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Uke Republic
03-29-2012, 05:33 PM
A while back I asked this question.
You must leave your home in haste and can only grab one ukulele, what is it?
My thoughts changed on this but no I can't tell mine. Hint, it has 4 strings :)

mds725
03-29-2012, 05:35 PM
I can't tell mine either. :)

itsme
03-29-2012, 05:42 PM
No offense, but I would grab my (expensive) luthier-made guitar instead. Dollarwise, it is worth multiples of all my ukes combined.

As far as an uke-like things go, I'd say my Yairi Kanai. It was never sold in the U.S. so it'd pretty much be irreplaceable.

Much as I love my Mainland or my Kala or my Flea/Fluke, those could be replaced.

Hippie Dribble
03-29-2012, 05:43 PM
my little Mya-Moe mango soprano. Can't ever part with that one I'm afraid....

OR, my hand painted cheapo baritone....haven't put it down in days, eugenie is getting concerned.... :uhoh:

wickedwahine11
03-29-2012, 05:51 PM
My answer changes all the time. Today it would be the KoAloha tenor.

Steedy
03-29-2012, 05:58 PM
My new red burst Dolphin, or maybe the metallic blue Dolphin, tough choice! :)

jackwhale
03-29-2012, 05:59 PM
Hah! Right now I can't even decide which baritone to take on a week long vacation in Palm Springs. I don't golf and cant imagine a week in PS without a uke. And I have only two to choose from.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
03-29-2012, 06:07 PM
One uke? That'd be my Kamaka standard. (Unless someone told me they could repair my badly broken Lyon & Healy Camp Uke to sound as good as before its series of accidents. It was my first uke. True love.)

Just one instrument? That'd be my Gibson LGO. It's irreplaceable.

efiscella
03-29-2012, 06:11 PM
Kamaka 8 string because of the sentimental value

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
03-29-2012, 06:18 PM
My new red burst Dolphin, or maybe the metallic blue Dolphin, tough choice! :)

Red burst. Classic.

janeray1940
03-29-2012, 06:27 PM
Kamaka pineapple. My answer never changes.

didgeridoo2
03-29-2012, 06:38 PM
My Mya Moe redwood and koa tenor resonator. I'm hoping my wife would have a free hand to grab another and that's the one I'm not sure about.

weerpool
03-29-2012, 07:03 PM
my olympic white 1964 Fender Mustang electric guitar. playing uke messed my guitar playing

didgeridoo2
03-29-2012, 07:05 PM
my olympic white 1964 Fender Mustang electric guitar. playing uke messed my guitar playing
Yeah, but how'd it affect your uke playing?

weerpool
03-29-2012, 07:08 PM
Yeah, but how'd it affect your uke playing?

i was at a local music store and tried playing a Danelectro electric on the demo floor and the frets just felt like it was so humongous. like i was this 10 year old little dude learning to play my grandpa's spanish guitar all over again. it was quite an awakening as i love guitars period. i only got into ukuleles because i played a Yamaha Guitalele and loved it.

TCK
03-29-2012, 07:38 PM
It would be the one I play the least, because of sentimental value. It cannot be replaced and the others can.
Then I would finally play it into sawdust

roxhum
03-29-2012, 08:11 PM
Kamaka soprano

Canoe Lady
03-29-2012, 08:19 PM
Currently my Kamaka soprano that I got on Maui a year ago. If you ask again in a couple of weeks, I think I might have a different answer.

His Sinfulness
03-29-2012, 09:31 PM
Since I'm new to UAS, I only have two from which to pick. The cheapo Dame concert would have to be left behind in favor of the Lanikai mystery tenor.

Plainsong
03-29-2012, 10:06 PM
It would be tough between the Kanilea and Koaloha. But the Kanliea has more sentimental value, so it'd have to be that. Maybe my husband could grab the Sailor, because you can't not have a soprano.

guitharsis
03-30-2012, 12:22 AM
Have been playing my Kamakas almost exclusively on the few occasions that I've played in the last couple of months, but a week or so ago, after reading about KoAlohas on the forum, decided to revisit my KoAloha concert. Still love that sound! So, it would be a tough choice between the KoAloha concert or the 3A Kamaka concert. Maybe the Kamaka concert because it sounds amazing even with stock strings and was a lot more expensive.

Edit: Today it would be the Kamaka semi-custom tenor.:)

dkcrown
03-30-2012, 12:27 AM
Currently my Kamaka soprano that I got on Maui a year ago. If you ask again in a couple of weeks, I think I might have a different answer.

Looking forward to seeing what you have coming. A little fairy told me what it is :)

Gwynedd
03-30-2012, 12:31 AM
NO brainer. It's my Mainland, my best, sits next to my bed in its case. Seriously, it would be out the door with my case of personal papers.

