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peaceweaver3
03-10-2014, 10:14 AM
I was thinking about all the stuff I'll want to put back in the uke case, when I have one to put it in. And I wondered, what do you keep in yours? Practical stuff? Fun stuff? Both?

Here's mine:
Oasis humidifier - in the case instead of the soundhole
Strings - now that I've finally decided to keep an extra set
Polishing cloth
A-440 tuning fork
Uke Leash
Rhythm Ring
A packet of nail files
Scissor and/or nail clipper
Screw driver - for friction tuners
Chapstick, or several - DO I really have to say this isn't for the uke?
Digital recorder
And candy :D

I should add fretboard conditioner. But since I haven't bought it yet, it's not on the list. And I realize many of these things would do better in a separate bag, or left home until needed. But I like them in the case, and it's a good conversation starter. LOL

DaleR
03-10-2014, 10:15 AM
Just my ukes! My studio however....

Oh and some have a tuner in them. Two of them have neck straps in them too!

pixiepurls
03-10-2014, 10:20 AM
I am a newb and low-fi:

Uke
extra aquila strings
snark tuner
basic chord chart

I would love to find a little "pocket" tab book of songs to keep in it.

janeray1940
03-10-2014, 10:21 AM
Just my ukes! My studio however....

And here I thought I was going to be the most minimalist: my ukes, each with a strap and a D'Addario mini tuner attached, and a spare battery for the tuner in the little compartment (which I always thought was overkill until mid-day yesterday when I needed that spare!).

sukie
03-10-2014, 10:21 AM
The only permanent fixtures in my case are the ukulele, a tuner and a little pink flamingo given to me by UkuleleZoe.

cantsing
03-10-2014, 10:37 AM
Since my uke rarely goes anywhere, the case just contains the uke with strap attached, a home-made humidifier, and a hygrometer. Tuner and a microfiber cloth reside nearby. And, of course, I also have an auxiliary box that is overflowing with uke-related "necessities."

kvehe
03-10-2014, 10:38 AM
Generally speaking, the uke, an Oasis humidifier in the sound hole of the solid ukes, and a second Oasis humidifier in the headstock area of two or three if there's room. If the case has an accessory compartment or a pouch on the outside, there's a Snark and a syringe to fill the humidifiers. A few have a strap.

Icelander53
03-10-2014, 10:38 AM
I don't even have a uke in a case. I have six ukes in different parts of the house and they've never see the insides of a case so far, except when delivered in them. I have four cases. I guess I could store something in them. :)

kwall
03-10-2014, 10:44 AM
strings, picks (i know kind of taboo on ukulele but it came with the ukulele when i got it as a gift), chord chart, slide, capo, tuner, humdifier (if it is not in the ukulele), syringe for humdifier...

i guess anything else ukulele related that can fit into it

bnolsen
03-10-2014, 11:36 AM
martin oxk (soprano) in a concert sized case.

Including
- Every string set I own, including old ones I took out.
- Blue Snark tuner.
- Percussion egg shaker.
- Uke leash.
- Unused sponge humidifier.

A lot of these posts give me good ideas.

Stuff I need to add that's somewhere in the house
- a440 tuning fork
- Kratt chromatic pitch pipe
- capo

Stuff I wish I had:
- kazoo

I mostly want to keep my kids hands off all this stuff as well.

SailQwest
03-10-2014, 01:55 PM
My gig bag has:
strings,
spare tuner,
Mi-Si charger,
9V & CR2032 batteries,
capo,
shaker,
frog guiro,
harmonicas (D and G),
Swiss Army knife,
crystal file,
chapstick,
hairpin,
arnica cream,
handwritten chord sheet for Sukie's song,
and my off-book song list.

Hippie Dribble
03-10-2014, 02:06 PM
Just a ukulele!!!!

(But wait till you see my lounge room) :uhoh:

OldePhart
03-10-2014, 02:14 PM
Uke case??? Singular??? Really??? I cannot answer that question... :)

Seriously though at home I just keep the uke, if the uke has a MiSi then the charger for the MiSi, and on a couple of my ukes I have Planet Waves/D'Addario NS micro tuners more or less permanently on the headstocks.

When I travel that's a different story - at least one of the cases will have my strap for the tenors and if I'm not bringing my whole tool box and string box (as I do when I go to UWC for example) then I'll at least have a spare set of strings and my string changing "kit". Also, if I'm going to be gone for more than a couple of days I'll put a couple of homemade humidifiers in the case. (At home I now have my office/uke room humidified to 45% 24/7.)

Edit to add: BTW, a couple of you have mentioned "strap attached to the uke" or the like. In the case of a really nice uke be careful about that. Some finishes can be damaged by prolonged contact with some leathers (it depends on how the leather was tanned, dyed, etc.)

