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mm stan
03-18-2012, 01:12 PM
When I started over again over 4 years ago, my second uke was a
Oscar Schmidt OU5 and I played it just a few times...and it sat dormant
in it's case ever since..this morning I picked it up and opened the dusty
case and played it..now alot more experienced, I enjoyed and appriciate
it alot more..before I thought it was was too muted but it had great intonation..now I see if I attack the strings a little harder, it's better..
My question to you all, have you ever overlooked a uke because you
got caught up in the snobby uke craze "I want a more better and expensive uke"? lesson learned..:)

Tudorp
03-18-2012, 01:23 PM
I have. But, I try to beat it, and play "Iz" & Ku'u poki'i every week or so. I still love those two Ohanas, and they play so nice, and sound good.


When I started over again over 4 years ago, my second uke was a
Oscar Schmidt OU5 and I played it just a few times...and it sat dormant
in it's case ever since..this morning I picked it up and opened the dusty
case and played it..now alot more experienced, I enjoyed and appriciate
it alot more..before I thought it was was too muted but it had great intonation..now I see if I attack the strings a little harder, it's better..
My question to you all, have you ever overlooked a uke because you
got caught up in the snobby uke craze "I want a more better and expensive uke"? lesson learned..:)

dkcrown
03-18-2012, 01:35 PM
Aloha Stan. Nice topic. But I can never go back and play my first uke, it sounds that bad. As a matter of fact, I named it Dog Shit.

mm stan
03-18-2012, 02:32 PM
Aloha BigT,
Yeah Bruddah, I remember dat uke..Yes Yes cannot foget...ahhh
Aloha Bruddah D,
Ha Ha...wen you git 3 moore bettah's ..I guess it's so hard to go back..eh Ha ha that name..really..
I'm sure Bruddah Tony or I can make it sound way better ...give Bruddah Tony a holler..he can save her..

SuzukHammer
03-18-2012, 02:40 PM
I bought a Lanikai electric acoustic with Low G. I have always liked that uke.

Its interesting the comment about attacking the strings. I did that after some of my used ukes I bought had serious marks on them so what the hell - play it hard and wow, fun and a real musicality sound to it .

bdukes
03-18-2012, 02:57 PM
Nice one, Stan. After reading the thread, I pulled out my Hilo soprano that I got at a gas station in Kauai. It's been sitting in the closet for months and the darn thing was still in tune. Intonation is absolutely horrible up the scale, but as a 1st fret strummer... it's great. It was the uke that started it all for me. Been through a lot of ukes since then (and more to come for sure) but that one will never go. Thanks for the reminder!

Dan Uke
03-18-2012, 03:11 PM
Aloha Stan. Nice topic. But I can never go back and play my first uke, it sounds that bad. As a matter of fact, I named it Dog Shit.

Haha!!! Tell us how you really feel

Hippie Dribble
03-18-2012, 03:13 PM
have you ever overlooked a uke because you
got caught up in the snobby uke craze "I want a more better and expensive uke"? lesson learned..:)
Hey Stan! I think my tendency is more to overlook ukes that I don't find as 'good looking'. As far as price goes, no. One of my fave ukes is one of the first I ever bought...a Les paul copy mahalo soprano. was $65 and to this day is still one of my nicest sounding ukes. actually this one gets plenty of love even though to me it's ugly. For some reason eugenie loves this one lots too...she likes to take strays under her wing...that's why she tolerates me I guess. nice thread Bruddah. I guess as we improve as players we must also get better at extracting the most from our instruments, eh, whatever be their cost or drawbacks in construction.

wmboy
03-18-2012, 03:36 PM
lol, my first uke is a Mahalo Les Paul copy and it is also one of my best sounding uke. It gets plenty of strum time with junior. :)

rem50
03-18-2012, 04:28 PM
My 1st uke still gets played regularly. I had trouble bonding with a uke I had gotten later in "uke-life". Put it away for a few months and when I pulled it out I found my tastes had changed. I played more music/different kinds and this little uke had a very nice personality for certain songs. Gotta say I have to play before buy now. The only winner I got that I purchased without playing is my Koaloha concert sceptre I got from dkcrowne. That baby is a winner.

mm stan
03-18-2012, 05:42 PM
I bought a Lanikai electric acoustic with Low G. I have always liked that uke.

