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barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 01:27 AM
I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?

UK Paulie
04-04-2012, 01:35 AM
I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?

I understand what you mean Lesley, I've thought the same myself at times... I can only speak for myself here, I don't really have any other financial commitments and nothing to spend money on other than ukulele's. I think for some, including me, different woods/builders/sizes etc produce different sounds. Personally, there are alot of ukes I want and I intend to try and get them! Will it stop? I don't know. I imagine I'll get to a stage where I am satisfied and I'll stop buying more. I hope so anyway. For me, they are the main thing which brings me joy so I'm glad I have it in my life!!

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 01:47 AM
Hiya Paul! Yeah, you got a glimpse of the green-eyed monster there! Chat soon, kidder! :D

Olarte
04-04-2012, 03:22 AM
My main instrument is Classical Guitar and yet I only have one of those.

As for Ukuleles I now have 20. and All of them are good enough to play. but the pleassure is in how each one is so different and unique.

I was lucky enough to have a bit of casht to spend on this due to a job change transition, and also to get great deals on all the ukes... but now at 20, I really feel very happy and just short of guilty. so I really think this is it for me. ;)

Someday I hope to have a vintage (1920's 30's) uke but that's for the future maybe when I retire. for now I'm done!

bazmaz
04-04-2012, 03:31 AM
For me it's not about each successive instrument getting "better", it's just about adding a new look or a new sound to my collection.

A lot of it is just the normal collectors bug thing going on, but there is method in the madness too.

After I bought my most premium uke yet ( a Kanile'a) I went on and bought another cheaper uke and then a banjolele.

It's all good!

Sporin
04-04-2012, 03:47 AM
For me it's not about each successive instrument getting "better", it's just about adding a new look or a new sound to my collection.

A lot of it is just the normal collectors bug thing going on, but there is method in the madness too.

After I bought my most premium uke yet ( a Kanile'a) I went on and bought another cheaper uke and then a banjolele.

It's all good!

I agree with the Baz. My goal is to own a lovely solid wood K-brand someday, but there is umpteen low-priced ukes that I'd love for my collection as well. Finally attaining a $1500 Kamaka won't change my desire for those other ukes.

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 03:49 AM
For me it's not about each successive instrument getting "better", it's just about adding a new look or a new sound to my collection.

A lot of it is just the normal collectors bug thing going on, but there is method in the madness too.

After I bought my most premium uke yet ( a Kanile'a) I went on and bought another cheaper uke and then a banjolele.

It's all good! Yes, I think it is the collector's bug thing, and I do understand the power of it with the ukulele. I think it grabs people round the neck. I have to keep a very restraining hand on myself..... I've still only got one wooden uke, and it's a fairly humble example! I would love at least one more, a better-looking, better-sounding one..... but I would have to explore by playing and seeing more "in the flesh", first, and that isn't so easy....and the next one would have to last a very long time before getting a third, so I just dream and drool! I plan where to go and how to get there to have a decadent uke-playing fest, trying them all out:drool:......! :D

bazmaz
04-04-2012, 03:58 AM
And whilst the high end ukes are a real eye opener ( well, they were to me) I still have a Makala Dolphin on hand most times as a quick beater uke!

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 04:14 AM
And whilst the high end ukes are a real eye opener ( well, they were to me) I still have a Makala Dolphin on hand most times as a quick beater uke!I know everyone is going to say "it's very personal" but I'd be interested to know which high-end ukes were the biggest eye-opener, Barry! Something for me to work for - to reward myself when I've achieved my playing targets, and achieved sufficient saved-up pennies!

kaizersoza
04-04-2012, 04:23 AM
i think a ukefest would be a great idea for all of the brits on here, we could bring friends and club members and have damn good strum on each others ukes as well

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04-04-2012, 04:26 AM
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barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 04:40 AM
i think a ukefest would be a great idea for all of the brits on here, we could bring friends and club members and have damn good strum on each others ukes as wellSounds a great idea to me! :D

Olarte
04-04-2012, 04:47 AM
Well I've decided to stop at 20 before my family does a "Uke-Intervention" :rotfl:

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 04:49 AM
Well I've decided to stop at 20 before my family does a "Uke-Intervention" :rotfl:I love it!

