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rem50
12-27-2013, 12:18 PM
I have been wondering how to justify all the ukes I own. I have 4 sopranos, one concert, 2 tenors. I know to some of you that was last months purchase :) but to me I seem overwhelmed. I can only play one uke at a time and every time I switch there is a adjustment period. Here is what I intend to do: whittle down to 2 sopranos (the first I ever bought and my custom sailor soprano). As for the concert, I can never get rid of the sceptre I bought from dkcrowne, it is fantastic. Now for the tenors, I will always keep the BP kayak but will unload the koa fluke to help finance another Boat Paddle and that should do it. Now in case I change my mind how do you justify the ukes you own..... this is just in case of course :)

ukemunga
12-27-2013, 12:28 PM
Justify? It's in your sig!

vanflynn
12-27-2013, 12:44 PM
I guess I would ask how often go you play each one? Each uke has it's own voice so having multiple ukes can be a joy. I have 4 ukes that I rotate threw regularly. I also have a couple that I rarely play and am waiting for the right person to come along to "loan" them to (not big bucks here!).

I also have one dog of a uke that my wife gave me that ain't going anywhere. Looks pretty but can't sing. I've tried every tweak I know and nothin'. As the song goes - the things we do for love!

SonSprinter
12-27-2013, 12:54 PM
As long as like you are paying your bills, feeding your kids, and not like getting evicted. Don't fret it ... just keep them all.

Kayak Jim
12-27-2013, 01:13 PM
Justify? It's in your sig! Enjoy life, it's temporary.

Great response Fred!

I've got a technical background so have to analyze everything. I've got less than $1500 invested in ukes that I play probably 250 hrs per year. That's cheap entertainment, plus I'm stimulating my brain so fending off aging, even though I'm under 60.

mds725
12-27-2013, 01:13 PM
I justify them by playing them. I tell people that (i) ukuleles is my midlife crisis and they're a lot cheaper than Maseratis, and (ii) ukuleles are like shoes in that their different characteristics and qualities give them different purposes, and I wouldn't wear running shoes with a tuxedo or rainboots to go for a run. But mostly, I just play them. If I like them, I play them, and they're justified by the joy they bring me. If I have ukuleles I don't play, I look for ways to rehome them.

Olarte
12-27-2013, 01:32 PM
I've been supporting us, my wife and I and now two adult kids for 25 years.

Life IS temporary, and I have no intention of waiting until I can retire and no longer able to afford the ukes I want or possibly even be able to play them by then...

So with those two points in mind, and seeing that there are many many others like me who enjoy owning and playing a variety of instruments.... I have nothing to justify to anyone but myself and I feel just fine.

My wife is cool with me about it as she knows that I am a musician at heart, and because I have an impeccable history of being a provider....

Life is good if you are awake to enjoy it.

cigarfan
12-27-2013, 01:51 PM
My justification. I like em'. They are fun. Nuf said.

NewKid
12-27-2013, 02:54 PM
No one really cares how many ukes you have. Do you feel like you have to justify how many pairs of socks you own?

Share the ones you don't play any more if that makes you feel better. Enjoy the ones you love to play.

ukuleletim
12-27-2013, 03:05 PM
Dude...

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=5252&d=1240059926

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=5253&d=1240059926

And that was a while back..

peaceweaver3
12-27-2013, 03:30 PM
Change your mind. That's the only way to change and/or justify anything, and even then, it will only matter to you. Others will think and say what they will, and how you let it affect you is up to you. Don't like what they say? Change your mind about that too. But mostly, I know, it's us beiting ourselves up about what we have, whether we deserve it/them, etc. And again, that requires a change in mindset. I didn't say it would be easy... But it will do the most good in the long run.

I sort of know where you're coming from. The most ukes I've had at one time is 5 and a U-bass. One is my son's and he'd be mad if I passed it on, but there was only one other uke I ever played. When people finally got interested, I re-homed them and the U-bass. Not because I had to, because that never works for me! But because it felt right. All of them went to people who were glad to receive them, and they're done taking up space and hearing me mutter things at them.