Its interesting the comment about attacking the strings. I did that after some of my used ukes I bought had serious marks on them so what the hell - play it hard and wow, fun and a real musicality sound to it .
Yes Frankie,
you learn how to manipulate your uke and strings to get the best out of it with experience...Yes Yes..

mm stan
03-18-2012, 05:45 PM
Nice one, Stan. After reading the thread, I pulled out my Hilo soprano that I got at a gas station in Kauai. It's been sitting in the closet for months and the darn thing was still in tune. Intonation is absolutely horrible up the scale, but as a 1st fret strummer... it's great. It was the uke that started it all for me. Been through a lot of ukes since then (and more to come for sure) but that one will never go. Thanks for the reminder!
Aloha Bill,
I still got two old hilos that I need to revisit too...I plan to do set up and string changes on them..you know my OU5 was still in tune ....amazing...just a little fine tuning..

mm stan
03-18-2012, 05:55 PM
Hey Stan! I think my tendency is more to overlook ukes that I don't find as 'good looking'. As far as price goes, no. One of my fave ukes is one of the first I ever bought...a Les paul copy mahalo soprano. was $65 and to this day is still one of my nicest sounding ukes. actually this one gets plenty of love even though to me it's ugly. For some reason eugenie loves this one lots too...she likes to take strays under her wing...that's why she tolerates me I guess. nice thread Bruddah. I guess as we improve as players we must also get better at extracting the most from our instruments, eh, whatever be their cost or drawbacks in construction.
Aloha Bruddah Eugene,
Yes it was easy for me to blame my cheap ukes for my lack of experience back then...and feed my UAS... makes you think after going full circle.. you can play any uke and be happy...
then you reached there.. Yup, it was a very expensive lesson ..and thank you to all the wives and girlfriends who supported us and continue to through our ukulele journey...

mm stan
03-18-2012, 05:58 PM
lol, my first uke is a Mahalo Les Paul copy and it is also one of my best sounding uke. It gets plenty of strum time with junior. :)
Yes Wmboy, I too have a first uke I still to this day play daily...and it is my go to uke...Rogue soprano... makes you think about life and other things you cherish too...

mm stan
03-18-2012, 06:05 PM
My 1st uke still gets played regularly. I had trouble bonding with a uke I had gotten later in "uke-life". Put it away for a few months and when I pulled it out I found my tastes had changed. I played more music/different kinds and this little uke had a very nice personality for certain songs. Gotta say I have to play before buy now. The only winner I got that I purchased without playing is my Koaloha concert sceptre I got from dkcrowne. That baby is a winner.
Aloha Rem50,
Yes it is important to try before you buy, another is buy from a musician...they always go through the litter and pick the best...I love my KoAloha concert too...played many sceptres and
certain ones really sound nice and rich...I am waiting for one too..woo hoo... Yes DK is a really cool guy and good friend... you know it stands for "Da King" Crown..

Nickie
03-18-2012, 06:47 PM
I sold my 1st two ukuleles. Couldn't play one, and the other one wouldn't stop buzzing, even after two visits to the shop, and a proper setup. I don't regret it, I love the one I replaced them with.

kapahulu50
03-18-2012, 07:36 PM
First one was a koaloha soprano pineapple, from bob's down in Waikiki. Still play it a lot, still sounds great!

itsme
03-18-2012, 07:46 PM
I try to play all my ukes on a regular basis, otherwise I don't think I should keep them all.

But I have been playing my first a lot lately. It still plays well and it makes me smile. :)

mm stan
03-18-2012, 09:19 PM
@Nicky... sorry your two first ukes didn't work for you..wonder how you'd would feel about them now with proper
setups...hmmmm

@Kapahuluu50, wow you started off with a winner, you lucky bugga..ha ha I'm sure it still gets alot of playing time

808boy
03-18-2012, 10:20 PM
Aloha Bruddah Stan,
You know all about what I have and I play and love them all. I do have my favorites of course. Forgot what the count was, something like 25 in 16 months and STILL looking for deals,hehe.
I do play my first when I see it, gave it to my daughter....................................BO.... ......................

micromue
03-19-2012, 01:19 AM
There was a time, when I neglected my Brueko No. 6 because it couldnīt compete with my Koaloha or my Bushman Concert Koa in sound nuances. Today I restarted loving it again because of its uncomparable character.

