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Blueman2
11-07-2012, 06:23 AM
I want to build something for Uke players and collectors to store their Ukes in and am trying to find out whether most Uke players would prefer to keep their Ukes in or out of their cases and roughly how many Ukes would need to be stored. Thanks

strumsilly
11-07-2012, 06:27 AM
with me, it's out of sight, out of mind, so I keep em hanging on the walls where I can get at them.

Dan Uke
11-07-2012, 06:30 AM
My recommendation is to make a glass cabinet with built in humidifier, more like a cigar case. Ukes are lighter braced and thinner wood so more susceptible to cracks. Wickedwahine11 has a nice case for her avatar

coolkayaker1
11-07-2012, 06:36 AM
45066

Wicked's cabinet. I'm sure she'll chime in with suggestions, she's a lovely person. She may have advice for you, original poster. Here's her case. (click to enlarge)

P.S. Everyone on UU drools like a Saint Bernard whenever we see it.

Lalz
11-07-2012, 06:59 AM
with me, it's out of sight, out of mind, so I keep em hanging on the walls where I can get at them.

Haha! I'm the opposite, I like to keep most of mine in their cases, hidden away in a cabinet. Otherwise if they're always in sight I would just never put them down lol. It would also start to feel like they're taking over my life if I had them all on display because it'd probably sink in that I have quite a few already. And it keeps my UAS from getting out of hand: when there's no place left in the cabinet, then there will be no place left for additional ukes in my life. Good rule of thumbs. Keeps things nice and tidy :)
I only have my flea out, but at a safe distance from the sofa lol

If I ever wanted a different cabinet, it'd be nice though if its inside were padded and made specifically for storing ukes in it, with or without cases. And if it could be thermally insulated and at constant regulated temperature and humidity levels so I wouldn't have to worry about having the cabinet next to a heater or a window. That'd be mint!

sukie
11-07-2012, 07:08 AM
Mine stay in their cases. Why tempt fate. They need it for the humidity. They need it so I -- or any one else or a dog -- don't step on them. The case for my work horse ukulele is right by my music stand.

Linho
11-07-2012, 07:10 AM
The glas cabinet looks gorgeous. What a great idea! :)

Unfortunately I have no place for something like this. I keep my good ukuleles (aNueNue Harp Ukulele, Kanile'a Tenor Island Tat, Brüko custom soprano longneck) in good case at a corner of my living room. They are too valuable for me to hang unprotected on my wall. ;)

My outdoor soprano lies in a cheap nylon bag. My custom hulabox sopranino and my tangi miniature sopranano are standing decorative in my shelf. :cool:

dhoenisch
11-07-2012, 07:30 AM
I do a little bit of both, but as some have said, out of site, out of mind. The ukes I keep around the house hang up in my humidified music room. In the past, I would keep all of my instruments in their cases with their own humidifiers, and I would rarely play them, so now they all hang up and I have a whole room humidifier running when the furnace is on. My Oscar Schmidt OU2 and red Mahalo, both laminated, stay in their cases for quick grab-n-run reasons.

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2096.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2097.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2098.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o92/dhoenisch/DSCN2095.jpg

Dan

Blueman2
11-07-2012, 07:35 AM
It seems to be like guitar players, pretty evenly divided as to in our out of cases. However, most acoustic players want to keep them in the cases while electric players like them out. Thought Uke players would most like be "in the case" people. Do most of you have at least 4 or 5 ukes or do a lot of you have just 1 or 2?

coolkayaker1
11-07-2012, 07:58 AM
Do most of you have at least 4 or 5 ukes or do a lot of you have just 1 or 2?

All seriousness: most have 6-9 ukes.

kenikas
11-07-2012, 08:08 AM
It seems to be like guitar players, pretty evenly divided as to in our out of cases. However, most acoustic players want to keep them in the cases while electric players like them out. Thought Uke players would most like be "in the case" people. Do most of you have at least 4 or 5 ukes or do a lot of you have just 1 or 2?
I have 4 or 5 X 4 or 5, bad case of UAS! (and guitars, mandolins etc) But for the most part my laminate instruments are out of cases and solid and solid tops are kept in their cases with humidifiers.

mds725
11-07-2012, 08:08 AM
I keep mu ukuleles in their cases. They all have Oasis humidifiers, either the kind that clip onto the case or, where the case is too small for that, the kind that hang in the body from the ukulele's strings.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=15515&d=1282539113

San Francisco is a relatively humid place a lot of the time, but it's often cold and when the heat comes on in my apartment, it can be drier inside than it is outside. Also, I find that having them in their cases protects them from dust. I used to play one of the cheap ukes I owned that was always out of its gig bag and easy to reach for, but I've trained myself that taking the few seconds to grab a good uke out of its case is worth it.