Until then, we hold onto them and let them teach us what they will... Because they will!

So play them, no matter how much or little you do, and otherwise, just let them be.

Best to you!

Doc_J
12-27-2013, 03:37 PM
My justification. I like em'. They are fun. Nuf said.

I'm with Dennis.

My wife is cool with my ukes, and I don't finance them on credit.

Dan Uke
12-27-2013, 03:40 PM
I haven't financed any of my ukes even though I could have added to the college 529 fund. :p

Eyeguy
12-27-2013, 03:57 PM
No need to justify to anyone, regardless of whether you have 1 or a hundred. Once your basic personal and/or family needs are met, you can choose to part with your discretionary income any way you see fit, and as wisely or frivolously as your fancy dictates. And while I'm offering my solicited opinion - you did ask by the way- and as everyone is the world's greatest authority on their own opinion - I also don't think it makes a hoot of difference whether or not a uke gets played regularly or not as reason for owning it. Ownership in itself is part of the joy of collecting these happy little instruments and justifies their place in your home. I always smile when I see someone mention a uke "deserving to be played" as a legitimate reason for selling it. Other than in genuine financial hardship cases, people sell ukes because they are unable to bond with them, whether that be on a practical level, i.e., they just don't like the way it plays or sounds, or, for more nebulous reasons, as in the uke simply did not live up to their lofty and oftentimes unrealistic pre-acquisition expectations, but because it deserves to be played more, nonsense. The way I see it, while a particular uke is waiting it's turn to be held and played, whether that be a day or a year, I can still revel in the aesthetically pleasing vibe they add to my personal landscape.

Too many cool ukes, so little time - I've got to pick up the pace.

itsme
12-27-2013, 04:08 PM
I don't feel I have to justify my ukes to anyone.

If your UAS gets to the point it interferes with your expenses and obligations, then it's a problem. Otherwise, who cares?

Some people spend tons of money on things like golfing, clothes/jewelry/cars, season tickets to their favorite sports team or whatever.

If you keep it in perspective, uking can be a relatively inexpensive hobby that is both fun and satisfying and not dependent on the weather. :)

ukemunga
12-27-2013, 04:15 PM
Here's another justification:

They are cheaper than guitars!

Steedy
12-27-2013, 05:28 PM
Just sing the old Tim McGraw song: I like 'em, I love 'em, I want some more of 'em! :)

Paul December
12-27-2013, 05:50 PM
I can not justify them if I don't play them.
I had far too many at one time and sold most off.

Johnny GDS
12-27-2013, 05:54 PM
Just compare the amount you spend on gas for the car in a year to what you spent on ukes. I spent $2500 on gas last year that was incinerated in my car so I could get to places that I could mostly have walked to. That seems like a way bigger waste of money than ukuleles that I can enjoy for a very long time, or sell and reclaim some (or all) of the investment.

Also, owning different instruments is as much a part of the learning process as the mechanics of playing. I've learned something from every instrument I've ever owned!

If it really bothers you, walk to work once a week to compensate!

greenie44
12-27-2013, 06:27 PM
I can not justify them if I don't play them.
I had far too many at one time and sold most off.

And I got some of those sweeties.

Roselynne
12-27-2013, 06:47 PM
Personally, for me it's like this:

1 Soprano in C
1 Soprano in D
1 Tenor in high-G
1 Tenor in low-G

Who c'n argue wid dat?

OldePhart
12-27-2013, 06:47 PM
How do I justify the ukes (and guitars, basses, books, computers, tablets, etc. etc.) that I own? Simple, I work my arse off and earn the money to pay for them - that's all the justification needed!

haolejohn
12-27-2013, 07:24 PM
I understand your thought process, but why do you need to justify?

I've trimmed my stable down to a few nice ukes. I do own a lot of ukes (but 15 are for the classroom).

