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Ryan<3Ukes
02-26-2012, 10:24 AM
Just a personal reflection thread. Honestly, if you play casually or you're just a collector I think its okay to have as many ukes as you want. Even if you're not I really don't think there is anything wrong with it, especially if you like to perform with different ukes or just love having them. James Hill has performed with a couple ukes, his 2 custom G-strings (I want to know if he still has those) and his dasilva custom. On his website it also says he travels with three ukes, his dasilva, myamoe slide( I am assuming thats a lap steel), and his beansprout banjo. Thats just a little extra info for the James Hill lovers. I've never seen him play slide so I don't know what he uses the mya-moe slide for. Unless the chopsticks thing counts as slide. Btw thats really fun and I think everyone should try that. I've noticed that a lot of the really talented players like Jake,James, and Aldrine have had a few ukes but Im assuming thats also just coincidence. Although I can honestly say that a lot of people on this forum that has/had raging UAS can follow that example so here is another question : Do you think having more ukes has made you want to play more or does playing more make you want more ukes?

weerpool
02-26-2012, 10:28 AM
i pet them

Ryan<3Ukes
02-26-2012, 10:39 AM
i pet them

I do too...

808boy
02-26-2012, 10:56 AM
Aloha,
I've collected quite a few in the short period that I became a born-again uker (according to mmStan). I play everyone of them, rotating 5 at a time. I do love looking at them, making sure they're clean and polished. I also love taking pix of my Ukulele Ohana (on Facebook).
In short, I do have the "Uku Itch" but I'm loving it.................................BO............. .............

fabioponta
02-26-2012, 11:01 AM
After a bit of play and the purchase of more than 30 different top quality ukes I've ever had in two years, I think I play now with more pleasure, knowing that I have the better than my ears have heard in uke, with my financial limitations.( I sold many ukes until reach the set who I have today)

rpfrogner
02-26-2012, 11:17 AM
I am fortunate to have a nice group of ukulele's. The more I play, the more I want to play......the more ukulele's I have, the more I would like to have. I am always interested in hearing what unique voice the next one may have. I am not a good player, but it is hard to believe anyone could enjoy doing so any more than I.

OldePhart
02-26-2012, 11:23 AM
Paraphrasing the line from the Mr. Bean movie - "I sit and look at ukes."

Me, though, I play them. When they're not being played they're in their cases and cases are boring to look at. :)

John

Ken Middleton
02-26-2012, 11:29 AM
... James Hill has performed with a couple ukes, his 2 custom G-strings (I want to know if he still has those) and his dasilva custom. On his website it also says he travels with three ukes, his dasilva, myamoe slide( I am assuming thats a lap steel), and his beansprout banjo. Thats just a little extra info for the James Hill lovers. I've never seen him play slide so I don't know what he uses the mya-moe slide for. ...

Just for info.

James has one of his G String ukes tuned to low A and over the last couple of years only really uses it for Billy Jean.

He likes his DaSilva best and has that tuned to high A, as is his other G String. Occasionally he uses the G String instead of the Da Silva, as in Paris last year. For jamming he uses the Da Silva.

I have only ever seen him use May Moe for O Susanna.

PhilUSAFRet
02-26-2012, 11:44 AM
I gotta admit if I spent as much time practicing as I do shopping for ukes and accessories, I'd be quite good.....but I don't, and I'm not.

connor013
02-26-2012, 11:53 AM
I am fortunate to have a nice group of ukulele's. The more I play, the more I want to play......the more ukulele's I have, the more I would like to have. I am always interested in hearing what unique voice the next one may have. I am not a good player, but it is hard to believe anyone could enjoy doing so any more than I.

Yup. Feel exactly the same and couldn't say it better.

SweetWaterBlue
02-26-2012, 12:04 PM
For the first year, I spent a lot of time looking at ukes .because I didn't know what I wanted. Now (after 2 and 1/4 years being a uker) I spend about 99% of my time trying to learn to play the ones I have. Of that I'd say 90% is on my 1 tenor, and maybe another 9% on my good soprano. The Flea brings up the rear with perhaps 1%. Obviously, I am not a collector. I often think that I should probably just sell the soprano and Flea, so they could get more playing time.