I have several ukes. What I'm currently looking for in terms of storage for them is a bookcase that can accommodate 6-8 ukes standing up in their cases and is deep enough to accommodate most of the width of the cases (most bookcases are not deep enough to do this.) Short of that, I'd probably buy a storage cabinet meant for guitars like this one.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=45067&d=1352315282

Blueman2
11-07-2012, 08:08 AM
good to know. We'll see what the ultimate response is.

gitarzan
11-07-2012, 08:10 AM
Both, the better ones live in a case. But I usually have a cheaper laying around for a quick strum now and then. (about 10 times per evening.)

lovinforkful
11-07-2012, 08:39 AM
I keep my uke in it's case but closeby!

Plainsong
11-07-2012, 08:40 AM
My room humidifier has become useless, and while I'd love a cabinet, the husband isn't building one anytime soon, so it's cases, until the heater goes off in the summer.

collarbone
11-07-2012, 10:11 AM
I keep mine in the case because toddlers like ukuleles but ukuleles don't like toddlers.

ksiegel
11-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Mine all live in cases - hard shell for most, but the Epi Les Paul electrics live in the cheap gig bags they came with, and the banjo ukes live in good gig bags. (One that has the "Bean Sprout" logo is probably as close as I'll ever get to having a bean Sprout banjo uke...)

I can grab any of 3 at any given time, without a hassle - another 5 with minimal movement, and the other 4 take a bit of effort ... but that's fine, because 2 of them aren't getting played at all, and the other two are very sentimental and somewhat fragile, so I take them out maybe once a month.


-Kurt

OldePhart
11-07-2012, 11:42 AM
I keep mine in their cases for protection but I am seriously considering building a hanging wall cabinet with glass front to put them in.

John

siauke
11-07-2012, 12:50 PM
4 solid wood 'ukuleles. All in cases with oasis humidifiers. Scary how fast the humidifiers dry out at different times of the year.

strumsilly
11-07-2012, 12:55 PM
All seriousness: most have 6-9 ukes.
or more..............

Pueo
11-07-2012, 01:54 PM
I have nine ukuleles (and two guitars and a bass and a double-neck steel guitar) and most of the time they are in their cases. I have two stands, one in the spare bedroom (which is kind of like the music room) and one in the living room, and there is usually an ukulele in each stand. They get rotated around. The only exception is the baritone ukulele which I do not have a case for, so it is always out of its case and usually in the stand in the music room.
My Mainland Gecko lives in my bottom desk drawer at work.
I do not have humidifiers. I never have to use heat where I live, and I don't really run the A/C either, so I don't worry about it much.

Patrick Madsen
11-07-2012, 02:00 PM
Ikeep mine on a stand, two tenors, Martin Baritone and Acacia Ubass. I like them out of the case cause then I'm more apt to play them. I live in the Pacific Northwest so don't worry about humidity at all.

Lalz
11-07-2012, 02:17 PM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=45067&d=1352315282

Oh, nice one! Where do you get these?

myrnaukelele
11-07-2012, 03:57 PM
Both, the better ones live in a case. But I usually have a cheaper laying around for a quick strum now and then. (about 10 times per evening.)
Same for me. All my plastic ukes and my cheap wood ones are out and about. But it's very dry here so my good wood ukes are always in their cases with humidifiers.

Gasocaster
11-07-2012, 04:24 PM
I have 4 'single' cases, a converted suitcase, that carries 2 sopranos, sheet music, mics and cords, a converted rifle case, to carry a baritone, tenor, and concert. And a converted Fender bass case, for soprano, concert, and tenor, with a built in battery amp, and opened on end, holds a music stand, and stands for all instruments. My house is humidity controlled, but they are in cases when not at home. I keep cases closed, cats like to sit and poop in an open case. If I were you, I'd check the size of 'cars'...a friend uses a wheeled crate, for several instrument cases.

wickedwahine11
11-07-2012, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the kind words about my cabinet guys. I really like it. It was built for me by UU member Harold O. The only thing I did was stain it and add the foam pad at the bottom for them to rest upon.