GinnyT11
04-04-2012, 05:00 AM
For me it's not about each successive instrument getting "better", it's just about adding a new look or a new sound to my collection.

A lot of it is just the normal collector's bug thing going on, but there is method in the madness too.


I agree. I think ukers who want one of each size, or one of each kind of wood, or one of each top brand all have a method to their collection.
My random craving for ukes morphed into my current small collection of moderately priced, hand-built soprano ukes. (Some I get used to stay in my price range.) Then, not only do I enjoy playing the ukes, but I also have connections to different luthiers.

To me, it's interesting to have a focus---it may keep you from wanting everything. The downside is that when you find something that fits into your focused collection, you want it very, very much!


(PS--If anyone has a hand-built soprano they'd like to re-home, PM me!)

janeray1940
04-04-2012, 05:04 AM
I think it depends upon a few things. As my uke instructor told me a couple days ago, you can outgrow a uke. I've done it a couple of times in the almost-3-years I've been seriously playing.

I've been on a search for a soprano that has 17 or more frets AND near-perfect intonation. For a number of reasons, this may not exist off the shelf, so for the first time ever I'm considering a custom, something I never expected. I could care less about "bling" and tonewoods and individuality and all that - I want a plain, simple ukulele that sounds perfect to me. In coming to this decision, I've tried a lot of ukes recently, and every last one of them has had different qualities, good, bad and ugly.

So I can see where if someone has what I call the "collector gene" it would be easy to accumulate multiples. I lack that gene; I also live in a 250-square-foot apartment where space is very limited, so my uke collection is very small. But this could be that the last uke I bought, my Kamaka HP-1 pineapple, is already perfect in every way - except for the fact that it only has 16 frets, and I've got a few things that I'd like to learn that use a few more notes. But that uke has become the standard by which I judge all others, and this limits my buying ability because so far, I've found nothing that compares. So for me, the last uke is definitely "good enough" - I'd rather stick with it and not play the songs that its fretboard can't accommodate, rather than buy a bunch of lesser ukes.

wickedwahine11
04-04-2012, 05:12 AM
I admit it, I tend to go crazy never being content. I have six ukes, and four of them are quite nice, but I'm already trying to find a way to get another one. Now admittedly, it isn't for tone reasons (I don't think I could surpass my KoAloha tenor unless I got a custom), and I love the looks of my Kamaka tenor. But I desperately want to see one of the Kamoa Kauai built koa ukes (I'm hoping to get one when I go to Kauai in a couple of weeks). But that is only because I love Kauai with all my heart and it would mean a great deal to me sentimentally to have a uke that was built on that island (plus Kamoas do tend to have great sound, and they are using some wicked curly koa in those). But I made a promise to myself, and my family, that from now on, in order to buy a uke I must sell a uke. So if I get it, my KoAloha Pineapple Sunday has to go up on the selling block.

So I might never be completely satisfied and have a complete end to UAS, but for me, when one comes in, one has to go out from now on.

bazmaz
04-04-2012, 05:12 AM
I know everyone is going to say "it's very personal" but I'd be interested to know which high-end ukes were the biggest eye-opener, Barry! Something for me to work for - to reward myself when I've achieved my playing targets, and achieved sufficient saved-up pennies!

For me it was my Kanile'a Tenor. So so sweet.

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 05:20 AM
Just gotta say thanks to everyone contributing to this thread - 'cos I really do find it very interesting! The forces at play, for different people. Because I ask myself the same question - if I got a better one, (I've had my humble but nice Greg Bennett for 6 years! But only played regularly for the last 6 months...) would I still want a better, better?! Guess I probably would - so I'm holding out as long as I can for the best I can afford when I can afford it.....

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 05:21 AM
For me it was my Kanile'a Tenor. So so sweet.

Thank you! :D

WOBster
04-04-2012, 06:11 AM
Sometimes it's not if the last ukulele was good enough to stop, but rather that the bank account was bad enough to stop :)
On the other hand, for me I started with a Kamaka HF-3 tenor. I have 14 guitars so I had learned the hard way that for my personal situation I am better off buying something "good" from the start. However that has not stopped me from being in line for a Mya-moe tenor. I do think that three will likely be the end for me (I also picked up a Kala Baritone in the UU classifieds)...but who knows what might happen if some pretty little Uke thing catches my eye...then I might have to stop at 4 ;)

OldePhart
04-04-2012, 06:42 AM
For me I would have to say, "yeah, pretty much so." Once I got my KoAloha longneck soprano about 18 months ago I no longer have any particular interest in getting another uke of that format. Oh, if a Mya Moe or Moore Bettah or something super like that fell into my lap that would be fine, but I'm not really looking and have no plans to.