Teek
02-26-2012, 01:46 PM
Waaay more ukes than talent, I look at them as art and as an artist I can't help but be an art collector. Ukes are functional art.

BUT that said I find I don't like having as many now. Currently I have time to practice and as my health is improving I can do more of that, so I am zeroing in on which I enjoy most. I think trying out a lot of different ukes for awhile has honed my ear and my sense for what I like as far as feel. So I am working on refining keepers. Then I suppose I will refine those. I don't like the soprano scale as much as I did so am downsizing those, for example.

I am seriously working my program in a 12 Step group for collectors... not really but I feel like that is how I should look at anything I have been collecting overall, and I am reducing all of that stuff. I want to own it, not have it own me.

But I feel that anyone who has the funds and the room should have as many as they want! ;)

itsscottwilder
02-26-2012, 02:18 PM
I tend to do alot of research, buy a beginner instrument, then buy "The One" I think is the keeper.

For instance, I own an entry level Taylor acoustic guitar. A 314 series. There are much nicer looking and much nicer playing guitars out there. But the 314 is perfect for me. The right size and sound, and it didn't cost so much that I go crazy about little dents and dings.

I'm going through the same process with Ukes.

I started with a Luna Tattoo concert, but I wondered if a tenor size would be a better fit for me, so I got a Cordoba tenor.

I like the sound of the concert, but I like the flexibility of the Tenor.

So now for the Brad Donaldson Uke I'm working on, which will probably be "The One", I'm going with the Tenor size.

Now that I'm on Brad's list. I spend all my time playing.

Chris Tarman
02-26-2012, 02:25 PM
Sometimes (when my wife isn't home to laugh at me), I get out several ukes and take turns playing each of them to the others. It's like a little concert. I particularly like to do that with the three Martins.

Olarte
02-26-2012, 02:29 PM
I have a wall of ukes and at least once a week I like to play a particlae piece on all of them, savoring each one, kind of like tasting different ice cream favors you know?


Sometimes (when my wife isn't home to laugh at me), I get out several ukes and take turns playing each of them to the others. It's like a little concert. I particularly like to do that with the three Martins.

bbqribs
02-26-2012, 02:35 PM
Definitely play. I've almost stopped shopping and admiring them.

1931jim
02-26-2012, 02:55 PM
I play about 2 hrs. a day divided up with eating and sleeping and working around the house. I only have 1 concert and 1 baritone and a rehab guitarele made into another baritone that I have tuned DdGgBE.

OldePhart
02-27-2012, 08:36 AM
For instance, I own an entry level Taylor acoustic guitar. A 314 series. There are much nicer looking and much nicer playing guitars out there. But the 314 is perfect for me. The right size and sound, and it didn't cost so much that I go crazy about little dents and dings.


The cool thing about Taylors is I just don't think there are any lemons - or if there are they're incredibly rare and Taylor is great about fixing them.

Back in 2001 or 2002 I had enough jingle in my pockets to buy a really nice guitar and I went to my favorite shop (which carries a large selection of really nice instruments) fully expecting to return with an 8- or 9-series Taylor. I played every Taylor they had (as well as many of the Martins) and, after several hours, walked out with a 314CE. The high end models I played looked amazing but they didn't sound or play one spec better than that humble little 314 and I just couldn't bring myself to pay good money for pure bling.

John

Strummin simon
02-28-2012, 02:25 AM
i have two uke stands in my living room.. i rotate which two ukes to put on the stand. the others go away out of sight.

then when i rotate them, getting a uke out of its case is a little bit like getting a new uke!

currently on the stands are the maybell BU and the rob collins cigar box, although the moto uke is leaning against the wall behind them!

currently waiting on a gibson UB2, so that will be going straight on the stand. and the maybell has been sold and is awaiting posting

BlueLatitude
02-28-2012, 06:08 AM
Sometimes (when my wife isn't home to laugh at me), I get out several ukes and take turns playing each of them to the others. It's like a little concert. I particularly like to do that with the three Martins.

Aw, that's cute! I bet the ukes like it too. And I bet your wife wouldn't laugh!

