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Doc_J
10-10-2013, 04:12 AM
Just checked how I was doing on the number of ukes in my house.
While I haven't done well resisting buying some really nice ukes, I was surprised to see I had more going out (-19) than coming in (+16), so far (but the year isn't over yet ). Right now I am -3 on the year.

So, I am curious to see who else has trimmed or grown their collection this year.

Stan and Len, I already know the answer. :D

fernandogardinali
10-10-2013, 04:26 AM
My collection shrinked A LOT. I had something like 15 and now I have 4!

I'm much happier now, though. The only uke that stayed from the old collection is the Kamaka HP-1. The others are all recent acquisitions.

Bao
10-10-2013, 04:34 AM
Mine increased from 2 to 4! Not sure if you'd consider a guitalele as one though

cigarfan
10-10-2013, 04:38 AM
0 to 7 this year ... Oh my!

RichM
10-10-2013, 04:59 AM
Wait... it's possible for ukulele collections to get smaller? I really think you're wrong about that...

Mine's become so large that I can't list it all on my sig anymore because it requires too many characters...

Hippie Dribble
10-10-2013, 05:03 AM
Static, just like always Doc. Sell a few and kid myself I'm over UAS, then within 3 months I'm back where I started. My trajectory is so darn predictable. :)

fernandogardinali
10-10-2013, 05:04 AM
RichM,

Yes, it is possible. I sold all the ukes I didn't play enough and now I have few ukes that I play to exhaustion. I wrote this thread about it. (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?83378-Less-is-more)

HBolte
10-10-2013, 05:14 AM
I sold a Kamaka Concert, added a 20's Martin O, 50's O and a 50's Style 2. I'll report back at the end of the year!

guitharsis
10-10-2013, 05:17 AM
About the same. Six is the magic number. After some impulse buys this year to upgrade and selling some "keepers", presently have six concerts.

Try to keep it there.

wayfarer75
10-10-2013, 05:29 AM
My collection doubled. From 1 to 2. :iwant:

connor013
10-10-2013, 05:40 AM
Mine's shrunk a bit, as I've better figured out what sound I'm after.

dkcrown
10-10-2013, 05:42 AM
+3 for me Hodge. Bought 5 and sold 2. Although I might be selling another one before the year is out.

coolcow
10-10-2013, 05:47 AM
my collection shrunk abit this year.....but more to come next year....:p

Leodhas
10-10-2013, 05:56 AM
Up 2 Down one(sold).

Five Ways
10-10-2013, 05:59 AM
up by 3 which makes 9 end of uas now with a bit of luck?

Tim Mullins
10-10-2013, 06:05 AM
I'm up one ukulele (a Kamaka HF-2L), but down one dobro, so my instrument total is staying level! Must...resist...temptation...

mkatz
10-10-2013, 06:22 AM
Even though I have sold a few, I am up for the year.

Mitch

janeray1940
10-10-2013, 06:42 AM
No change since my DaSilva arrived a year and three months ago: three "nice" ukes, and one beater.

silveraven
10-10-2013, 07:02 AM
Went from 0 to 1! :D Would have added one more but real life came knocking and I had to re-evaluate my finances a bit. Still happy that I have at least one in my life. :)

sukie
10-10-2013, 07:03 AM
My collection has grown. But I didn't buy any. I won one at an ukulele event, and I was given one last Saturday. My neighbor found one in her Grandmas's attic and wanted me to have it. I am still researching it, but I think it is a wall-hanger and not worth fixing.

kenikas
10-10-2013, 07:06 AM
I'm up, although I have given away a few to friends and relatives that wanted learn to play.

mm stan
10-10-2013, 07:13 AM
Six is the magic number. After some impulse buys this year and selling some "keepers", presently have six concerts. :)

Try to keep it there.

What What .....I thought you only had 3 high end kamakas...you been holding out on me ...hee hee

mm stan
10-10-2013, 07:18 AM
Just checked how I was doing on the number of ukes in my house.
While I haven't done well resisting buying some really nice ukes, I was surprised to see I had more going out (-19) than coming in (+16), so far (but the year isn't over yet ). Right now I am -3 on the year.

So, I am curious to see who else has trimmed or grown their collection this year.

Stan and Len, I already know the answer. :D
Aloha Doc,
Congrats on your new Aquirement.....you sneaky guy...I know what you got now....he he :)
What collection? I am uke ohana deprived... yes I did sell alot to upgrade some of the best ukes now....always sad to let go alot, but the new better one make up for it..
What's the sense of ukes resting in their cases....Your friend, Stan

NewKid
10-10-2013, 07:35 AM
I think I've gone from 9 to 5 ukes, or -4 for the year so far. Hopefully I've hit bottom and things start looking up.