I have a Mainland mango tenor that statisfies my tenor lust - though I bought a used cutaway mahogany a few months ago just because it seemed to good a deal to pass up and it is nice having a low-G tenor around. I just don't see myself buying a better tenor unless I start playing tenor far more than I do now.

I probably won't buy any soprano scale ukes ever unless I stumble across something that is too good a deal to let slide - or has huge historical value, something like that. I'm just not comfortable on soprano scale so I don't see any reason to buy one.

I might still be in the market for a concert simply because I'm seriously considering abandoning the tenor format. I've recently discovered that even when I play tenor exclusively for weeks I am still instantly more comfortable (and competent) on a concert scale. So, I may someday flip the tenors I have even though they're great and go for a nice concert with a pickup to string low-G to compliment the longneck soprano KoAloha.

I also wouldn't mind having a real concert resonator someday. I have my coffee-can resonator but a real one from Mya Moe would be nice. :)

But, to own another longneck soprano? Nah, for me there's really no reason to have more than one great uke in any particular format.

John

PoiDog
04-04-2012, 06:54 AM
Is the last new ukulele ever good enough to stop buying?


Short answer (for me anyway) is yes.

The last uke I bought was the Kanile'a, and now I only look at other ukes as curiosity, not with any sort of desire. In fact, I haven't even played my aNueNue in close to a couple of months, and may end up handing it off to someone.

For some the answer is clearly "no" but for me, the answer is a hearty and enthusiastic "Yes".

RichM
04-04-2012, 08:39 AM
Put me firmly in the camp of those who have amassed sizable collections, not in search of "better" but enjoying the diversity of tone and playing experience that different instruments can provide. My search for a great uke ended with my Maui Music tenor-- as good a uke in terms of tone, playability, and visual design as I've ever seen. If I could only have one, I would happily play that uke for the rest of my life. But when marymac put her Michael Dunn uke up for sale, you bet I pounced on it... it's completely unique and I doubt I'll ever seee another one. Look, feel, tone unlike any uke I've played. Why settle for just one flavor of ice cream?

bazmaz
04-04-2012, 09:12 AM
Why settle for just one flavor of ice cream?


Perfectly put

Plainsong
04-04-2012, 09:52 AM
Because my ice cream doesn't cost 1000 bucks a pop? ;) <-- (Yeah, I know...witty come back but doesn't hold water when you think about it.)

I think the short answer for me is, kinda. I've been concentrating on ukes that I actually play, and I'm not one that can have 10 or 20 and have any hope of playing them all. Instead I've got to zero in on the stuff I really care about, and leave the rest for everyone else.

I've got all the soprano I could ever want, I've got all the concert I could ever want, and I've got all the Hawaiian I could ever want, (nearly) all the electric I could ever want, and almost all the tenor I could ever want. The superconcert bleeds into tenor a bit, doesn't it? :) But I could use just one more full-on tenor. May as well have it built for me, if it'll be my last... and then just have fun playing them.

That'll take a long while, watch acquisition syndrome got in the way, but that's ok, because I love the ukes I have and I can wait.

So - kinda, a uke can cure uas for ukes of its type, and ease the wait until getting a uke of another type.

vanflynn
04-04-2012, 10:31 AM
It's a thermodynamics thing. The total volume of ukuleles is directly proportionate to the volume of your bank account.

UK Paulie
04-04-2012, 10:36 AM
i think a ukefest would be a great idea for all of the brits on here, we could bring friends and club members and have damn good strum on each others ukes as well

That, good sir is a FANTASTIC idea!! i got dibs on your red cedar!!

foxfair
04-04-2012, 11:03 AM
My answer is: not really. After bought and sold my first high-quality uke, I realized that I should only buy a uke with this concept: I won't sell it, or have a huge difficulty to let it go. Before I come out this idea, I also tried to maintain the 1-in 1-out rule but it seemed impossible and already conflict with my frist concept. The point is, high quality uke usually means high cost and I don't want to lose money in frequent uke trades. Instead of doing so, I'd buy something I really want to keep and control the trending of new uke days lower and lower in each year.