Paul December
12-27-2013, 07:43 PM
And I got some of those sweeties.

Thank you for helping me curb my obsession! :D

kenikas
12-27-2013, 07:57 PM
How do I justify the ukes (and guitars, basses, books, computers, tablets, etc. etc.) that I own? Simple, I work my arse off and earn the money to pay for them - that's all the justification needed!

Well said OldePhart

kohanmike
12-27-2013, 07:57 PM
Since starting to play the ukulele about 6 months ago, I've UASed seven (one is on the way). The interesting thing is, I have four guitars that I've barely used in recent years, those are what I'm considering selling, maybe. I've applied myself to the ukulele more in the last 6 months than I have with my guitars in 20 years.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/Uke shelf 2.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/images/archtop style.jpg

bborzell
12-27-2013, 08:11 PM
Enjoy life, it's temporary.

Great response Fred!

I've got a technical background so have to analyze everything. I've got less than $1500 invested in ukes that I play probably 250 hrs per year. That's cheap entertainment, plus I'm stimulating my brain so fending off aging, even though I'm under 60.

I don't know abut you guys, but I plan on living forever. So far, so good.

consitter
12-27-2013, 08:29 PM
I don't know abut you guys, but I plan on living forever. So far, so good.

That's my plan too.

janeray1940
12-27-2013, 09:17 PM
I can not justify them if I don't play them.


This. I'm not a collector at heart by any means, but there have been times that I had a few ukes on hand that went unplayed - and this bothered me, a lot. When I was certain they would remain unplayed, I re-homed them, and all was once again well.

I'm down to three, all with different purposes so I really can justify them (one low G, one custom reentrant for soloing that I'm a bit more cautious with, one all-purpose reentrant that goes everywhere) - but all get played regularly, which to me is the only justification that I need.

Peterjens
12-27-2013, 09:22 PM
I justify my 'ukulele collection as me being a steward to each of them. I own nine - two contemporary and seven vintage (1920 -1978). I am just a supporting character in their life story - as they are in mine. When I'm taking my dirt nap, it is my hope their story is still being played (strummed) out.

Uncle Leroy
12-27-2013, 10:54 PM
1. Does it make me or others happy?
2. Can I afford it?

Those are the only two questions that ever cross my mind. Enjoy your ukes.

Tootler
12-27-2013, 10:54 PM
Personally, for me it's like this:

1 Soprano in C
1 Soprano in D
1 Tenor in high-G
1 Tenor in low-G

Who c'n argue wid dat?

Can't really argue but add

Concert in C
Concert in alternative tuning
Tenor in Bb
Only have one tenor just now though, so no low G in my case.

greenie44
12-28-2013, 12:15 AM
As I explain to others, one of the reasons for a lot of ukes is a lot of different types of ukes, in size as well as string configuration. Along with that, as I play more and more and love it more and more, I upgrade to the next level of uke (Lanikai -> Kanile'a -> Collings). The plan has been to sell the lower ones as I upgrade, but sometimes that doesn't work out. For instance, I thought the Collings 'replaced' the Kanile'a, but I found the ideal set of low G strings for the K and now it's really a different sound from the re-entrant C.

Now, if I had half a dozen sopranos, that would be UAS - yeah, right.

PhilUSAFRet
12-28-2013, 01:53 AM
Sounds like you've made the transition to "collector." You get to make the collecting rules when adding to your "collection." :music:

dkcrown
12-28-2013, 02:35 AM
No need to justify here Dean. But I can say the enjoyment that my ukes have brought to me has changed my life. The amount of stress reduction that they bring me on a daily basis alone should qualify me for a reduction in my health insurance!

