View Full Version : Do you travel with your "nice" uke?

11-30-2011, 02:56 PM
I take 6-10 business trips each year, typically a week or less. I enjoy taking my uke with me to play in the hotel. In many cases, I end up taking my EleUke. I am curious to see how many folks travel with their "nice" uke. "Nice" is your definition, it could be a Kamaka, Koaloha,Mainland, whatever you think is your nice uke.

11-30-2011, 03:06 PM
This year I've travelled more than 8 weeks, and usually bring my Kanile'a concert. Since I sold it after buying a Kamaka concert recently , I guess that I will just bring the kamaka w/ me next time.

11-30-2011, 03:07 PM
Totally depends... on where, for how long and even how many bags I already have to take. Generally, I take my Pono MPTSH because it's built very solidly but lately it's been Kamaka all the way. I find the trips more enjoyable if I have my #1.

Although I have reverted a couple of times to throwing my old Hilo or no-name sop in the suitcase surrounded by clothes just to have something to play. Interesting observation though, 9 times out of 10 other travelers will want to see my violin when they see the case.

11-30-2011, 03:32 PM
Depends on where and how I'm going. If I drive, I usually take a nice one or 2, when I fly I like to travel light with only a carry on so I just take my dolphin sandwiched between my clothes in the suitcase.

11-30-2011, 03:41 PM
I don't travel a whole lot, just a couple times a year, but I can't imagine *not* bringing one of my Kamakas when I do (even though I own a "travel" uke - that one is my beach uke). I would miss it too much if I left it at home!

11-30-2011, 04:32 PM
My custom comes with me to work every single day. I worry about hurting it, but the reality is, I cannot bring myself to play my Lanikai unless I have no other choice. Bradford Donaldson spoiled me with my "Hugs and Kisses" Uke.

11-30-2011, 05:10 PM
My Ovation/Applause acoustic/electric soprano's been around the globe. I also take a Traveler Ultra Light acoustic/electric guitar:





11-30-2011, 05:14 PM
I also carry among a variety of amps, depending on the nature of the travel:





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11-30-2011, 05:28 PM
I will typically take my Concert rosewood fretboard Flea.

It's totally durable, and I don't have to worry about humidity, etc... although it doesn't sound nearly as nice as my G-string or KoAlohas...

Sometimes I think... Life is short, maybe I should just take my G-string and if it gets beat up, broken, so be it... it's meant to be used!


11-30-2011, 05:44 PM
I've taken all my ukes everywhere I go, whether it's in the travel trailer to the mountains or down to the beach in Santa Cruz to jam with the Sons of the Beach. On a plane I carry one on and hold it in my lap.

11-30-2011, 06:23 PM

Planes, trains, or automobiles usually have one of them with me. Traveling around Asia always tons of downtime to get in some playing.

11-30-2011, 06:36 PM
When i leave my house i always have one of my ukes with me. If im just going around town or a friends house i usually take my kala.
But when i go over to Santa Cruz or anywhere out of state my mainland pineapple goes along for the ride, and its always fun to play the pineapple on the plane.
Its the newest of my ukes but its been to coast to coast already.

mr moonlight
11-30-2011, 06:40 PM
I travel quite a bit, always with a uke and prefer to travel as light as possible. Once I got my custom Ko'olau I no longer played my Kala's. Don't get me wrong, the Kala's are great sounding Ukes, but the Ko'olau is simply in a different league. So soon after I got that, I ordered a nice Pono as my travel uke. It too is not a cheap uke by a long shot, but it was a lot cheaper than the Ko'olau.

11-30-2011, 06:40 PM
Always since all my ukes are nice. Lol

I have a mainland red cedar concert that is my beater and if it isn't a rough trip my koaloha goes with me unless I will be amplifying myself, then my Mele goes. Ukes are made to be played. If I scratch it...so be it

11-30-2011, 06:41 PM
When it's a nice and sunny day, i would usually take my lanikai out. When the weather doesn't look so nice, it would have to be my makala.

mm stan
11-30-2011, 07:10 PM
Get yourself a Captains backpacker..it is great sounding and small but has enough volume to enjoy anywhere...it's reasonalbly priced and with a pick up its around 175.. without about 150
check out this link..I bought one concert some time ago...the three picture on the bottom is my uke...you can even get a portable honeytone for 19.99 with battery from Musicians friend,

Rick Turner
11-30-2011, 07:23 PM
Yep. Ab trimmed highly figured koa Compass Rose tenor. Why not?

12-01-2011, 01:48 AM
Yep. Ab trimmed highly figured koa Compass Rose tenor. Why not?

