Bear concert

all the rest would just be garnishes....

That's a good sensible list, especially if all were concert sized for me.

wolfybau
04-21-2011, 02:40 PM
the moore ukes are realy beautiful i was just looking at the website moorebettahukes.com

Lalz
09-25-2011, 02:50 PM
Probably wouldn't get 20, but in addition to my current Kala KSS, my little beater Mahalo (I can't part from it: it's purple) and my Gold Tone Banjo Uke soprano, I wish for myself the following ukes, thank you!

1. Beltona lapsteel ukulele in khaki or turquoise baked enamel with steel strings. Electric would be nice, to get that 1960's hawaiian sound.
2. 1937 National Style O soprano resonator uke, with the same headstock as this one (i.e. not the replica): http://www.notecannons.com/instruments/uke_style_0_small_3.jpg. Actually make it electric and strong enough and this one with steel strings and a nut raiser for lap steel action would be juuust fine instead of the Beltona. No really, I'd be totally ok with it I promise.
3. Black low-G fluke/flea to play slack tuning on, with rosewood fretboard and an art deco pattern print on it that would be a bit like this one: with http://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/ukulele/images/stories/ukes/065.png
4. Cute little cigar-box uke with nice colours
5. Not really a ukulele, I know, but: a Malian four-string ngoni ba. Beautiful.
6. While we're in borderline non-uke territory: a Bean Sprout 5-strings banjo. Or a mountain dulcimer. Or a double-bass. Or all of them.

My birthday is in November, thank you! ;-)

haolejohn
09-25-2011, 03:03 PM
People don't follow the rules:) Only one of each brand.

Lalz
09-25-2011, 10:46 PM
Oh my, I just had a look at the Moore Bettah website. My jaw is still hurting from hitting the floor.

zac987
09-25-2011, 11:05 PM
1. Martin 3M or 3K
2. A well-made tiple
3. Gibson UB2
4. Johnny Marvin Professional Tenor with Aero-Bridge
5-20 unnecessary :)

Here's my updated list since the last go around. I would be happy with these, and would never want another musical instrument. In fact, I'd sell or trade all of my current instruments to have this lineup if it were possible.

Pete Howlett
10-03-2011, 01:55 PM
Only one - Lyon and Healey Shrine uke with green binding and end cap and that gorgeous gondela bridge. Can't be beat for style and sound :)
BTW - thanks to all those who put me on their lists. I'm humbled.

NewKid
02-21-2014, 10:09 AM
1. Pete Howlett Concert Vita
2. Martin 3M soprano
3. Kamaka Ohta San concert
4. Moore Bettah Super Soprano Pineapple
5. Pohaku Concert 10
6. Ukiyo Vita soprano (have)
7. Graziano Selmer Style tenor
8. Compass Rose LeJazz tenor
9. Maui Music Deluxe tenor
10. Eric DeVine tenor
11. Rollo Scheurenbrand tenor
12. Mike Pereira tenor (have)
13. Luis Feu de Mesquita Ukaferri (have)
14. Harmony Roy Smeck Vita soprano
15. Mya-Moe Myrtle tenor classic
16. Collings UT3-K tenor
17. Silber and Fayne Frisco concert
18. Ken Timms Style O soprano
19. Boat Paddle ML tenor (have)
20. Kerry Char tenor

Other brands I would love to own:
Kawika, Glyph, William King, Mike DaSilva, Joel Eckhaus, Dave Talsma, Tim Laughlin, and John Kinnard

mds725
02-21-2014, 10:52 AM
this is "Kinda" easy.

If I were only limited to 20. 1st, all my current would go away to start fresh.

#1) Vintage Martin 5K
#2) Left open for whatever my "Have to" is at the time.
#3) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#4) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#5) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#6) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#7) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#8) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#9) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#10) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#11) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#12) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#13) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#14) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#15) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#16) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#17) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#18) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#19) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
#20) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.

That about sums it up..

Very sweet, Tony. I have a boxful of Makala Dolphins and Sharks currently looking for kids who will love them.