I did make a decision a few years back to focus only on tenors to improve my playing and thus sold off all off my concerts. I did this to avoid that "readjustment time" that you speak of by switching from one scale size to another. And as you know, you were one of the beneficiaries of that decision. :) I'm glad you are still enjoying the Sceptre.

notgeorgeformby
12-28-2013, 02:52 AM
I can't imagine why anyone would waste their money on frivolities like food and clothing when there are so many ukes out there looking for a good home.:D

RedRamen
12-28-2013, 03:16 AM
Its like collecting stamps. Its part of the hobby. each uke is unique and different.

Olarte
12-28-2013, 03:27 AM
Best one yet... Enough said!


How do I justify the ukes (and guitars, basses, books, computers, tablets, etc. etc.) that I own? Simple, I work my arse off and earn the money to pay for them - that's all the justification needed!

I don't regret a single purchase, and yes I enjoy each one of these beauties...

Funny thing is I only play one classical guitar. The ukes are all just so different in sound and feel...

62395

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wickedwahine11
12-28-2013, 03:38 AM
62397

I cannot justify the number of ukes I own, since I really only play one or two of them. But I do justify each individual one. I can't part with my old cheap soprano because it was a gift from my mom and my first uke. My other soprano was also a gift and I am just its custodian until I re gift it to my niece in a couple of years.

My Kamoa tenor was built on Kauai and I have a deep connection to that island (my grandmother's ashes are scattered there). My Kamaka is my only high g tenor. My Kanilea was an anniversary present. My KoAloha tenor is my best sounding instrument.

My Pineapple Sunday looks and sounds great but I prefer tenor scale. If I were to sell off a uke it would be that one, purely by default. And since I live under a one uke in, one out policy now, that is the one that would go. That being said, I would only sell it for a Moore Bettah - barring that holy grail uke, I would keep it for collectible purposes.

Olarte
12-28-2013, 03:43 AM
Beautiful collection, and certainly good and interesting facts about each one. Love the hangers too...


Love the cases too. Are they crossrock cases or Chinese import cases? I have a Chinese made fiberglass and am still not sure about it. The chemical smell is still very strong and the build is ok. I'm curious about the crossrock cases.




62397

I cannot justify the number of ukes I own, since I really only play one or two of them. But I do justify each individual one. I can't part with my old cheap soprano because it was a gift from my mom and my first uke. My other soprano was also a gift and I am just its custodian until I re gift it to my niece in a couple of years.

My Kamoa tenor was built on Kauai and I have a deep connection to that island (my grandmother's ashes are scattered there). My Kamaka is my only high g tenor. My Kanilea was an anniversary present. My KoAloha tenor is my best sounding instrument.

My Pineapple Sunday looks and sounds great but I prefer tenor scale. If I were to sell off a uke it would be that one, purely by default. And since I live under a one uke in, one out policy now, that is the one that would go. That being said, I would only sell it for a Moore Bettah.

bariukish
12-28-2013, 04:15 AM
Looks to me like the issue here is that you don't own a baritone. Get yourself a bari from Jerry Hoffman and you'll find your UAS will be cured. In fact, the others will be so ignored that you won't miss them when you sell. Well, maybe keep the Boat Paddle Kayak. Enjoy!

rem50
12-28-2013, 04:16 AM
Got on this AM to see if anyone responded to my question! THat's what makes this forum so great, individuals. I guess in my eyes I am the type that needs to play a uke to really justify keeping it. I enjoyed reading everyones thought patterns on this subject. Personally, (keyword, PERSONALLY) I am going to try to whittle done to one "good" uke in each size. I could live with that. Thanks for all the comments!

strumsilly
12-28-2013, 04:42 AM
I can't imagine why anyone would waste their money on frivolities like food and clothing when there are so many ukes out there looking for a good home.:D
and alcohol, drugs, or other consumables, a uke can last a lifetime. I just got a Martin tenor that's almost as old as I am, and when I/m gone it will go to my daughter or grandkids.

OldePhart
12-28-2013, 04:53 AM
Since starting to play the ukulele about 6 months ago, I've UASed seven (one is on the way). The interesting thing is, I have four guitars that I've barely used in recent years, those are what I'm considering selling, maybe. I've applied myself to the ukulele more in the last 6 months than I have with my guitars in 20 years.