I failed myself in promising "no uke!!" this year, and switch my goal to fit into the reality. :)

Shastastan
04-04-2012, 11:32 AM
I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?

I think that your question applies to other instruments as well. I know I've been on what trumpet players refer to as the mouthpiece safari. You know, the better mouthpiece is just around the corner....not. I now have 3 ukes, but that's because I wanted to try the different sizes and there are no stores here that carry them all here. I'm very satisfied with my Mainlands and don't feel the need to keep trying more. The same is true with my Flea. Isn't it nice that ukes cost a lot less than some other instruments? I think that finances might be a limiting factor for some of us. That's one way to end it. Another may be playing ability. Yes, there may be other instruments out there, that I might enjoy playing more, but I would be kidding myself if I thought that buying a super expensive instrument would markedly increase my sound quality. OTOH very cheap (quality) instruments can set the stage for failure for some. Just sayin....

connor013
04-04-2012, 11:45 AM
I know I've been on what trumpet players refer to as the mouthpiece safari. You know, the better mouthpiece is just around the corner.....

Call me immature, but that's fantastic -- mouthpiece safari! Brilliant!

No one's yet posited the holy-grail worldview: after trials endured, obstacles overcome, and (as a result) a better understanding of myself, only then will my perfect ukulele be revealed to me, after which, UAS will be an affliction no longer.

mm stan
04-04-2012, 12:10 PM
I haven't found my holy grail as of yet...Gone through many many ukes...Yes there will always be a better uke...but as you try to top the previous best ones...it gets harder and takes more time
as time goes by...
But having the time of my life trying all that I can get my hands on...whether it's buying or testing them....Happy Strummings

Big Bob
04-04-2012, 04:15 PM
For me I had to make a decision a couple of days ago.I arrived last night in waikiki am staying about a block from the duke statue.I decided to bring my kanilea ukulele with me.I figured there is no way they would let me carry two ukelele's on the plane So I am hoping to spend some money on ukulele lessons.I have 3 ukuleles in my collection and have been struming them for almost 5 years now .Like my wife(Boss) say's you can only play one at a time.But really at my age I have all I need in ukulele,s.Here is what I have A Kanilea tenor and a Kanilea soprano and a Lanikia concert .So if i could take lessons and improve my playing this would be great for me.Any suggestions?

roxhum
04-04-2012, 04:20 PM
I am pretty much done buying ukes. My kamaka I just can't beat without spending more money than I have. Also I find I get uncomfortable having more ukes than I can comfortable play and I am also finding I have my favorites and don't have an interest in playing the others. The koAloha will be coming up for sale soon.

janeray1940
04-04-2012, 04:23 PM
.So if i could take lessons and improve my playing this would be great for me.Any suggestions?

Gordon Mark and Bryan Tolentino are two instructors that come to mind. I don't have contact info for either handy but I think Good Guys Music on Kapahulu can put you in touch with Gordon Mark, and the Kamaka factory folks can put you in touch with Bryan. And by all means fit in the Kamaka factory tour, it's great and there's no danger of leaving there with another uke since they don't sell retail, they only take orders!

There are also free ukulele lessons in several places; the Royal Hawaiian mall and the Ala Moana mall are a couple examples.

Also stop by Pua Pua on Kalakaua by the Moana Surfrider. I'm sure you can get more info about lessons there, and it's a great place for trying out ukes.

blue_knight_usa
04-04-2012, 08:58 PM
Nope ;-)
Otherwise how do you fill all that wall space in your house?


I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?

blue_knight_usa
04-04-2012, 09:01 PM
Collings.... that's a VERY nice reward for yourself. Spoil yourself, you deserve it since your a uke player. ;-)
Kanilea (one of the "K" brands) also incredible, and if you want to go custom, I don't think you can go wrong with a Mya-Moe.

Hippie Dribble
04-04-2012, 09:08 PM
Na...

