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SamWise
09-20-2008, 10:19 PM
I've come across similar syndromes before, on other boards. I'm also a cycling fanatic, and I've come across an interesting theory on www.bikeforums.com which is useful. This theory states that the optimal number of bicycles to own is n+1, where n is the current number of bicycles you own. Could this be applied to ukuleles too?

thejumpingflea
09-20-2008, 10:25 PM
I've come across similar syndromes before, on other boards. I'm also a cycling fanatic, and I've come across an interesting theory on www.bikeforums.com which is useful. This theory states that the optimal number of bicycles to own is n+1, where n is the current number of bicycles you own. Could this be applied to ukuleles too?

Close.

It is actually a(n+1). a=4 (one for each size Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone)

UkeNinja
09-20-2008, 10:32 PM
Before everyone goes off on how many ukes they have hanging on the wall, I would like to state that according to my opinion, UAS is first and foremost a thing for those with money, the "haves".
I am much more entertained by people playing the heck out of a cheap instrument (or adequately priced instrument for that matter) and keeping music in first place, than by looking at heaps of uke collections. Although things may become different when they are unique or vintage instruments. But to be honest, playing a ukulele and UAS are not necessarily the same thing. As pure as the former can be, so decadent can the latter become.

No offense to people with a lot of ukes, or the lust for one more. It's just that personally, I try to keep it "real" (pronounce [ri-oow]; big 'em up for Ali G!) as I do with my camera lenses: find out what gear you need, get it and worry no more.

[/old sour fart mode]

jqrcaliman
09-20-2008, 11:04 PM
wow...i been googling uas for like 15 minutes trying to find out what it means. and i didn't want to ask n e one cuz i didn't want to come across as a newb or stupid. funny i didn't know people had a name for this... ukulele acquisition syndrome. that's for people that don't know what it means and come across this thread. urwelcome haha.

SamWise
09-20-2008, 11:26 PM
The same thing is identified everywhere. The people with the most bikes tend to spend the most time talking about them on t'internet, and by extension, less time riding them. It's a fact of life, however, that some people are at least as turned on by the gear as the activity, and thank goodness for it, or none of the magazines I write for would exist. I'm definitely one who runs the risk of talking more than doing, but I do love the doing as well, and the Ukes I have around for review have had me sitting and playing far more than usual......

deach
09-21-2008, 12:12 AM
I had UAS only because I was looking for the right ukes for me. Currently I have four. A soprano, concert, tenor and electric. I might get more but the dire need to search for right one is gone.

hoosierhiver
09-21-2008, 01:20 AM
I'm cutting down,I only have about 10 ukes now.

h-drix
09-21-2008, 01:48 AM
Before everyone goes off on how many ukes they have hanging on the wall, I would like to state that according to my opinion, UAS is first and foremost a thing for those with money, the "haves"...

123 +rep.

well said, i used to visit a drum forum where it seemed people drooled over lovely instruments more then playing there own. On the flip side for some people it is hard to get in to an instrument when there own is the lowest quality. right now my ukes tone is getting worse and worse and because of it ive been playing it less and less. i cant wait for my g-string to come in so i can begin playing. it sounds silly, but it is true.

redsedge
09-21-2008, 03:00 AM
I had UAS only because I was looking for the right ukes for me. Currently I have four. A soprano, concert, tenor and electric. I might get more but the dire need to search for right one is gone.

Agreed. My soprano UAS has pretty much gone now I have the La Foley. But oh, all those concerts ...

wearymicrobe
09-21-2008, 05:55 AM
I had UAS only because I was looking for the right ukes for me. Currently I have four. A soprano, concert, tenor and electric. I might get more but the dire need to search for right one is gone.

Thats what I am getting down to, plus a 8 string tenor so a few songs that I play.

haole
09-21-2008, 06:51 AM
I can't comment on my own personal UAS until I have one of each size. When I start wanting more after that, I'll seek treatment. :D

tad
09-21-2008, 06:59 AM
I don't spend too much on any individual instrument-- I don't make that much. But I really like variety-- I really like having multiple very different ukuleles, just so that I have one that suits the kind of sound I make that day.

It's a relatively cheap instrument-- or at least on average, it is-- and that's part of the appeal to me. It allows me to have several, and to make very different sounds and have very different playing experiences.

NatalieS
09-21-2008, 08:24 AM
I can't afford UAS ;) so I'm really happy with my two sopranos.

The collecting syndrome definitely pertains to many hobbies though, as fish keepers often have what's known as "MTS" or "Multiple Tank Syndrome". I had 7 large fish tanks at one time lol, now I'm down to two once I realized how impractical and tough on my electric bill it was.

UkEdman90
09-21-2008, 08:34 AM
Before everyone goes off on how many ukes they have hanging on the wall, I would like to state that according to my opinion, UAS is first and foremost a thing for those with money, the "haves".
I am much more entertained by people playing the heck out of a cheap instrument (or adequately priced instrument for that matter) and keeping music in first place, than by looking at heaps of uke collections. Although things may become different when they are unique or vintage instruments. But to be honest, playing a ukulele and UAS are not necessarily the same thing. As pure as the former can be, so decadent can the latter become.

No offense to people with a lot of ukes, or the lust for one more. It's just that personally, I try to keep it "real" (pronounce [ri-oow]; big 'em up for Ali G!) as I do with my camera lenses: find out what gear you need, get it and worry no more.