You are not alone - it seems pretty common around here. I played guitar for over twenty years before picking up the uke and I never became more than a pretty mediocre guitarist. After three years with the uke I'm only mediocre - but I'm a higher grade of mediocre on the ukulele than I am on the guitar and doubtless a large part of that is because I almost never go a day without playing for a little while on the ukulele.

John

iamesperambient
12-28-2013, 05:02 AM
I have been wondering how to justify all the ukes I own. I have 4 sopranos, one concert, 2 tenors. I know to some of you that was last months purchase :) but to me I seem overwhelmed. I can only play one uke at a time and every time I switch there is a adjustment period. Here is what I intend to do: whittle down to 2 sopranos (the first I ever bought and my custom sailor soprano). As for the concert, I can never get rid of the sceptre I bought from dkcrowne, it is fantastic. Now for the tenors, I will always keep the BP kayak but will unload the koa fluke to help finance another Boat Paddle and that should do it. Now in case I change my mind how do you justify the ukes you own..... this is just in case of course :)



the way i justify mine is each one is a different size and serves a different purpose.
Depending on if im plugged in i have 2 for that for 2 different sounds.
If i'm at home i usually have a little beater i keep out i can just grab
and play with out worrying about if it falls over or gets broken.

I'm usually playing a baritone (usually electric) but i have a cheap baritone now
just to practice (i still think it has a good sound). I think as long as you use
each one to the advantage of their size or style there is a reason for it.

wickedwahine11
12-28-2013, 05:03 AM
Beautiful collection, and certainly good and interesting facts about each one. Love the hangers too...


Love the cases too. Are they crossrock cases or Chinese import cases? I have a Chinese made fiberglass and am still not sure about it. The chemical smell is still very strong and the build is ok. I'm curious about the crossrock cases.

Sorry to hijack the thread - but to answer your question about the cases, they are the Kamoa brand fiberglass cases. They are very light and I like the backpack straps but I wish they had a storage compartment like the Crossrock. I keep contemplating a white Crossrock one but (in the spirit of the thread) cannot justify it since I only carry one uke at a time. The hangers are by UU member Toucanmango on his eBay or etsy site.

ScooterD35
12-28-2013, 05:18 AM
Well, isn't this an interesting topic. Let's do the math...

Assuming there is an optimal number of Ukes owned by any given individual, I suggest the following equation:


If U = optimal number of Ukes in collection

And C = equals number of actual Ukes in collection

And C = U-1

Then U = C+1

Thus we are, each of us, in a perpetual state of needing one more Uke to reach the optimal number for our collection.

There we have it, the math does'nt lie and you obviously need another Uke. Justification complete, no go surf ebay and Craigslist.


Scooter

iamesperambient
12-28-2013, 05:22 AM
Looks to me like the issue here is that you don't own a baritone. Get yourself a bari from Jerry Hoffman and you'll find your UAS will be cured. In fact, the others will be so ignored that you won't miss them when you sell. Well, maybe keep the Boat Paddle Kayak. Enjoy!

once you go bari you never go back. the baritone ukulele is the ultimate instrument for me. even if you find you like other sizes
better its still in my opinion essential.

Booli
12-28-2013, 08:22 AM
You are not alone - it seems pretty common around here. I played guitar for over twenty years before picking up the uke and I never became more than a pretty mediocre guitarist. After three years with the uke I'm only mediocre - but I'm a higher grade of mediocre on the ukulele than I am on the guitar and doubtless a large part of that is because I almost never go a day without playing for a little while on the ukulele.

John

This is so true, and very similar to my own experience. I'll never be as good as Bucky Pizzarelli, Eddie Van Halen, Andy Summers or Ben Woods on guitar [nevermind Django or Les Paul] (I'm just not motivated to practice enough)...but there's an actual chance that I might be able to impress my friends and family with my music that I have written on ukulele, even if it is only due to it being so UNCOMMON to play one 'round these parts.