:deadhorse:

barefootgypsy
04-04-2012, 10:59 PM
I'm so glad I asked this question! Thanks again to everyone who has responded! Reading it all is one way of dealing with my own "I want...." pangs - |The other week I had a blast in a local music shop, playing the ukes and comparing the sound with my own - I had a blast, yes, but coming away empty-handed was so PAINFUL, because some were definitely clearer-sounding! One day - I'll get a Beauty! Or vow to stop thinking about other ukuleles at all.

Eyeguy
04-05-2012, 02:23 PM
There doesn't need to be an end to it, provided one is able to afford the continued acquisitions, and/or sell/trade currently held ukes to finance others. Having been through over 60 guitars of all kinds - both late model and vintage - over the past 10 years, I know now more than ever that I will never get to every single model and make available. That having been said, I also have come to realize that I have a passion for collecting and experiencing different guitars as well as a passion for playing them. Each guitar has it's own unique personality and variations in size, tone woods, scale, neck profile, nut width, etc. make hunting unique models a great deal of fun in and of itself. Both are valid interests and I view ukuleles no differently. Too many cool and unique ukes, too little time - I just need to pick up the pace.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-05-2012, 02:43 PM
The collector "bug" comes and goes for me. I'll be the first to admit that my case of UAS has resulted in me having a few too many ukes for my needs. Heck, the first ukulele I bought, my Kamaka standard, is more than nice enough to be the only soprano ukulele I ever play. That being said, I love my Maccaferri Islander, my Paulele, my Ohana SK-21, etc. And I've got to love the baritone uke and the Singing Treholipee. True, I have two or three ukes I could probably do without, but I like them, too.

Nowadays, I expend my UAS energy finding nice, inexpensive ukes to give away. I'll likely someday make gifts of those ukes in my collection that aren't getting the playing time they deserve, as well.

peewee
04-05-2012, 02:50 PM
For me I had to make a decision a couple of days ago.I arrived last night in waikiki am staying about a block from the duke statue.I decided to bring my kanilea ukulele with me.I figured there is no way they would let me carry two ukelele's on the plane So I am hoping to spend some money on ukulele lessons.I have 3 ukuleles in my collection and have been struming them for almost 5 years now .Like my wife(Boss) say's you can only play one at a time.But really at my age I have all I need in ukulele,s.Here is what I have A Kanilea tenor and a Kanilea soprano and a Lanikia concert .So if i could take lessons and improve my playing this would be great for me.Any suggestions?

Suggestion: Baritone!

stevepetergal
04-05-2012, 03:09 PM
I now have ukuleles that are good enough. I just plan to get one that's as good as my best one, but have it made to better fit my hands and my palying abilities. Then I believe it will be enough. I'll probably even end up with only three, maybe four if I keep the strictly electric one.

Ukukachoo
04-05-2012, 03:26 PM
The collector "bug" comes and goes for me. I'll be the first to admit that my case of UAS has resulted in me having a few too many ukes for my needs. Heck, the first ukulele I bought, my Kamaka standard, is more than nice enough to be the only soprano ukulele I ever play. That being said, I love my Maccaferri Islander, my Paulele, my Ohana SK-21, etc. And I've got to love the baritone uke and the Singing Treholipee. True, I have two or three ukes I could probably do without, but I like them, too.

Nowadays, I expend my UAS energy finding nice, inexpensive ukes to give away. I'll likely someday make gifts of those ukes in my collection that aren't getting the playing time they deserve, as well.

What nice inexpensive ukes do you recommend to buy to give away?

keliiyama
04-05-2012, 03:27 PM
As for me...... I am not hooked on the ukulele like a collector. I feel that you should look for an ukulele for you, and commit to it. Now if your new and don't know what you like, then of course buy several economical ones until you know what your looking for. Then when the time is right pull the trigger and get the dream ukulele, with the specs you like. And then commit to it. So get a K brand if that's your goal, or get a custom build. There is always going to be other ukulele out there. And you might fall in love with the sound of many of them. But like children, look at the qualities in the ones you already have and appreciate it. For me, I am getting two custom ukes and then I'm done. Two Compass Roses, one totally radical, and one with koa. I call them my twins. This is how most guitar players feel too. But I don't judge you collectors out there:) I collect cologne, and tobacco pipes so I understand the feeling:)

RichM
04-05-2012, 03:46 PM
This is how most guitar players feel too.

