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UkeyDave
08-21-2013, 11:47 PM
This month I decided to buy a new Uke and wanted to get a more traditional Soprano sized one. So I plumped for a Gretsch G9100.
Lovely - it's great. I absolutely love it.

HOWEVER..................

Less than two weeks later I find myself ordering a Martin S-1 Soprano which should arrive tomorrow. What the hell is wrong with me?
Will this addictive disease EVER improve?
Am I beyond help?

Hippie Dribble
08-21-2013, 11:57 PM
Well Dave, you only have 4 ukes in the sig. Clearly you need to buy a few more. After the Martin try a Black Bear, then a Pohaku, then a Covered Bridge, then an Ono. After that I'd probably order a Mya Moe and then a Collings, after which time I'd like to see you buy a Big Rusty resonator.

If this fails take two aspirin and call me in the morning

your (friendly) doctor,

eugene

Strumdaddy
08-22-2013, 12:14 AM
I think Dr Eugene is a bit bent himself!
Hey, don't fret too much (ha - ha!) - if you buy a few ukes, and can still feed yourself and your family - where's the harm? It's a great hobby (there are many worse ones). Just make sure you PLAY a lot too; no use just buying pretty wooden dust collectors....

mm stan
08-22-2013, 12:21 AM
Aloha Dave,
ha ha you are still at the early stages yet, it will get worse and worse and upgrading is costly...buy the most expensive your budget will afford and you will skip several inbetween ukes, in the
long run you save more money and your house less cluttered with lower end ukes that are hard to sell...BUT it is more fun spending more money and getting all your heart desires...:) Let me say 1 a month is quite normal for the extreme cases...

kvehe
08-22-2013, 01:11 AM
Trust me, it is just beginning. It's okay until you start buying more than one of the exact same model.

hammer40
08-22-2013, 02:04 AM
On a somewhat serious note, this forum doesn't help much with the uas. All the amazing ukes that come up for sale, or the awesome ukes that others buy and then post pictures. It's really hard not to want to jump in and get "just one more".

I was getting close to buying another one, a very high end one at that. Somehow, I have been able to rein it in and resist for now. That and the credit card would have exploded.

PhilUSAFRet
08-22-2013, 02:06 AM
You need the UAS 12 step program. Step 1, we admitted we were powerless over ukuleles, Step 2, buy 11 ukuleles and return to step 1.

bnolsen
08-22-2013, 02:17 AM
cure: play what you got and don't read these forums :cool:

Appalachian picker
08-22-2013, 03:20 AM
I know I'm likely in the minority....or maybe the silent majority (who knows)....but I have just a single ukulele - I play it every day and I'm perfectly happy with no desires to add another!

kvehe
08-22-2013, 03:35 AM
I know I'm likely in the minority....or maybe the silent majority (who knows)....but I have just a single ukulele - I play it every day and I'm perfectly happy with no desires to add another!

You are my idol.

mm stan
08-22-2013, 03:44 AM
You need the UAS 12 step program. Step 1, we admitted we were powerless over ukuleles, Step 2, buy 11 ukuleles and return to step 1.

I thought the 12 step program was buy a ukulele a month for a year......hee hee

allanr
08-22-2013, 04:19 AM
On a somewhat serious note, this forum doesn't help much with the uas. All the amazing ukes that come up for sale, or the awesome ukes that others buy and then post pictures. It's really hard not to want to jump in and get "just one more".

I was getting close to buying another one, a very high end one at that. Somehow, I have been able to rein it in and resist for now. That and the credit card would have exploded.

What? I found the forum exteremely helpfull with my UAS!

...Oh... I get it.

:p

Steedy
08-22-2013, 04:22 AM
I'm Steedy, and I'm a uke-aholic. :(

fernandogardinali
08-22-2013, 04:40 AM
Get rid of what you don't need. Sell, give it to someone, give it as a prize for a Seasons of the Ukulele contest.

You got the Martin? Let the Gretsch go.
Got the Ohana CK35? Goodbye, Oscar Schmidt OU5.

Ukes are meant to be played. Now that you have a Martin you won't give attention to a laminate mahogany soprano. Same thing with the CK35. Do you still play the Oscar Schmidt?

I'm much happier with a few good ukes then I was when I had 15 budget ukes.

DaveY
08-22-2013, 04:44 AM
Get rid of what you don't need. Sell, give it to someone, give it as a prize for a Seasons of the Ukulele contest.

You got the Martin? Let the Gretsch go.
Got the Ohana CK35? Goodbye, Oscar Schmidt OU5.

Ukes are meant to be played. Now that you have a Martin you won't give attention to a laminate mahogany soprano. Same thing with the CK35. Do you still play the Oscar Schmidt?