Nothing to worry about if you've got a mass-produced uke most likely, but if you've got a really nice custom or high-end Hawaiian I really recommend taking the strap off and putting it in the neck compartment of the case, or at least disconnecting the heel end and rolling it up below the headstock if it is tied to the headstock.

If your strap is cotton or hemp then you probably only need worry about the strap rubbing against the finish and that's usually not much of an issue in a properly fitted case unless you're in the habit of hanging the case over a paint mixer... :)


John

itsme
03-10-2014, 02:34 PM
Just a ukulele!!!!
Same here. When I go to a uke meet I carry a tote bag with all the accessories and stuff I might need. Sheet music and a music stand don't fit in a uke case anyway. :p

wickedwahine11
03-10-2014, 03:09 PM
My case doesn't have an accessories compartment, so I have a small pouch inside under the uke headstock. In the pouch are the following: spare set of strings, string winder/cutter, nail file, microfiber cloth, pickup battery, and a Snark tuner with an extra battery.

actadh
03-10-2014, 03:15 PM
My Luna came with a gig bag. The little outside pocket only has my HMS bumper sticker - I am afraid anything else would press against the strings/saddle. Inside on the "hinged" side is the Herco humidifier wrapped in a strip of old cloth pj's. A bigger strip is my wipe down cloth and it is folded under the neck. On the zipper side of the neck is my blue Snark. That pretty much fills it. I have a vintage Amelia Earhart suitcase housing my vintage camp uke and my Fretboard Roadmap, Lute to Uke, and Baroque books are under the uke. The suitcase grosgrain ribbons hold everything mentioned as well as a homemade humidifier in place.
My songbook and percussion go on my everyday tote. I have a nice goatskin spark shaker, a small tambourine, and a xxs djembe drum.

itsme
03-10-2014, 03:30 PM
My songbook and percussion go on my everyday tote. I have a nice goatskin spark shaker, a small tambourine, and a xxs djembe drum.
You're the second person to mention shakers. Last time I was at a local music store, I bought a pair of shakers with handles like miniature maracas, just because.

At a recent uke meetup where we were playing on a coffee shop's patio, a passerby stopped and said how fun it all sounded. Someone offered him a spare uke, but he said he didn't play uke, he was a drummer. So I got my little shakers out of my tote bag and said he could provide some percussion. He sat in with us for the rest of the session and it was fun. Hope he comes back for the next one. :)

kohanmike
03-10-2014, 03:31 PM
I'm a member of two groups, The CC Strummers in Culver City that meet twice a week, and the Westside Ukulele Ensemble that meets twice a month, a total of ten times a month. They each do gigs once or twice a month. After carrying around a gig bag, music stand bag, music binders and accessory bag, I decided to consolidate with a tenor dual uke gig bag that has shoulder straps, using the second compartment for gear. I also transferred all my music sheets to an iPad.

I have a small pouch for various accessories, and there's still room for more stuff in the lower compartment. I could even put another pouch in the upper compartment under the neck of the uke. Here's my setup:

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Uke bag.jpg

actadh
03-10-2014, 03:41 PM
Regarding shakers - I really like the Meinl spark shakers. I have one of the three styles. I want to get their foot shaker and ankle shells, and the LP red foot tambourine.

Tele295
03-10-2014, 03:41 PM
In my tenor case, just a bandana cloth and an extra set of strings

The gigbag for my Ubass has a cord, Baggs Para DI, snark, and a set of used Pahoehoe dreads that will never be put back on

BlueSockMonkey
03-10-2014, 03:52 PM
My ukes prefer an austere resting place uncluttered by gimcracks, where they can pursue their Zen-like meditations between playing sessions. So each of their cases is equipped with a humidifier and nothing else.

I keep the rest of their gear (spare strings, tuner batteries, leashes, etc) in a small plastic box.

della-belle
03-10-2014, 11:57 PM
Hand cream, a uke leash, strings, a clip on tuner and a bunch of sweets. Don't look at me like that, playing is hungry work ;)

Brian W
03-11-2014, 03:33 AM
I keep the following in my case:

1. Soprano ukulele
2. Tuning fork (note A, 440Hz)
3. Cleaning cloth
4. Phillips head screwdriver (to tighten the friction tuners)
5. Planet Waves hydrometer
6. Homemade humidifier (a sponge placed in a cut-up small Ziplok bag)
7. Extra set of Worth Clears medium strings

Everything fits, in various places, inside my gigbag.

cantsing
03-11-2014, 04:20 AM
BTW, a couple of you have mentioned "strap attached to the uke" or the like. In the case of a really nice uke be careful about that. Some finishes can be damaged by prolonged contact with some leathers (it depends on how the leather was tanned, dyed, etc.)

Nothing to worry about if you've got a mass-produced uke most likely ... If your strap is cotton or hemp then you probably only need worry about the strap rubbing against the finish ...