Really? Based on what?

mm stan
04-05-2012, 03:56 PM
Hell no, buying ukes keep me invigorated in learning and keeps me motivated to strive to improve..

(the) Indigo Getdown
04-05-2012, 04:07 PM
Once I stumbled upon the awesomeness that is the ukulele last year, I made a conscious plan to eventually pick up a uke in each size, however I wanted each one to have a unique aspect to it. So far I have my very traditional mainland concert, my firefly that's technically soprano size, and I'm currently in search for an electric tenor. Not saying these will be the only ukes I ever own, but I feel like three or four ukuleles should probably be enough for me.

bonesigh
04-05-2012, 04:12 PM
For me it's like buying fine art. I like how unique each of my ukes are (and there are quite a few). The inexpensive ones I hang on the wall. Each of my ukes gets playtime, though I do have favorites.

My one good uke is a Kanilea concert and while it is beautiful I got it at a discount because the "a" string buzzes. I plan on having it fixed someday but find I don't play it as much as the others because it's kept in it's case all the time.

I've also found that some of the ukes I didn't like the sound of too much have grown on me and sound better all the time. Like someone else on this thread said about UAS, "It makes me happy!":agree:

1931jim
04-05-2012, 04:19 PM
As we get into our sunset years our circle of friends keeps getting smaller, I recently lost someone very dear to me, and old songs, and memories, and old ukuleles or whatever your choice of instrument may be is like a helping hand or crutch in your time of need. It's funny isn't it but everyone has some little thing based on some little thing dear to them. It brings to mind these words made famous by Kenny Rogers.
""I stumble to the kitchen for a bite.
Then I see my old guitar in the night.
Just waiting for me like a secret friend.
And there's no end.""
Thank you barefootgypsy.

keliiyama
04-05-2012, 04:34 PM
Really? Based on what?

Aloha Rich!
This is based upon working with many musicians. I myself am a avid guitar player and have many luthier friends. The guys at McPherson, Batson, Taylor, Collings, and Breedlove. Of course there are guitar collectors that collect vintage stuff, but many don't collect new ones. When talking with Grant Batson he told me that people purchase guitars usually with the idea of using it for life and passing it to their children. Not interested in reselling them. Many on these forums also attest to that with people saying they may have one guitar, but can't stop buying ukulele. Also there are factors in pricing, and space since guitars are 3 times the size. And finally people really don't purchase guitars to just try out a brand. Or trust in the comments of others and just blind buy. You would go play a guitar at the store several different times in order to make sure it fit you. Many guitars makers even let you test drive their guitars before you order one. They will mail a guitar so you can feel and hear their work. This doesn't happen with the ukulele. Guitar guys know that there are different guitars out there, and they all have their unique sounds, but really they fall in love with maybe one or two that they own and cherish.

Raygf
04-05-2012, 05:07 PM
I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?

Evidently not. I'm not on a quest for the ultimate ukulele, but less than a year after getting my Glyph tenor I made the deposit on my Mya-Moe tenor last night. I've been considering one for several months. I knew I had to do it. I've saved more than a deposit and went out Wednesday to try a Martin T1K. Luckily the store did not have one, or I may have blown the savings on one. The Mya-Moe will be ready at the end of October. Happy Early Birthday to me! My wife is very understanding and I do not buy things I cannot afford, but I'd better have some damn good love songs to play on it when it arrives. I'm already working on one. Wish me luck. It usually helps.

keliiyama
04-05-2012, 08:16 PM
Evidently not. I'm not on a quest for the ultimate ukulele, but less than a year after getting my Glyph tenor I made the deposit on my Mya-Moe tenor last night. I've been considering one for several months. I knew I had to do it. I've saved more than a deposit and went out Wednesday to try a Martin T1K. Luckily the store did not have one, or I may have blown the savings on one. The Mya-Moe will be ready at the end of October. Happy Early Birthday to me! My wife is very understanding and I do not buy things I cannot afford, but I'd better have some damn good love songs to play on it when it arrives. I'm already working on one. Wish me luck. It usually helps.