Rick, that isn't quite fair. You can just whip up a new Compass Rose if something happens. Us mere mortals would cry for weeks if something happened to such a beautiful instrument.

12-01-2011, 02:52 AM
I have traveled with my Moore Bettah. I used to travel a bunch for work and would usually bring my KPK but began bringing my Koaloha towards the end of that job. Now If I travel difinatly bringing the MB or Koaloha.

12-01-2011, 03:57 AM
I travel every week for business. So, every week, depending on destination weather & other things I might have planned to do that week, I rotate among several of my ukes. This week its arguably my favorite, a KoAloha Longneck Pineapple. A few weeks ago, when I was going to see Jake Shimabukuro, I brought my Sailor Brand uke for Jake to sign. I've taken my Pineapple Sunday, the LoPrinzi Tenor; quite regularly my G-String, & the KoAloha Superconcert on occasion. And yes, the Dolphin, Mainland Chili, and Kala "Mighty Uke" get to come along on occasion. Sometimes I bring more than one!

There's nothing quite as soothing as kicking back in your hotel room w/TV OFF & uke in hand. Mahalo!

12-01-2011, 09:47 AM
Your poll doesn't have an appropriate answer for people like me because "travel" can mean a bunch of different things. I travel with my Kamaka locally, to ukulele classes, performances and meetups, but I haven't taken it on an airplane yet. (The poll answer "sometimes" suggests I sometimes bring a "good" uke on an airplane, but "it never leaves the house" is inapplicable to me.) On trips involving air travel, I've only ever taken my Kala thinline travel ukulele with me. However, if I were ever to travel by air to a place where I'd be playing an ukulele in public, I'd probably want to bring my Kamaka, which would probably mean buying a Kamoa fiberglass case.

12-01-2011, 10:03 AM
I have 2 travel ukes. A cheap soprano Kala for any airlines. I've never had a problem carrying it on. And a Blackbird CF when I want something better. It's a little big for air travel, but works fine in the car, and it withstands weather conditions just fine. My good ukes go outside on special occasions.

12-01-2011, 01:15 PM
I always take my kamaka where ever I go. As a result there's a healthy amount of blemishes on my uke, but an ukulele is made for playing, right?

12-01-2011, 01:18 PM
For me it depends on where the travel is to.
If I am serious about playing, I want my "A" ukulele.
I have an Ameritage case I use for flying, so whatever uke I am taking goes in the case.
When I go camping or somewhere less than ideal, I take my fluke.

(the) Indigo Getdown
12-01-2011, 01:41 PM
I only have two active ukes for the moment, but I've thrown them both in the car before. I guess my Mainland is technically my "nice" uke, but it's also the one I've traveled with the most thus far. I'm sure I'll cringe when the inevitable moment when it receives it's first major scar happens, but oh well. Instruments are meant to be played.

Should also point out that I have taken any long trips with one yet. When I do, I'll proably bring the Firefly along. Those magical fluke ukes seem mighty tough.

12-01-2011, 02:53 PM
my mainland only goes on short journeys at the moment, usually i take my fluke and/or my dolphin, though my girlfriend has just bought me a luna tattoo pineapple to take out and about

12-01-2011, 03:14 PM
My last trip to the West Coast, I brought my (then 2-week old) KoAloha Sceptre.

Prior to getting the Sceptre, I traveled with my Tenor Fluke - the case even fits in the overhead bins of the little commuter flights.

If I need to carry something smaller, I'll probably try to take both the Vita Uke and the Firefly - if I can only bring one, it will be the Ohana.

This is all assuming I'm gong by air; if I'm driving, I'll take a couple of them - just not sure which ones yet... Although my preference would be the KoAloha and the Firefly.


modern day ukuleleist
12-01-2011, 03:59 PM
I haven't gotten my "nice" uke yet (will be getting it in the next week or so), but I probably won't travel with it after reading comments about how easy it is for ukuleles to crack in low humidity.

If I buy some type of humidifier, is there any risk associated with too much humidity?

12-01-2011, 04:14 PM
I regularly fly with my aNueNue 1879 soprano, I can almost squeeze the hard case in my back pack carry on so it doesn't count as a separate bag. As someone said "ukes are for playing" and as for theft I can't imagine that a hotel thief is going to grab a uke - they probably think that it's a toy.

12-01-2011, 04:41 PM
I often travel with my Martin. I always carry it on the plane- I would never check it. Sometimes I bring my banjo uke too if I'm traveling to a music festival, but it's a bit of a hassle because of all the metal and I don't have a case for it. But I recently bought an old vintage uke to bring along for fun if I do decide to leave the Martin home.