John, thanks for pointing this out. The gloss finish on my Mainland isn't showing any issues after 2+ years, but in a few months I will be upgrading to a uke with a more delicate finish. I'll keep this in mind.

Cindy

Five Ways
03-11-2014, 04:37 AM
In each case just the uke and a planet waves small instrument humidifier.
Steve.

RAB11
03-11-2014, 05:08 AM
Never heard of a humidifier in relation to musical instruments before....

How crucial are they? What's the purpose of them? I cart my Dolphin around in the cloth bag it came with, is this something I should be looking into when I upgrade?

mattydee
03-11-2014, 06:37 AM
My go-to uke is my custom Talsma. In its case, I've got:

Extra Strings
Mi-Si charger
Humidifier
clip on tuner
capo
microfiber cloth
Uke leash (rolled up under the headstock, John!)
and two sets of business cards: mine and the luthier's.

I have a small one-piece multitool with a screwdriver on my keychain, which I always keep with me. But I like the swiss army knife idea for a screwdriver/nail file/string cutter trifecta. I'll have to get one of those and add it to the mix.

Other cases for other ukes all have humidifiers, tuners, and strings, and the other electric-acoustic uke also has an extra 9v battery. When I gig, I also carry a bag with various cables, stands, a mic, and amp equipment (if the gig is small enough, also the amp itself), and a bottle of water.

mattydee
03-11-2014, 06:43 AM
Never heard of a humidifier in relation to musical instruments before....

How crucial are they? What's the purpose of them? I cart my Dolphin around in the cloth bag it came with, is this something I should be looking into when I upgrade?

You'll get a lot of answers to this question, all of which have been addressed in numerous threads here. A search should bring them up. In short, most will agree that laminate and solid-body ukes don't require humidification, and solid ukes do, depending on where you live. I have found that my laminate ukes prefer a humidifier too, because the fretboard is prone to shrink in winter leaving sharp fret edges. YMMV. Ideal humidity is around 45-50%. The theory is that because ukes are small and the soundboards are thin, they are more prone to weather changes than say, a guitar. I think what's most important is stability in the environment, which is why an in-case humidifier is nice.

Welcome to the forums, by the way!

janeray1940
03-11-2014, 06:57 AM
Edit to add: BTW, a couple of you have mentioned "strap attached to the uke" or the like. In the case of a really nice uke be careful about that. Some finishes can be damaged by prolonged contact with some leathers (it depends on how the leather was tanned, dyed, etc.)

Nothing to worry about if you've got a mass-produced uke most likely, but if you've got a really nice custom or high-end Hawaiian I really recommend taking the strap off and putting it in the neck compartment of the case, or at least disconnecting the heel end and rolling it up below the headstock if it is tied to the headstock.


Thanks for the heads-up. I use leather straps, and always sort of wrap mine around in a way that there is little to no contact with the uke, but I'm not exactly meticulous about it. I think I've had straps on all my Kamakas for 3+ years and so far it hasn't been a problem... but then I'm not one to worry too much about keeping things pristine.

I'm guessing that with as few ukes as I own, and playing each of them every day, "prolonged contact" isn't exactly an issue - but I'll definitely keep this in mind if I know a uke isn't going to be played for a longer period of time.

(Uke "not being played"?? What exactly is that??)

stringy
03-11-2014, 11:31 AM
It's uke in hand for me. I don't like cases, accessories, or stuff. I only use a case if putting it in the overhead of a plane, but even then I often stick my uke in a backpack. Ukulele equals FREEDOM to me.

hobblecreek
03-12-2014, 09:15 AM
I just looked at the weather app in my phone and saw the humidity right now is a whopping 24% in the DTC area south of Denver. In the wintertime local humidity averages in the mid-to-high teens at best. That said, keeping my ukuleles in their cases with both an Oasis soundhole humidifier and a Herco humidifier (in the space by the headstock) is critical. I’ve had high quality instruments that I thought I’d adequately protected from the dry environment crack and require repair – so, I’m trying to be as preventative as I can. (I also keep them in a room humidified to around 35% – I can’t seem to get it much higher.)

So, in addition to these marvelous devices, in each case I also keep a set of spare strings and an electronic tuner (various brands).

And, as has been mentioned by many others in this thread, when going to a festival or out of town (with the ukuleles in tow) I have a small ammo case that holds all kinds of potentially useful stuff.

Newportlocal
03-12-2014, 09:49 AM
I have a spare set of southcoast ML-SW strings,tiki gogo clip on tuner, G7th performance capo,planet waves winder/cutter,and a planet waves tiki guitar strap with leather ends that stays attached to my uke.

KevinV
03-12-2014, 10:01 AM
MI-SI pickup charger, finger shaker, strap, tuner, extra battery. If I need more, it's in the gig bag.