Good luck on the love songs! I'm sure you'll LOVE your Mya Moe. 6 Months! The wait beings... have fun.

barefootgypsy
04-06-2012, 12:53 AM
As we get into our sunset years our circle of friends keeps getting smaller, I recently lost someone very dear to me, and old songs, and memories, and old ukuleles or whatever your choice of instrument may be is like a helping hand or crutch in your time of need. It's funny isn't it but everyone has some little thing based on some little thing dear to them. It brings to mind these words made famous by Kenny Rogers.
""I stumble to the kitchen for a bite.
Then I see my old guitar in the night.
Just waiting for me like a secret friend.
And there's no end.""
Thank you barefootgypsy.That moved me, Jim; brought a lump to my throat. You're right, the uke is like a secret friend.... thank you for your thoughts. :)

barefootgypsy
04-06-2012, 01:05 AM
Evidently not. I'm not on a quest for the ultimate ukulele, but less than a year after getting my Glyph tenor I made the deposit on my Mya-Moe tenor last night. I've been considering one for several months. I knew I had to do it. I've saved more than a deposit and went out Wednesday to try a Martin T1K. Luckily the store did not have one, or I may have blown the savings on one. The Mya-Moe will be ready at the end of October. Happy Early Birthday to me! My wife is very understanding and I do not buy things I cannot afford, but I'd better have some damn good love songs to play on it when it arrives. I'm already working on one. Wish me luck. It usually helps.Thanks for this, I laughed out loud! Everyone's thoughts on this have helped me to analyse my own take on it now, and I realise from past purchases that I'm not a collector - I get something I love, that ticks all the boxes, and that's it, it lasts me for years or for ever, without a need for another.... I suppose that even goes for my husband!!! So I'll be on the search for the RIGHT ukulele, that looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, feels right. And I'll probably have to see/play it first, no buying blind. And yes, in justification, the playing had better be damn good too! For Him Indoors......practise, practise......and save, save. Good luck to you! I'd love to know how it goes! :D

Raygf
04-06-2012, 01:20 AM
Thanks for this, I laughed out loud! Everyone's thoughts on this have helped me to analyse my own take on it now, and I realise from past purchases that I'm not a collector - I get something I love, that ticks all the boxes, and that's it, it lasts me for years or for ever, without a need for another.... I suppose that even goes for my husband!!! So I'll be on the search for the RIGHT ukulele, that looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, feels right. And I'll probably have to see/play it first, no buying blind. And yes, in justification, the playing had better be damn good too! For Him Indoors......practise, practise......and save, save. Good luck to you! I'd love to know how it goes! :D

Ha, ha, ha . . . That goes for my wife too. I made the right choice. Thanks for the well wishes. You will know how it goes. I'll post when it arrives.

Raygf
04-06-2012, 01:30 AM
Good luck on the love songs! I'm sure you'll LOVE your Mya Moe. 6 Months! The wait beings... have fun.

Thanks. I met Gordon and Char and briefly played one of their resonator ukes at the 2009 New York Ukulele Festival. Remarkable instrument. I'm ecstatic about the decision. Look forward to getting it in my hands. Tenor Classic, walnut back and sides (from the same billet as #629) and Port Orford Cedar top, ebony binding. It took months of consideration and now, indeed, the wait begins.

dnewton2
04-06-2012, 03:00 AM
For me I was totally satisfied when I got my Moore Bettah 2 or 3 years ago. But now that I think about it I have acquired a few ukes since then. I thought I wanted a Tenor but never got into it so I sold it. I bought an electric for quiet practice when my son was born. And my wife got me a Koaloha concert for our 5th anniversy, wood is the traditional gift. But I tend to play my MB the most. I do keep an eye out for amazing deals on high-end ukes but they rarely come around.

I do however have a few wants but they fill different voids. I want a Koaloha Imaikalani because I played one before ant it was unlike any 6-string I have played before. I also want a higher end soprano, maybe a black bear, a wiliam king or a glyph. I thought I wanted an archtop but am not sure my playing style warrents that type of instument.

sukie
04-06-2012, 04:09 AM
I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?
Yes.

I have a Moore Bettah. I have absolutely no desire for another one. Maybe I've become a Uke snob (but only for me). I have no desire to play anything else.

GinnyT11
04-06-2012, 04:12 AM
buying ukes keep me invigorated in learning and keeps me motivated to strive to improve..

I'm with Stan, in that a new uke recharges my interest in practicing.

Plus, I have a socializer-style personality. I like opening different cases on different days and spending time with this uke friend or that one, hearing their voices anew and choosing what songs to do together.