Osprey
10-10-2013, 07:46 AM
From 0 to 1. Just started two months ago. However, there are a number of ukes out there that really tempt me.

bunnyf
10-10-2013, 08:01 AM
Same. I gave away two starter ukes to a couple of my kids, when I replaced them with two very nice ukes. I do have my eye on a bass, so then I will be up one.

hawaii 50
10-10-2013, 08:24 AM
Just checked how I was doing on the number of ukes in my house.
While I haven't done well resisting buying some really nice ukes, I was surprised to see I had more going out (-19) than coming in (+16), so far (but the year isn't over yet ). Right now I am -3 on the year.

So, I am curious to see who else has trimmed or grown their collection this year.

Stan and Len, I already know the answer. :D


Haha, funny Doc...

I added a Wolverton,Moore Bettah and my Devine(very soon) but I am done..my ukes need to be played now...

oh yeah...I just ordered a Ko'olau CS...Indonesian Rosewood/Redwood top for next year...haha

Mandalyn
10-10-2013, 08:25 AM
From 3 to 7
Although 1 is kinda on a permanent loan. :)

Dan Uke
10-10-2013, 08:27 AM
Haha, funny Doc...

I added a Wolverton,Moore Bettah and my Devine(very soon) but I am done..my ukes need to be played now...

oh yeah...I just ordered a Ko'olau CS...Indonesian Rosewood/Redwood top for next year...haha

Wow Len...you only got some top shelf. I bet that Ko'olau will be special...make sure Corey gives it some good mojo!

I'm the same as I bought and sold. Next year I will own a few more as I can't imagine selling any of my ukes.

Stevelele
10-10-2013, 09:00 AM
Mine has shrunk. Sold a custom Dasilva concert, an Ohta San, a Vento tenor, a Kris Barnett tenor, a Mya Moe BRW, a Collings UT3, a William King longscale concert, a Lymana tenor, a Ko'olau CS koa and gained a Devine and an LFDM. Waiting for a Grimes, a Wolverton and another couple by a lesser known luthier.

willisoften
10-10-2013, 09:11 AM
Sold 5 and have at least 1 more to sell.

Mind you I bought an Imua is-c4 no94 which I haven't put down since I bought it.

kohanmike
10-10-2013, 11:51 AM
I started playing about five months ago when I made an impulse buy of a Mahalo UT1 Telecaster style soprano. Shortly after, I realized soprano was too small, so I sold it. I did a little research and decided to buy a tenor cutaway with electronics. I bought a Lanikai quilted ash at a super discount. When I took it in to my luthier for setup and lower the action, I realized I needed a second uke while one was in the shop, so I bought an Eddy Finn spruce top also at a super discount.

Then UAS kicked in and I bought a Gretsch mahogany for a discount. I figured that was going to be it for me, three ukes and I'm just learning, but last weekend I was cruising eBay and found an Oscar Schmidt beautiful spalted maple at a deep discount, and the next day found a Lanikai monkey pod blem at a super discount. So as of tomorrow, Friday, my count this year is six, sold one, five on hand. BUT, I just came from McCabes in Santa Monica and saw a beautiful Kala acacia for a slight discount, but I reined in my UAS, at least for the time being.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-10-2013, 12:00 PM
some of you more 'mature' ukesters know how to reduce your collection.
However, the rest of us are true 'acquirers' as in 'acquisition', the name of our 'affliction'.

unlike the mercurial ups and downs, ours are steadily growing (ie in acquisition-mode).
that may not be a good thing, but boy does it start a lot of threads in this forum :)

I have acquired at least a couple more, most recently a spalted Maple Kala Soprano from MIM!! :)

I don't even know how many I have both in Seattle and in HNL :)

keep uke'in' everybody!

wickedwahine11
10-10-2013, 12:23 PM
I stayed static. One new uke came in but one went out to make room for it (a KoAloha tenor for a different KoAloha tenor).

PeteyHoudini
10-10-2013, 01:06 PM
I gave 5 or 6 away this year, but I also bought three new Martins (style 3 soprano, style 2 concert, and 2k tenor). So, I'm down. I might be uke housecleaning again soon.

Petey

Doc_J
10-10-2013, 03:34 PM
Haha, funny Doc...

I added a Wolverton,Moore Bettah and my Devine(very soon) but I am done..my ukes need to be played now...

oh yeah...I just ordered a Ko'olau CS...Indonesian Rosewood/Redwood top for next year...haha

Now, that is how to add to your ukes! Great additions Len. That EIR/RW Ko'olau will be awesome. Something about redwood really sounds nice with EIR.