I'm much happier with a few good ukes then I was when I had 15 budget ukes.

yes . . . pay attention to what you're playing, and sell what you're not playing . . . although I suggest hanging onto one laminate (unless your ukes never leave your climate-controlled home)

orangeena
08-22-2013, 04:44 AM
Is there a variant of this condition called UFS (Ukulele Fabrication Syndrome)? I started making banjolele's, a CBU & then graduated to soprano's. The intention (and excuse to wife) is that I will sell the next one, but never feel the quality is quite good enough. Now the living room and my office are beginning to back up a bit with uke's. And there are two more on the go in the workshop and some more mahogany just arrived .........

coolkayaker1
08-22-2013, 09:21 AM
"My UAS just keeps getting worse. What can I do?"

Take up the xylophone.

mds725
08-22-2013, 09:24 AM
Trust me, it is just beginning. It's okay until you start buying more than one of the exact same model.

Oh, crap!!!!!

ickybaby
08-22-2013, 09:36 AM
"My UAS just keeps getting worse. What can I do?"

Take up the xylophone.

That's no help because you'll want a full size for the home, a 3 octave one in a case for travel...then you'll want a marimba for those times you want to hear warmer tones...and then a vibraphone for the jazz artist in you...and well, why not a classic glockenspiel. Then when that's all done there's the whole issue of mallets (hard, medium, soft, wool, wood, yarn, plastic, rubber, carbon fiber.......). My wife just recently re-ignited my CAS (cymbal aquisition syndrome). The thing about cymbals is you can just keep adding them to your set up so you never know when to stop...and they cost as much as decent ukes ($200-$500 each approx).

UkeyDave
08-22-2013, 09:43 AM
Is there a variant of this condition called UFS (Ukulele Fabrication Syndrome)? I started making banjolele's, a CBU & then graduated to soprano's. The intention (and excuse to wife) is that I will sell the next one, but never feel the quality is quite good enough. Now the living room and my office are beginning to back up a bit with uke's. And there are two more on the go in the workshop and some more mahogany just arrived .........
Yes I can confirm this IS a variant. Wow you make Ukes? That is very impressive.


yes . . . pay attention to what you're playing, and sell what you're not playing . . . although I suggest hanging onto one laminate (unless your ukes never leave your climate-controlled home)
I live in England. I'm not sure my Ukes are affected by climate.


Get rid of what you don't need. Sell, give it to someone, give it as a prize for a Seasons of the Ukulele contest.

You got the Martin? Let the Gretsch go.
Got the Ohana CK35? Goodbye, Oscar Schmidt OU5.

Ukes are meant to be played. Now that you have a Martin you won't give attention to a laminate mahogany soprano. Same thing with the CK35. Do you still play the Oscar Schmidt?

I'm much happier with a few good ukes then I was when I had 15 budget ukes.
Ah but the journey towards those few good ukes is part of the fun isn't it?


I'm Steedy, and I'm a uke-aholic. :(
Well done Steedy. You've taken the first step in your rehabilitation. ;-)



I know I'm likely in the minority....or maybe the silent majority (who knows)....but I have just a single ukulele - I play it every day and I'm perfectly happy with no desires to add another!
I admire your restraint. At the end of the day it certainly is the playing thats important. One thing I love about having a few Ukes is that you can experiment with different tunings too and they all have their own unique sounds. There is though a limit to how many you can play so you make a good point.


cure: play what you got and don't read these forums :cool:
Well if it's good enough for YOU to read then................. ;-)


You need the UAS 12 step program. Step 1, we admitted we were powerless over ukuleles, Step 2, buy 11 ukuleles and return to step 1.
Hahaha. This did make me smile Phil.


On a somewhat serious note, this forum doesn't help much with the uas. All the amazing ukes that come up for sale, or the awesome ukes that others buy and then post pictures. It's really hard not to want to jump in and get "just one more".

I was getting close to buying another one, a very high end one at that. Somehow, I have been able to rein it in and resist for now. That and the credit card would have exploded.
Yes the forum is very tempting I know what you mean AND my credit card is taking a hammering too. I may have to stay in for the next 12 years and play my Ukes. ;-)


Trust me, it is just beginning. It's okay until you start buying more than one of the exact same model.
Oh crikey. I'm definitely NOT going to do that (I think) ;-)



Aloha Dave,
ha ha you are still at the early stages yet, it will get worse and worse and upgrading is costly...buy the most expensive your budget will afford and you will skip several inbetween ukes, in the
long run you save more money and your house less cluttered with lower end ukes that are hard to sell...BUT it is more fun spending more money and getting all your heart desires...:) Let me say 1 a month is quite normal for the extreme cases...
Thanks Stan, I think you make some valid points there.