Raygf
03-30-2012, 01:01 AM
One? Just one? I would risk a certain level of personal injury for several of my favorite ukes and guitars (not really), but if it has to be just one ukulele then it would be my Glyph custom tenor and I'd sneak in a custom electric guitar that can not be replaced. Actually, if I could get to the Glyph I could easily pick up the KoAloha long neck soprano too.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27244&d=1313895873

Doc_J
03-30-2012, 01:23 AM
A while back I asked this question.
You must leave your home in haste and can only grab one ukulele, what is it?
My thoughts changed on this but no I can't tell mine. Hint, it has 4 strings :)

Great thread Mike. I assume that many people have given this some thought before.

I'd have to grab my MB soprano.

rreffner
03-30-2012, 01:28 AM
It would be my Kamaka white label tenor.
35700

smellofstrings
03-30-2012, 01:38 AM
I will grab my Martin guitar first!!! I can't live without him!!! :wallbash:

But if it really needs to be uke, at this moment I choose my Big Island because my Collings twins never want to live without each other!!!

Kem
03-30-2012, 02:10 AM
My Boat Paddle M-style soprano, but I would feel very sad about the Covered Bridge pineapple concert and the Blue Frog soprano.

dnewton2
03-30-2012, 02:28 AM
Moore Bettah Concert. nuff said.

scason
03-30-2012, 02:55 AM
I have nothing high dollar or sentimental (yet) so I would have to pick my Concert Surf Flea hands down cuz it i soooo smooth to play.

ukuraleigh
03-30-2012, 03:38 AM
Tough decision. I'd probably grab my long neck KoAloha Soprano.

Not only is it the only uke that I've bought while in Hawaii, but it was picked out for me by Bruce Shimabukuro after a private lesson with him. :)

ksiegel
03-30-2012, 03:58 AM
The Sceptre, of course.

You had to ask?


After that, it is a toss-up between the Waverly Street, FireFly, Vita Uke, and Fluke.

Can't I just put them all in one big padded duffel bag, and grab it?


-Kurt

Toucan Mango
03-30-2012, 03:59 AM
It would be my Kamaka Soprano I brought back from Kauai last Thanksgiving :shaka:

ukuraleigh
03-30-2012, 04:19 AM
One? Just one? I would risk a certain level of personal injury for several of my favorite ukes and guitars (not really), but if it has to be just one ukulele then it would be my Glyph custom tenor and I'd sneak in a custom electric guitar that can not be replaced. Actually, if I could get to the Glyph I could easily pick up the KoAloha long neck soprano too.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27244&d=1313895873

Wow, it's a good job you're not leaving this behind, cos I'd go back and grab it for you! Beautiful!

bynapkinart
03-30-2012, 04:24 AM
For me, it's my Johnny Marvin. Too old, pretty, and cool for it's own good!

chrimess
03-30-2012, 04:49 AM
...my yet to be ordered Koaloha tenor custom...

Gadzukes!
03-30-2012, 04:54 AM
I own a vintage Kamaka, a Big Island Honu, and a Kala KA-KC. I'd grab the Kala because my wife gave it to me as a Christmas present when we got back from getting married in Hawaii. The others might be worth more, but you can't put a price on sentimental value. :)

http://f.cl.ly/items/2M1u40430t3q3F180N3y/photo.JPG

GX9901
03-30-2012, 05:05 AM
I'd probably take the Mini-Jake (Glyph). But if say it's a situation where my house was burning down, I just might go down with the house from indecision on what to take with me. :p

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-X5rGZwgpigs/T2-I044KMrI/AAAAAAAABdA/fJRux1FFEzM/s512/273_0035.JPG

Ernie
03-30-2012, 05:21 AM
My 1950's Martin style 1. I've never played a more satisfying ukulele.

joeybug
03-30-2012, 05:26 AM
As much as I love all my Ukes, it would have to be Hoa for the sentimental value. After that I'm not sure! I don't have any heirlooms or major expensive ones but they all mean something different to me. So, my KPK Soprano that some good folks on UU brought for me!

imabuddha
03-30-2012, 05:54 AM
The choice is easy when you have only one. :)

I'd risk running into a burning building for either Raygf's or GX9901's Glyph though. Those are spectacular.

fumanshu
03-30-2012, 06:06 AM
Hummm.. I think it would be my LFDM uke for it sounds and look....

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c212/bao1975/IMG_0010.jpg

supergokou
03-30-2012, 06:14 AM
I don't have any really expensive ukes, so I go with what it is playable. I have two sopranos with re-entrant tuning and one tenor with linear tuning. I like the sound and range of the tenor, so I would go with that.