Hippie Dribble
03-19-2012, 02:28 AM
There was a time, when I neglected my Brueko No. 6 because it couldnīt compete with my Koaloha or my Bushman Concert Koa in sound nuances. Today I restarted loving it again because of its uncomparable character.

yes micromue. The Brueko #6. That is a wonderful ukulele. To this day I regret selling mine. So light and lovely and pretty and old-timey sounding. aaaah, I'm thankful to the Lord for memories. Some good, some sad, some better, but thankfully we have them. I think the folks at Brueko build great ukes at a really good price. I just ordered a custom from them a little while back...so cheap

mm stan
03-19-2012, 05:41 AM
Aloha Bruddah Bo,
I am amazed with all the ukes you have that you still rotate and play them all...

mm stan
03-19-2012, 05:45 AM
There was a time, when I neglected my Brueko No. 6 because it couldnīt compete with my Koaloha or my Bushman Concert Koa in sound nuances. Today I restarted loving it again because of its uncomparable character.
Aloha Micromue,
Exactly, yes yes that is part of draw of revisiting an old friend...you get it man..
My 44 Martin...the most powerful ukulele in my world.......

mm stan
03-19-2012, 05:50 AM
Aloha Bruddah Eugene,
Yes revisiting old friends as in ukes is exaxtly what I meant such as people and reconnecting with them..they do have their own voices and charather....what you ordered another custom ....wow ...

vanflynn
03-19-2012, 05:57 AM
Aloha Stan, Great thread. My Mahalo that got me back playing again is my only soprano so I break it out once in a while just for kicks.

As the old saying goes, "Don't forget the one that brought you to the ball"

mm stan
03-19-2012, 06:25 AM
Aloha Vanflynn,
Yup that is it too..it's part of the uniqueness that just grabs me too..Happy Strummings..

Coconut Willie
03-19-2012, 06:39 AM
Aloha Stan!!!
My first uke (Kanile'a) is still my favorite, but I love to play them both. Heck, even the Makala concert gets a lot of playing time!!!

molokinirum
03-19-2012, 06:43 AM
Aloha bruddah Stan!!!
No, I play all of my collection pretty evenly. None get ignored!!

mm stan
03-19-2012, 06:46 AM
Aloha Coconut Willie,

Holy Moly you started off with a Kanilea, you lucky guy..ha ha then got a Makala..wow yes I was fortunate even though my first uke was inexpensive, Yet is real good to me and it still is a daily player...best bang for the buck with my uke buying experience ever.. it is not how much it costs to me, but how much enjoyment I get out of it..I am sure you get tons of fun with your makala too:)

BadLands Bart
03-19-2012, 09:22 AM
haha...I have only this one friend, my good ol Makala Concert!!!! Saving up money (very slowly) for a tenor. Not sure what uke I will buy, guess the money will decide for me!!! :confused:
Oh BTW...Aloha Stan!!!! :cool:

fitncrafty
03-19-2012, 12:37 PM
Yeah for you Stan! So awesome. I am sure you have another dusty case or two.. Let us know what other friends you get reacquainted with!

mm stan
03-19-2012, 12:57 PM
Aloha Molokinirum,
That sweet kamaka pineapple gets equal playing time..cool..maybe even more eh...

mm stan
03-19-2012, 01:01 PM
Aloha Bart,
You must be enjoying your makala concert....you know the main thing is you're having so much fun with it..Yes
it's been a long time since we spoke..gotta keep in touch brother and hope you get your tenor soon..let me know

mm stan
03-19-2012, 01:05 PM
Yeah for you Stan! So awesome. I am sure you have another dusty case or two.. Let us know what other friends you get reacquainted with!
Aloha Fitncrafty,
Yes I have more great great friends the has not seen light in some time...some years ha ha I'll reaquaint myself
with them soon..it's a good thing and experience..enjoying the journey..keep playing your Luna, eleuke, and was
it your sammick.. yes get that one out..wish I could do a set up for you if I lived closer...

OldePhart
03-19-2012, 01:23 PM
I've had this happen several times with guitars. I've got guitars that haven't been out of their cases in three or four years. I'll pull them out, determined to shine them up, change the strings, and sell them - then find myself strumming a few chords or doing a quick lead run and remembering why I bought that instrument to begin with.

I really need to get better about following through with selling them, though - before I end up seeing myself on an episode of "Hoarders." LOL

John

mm stan
03-19-2012, 02:03 PM
Aloha John,
I get the same way..ha ha getting them dressed up and then it's hard to part with...I am a certified ukulele
hoarder..it's just so hard to let go eh.. too bad ukes don't get married and leave the coop..ha ha
But I did sell all my guitars because I cannot play them anymore due to my back disability..and guess what??
I got greedy and bought more ukuleles.. oh dear:o:p:)

Teek
03-21-2012, 12:19 PM
I have kissed most of my old friends goodbye and then sold them down the river. Not because I didn't love them, but because I am refining my taste and my keepers, and the ones I wasn't playing needed a good home.

mm stan
03-23-2012, 03:07 AM
Aloha Teek,
I wish I had the strength you have....I'd break down if I did that again now....what am I talking..LOL I did already and miss my guitars and ukes that I sold..