Chris Tarman
02-28-2012, 07:47 AM
Aw, that's cute! I bet the ukes like it too. And I bet your wife wouldn't laugh!

She probably wouldn't laugh. But she'd think I was nuts. She thinks that a lot of the time anyway... but I've heard the things she says to the cat, so we're even.

paeataa
02-28-2012, 08:46 AM
If I spent time on playing my uke(s) equivalent to time spent on reading UU threads and looking for new ukes again and again, I would probably be a good uke player already!

Coconut Willie
02-28-2012, 09:29 AM
I sniff them....I am hooked on that Koa smell!!!!! (lol)

ukulelecowboy
02-28-2012, 10:06 AM
I think I spend more time looking at myself playing them...

mr moonlight
02-28-2012, 10:11 AM
The cool thing about Taylors is I just don't think there are any lemons - or if there are they're incredibly rare and Taylor is great about fixing them.

Back in 2001 or 2002 I had enough jingle in my pockets to buy a really nice guitar and I went to my favorite shop (which carries a large selection of really nice instruments) fully expecting to return with an 8- or 9-series Taylor. I played every Taylor they had (as well as many of the Martins) and, after several hours, walked out with a 314CE. The high end models I played looked amazing but they didn't sound or play one spec better than that humble little 314 and I just couldn't bring myself to pay good money for pure bling.

John

Of course the Taylor 314 is hardly humble or entry level. It's a damn good guitar period. I recently picked up a Taylor and played quite a few different instruments in the process, and I didn't notice a huge difference in sound quality between the 314's vs. the 814's. There was definitely a difference, but it was more of tonal characteristics rather than which one was better, although I did find that the higher end models generally had a slight advantage in volume.

As for my ukes. Right now they're both in cases with humidifiers for the winter so I definitely spend more time playing that looking. Once it warms up, they'll be back out sitting on my desk or on top of my printer so the tables will turn.

allanr
02-28-2012, 04:08 PM
Technically I suppose I spend more time looking at them because I have a "wall of uke" in my living room where 12 are on display. But I actually do play three or four of them almost every day, and all of them at least once a week. Keeping them out during the winter in a humidity controlled room, is healthier for them than relying upon case humidifiers because the entire instrument is exposed to the exact same humidity level, with no risk of moisture damage.

TCK
02-28-2012, 04:23 PM
I play them- this one is a year old.34429
I play the tar out of 'em

Olarte
02-28-2012, 04:42 PM
Uhm I just got one of these Vitas yesterday ;)
I play them- this one is a year old.34429
I play the tar out of 'em

TCK
02-28-2012, 05:11 PM
Uhm I just got one of these Vitas yesterday ;) Great Uke Olarte- send it to California and I will "break it in" for ya :)

Olarte
02-28-2012, 05:36 PM
Hey TCK, did yours come with the fret edges nice and smooth?

Mine came a bit rough, I had to file them down a bit. Cant complain as that IS the only issue, intonation and action is fine Andy got it the rosewood sides/back for 139 new with shipping.

TCK
02-28-2012, 06:45 PM
My edges were pretty smooth except for a couple (I would hydrate if they are really bad)...the finish by the fretboard end though was appalling. I bought it to beat it, but their was some glue there that looked like a badger was used to try and remove it. Oh well, for under $200, it has been a great uke and at this point, It does not matter what it looks like :)

Nickie
02-28-2012, 06:49 PM
I spent a lot of time looking at ukes before I got my Kala. Now I just play the crap out of it.

wolfybau
02-29-2012, 12:02 AM
I'm a looker becase usualy my hands are usualy in too much pain and disfunction to play :(

Uke Whisperer
02-29-2012, 12:43 AM
I play/practice 2 or 3 times each day. Each time I enter the cave I look at the wall and decide which one I want to play. Sometimes I change in the middle of the session depending on what techniques or music type I find myself playing. Sometimes the wife walks by and makes a comment regarding which one she thinks I'm playing based only on its sound. She has become pretty good at recognizing them by sound only. Yes, I do look at them occasionally but spend much more time playing them, all but the beginner Soprano, it just hangs there (unless I start feeling sorry for it).