I think Dr Eugene is a bit bent himself!
Hey, don't fret too much (ha - ha!) - if you buy a few ukes, and can still feed yourself and your family - where's the harm? It's a great hobby (there are many worse ones). Just make sure you PLAY a lot too; no use just buying pretty wooden dust collectors....
Well I may have to go without food for just a couple of days but hey it's worth it. Oh yes indeed, I intend to play AS MUCH as my free time allows. ;-)


Well Dave, you only have 4 ukes in the sig. Clearly you need to buy a few more. After the Martin try a Black Bear, then a Pohaku, then a Covered Bridge, then an Ono. After that I'd probably order a Mya Moe and then a Collings, after which time I'd like to see you buy a Big Rusty resonator.

If this fails take two aspirin and call me in the morning

your (friendly) doctor,

eugene
Sounds like excellent advice to me Doctor Eugene.

hibiscus
08-22-2013, 09:43 AM
I am happy with my lot and won't be buying any more ukuleles. My sister was shocked I had more than one. lol She doesn't understand! Each one of mine has a different sound and feel, and I have different songs for different ukes.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
08-22-2013, 10:43 AM
you know, UU is almost the opposite of AA (other end of the Alphabet:) ) in that they meet to quit,
while we meet to encourage acquisition :)

But we're also a very 'healthy' group... aren't we?

I said, we're a very HEALTHY group... aren't we?!

Oh well, I suppose I should try shouting the question in a canyon!!

Others (non-uke folk) will never understand us and UAS. Perhaps even 'WE'
don't really understand it! :) But it's fun!

keep uke'in',

Olarte
08-22-2013, 11:11 AM
I had stopped at 22, but recently 2 beauties just wandered into my collection, last one a Koaloha Sceptre!

imagesinthewind
08-22-2013, 03:35 PM
I believe this stops naturally.
When you run out of money. Or your spouse starts making comments about insurance money.

Nickie
08-22-2013, 04:21 PM
I have UAS too, but I always ask myself....what do I need this for? Right now I have two... a work uke, and a better one that's acoustic/electric that don't go to work with me...I don't NEED anymore...but I just want two more....I'd love to have a vintage for the sound, and a custom, just because....
but it's more important to pay off my credit card and two school loans....first

Olarte
08-22-2013, 04:55 PM
Well I was lucky sort of....

Just as my UAS started, I got outsourced from my job that I had for 20+ years. So as part of that I got a decent severance package. I was able to grab a small portion of it to buy some ukes, after paying debts etc and ended up with an awesome collection.... I would never have been able to do this before or in the future.

So I see it as a small reward for my 20 years of service. I did get picked up by another company right away, so I did not Loews a single days pay. And if I ever need to I can always sell some of the ukes in an emergency.

But my plan is to keep them and enjoy them, it's a hoot to,play the same tune on all of them from the mighty Mya-Moe, to my KoAlohas, all the way down to my kala travel sopranino. :shaka:

Ukejenny
08-22-2013, 05:12 PM
Actually, there is a simple 12 step program to help ease the anxiety and stress of UAS. These are the 12 simple steps:
1. Acquire a ukulele
2. Acquire another ukulele
3. Acquire another ukulele
4. Acquire another ukulele
5. Acquire another ukulele
6. Acquire another ukulele
7. Acquire another ukulele
8. Acquire another ukulele
9. Acquire another ukulele
10. Acquire another ukulele
11. Acquire another ukulele
12. Acquire another ukulele

I played in a polka band with a guy who had AAS. Accordion Acquisition Syndrome. He had Lord knows how many accordions hidden in his house. How do you even hide a big clunky accordion??? If he can do that, then I can find room for another ukulele...

Olarte
08-22-2013, 05:45 PM
Funny about the accordions, at least the ukes look great on a wall... My room has become a Uke mural of sorts.

This pic is old, only shows less than half of them, but you get the idea...

57590

allanr
08-22-2013, 06:06 PM
My feeling is that it isn't really a problem if you are able to set Ukes free again in addition to acquiring new ones. I own about 17 now, and my wife owns 4 or 5 too. Unlike some others who advise buying one or two really good Ukes at the beginning so that you don't "waste" time and money on lesser ukes, I have enjoyed playing and owning nearly all of the instruments that have passed through my home.

It is rewarding to build a collection of ukuleles that are meaningful to me. But I also feel that there is enough room in our ukulele community to accommodate everyone. Whether its someone who feels happy with a single Rogue soprano, or someone with a collection of 80 custom and vintage ukuleles. If it brings you joy, and causes no harm to others... Well, Uke on!!!!

Ginski
08-23-2013, 07:43 AM
Ha ha, I love these threads.
Along with lots of others on the site, I too am only a recent beginner. February, and already have seven and one that the wife doesn't know about!
My advice is. Forget all the other advice, just get over it and buy another.
Life is too short to have missed playing Uke.