For the sake of the thread, though (and violating the only one of each brand rule):

1. Moore Bettah tenor
2. Kamaka HF-3 tenor
3. Kamaka HF-4 baritone
4. Kamaka FF-38 eight string tenor
5. Kamaka HF-48 eight string baritone
6. May-Moe tenor
7. Compass Rose tenor
8. Compass Rose steel string baritone
9. Compass Rose octave GCEA baritone
10. Mya-Moe six string baritone
11. Kamaka FF-2 concert
12. Makala Dolphin
13-20. Makala Dolphins and Sharks to give away.

janeray1940
02-21-2014, 11:11 AM
I've pretty much got a rule: I buy vintage whenever possible, *except* for instruments and vehicles! Getting my first new Kamaka was like driving my first new car (after 20+ years of driving vintage American beasts) - absolutely no going back.

That being said, my list might look something like this:

1) Kamaka Ohta-san concert
2) Kamaka longneck concert
3) Kamaka tenor 4-string
4) Kamaka tenor 6-string
5) Kamaka standard pineapple
6-20) a bunch of Makala Dolphins to hand out to people randomly when they look like they need a reason to smile :)

How fun to see this thread resurrected - nearly three years later, Nos. 1 and 6 are still on the list, and that Ohta-san just may be in my near future. Maybe. Happy to say I can scratch Nos. 2-4 off the list since I've since learned that tenor necks and I do not play well together... and No. 5 has been in my possession for almost three years.

But I do have a new object of uke desire: the National Style 2 "Wild Rose" resonator. That, and the Ohta-san, and I'll consider myself uke satisfied.

UkerDanno
02-21-2014, 11:28 AM
I'd replace my Martins with a fine 30's vintage 3K soprano, add a Koaloha Concert, a Compass Rose and a Moore Bettah, probably both concerts and as far as anything else, I don't know 20 brands!

Hippie Dribble
02-21-2014, 11:36 AM
1. Mya Moe soprano
2. Kamaka pineapple soprano
3. Moore Bettah pineapple soprano
4. Collings concert
5. Black Bear concert

all the rest would just be garnishes....
Yeah, interesting to see this resurrected for sure. My list 3 years on is similar but a little different.

I am fortunate enough to own a Mya Moe soprano and a Black Bear soprano.

But my new list would look like this:

1. Black Bear soprano. check.
2. Moore Bettah figure 8 soprano.
3. Ono concert. check.
4. Big Rusty resonator. check.
5. Ono baritone. check.
6. Gerard Guasch soprano. check.
7. Ken Timms soprano. check.
8. Collings UC2 concert.
9. vintage Martin O or vintage custom Regal soprano.

so yeah, I am satisfied as I've ever been. Just looking for that elusive Moore Bettah soprano, perhaps a sweet vintage mahogany soprano and a nice custom Collings sometime, someday...

Jerryc41
03-06-2018, 02:29 AM
Definitely the four Hawaiian Ks, for a start.

uketanzon
03-06-2018, 03:00 AM
I have already started the journey
see top part of my signature.

Croaky Keith
03-06-2018, 04:08 AM
I'm more than happy with what I've got, thanks. :D

Nickie
03-06-2018, 06:31 AM
"9. Sukie's flamingo Morre Bettah"

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's MB.....LOL

The only things I can think of would be:

1. Concert size Southern Cross banjouke

2. Moon Bird Anue anue

3. Any concert size MB or Devine uke

4. Ken Timms soprano

5. Bass uke, solid body, with a pre-amp for my wife

and 15 other playable all laminate wood ukes, soprano or concert size, to give away to kids.

Oldtoolie
03-06-2018, 11:29 PM
I would consider provenance as well as the uke. So first on my list would one of George Harrison's Kamakas. Next one of George Formby's banjoukes. Then there's Elvis's uke from Blue Hawaii and Marilyn's white painted uke from Some Like it Hot. With those I would not need twenty. I could play the George's and look at the others.

Spicysteve
03-07-2018, 03:53 AM
Struggle to make it to 20.

1. Kamaka Koa Tenor - Have met Chris, Chris Jr. and Herb Ohto Jr. (That was a fabulous evening)
2. Pete Howlett Tenor
3. Beansprout Tenor Banjolele
4. Ono Maple Tenor
5. Mya Moe Tenor
6. Pono Pro Classic Mahogany Baritone
7. Moore Bettah Tenor
8. Loprizi Concert
9. KoAloha Koa Tenor
10. Blackbird Clara
11 .Kiwaya Mahogany Soprano
12. Romero Creations Spruce/Rosewood Grand Tenor
13. Godin MultiUke

That's all for now, but UAS never sleeps.

Cheers,

Steve.