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Evan.
07-25-2012, 02:02 PM
If I take my (sweet Mainland) uke to a friends house for a pool party this weekend... and I going to regret it?

We have to drive about an hour and a half to get there and it's going to be a hot day. I'd like to be able to play my uke by their pool, but I have no idea what their set up is like (never been there before). So, not knowing what I'm getting into - but pretty sure it's going to be a scorching hot day, I'm just worried that I'll regret taking my uke. I don't want to have to babysit it the whole time. I don't know if they have a shady area for it to rest. Car would be too hot.

...I think I'm talking myself out of it.

RichM
07-25-2012, 02:04 PM
A uke is a social instrument, so it would be a shame not to bring it to a party. You are absolutely right that excessive heat can damage your instrument, so you're smart to consider it. Why don't you just call your friend and ask if you'd be able to keep your uke indoors when you're not playing it?

itsme
07-25-2012, 02:17 PM
This is why you need a "beater" uke. Can you maybe pick up a Dolphin before then?

mybote
07-25-2012, 02:29 PM
I agree with itsme. High end ukes are great, but ukes like the Dolphin play an important role in any collection. (and, what a great excuse to buy another uke. It's a win-win situation)

Pueo
07-25-2012, 02:40 PM
There were plenty of Mainlands at UWC last year, and it was *HOT*! I am sure you can leave it inside if you don't want it lying in the sun, but if you are playing it, enjoying it, and it happens to be sunny out I don't think you will have a problem. You are correct to not leave it in the car. If you are worried about water damage (or alcohol damage :D ) then you need a beater uke. My beater uke turned into my autograph uke, and then I needed another beater uke... I'm sure you see where this is going!

mangorockfish
07-25-2012, 02:54 PM
I'd worry more about some bone-head wanting to play it IN the pool.

PhilUSAFRet
07-25-2012, 03:24 PM
Definately have to consider the composition of the "crowd."

1931jim
07-25-2012, 03:49 PM
Evan wrote.....
"""...I think I'm talking myself out of it. """
Now you're talking. No way would I take a Mainland to a pool party. As another poster has said...Someone will want to go swimming with your treasure as a big joke. No thanks. Take six empty beer cans, then fill with various amounts of water and you have a xylophone for one and all to enjoy. Your Mainland is your Main Man.

mm stan
07-25-2012, 04:43 PM
Depends on the crowd...I heard to many stories of people sitting on their ukes... crushing reminder...LOL

OldePhart
07-25-2012, 05:27 PM
Yeah...I wouldn't worry about the heat. Long term...yes, it can be a problem. Even fairly short term if left in a 140F closed-up car. But, remember, the wood, metal, and even strings on a ukulele can take a lot more heat than your body can...so basically any place you can play is safe for the uke in terms of short-term temperature and humidity.

However, depending on what kind of "party" you're talking about I might not want to take a nice uke. Playing by the pool is fine...pushed in the pool with your uke by some practical joker or half-lit nitwit is an entirely different horse of another color. :)

John

hmgberg
07-25-2012, 05:58 PM
Your instincts are telling you something. Why risk being sorry? Get a beater to play at pool parties.

Ghibli
07-25-2012, 06:02 PM
Would not take it .:cool:

Tenzen
07-25-2012, 06:15 PM
if its a Hawaiian or Local party, bring your finest uke, for sure..

if its a party with non-local people, you may want to even bring a small colorful blue toy ukulele for them to play and joke around with, since they likely think your finely-crafted uke is also a goofy kiddie toy

webby
07-25-2012, 07:45 PM
you're not exactly asking for trouble but you are pretty much guaranteeing you wont get laid :)

Lori
07-25-2012, 07:56 PM
Don't bring your best/ treasured uke when you don't know the people at the party. People will want to play it, and they may be wet from swimming or sweating, and if they are drinking, they might do something that damages it, not realizing it isn't a toy to you. You want to be relaxed while you are there, so get a cheap beater uke - so when they take it out of your hands, you don't look distressed.

–Lori

UncleElvis
07-25-2012, 08:40 PM
I've never regretted taking a ukulele anywhere.

Hippie Dribble
07-25-2012, 09:22 PM
you're not exactly asking for trouble but you are pretty much guaranteeing you wont get laid :)

beg to differ webby. Uke players are cool now didncha know? In Tassie ukers pull even more chicks than oboe players...he he

buddhuu
07-26-2012, 01:18 AM
This is why you need a "beater" uke. Can you maybe pick up a Dolphin before then?

^ This. 100% this.

Sven-Uke
07-26-2012, 01:24 AM
+1 for a beater.
I got a Dolphin to take camping and even to loan out to friends who want to find out if they like playing the ukulele.

ukuLily Mars
07-26-2012, 04:37 AM
You could do what George Harrison would do: buy half a dozen Dolphins and teach everybody else how to play. Okay, George would probably bring Ko'alohas or something, but I'm assuming you've never been a Beatle.

Seriously, though, I agree with everyone who said if you can get a Dolphin, get one and bring that. If it were me, I would have a hard time enjoying myself if I were worrying about my 'uke. And you don't want to not be able to let people play it or at least hold it; they will want to, and it's a social instrument, and people will be in wet bathing suits and possibly pixilated. Get a beater and enjoy yourself.

luluwrites
07-26-2012, 05:03 AM
In response to Webby: A teenage boy with a ukulele was quite the chick magnet at a camp where I was recently on faculty. Do not underestimate the power of the uke, my friend.

Louis0815
07-26-2012, 05:27 AM
Can you maybe pick up a Dolphin before then?


ukes like the Dolphin play an important role in any collection. (and, what a great excuse to buy another uke. It's a win-win situation)


^ This. 100% this.


+1 for a beater.
I got a Dolphin to take camping and even to loan out to friends who want to find out if they like playing the ukulele.


I agree with everyone who said if you can get a Dolphin, get one and bring that.
:agree:
You'll most likely never be able to get this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHzpJGqs5fk) out of a Dolphin, but that shouldn't prevent you from having one.

If only they would make a concert size .....

BTW: Being invited to a pool party I'd even seriously think about bringing my Flea (another serious beater); the Dolphin might even survive a quick dip

Skitzic
07-26-2012, 05:52 AM
If you're not comfortable, don't do it. It's as simple as that.

I would take it. I have never once thought 'man, I wish I wouldn't have brought this uke.' I have wished I would have brought one. If the crowd looks scary, hide it in the house somewhere, or find a bush to tuck it into.

Then again, I go to adult parties where even drunken people are respectful of other people's stuff. If it was a frat type party I would probably reconsider. I did not play the ukulele in my frat-type party days.

Evan.
07-27-2012, 06:27 PM
Thanks everyone. Many great (and funny) points have been mentioned.

I'm going to leave her at home.
It'll be too much like work to keep an eye on my little dog and worry about my Uke all day.

Teek
07-27-2012, 10:38 PM
Get a Dolphin anyway! :cool:

I take the Orange Flash anytime someone else who isn't a uke or music person may handle my uke, and have been glad I did, as it has the chips and dings to prove it was the one that could survive it with the least amount of angst for me.

myrnaukelele
07-30-2012, 11:05 AM
I agree with itsme. High end ukes are great, but ukes like the Dolphin play an important role in any collection. (and, what a great excuse to buy another uke. It's a win-win situation)
I absolutely agree. I've lent both my Dolphins out to friends this summer and now need to buy another Dolphin just in case I need one for myself. Gives me a great excuse to buy a red uke.:)