Lalz
04-06-2012, 05:39 AM
I'm always lurking at new ukes but I try to be reasonable about it.

I have four ukes at the moment: One re-entrant soprano, one low G concert, one banjo uke and one electric. Each acquired to allow for different types of playing and music, as opposed to having one of each size. I'm not too fond of tenors because of their bigger size and higher string tension, and I don't feel it would bring me much to have a tenor beyond what I already get from my concert. I've been thinking about baritones (and tenor guitars) lately because of the fact that they do enable you to play lower notes, but the neck size is still a problem (small hands) and the more I think of it the more I think my low G strung concert gives me all the lower range I need, especially since it matches my vocal range just fine. A few months ago I kept thinking about getting a reso and adding a nut-raiser to play it lapsteel-style, but then I realised I don't play that much slide-based music anyway so it wouldn't be worth it. I can just slip on a glass slide on a finger and play upright when the slide bug bits me.

I'm really pleased with my ukes and I don't really have any reason to get several of the same type, other than I do want to get a second re-entrant soprano because the one I have which is perfect for jam sessions is way too loud and bright to just casually play with at home without disturbing the neighbours. I used to have a not-too-loud always-at-hand sturdy laminate uke before, but not anymore. Long story, won't go there.

In short: after a lot of soul-searching, I realise 5 is the right number of ukes for me, and the types of ukes I have are all the types of ukes I'll ever need. I ease my UAS pre-symptoms by just downloading pictures of beautiful ukuleles and looking at them from time to time (hahaha), and paying regular visits to my local uke shops to play around with what they have in store. After I get that second soprano, if I ever buy another uke it will be only because I would have outgrown one I already have and then I would replace the older one with the new one rather than adding one to the collection. The fact that I don't earn much and that I store my ukes in a little cabinet with limited space available also helps me not get too crazy.

This said, I wouldn't mind getting other 4-strings instruments: a cavaquinho for playing samba music really loud, and a ngoni for traditional west-african. But that's another story... And the fact that they are really difficult to get a hold of where I live or even online makes me think I probably won't ever be able to own one of them, so never mind.

Shastastan
04-07-2012, 08:36 AM
As we get into our sunset years our circle of friends keeps getting smaller, I recently lost someone very dear to me, and old songs, and memories, and old ukuleles or whatever your choice of instrument may be is like a helping hand or crutch in your time of need. It's funny isn't it but everyone has some little thing based on some little thing dear to them. It brings to mind these words made famous by Kenny Rogers.
""I stumble to the kitchen for a bite.
Then I see my old guitar in the night.
Just waiting for me like a secret friend.
And there's no end.""
Thank you barefootgypsy.

Nice thoughts, thanks. Some of us retirees were only wannbe's during our working years with no time for music. I didn't play for 50 years and started trumpet again at age 65. I started with a cheap but good used horn from Ebay. After 6 months, I told my wife I wanted to get a better horn with a darker tone. She said, why don't you wait awhile? I responded, How long do I have to wait? I'm 65 already. So now I have 4 horns and 3 ukes to make up for lost time and it's oh so much fun! I have no immediate plans for UAS though. In fact, I may sell a horn and a uke.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-07-2012, 08:40 AM
What nice inexpensive ukes do you recommend to buy to give away?

If there are five or six Makala ukes in a shop, you should be able to find at least one nice one in the bunch. I've also found nice Mahalo and Stagg ukes. I wouldn't buy any of these ukes online, unless it was from a good ukulele shop.

SailQwest
04-07-2012, 01:41 PM
I have to ask this question. I read posts from people who have bought expensive solid wood ukuleles, custom-builds - and immediately look for the next. I've no doubt they all sound beautiful, and different.... but I do have to ask, is there any end to it? The search for the ultimate ukulele?

My husband's last uke purchase: October 2008.
My last uke purchase: August 2010.

So for us, I guess the answer is yes, there was an end to the buying. :D

uke4life
04-07-2012, 01:52 PM
Hmmm...For me the answer it "NO" for UAS...But I was able to stop my MAS (mandolin) with my Ellis and Gihlchrist and my GAS (guitar) was stopped with my Tezanos Classical and Bashkin Acoustic...But SAS (strap) continues...LOL