I play every day now, sometimes for more than an hour. If I dont play, it's like I dont eat.

I'm awestruck and inspired by players like Jake, James Hill, Kalei Gamiao, John King, Daniel Ho (and others). When I hear what they have done, it makes me want to play, and makes me want to write new music.

My songwriting stagnated on guitar for a few years (I do it for myself), but used the computer a lot, taking the music in my head and putting it together with no instrument in my hand, and over time that got old.

HOWEVER:

In 9 months I have purchased 6 ukuleles.

I have realized all of the benefits of stress reduction, and peaceful feelings that all of you have mentioned, but adding to that: I started writing music again, ON an instrument, and to me GOOD music (and not trippy I,iV, V electro-dunce ear-poison like I did with the computer).

Writing THIS music with the ukulele makes me happy. The sound of a minor chord ringing out, with both dulcet and bell-like tones at the same time, is almost it's own reward for me.

When friends and family ask me, with a smirk, talking out the side of their mouth, 'So HOW MANY ukuleles do you have now?' I used to tell them the truth, and they would react horrified, like completely incredulous as to why.

I would then INFORM them of the other dozen or so ukes that I'd like to add to my collection over time. Their reactions as expected are further HORROR.

I let them know about the songwriting (which they all know I have been doing my entire adult life), and ask if a carpenter has only a single hammer? DUH?

At that point I attempt to cure their ignorance, but sometimes folks just don't care to learn.

Then I ask them how many pairs of fancy shoes they have or fancy watches, their faces turn pale, they stammer, and then the conversation ends...

I'm not into sports, cars, or gambling like so many others I know. I gave up going out to bars and clubs a long time ago, and I'm better for it.

So why not do something CREATIVE instead of sitting brain-dead on the couch in front of the tv for 4 hrs every night? (No offense intended & more power to you if that's what makes YOU happy)

For me the ukulele is both a tool for songwriting, and also a form of therapy and meditation.

So now I refuse to answer these justification questions like before, and instead simply tell them that the collection is growing, and contains not nearly enough ukuleles (all the different shapes and sizes :)), and will likely not stop growing until they bury me.

I've said previously in another thread, a few weeks ago, that there's simply no way I would be able to afford to buy the variety and quality of instruments if these were guitars, as I have with the ukuleles.

I have spent maybe around $1,100 on ALL of them, including self-installed pickups, cases, strings books, etc.

I know folks that spend more than that on Superbowl tickets or even a PAIR OF SHOES!!!.

I don't do any of that, so they can try to fault me, and I am only too happy to vertically render a certain finger (even if only in my mind). HA HA.

In fact I just purchased and am eagerly waiting for the new James Hill 'Jazz Ukulele' CD & book to arrive in the mail. OMG - I spent $24 on ANOTHER ukulele item ($16+$8 shipping from Empire Music). Ridicule and horror? Here's that 'finger' - ha ha.

I don't have a wife (yet), but I can see where one might object if it cuts into paying for a certain level of 'lifestyle', yet I'd hope when I find a wife, and one who is a 'keeper', that she understands without conflict, that my 'lifestyle' includes some flavor of UAS at all times. Consider this my 'Superbowl/tailgating/poker-night'-fund.

Having said all that, the topic of justifying one's interests is deeply personal, and please consider that I judge no one else for their choices, and only wish that they do what makes them happy, as long as nobody gets hurt in the process.

May you have as many ukes as you want, and let nobody stop you if it makes you happy!

-Booli

Rolfie
12-28-2013, 08:52 AM
I justify mine because i have 4 but i only paid for 2! The other 2 i won in competitions! For some reason the more ukes you have, the more you want!

HBolte
12-28-2013, 08:52 AM
Justify? Who needs to justify having nice ukuleles?