[/old sour fart mode]



I totally agree! I have one uke and thats all i need!! it was 160 and its a kala that sounds really really good for its price! Thats all i really need! ;)

jjsdad
09-21-2008, 08:40 AM
Me too! Thanks for keeping it "real". I thought I might have UAS since I've bought 3 ukes in the past year (making my total to 4). But, I find I don't play my baritone at all and want to sell it. Thanks for reminding me that it's about the music and not the collection of instruments. (Although I'm still looking for a cheap pocket amp.. :D )

russ_buss
09-21-2008, 09:03 AM
i agree with UkeNinja's assessment. one is all you really need.

however, i won't feel bad about admitting UAS bit me ass and i'm totally rabid now. i own several relatively cheap ukes and i'm perfectly fine with keeping it "unreal" or "fake". one pair of shoes is all you really need too. but people still find a way to own two, three, seventy pair.

so while i agree, there's no reason to feel guilty about having it(UAS) either.:)

ukeninam
09-21-2008, 10:21 AM
as I pretty much agree with everyone's POV on UAS for me at least its a matter of finding the one that's right for me.
For example when I decided to take up guitar I went through about 8 and decidedly kept 3. Or with my drums I went through 2 (and about a dozen or so cymbals, rides, etc)and found that on one set I liked the snare and toms and the others from the other set. Or if your anything like my brother or my sister that have gone through hundreds of condenser mics, turntables, beatpads, synthesizers, you would know that finding that RIGHT mic or that RIGHT BEAT means thousands of dollars and TIME!!

For the instruments that don't get the cut I have no desire in keeping them to take up space so I sell them or gifted 2 guitars to my little cousins!

I have 2 ukes right now relatively cheap ones(one I found in the attic and one that was a gift for my bday) but I love to play them regardless of price or look and will probably purchase more to find the RIGHT one. Ive come to the conclusion that I really like the feel of a concert!

I'm sure if I had money I'd probably go on to purchase many more instruments is that really necessary YES and NO-yes if you want to find the instrument your fated to be with and no if you just don't have the resources!


SO IN CONCLUSION,
finding what's right for you is important..........
i figure you don't choose the uke...the uke chooses you!!

*THE END* haha:rock:

deach
09-21-2008, 12:05 PM
Keeping it real is having a goal, sacrificing, and working two full time jobs while trying to put yourself through school for years so when all that hard work finally paid off, having UAS would be a good thing.


deach - keeping it real

jsigone
09-21-2008, 12:53 PM
so if you had to do it again, would you buy two ukes rather then one? Saying if I were to get a $500 pono, would it be better to get like a Ohana solid mahog and a Kala spruce top or stick with one good quality uke? Is two sounds better then ONE?

deach
09-21-2008, 12:56 PM
so if you had to do it again, would you buy two ukes rather then one? Saying if I were to get a $500 pono, would it be better to get like a Ohana solid mahog and a Kala spruce top or stick with one good quality uke? Is two sounds better then ONE?

The Ohana and the Kala are both good quality.

For me, it wasn't about the name, it was about finding the right fit and the right sound. If I could achieve that spending $100, I'd be happy.

ichadwick
09-21-2008, 01:05 PM
It depends. By UAS do you mean:
Ukulele Acquistion Syndrome or...
Ukulele Appreciation Syndrome?

The former has no foreseeable end in sight for sufferers because there is always "just one more" uke to gather. The disease is spread through the Internet and affects thousands, with no known cure. New models only exacerbate it.

The latter, however, has a finite end in which the infected soul reaches a state of bliss. In that state, unowned ukuleles may be appreciated without having to be owned. Of course, one has to own several first to achieve that state of neo-Buddhist non-acquistion. It's like being sated at a gourmet meal: a small sample from a dish may suffice.

haole
09-21-2008, 01:20 PM
I'm sure even the Dalai Lama checks MGM's store daily for updates. ;)

VK18
09-21-2008, 02:21 PM
It is actually a(n+1). a=4 (one for each size Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone)[/quote]

That's Accurate

freedive135
09-21-2008, 02:27 PM
I like the comparing of pairs of shoes to having more than one Uke.... Its the same as saying "do you need more than a Studio Apt. to live in????"

And while I am definitely NOT a "haves" I work hard for the money I make and live simply. If I choose to spend it "buy" collecting Ukes then so be it, judge not.
Yes I have 6 and an other on order and will more than likely be getting another before the year ends, and then more next year too, call it a hobby.
It's not only the playin that I am enjoying it is also the collecting, I don't care if I never sound like Jake or Aldrine (I wish I did) I am having FUN.....

When I sit down to play each night I have all of them with in reach and use different ones for the different songs I am learning, they all sound different!!!!

Maybe when I do find the "ONE" the rest will go away but it can't be "one" as I like playin Sopranos and Tenors both....... and the lows of Mahogany and the highs of Spruce and the warmth of Koa and so on and on......

jjsdad
09-21-2008, 02:37 PM
however, i won't feel bad about admitting UAS bit me ass and i'm totally rabid now.

Ohh! That explains it. Since I met Russ, I bought two ukes so he must be contagious. :D Well, definitely his prolific video postings are an inspiration. Which reminds me... I gotta go record something funny. Stay tuned...