Dan Uke
10-10-2013, 03:51 PM
Now, that is how to add to your ukes! Great additions Len. That EIR/RW Ko'olau will be awesome. Something about redwood really sounds nice with EIR.

It's not EIR but Indonesian. I don't know enough about wood but if it's like Indonesian coffee (civit), it's pricier.

Doc_J
10-10-2013, 04:12 PM
It's not EIR but Indonesian. I don't know enough about wood but if it's like Indonesian coffee (civit), it's pricier.

Thanks for the correction. I'm not good with identifying coffee either! :)

hawaii 50
10-10-2013, 04:21 PM
It's not EIR but Indonesian. I don't know enough about wood but if it's like Indonesian coffee (civit), it's pricier.


Indonesian Rosewood(Dalbergia) is dense and hard like Brazilian Rosewood...looks like it too...dark and yellow streaks...seeds might of come from Brazil many many years ago to Indonesia...Noa recommends the wood...deep tones but with clarity...so i trust him....

Markr1
10-10-2013, 04:33 PM
My collection has decreased and is going to continue to do so. I've gotten back into my guitar playing so my uke playing has suffered due to this. I've sold 3 in the past 3 weeks. My Koaloha D-V1 and my 2 Collings UT-2s. I still have for sell my Collings UT-1 and my Kanilea super concert. I'll also be selling my tenor Fluke because I've played it maybe 10 minutes because i just don't like it. I never play my Favilla soprano because well its a soprano and i domt like soprano so it will be going also. I'll probably stop there for now. I'm keeping the 1st Collings I got from Dana because it had the best sound of all the Collings. I'm also keeping my Kamaka HF-3 and Kamaka Lili'u. I'm keeping my Bluegrass cigarbox because it's low G and sounds great and I couldn't sell it for enough to justify the great sound that comes from it. Also keeping my Favilla baritone because it's one of the good ones and like the Bluegrass just couldn't sell it for enough that will make that much of a difference in my bank acct to make me happy.
I can't play them all so I would rather have the money in my bank rather then in a case.

sugengshi
10-10-2013, 05:08 PM
I started with 3, bought 7 and sold 4 so far this year. Currently I have 6. So, I am +3 now. Will sell and give away 1 or 2 to make room for some acquisitions. :-)

eejermon
10-10-2013, 07:27 PM
I made a sweep of the house, and if I include all the broken ones that still have the neck attached to the body, I got to....eighty-five. Yikes.

AKuker
10-10-2013, 07:52 PM
85? Now that's impressive! I'm humbled.

Got two this year, but gave one to my daughter. Oh, got a classical guitar too. Hummm, seems I'm still growing. And not likely to stop any time soon! ;))

bassballz
10-11-2013, 06:41 AM
Well... being I've only been playing for just over a year, so suffice it to say, I am in the throes of severe UAS.
We'll see what happens this coming year but my heart still races :drool: when I spy a special uke that catches my eye.. I may need help.

bnolsen
10-11-2013, 07:13 AM
Considering I only started last year and my first 2 ukuleles ended up being junk (my son has one, the other one I bought supposedly "set up" is still waiting for me to finish working it over), mine has grown. At this point I do need to sell off one of my flukes (at the time I thought I couldn't pass up the deal). At this time I want to reduce my collection and play more! I really only need 3 (work, home and performance), well 4 if I add in the cuatro-c tuned bari which gives a totally different non-ukulele sound. I could combine the home/performance instruments if I trusted my kids (including a 3yro boy) not to trash the nice one.

Sairil
10-12-2013, 05:35 PM
Had a creepy soprano for few years.
Suddenly felt like working the instrument and aquire better ukes in June.
5 months later I own 7 ukes (3 sops, 2 concerts and 2 tenors). oops ;)
Still in search of the sound and feel I like, might sell 1 to three before end of the year!
+6 for me, or +700% X)

mds725
10-13-2013, 04:52 AM
This year I got a new Mya-Moe 6-string baritone, but I also sold an ukulele. I've got two baritone Compass Roses that are currently being built, but I feel like I'm in de-acquisition mode. I'm hoping to get myself to sell ukuleles that I don't play very much, even if they're beautiful or I'm otherwise attached to them. I'm trying to pare down generally.

SailQwest
10-13-2013, 05:20 AM
When we lived on the sailboat, my husband instituted a strict "one in; one out" policy, mainly because of space issues.

Since relocating to the NM mountains, I've added two ukes without getting rid of any, but my latest acquisitions were both in 2012. ;)