Freeda
03-30-2012, 06:29 AM
Mine are all replaceable. That's what I like about them! And I have good insurance.

OldePhart
03-30-2012, 06:45 AM
My KoAloha longneck soprano - but I'd weep bitter tears over the Mainland mango tenor left behind...

John

Drew Bear
03-30-2012, 06:59 AM
Easy answer for me since I only own one uke...for now. :)

Pippin
03-30-2012, 08:13 AM
One? Just one? I would risk a certain level of personal injury for several of my favorite ukes and guitars (not really), but if it has to be just one ukulele then it would be my Glyph custom tenor and I'd sneak in a custom electric guitar that can not be replaced. Actually, if I could get to the Glyph I could easily pick up the KoAloha long neck soprano too.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27244&d=1313895873

What a beauty!

Pippin
03-30-2012, 08:17 AM
I'd have to skip the ukes, guitars, mandolins, etc... I'd grab my laptop, video camera, and my digital SLR. They are my bread and butter.

Raygf
03-30-2012, 08:17 AM
What a beauty!

Thanks! The sustain and tone are amazing. As a matter of fact, I think I'll go take it out and play a while.

bbycrts
03-30-2012, 10:05 AM
My Brad Donaldson custom super soprano vintage. No question about it.

PoiDog
03-30-2012, 10:17 AM
Well, if the choice is between my two "kids" I'd have to grab the Kanile'a.

I guess the upside to not having a quiver of ukes is that there is one less thing to worry about in case of emergency, catastrophe, armageddon, rapture, or zombie holocaust.

bdukes
03-30-2012, 10:32 AM
Great thread... fun to read the replies.

Actually, I have discussed in great detail the fire evacuation plan with my family. In it, my wife and 2 daughters have significant uke rescue assignments.

Me: Kamaka Tenor
Wife: Kamaka 6 string
11 yr old Daughter: Favilla Bari
2 yr old Daughter: Hilo Soprano

Of course, they have discussed what would be a safe distance from the house to throw the ukes back into the fire.

Olarte
03-30-2012, 10:50 AM
As much as I love all my instruments it would have to be the Pineapple Sunday that I received new years eve, when I was sick as a dog with a virus. It made if a very special new years eve for me.

Gmoney
03-30-2012, 11:52 AM
Can't play... the game that is... since I have two hands, why would I only grab one uke?

BigSkyUkuleleGirl
03-30-2012, 11:58 AM
I will take my Donaldsons when I get them and hubby will grab my Taylor 516 Koa guitar.

connor013
03-30-2012, 12:00 PM
Mmmmm, Black Bear soprano. Cheers, Roxanne.

PhilUSAFRet
03-30-2012, 01:46 PM
My pre-war Martin O - a gift from my father when I was 10 (that's 60 years ago)

Waterguy
03-30-2012, 02:24 PM
No problem here with this question. My Kanile'a K1T. Everyone who has ever heard or played it has remarked on how good it sounds.

Olarte
03-30-2012, 02:33 PM
Wow the best one yet!


My pre-war Martin O - a gift from my father when I was 10 (that's 60 years ago)

1931jim
03-30-2012, 02:41 PM
My pre-war Martin O - a gift from my father when I was 10 (that's 60 years ago)
I liked that very much. Now you really must change those strings. HaHa!!
Sincerely
1931jim

Plainsong
03-30-2012, 03:18 PM
Can a miniature wiredhair dachshund drag out a uke? If yes, then I grab the Kanilea, my husband takes the Koaloha, and Pixie takes th Sailor. Limit one uke... Per customer. :D

dnewton2
03-30-2012, 03:31 PM
Can't play... the game that is... since I have two hands, why would I only grab one uke?

How would you open a door with your hands full?

Teek
03-30-2012, 03:54 PM
If the Poodle was safe, I'd be yanking the peripheral cords off of this. It weighs about 20 pounds. This will let me buy more ukes.

Ukuleleblues
03-30-2012, 04:19 PM
My Resonator I made from scratch with a vintage Delveccio nylon string guitar resonator cone.

Ghibli
03-30-2012, 05:48 PM
Don't have any expensive ukes.
It would have to be my Mainland Red Cedar Concert.

Hippie Dribble
03-30-2012, 05:57 PM
My Resonator I made from scratch with a vintage Delveccio nylon string guitar resonator cone.
pics!!!!!!??????? :drool: sounds awesome

kapahulu50
03-30-2012, 05:58 PM
My Kanile'a premium ebony tenor. Too stunning to leave behind!

RyanMFT
03-30-2012, 07:30 PM
This thread is perplexing me.....I keep thinking about it and can't decide. My first thought was to take my Favilla Teardrop. It sounds and plays better than any of my sopranos, and if you look at my signature, I am lucky to have some of the best.