I keep a hygrometer inside, as well as humidifiers to keep it regulated in the 40-60 percent range. I used to have these gorgeous wood hangers (from UU member Toucan Mango) but I was having humidity related issues with two of my ukes, as it is regularly as low as 19% in my house.

We are now building some shelves for underneath for my uke cases and accessories out of the same type of poplar wood.

Freeda
11-07-2012, 04:53 PM
I am converting our old entertainment center into a uke storage unit. It is mission oak, and all I have to do is close up the back and add humidification.

mm stan
11-07-2012, 04:54 PM
I prefer to keep mine in their cases for safety...and to keep the dust off... I do leave my favorite ukes out which are my rogues and fluke..which I like to play...

Rick Turner
11-07-2012, 05:04 PM
Keeping vintage instruments with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes and nitrocellulose (celluloid) bindings and purflings is NOT good for them. The nitro outgasses and nitric acid condenses on all surfaces leading to ever-more rapid deterioration of finish, trim, tuner buttons, and nickel plated metal parts. This effect is pretty well known in the vintage guitar, mandolin, and banjo worlds. I've seen instruments on which bindings literally burned up, and many archtop guitars have rotted celluloid pickguards from the instability of the materials.

Besides which...out of sight, out of mind...

itsme
11-07-2012, 06:09 PM
I prefer to keep mine in their cases for safety...and to keep the dust off...
Same here. I only leave mine out when I'm playing and taking a break, when I'll set them on a stand or a chair for the time being. But they always get put away when I'm done playing.

Rick, I don't understand your post. Did you accidentally leave out some words?? :confused:

mds725
11-07-2012, 07:13 PM
Keeping vintage instruments with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes and nitrocellulose (celluloid) bindings and purflings is NOT good for them. The nitro outgasses and nitric acid condenses on all surfaces leading to ever-more rapid deterioration of finish, trim, tuner buttons, and nickel plated metal parts. This effect is pretty well known in the vintage guitar, mandolin, and banjo worlds. I've seen instruments on which bindings literally burned up, and many archtop guitars have rotted celluloid pickguards from the instability of the materials.

Besides which...out of sight, out of mind...

There may be a verb or phrase missing in your first sentence. i can't tell whether you think it's a good idea to keep instruments in their cases or to keep them out in the open air. Maybe I'm just not reading this right? (I was going to say "maybe I'm just dense," but that's already been confirmed. :) )

mds725
11-07-2012, 07:15 PM
Oh, nice one! Where do you get these?

I found the photo at this website. http://www.guitar-stor.com/ These are custom made and a bit expensive. (The one in the photo is $495, I think.) I imagine there are less expensive alternatives, but I was looking for a photo to post and didn't find any photos of less expensive alternatives.

bodhran
11-07-2012, 09:01 PM
I keep my ukulele's in cases purely because it removes the temptation for my young grandson - I would not be a happy camper if he fed a ukulele to the cat or dog!

bazmaz
11-07-2012, 09:22 PM
All in their cases except Fluke which stands next to sofa in the living room.

Got so many ukes there is always one to hand in any room in the house!

TheCraftedCow
11-07-2012, 10:23 PM
About a dozen of them hang from a peg inside of a padded softbag. The other thirty are either in their padded bag or a hard case inside an open front case which is six feet high and eight feet long . There is an upper shelf with softsides separated those in hard cases. The lower level is for the taller , and is also segregated by type of encasement.

tjomball
11-07-2012, 10:34 PM
In their bags/cases and on the floor in a corner.
The floor to keep em from falling down,
A corner because it's less chance of getting kicked around..
Exactly the same placebas my photo equipment..
If it's god enough for thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment it's good enough for my ukes..

drbekken
11-07-2012, 11:48 PM
I have a vintage 1920s banjo ukulele, that I keep in a padded gig bag, a vintage 1950s Harmony soprano that I keep in a hard case. The cheapos either hang on the wall, or lie around the living room..

pakhan
11-08-2012, 12:38 AM
In. Definitely

Cornfield
11-08-2012, 01:51 AM
When I'm in the living room or office, I'll put a uke and a guitar on respective stands. When I go back to bed, the wood instruments get recased. The metal resonators can sit out.

generr
11-08-2012, 03:08 AM
For me, its easy! I've got one uke in a stand next to the recliner where I can reach over every 15 minutes or so to grab it and practice. I'm looking to expand to two (get a soprano to join the concert) at which point there will be two ukes next to the recliner. Since I'm retired there are no "little ones" around :( (except for vacation or holidays when the grandkids visit), nor any pets.