Booli
12-28-2013, 09:54 AM
the way i justify mine is each one is a different size and serves a different purpose.
Depending on if im plugged in i have 2 for that for 2 different sounds.
If i'm at home i usually have a little beater i keep out i can just grab
and play with out worrying about if it falls over or gets broken.

.... I think as long as you use each one to the advantage of their size or style there is a reason for it.

:) Yes, this is part of what drives UAS for me, and what I tell myself for justification.

Booli
12-28-2013, 09:56 AM
... I tell people that (i) ukuleles is my midlife crisis and they're a lot cheaper than Maseratis....

Ha ha. That's pretty funny. Mind if I steal that one from you?

-Booli

OldePhart
12-28-2013, 10:48 AM
Then I ask them how many pairs of fancy shoes they have or fancy watches, their faces turn pale, they stammer, and then the conversation ends...

Heh, heh. Yep. Thinking also of the post about the mid-life crisis and the cost of ukes vs. Maseratis. Several years ago, before I started playing uke, a guy I worked with was ribbing me about the number of guitars I owned. He shut up pretty fast when I said something like, "well, it's taken me almost twenty years to accumulate my guitars...and in the 13 years I've known you you've gone through more wives and live-in girlfriends than I have guitars...and some of the wives you're still paying for even though they're long gone."

John

suburude
12-28-2013, 11:43 AM
There is no reason !!! Just fun and Music !!! :-)

mm stan
12-28-2013, 12:44 PM
Hey Man if you can count how many you have, it's NOT enough... :)

rem50
12-28-2013, 01:11 PM
that is spoken like a true collector!

Hey Man if you can count how many you have, it's NOT enough... :)

Booli
12-28-2013, 01:12 PM
Hey Man if you can count how many you have, it's NOT enough... :)

I hear that, but it would probably be a shame to have SO many ukes that you lose track and cannot remember them and list them all, or even play each of them at least 30 mins a week.

At the risk of getting off topic for a sec...

In the event of a fire, I would first grab a few of my ukes, then my iPad, then my backup hard drive from the computer. Oh, yea, then the cat, and the dog...ha ha.

I find it interesting that even though I've gone far and wide from the first uke I bought, the KALA KA-T tenor, and am playing the others for a while, when I come back and I play the Kala, I am still quite impressed with the sound and the feel. Maybe I just got a good one, but from what I've heard about the Lanikai LU21 series, the Kohala (made by Hohner) and Oscar Schmidt OU2 ukes in the same price range, it seems that somehow, Kala is able to deliver a consistently playable and great sounding uke, out-of-the-box, whereas the other brands seem to need lots of work, Mahalo being the most needy. Mike Upton (of Kala) is definitely on to something good.

-Booli

Bumgardner
12-28-2013, 04:19 PM
Playing music has been one of my life long hobbies. It has always been easy for me to justify a new instrument. I have gotten thousands of hours of joy from playing music and I consider the investment minimal for the joy it brings me.

My wife and I make a budget each month. I have a portion of the budget that I can spend on my hobbies. As long as I stay with in budget life is good.

stevepetergal
12-29-2013, 02:37 AM
In my case, I will never be wealthy even if I don't enjoy my ukuleles. So, enjoy them I will.

billypete
12-29-2013, 03:49 AM
I justify them by playing them. I tell people that (i) ukuleles is my midlife crisis and they're a lot cheaper than Maseratis, and (ii) ukuleles are like shoes in that their different characteristics and qualities give them different purposes, and I wouldn't wear running shoes with a tuxedo or rainboots to go for a run. But mostly, I just play them. If I like them, I play them, and they're justified by the joy they bring me. If I have ukuleles I don't play, I look for ways to rehome them.

I'm a standard issue corporate schill, and I spend far less on my uke habit than most colleagues spend on golf clubs, I complain about my hobby far less and I spend much more time with my family. In fact part of the hobby is spending time with my family ( 4 ukes in my collection 'belong' to my kids).