However, after pondering, I have decided it is the ukulele in my avatar. An 1890's -1910 unknown soprano. It has shown me the true Aloha spirit. I bought the ukulele with money I made from selling a trash night find, then in my search to discover the builder I have met the most wonderful people around the world who have given time, knowledge, and expertise. I have had the chance to put it in the hands of James Hill and Lil Rev....and I just can't see allowing that little uke to perish!

Now I will cry over the perceived loss of my Martin, Favillas, Gibson, Kamaka, KoAloha, and Royal Hawaiian!

Hippie Dribble
03-30-2012, 07:32 PM
This thread is perplexing me.....I keep thinking about it and can't decide. My first thought was to take my Favilla Teardrop. It sounds and plays better than any of my sopranos, and if you look at my signature, I am lucky to have some of the best.

However, after pondering, I have decided it is the ukulele in my avatar. An 1890's -1910 unknown soprano. It has shown me the true Aloha spirit. I bought the ukulele with money I made from selling a trash night find, then in my search to discover the builder I have met the most wonderful people around the world who have given time, knowledge, and expertise. I have had the chance to put it in the hands of James Hill and Lil Rev....and I just can't see allowing that little uke to perish!

Now I will cry over the perceived loss of my Martin, Favillas, Gibson, Kamaka, KoAloha, and Royal Hawaiian!
great story Ryan and thanks for sharing it. It's a very lovely looking uke anyway and after being in the hands of James Hill and the little reverend, it is truly blessed...as are you to have her. cheers mate!

TheCraftedCow
03-30-2012, 07:57 PM
1929 Dobro claro walnut mandolele resonator with factory engraved reso cover and tailpiece;inlaid Dobro on headstock and inlaid black heart on the heel of the neck strung with Aquila 8 string set, in its original hard case.

Teek
03-31-2012, 12:22 AM
Okay okay, my Kanile'a K-1 T Deluxe.


35721

Gadzukes!
03-31-2012, 03:23 AM
I'd have to skip the ukes, guitars, mandolins, etc... I'd grab my laptop, video camera, and my digital SLR. They are my bread and butter.
That kind of answer might fly over at DPReview, but here at UU you're gonna have to try again.

CountryMouse
03-31-2012, 03:55 AM
I *should* say the WaverlyStreet all-koa soprano; but I think probably the Island design concert Fluke because it was custom-made for me and can't be replaced.

Mousie

Pippin
03-31-2012, 07:52 AM
That kind of answer might fly over at DPReview, but here at UU you're gonna have to try again.

No laptop, no Ukulele Player Magazine. Now, do you really want me to save the KoAloha and let the magazine die?

Teek
03-31-2012, 08:02 AM
Back it up onto a portable drive, keep the drive in the uke case pocket. ;)

I know, I know, my Maingear was $2,500 new plus tax for the box, and even though it's over 3 years old it's still a great workhorse because it was such a little hot rod new.

Jake Wildwood
03-31-2012, 12:22 PM
'20s L&H tenor uke.

MisterRios
04-03-2012, 10:59 AM
I have three ukes, but I would definitely grab my Ohana Pineapple and an extra set of martin strings. I love it!

strumsilly
04-03-2012, 11:48 AM
My Kamaka 8 string. major mojo, curly koa, and a high G and low g in one package. what more could you ask for?

BeardedGent
04-03-2012, 01:03 PM
My Blackbird or Karadoo (whichever one I decide to buy next month if I can talk the wife into letting me spend that much). Can only grab one? Grab the most durable. That's what I'd take during the zombie apocalypse anyway. :p


A while back I asked this question.
You must leave your home in haste and can only grab one ukulele, what is it?
My thoughts changed on this but no I can't tell mine. Hint, it has 4 strings :)

BashfulPuppet
04-03-2012, 04:22 PM
Don't have any high dollar or major name ukes so it would have to be the stewmac tenor I built. First instrument build and has a lot of sentimental value. Plays pretty good too.

UKEON TERRITORY
04-03-2012, 07:24 PM
That to me is a NO brainer ........ My Sailor Brand Maple Tenor .The dogs can bring themselves along .

35866

Tack
04-03-2012, 07:31 PM
My Brad Donaldson custom super soprano vintage. No question about it.

:agree: I grab that too...
Only fair really - as I'm likely to be the one who set fire to Jon's house in the first place :smileybounce:

Tack
04-03-2012, 07:34 PM
However...... In my fantasy life, I will probably die of smoke inhalation whilst deciding between my Mya moe, my Moore bettah and my Allen McFarlen....... ;)

oldtimestrings
04-04-2012, 09:42 AM
Ko'olau koa concert.