I'm humbled by the amount of ukes that many forum members own! However I can understand since I'm a golfer and probably have close to a dozen putters sitting in the garage. LOL

jinsk90
11-08-2012, 07:53 AM
This is what I don't get about humidifiers
Lets say you keep ur uke in a case around 40 to 60 perfect humidity
But when you take your instrument out you are dealing with humidity in 20s
Isn't this worse? I heard dramatic changes in humidity is worse
Do you guys just avoid playing if humidity is too low?

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-08-2012, 08:05 AM
If you have any of the following then IN- dogs, cats, animal of any kind, kids (also of any kind), dry climate, heating of any kind, its cold, are drunk alot or have drunk friends who pop over, have drunk kids, or your drunk kids have drunk kids.

IF you have any of the following then OUT- alot of money, a keen sense of intuition regarding outcomes of possible cause and effect scenarios- also known as ESP, have a moustache. (and that's my daily moustache joke folks)

But seriously, IN (unless its got the concerns mentioned by Rick turner) but keep the case within very easy reach/eye sight or it will not get opened much.

For some reason the first thing i thought of when i read this was the following joke I heard form a comedian regarding a pet hate of mine- people who fiddle with their smart phones while 'talking' to you-
- The comedian said that iphones are like penises- it is rude to take them out at the dinner table and play with them.

Lalz
11-08-2012, 09:11 AM
There may be a verb or phrase missing in your first sentence. i can't tell whether you think it's a good idea to keep instruments in their cases or to keep them out in the open air. Maybe I'm just not reading this right? (I was going to say "maybe I'm just dense," but that's already been confirmed. :) )

His post got me worried too! The most important part of the sentence is missing. Please Rick! Tell us!
Anyone knows which brands use nitrocellulose btw?

OldePhart
11-08-2012, 12:15 PM
This is what I don't get about humidifiers
Lets say you keep ur uke in a case around 40 to 60 perfect humidity
But when you take your instrument out you are dealing with humidity in 20s
Isn't this worse? I heard dramatic changes in humidity is worse
Do you guys just avoid playing if humidity is too low?

No, rapid changes in temperature (extremes - hot uke to air-conditioned room, cold uke to heated room) can be a problem, especially with some vintage finishes.

However, rapid changes in humidity aren't that big a deal (assuming we're not talking about sticking a wet uke in an oven to dry it out or dunking a dry uke in the bathtub). :) Humidity moves in and out of unsealed wood pretty slowly - what's imporant is the average humidity over a fairly extended period of time.

Here in north Texas I find that I don't need to use my humidifiers during spring and fall (like right now) when neither the heat nor AC is running enough to dry the air out. I have a digital hygrometer and it shows that the humidity in my office has been running 45 to 55 percent for the last few weeks. During the height of winter and summer the hygrometer will dip well into the twenties and I sometimes have to refill the humidifiers every week.

John

jinsk90
11-08-2012, 12:33 PM
No, rapid changes in temperature (extremes - hot uke to air-conditioned room, cold uke to heated room) can be a problem, especially with some vintage finishes.

However, rapid changes in humidity aren't that big a deal (assuming we're not talking about sticking a wet uke in an oven to dry it out or dunking a dry uke in the bathtub). :) Humidity moves in and out of unsealed wood pretty slowly - what's imporant is the average humidity over a fairly extended period of time.

Here in north Texas I find that I don't need to use my humidifiers during spring and fall (like right now) when neither the heat nor AC is running enough to dry the air out. I have a digital hygrometer and it shows that the humidity in my office has been running 45 to 55 percent for the last few weeks. During the height of winter and summer the hygrometer will dip well into the twenties and I sometimes have to refill the humidifiers every week.

John

Makes perfect sense. Thanks!

rpfrogner
11-08-2012, 02:11 PM
I like to keep most all of my solid wood ukulele's in cases with humidifiers. How many?.....not certain. Fewer than I used to have, but less than I would like :).

Waterguy
11-08-2012, 02:20 PM
One on the wall, 4 in the case so the answer to this one is ..... yes. I have decent humidity here though so.