"Having" vs. "Wanting"...

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For sure, the chase is fun! Luckily, for the most part, I've not been let down by the reality of the uke itself when it arrived. I love how all my ukes sound and play. Granted, a large part of my "chase" involves researching and finding out as much info as I could about the uke before I decide to buy. The ukes I own have met and exceeded my expectations.
 

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"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."

This was said by Mr. Spock in an episode of Star Trek. And it got me to thinking... I must admit that when I'm "hankerin'" for a particular uke, or style of uke, a big part of the fun is going to bed at night thinking about it, and waking up in the morning thinking about it again, looking forward to researching it, digging into the different possible options out there, etc.

Seems like (at least sometimes) once I pull the trigger and order a uke, there can be a subtle feeling of "letdown", I suppose because even though I'll soon "have" that uke, I will have lost the fun of dreaming about having it!

Anyone else experience this effect?
Yes, Bill. I experience it every time and always feel let down. Especially, when I pull the trigger and order that dream ukulele. It comes in. It sounds great. A week or a month or so, it’s ordinary and I go on another spree. It’s a viscous cycle. It really sucks!

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Yes, Bill. I experience it every time and always feel let down. Especially, when I pull the trigger and order that dream ukulele. It comes in. It sounds great. A week or a month or so, it’s ordinary and I go on another spree. It’s a viscous cycle. It really sucks!

tom
 

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"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."
I guess I'm lucky. While some didn't work out for me because the neck wasn't comfortable, (I had injuries to my fingers/hands), so I moved them on, the ones that my hands like are also ones that I'm very happy with. I know what specs work for me now, but as much as I enjoy internet browsing for ukuleles, (a daily activity), I don't expect to buy more, and haven't bought any for a while. All I have to do is pick up my ukuleles, and I'm happy with the current ukuleles that live here. Very happy, in fact.
 

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I guess I'm lucky. While some didn't work out for me because the neck wasn't comfortable, (I had injuries to my fingers/hands), so I moved them on, the ones that my hands like are also ones that I'm very happy with. I know what specs work for me now, but as much as I enjoy internet browsing for ukuleles, (a daily activity), I don't expect to buy more, and haven't bought any for a while. All I have to do is pick up my ukuleles, and I'm happy with the current ukuleles that live here. Very happy, in fact.

Yeah, I wouldn't buy them just to hoard them as ornaments. Instruments should be played. I do want one for standard GCEA tuning though and the tiny sub-soprano and ukubasses interest me as well.
 

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I think it's also sometimes a case of wanting to try a certain instrument. Those of us who live far from the specialist uke shops don't have the chance to try instruments without buying them. (Far from the main uke centres, it can also be hard to re-home them.) I make a point of deciding if I really want to own the instrument, or am just curious to try it, before making a purchase. For example, I'm curious as to what an Enya Nova feels or sounds like—but don't have a clear use case where I'd 'need' it in place of my other ukes. So haven't bought one (yet ...)
 

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Wanting, is like an itch. Getting, is like scratching that itch. The itch leads to the pleasure of the scratch. But part of that pleasure is knowing that another itch will arise sometime soon. Thus is life. 🤓
 

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"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."

This was said by Mr. Spock in an episode of Star Trek.

Anyone else experience this effect?
That quote is from Amok Time, a very popular episode in the first season of the original series. I like the ending when Spock snaps and says, "Jim!!!"

My UAS was like that for many, many years. What made it worse was that I came into a small tidy sum of cash and used to indulge my UAS for years. I loved going back online looking at the uke that I had ordered and looking for YT videos and waiting for it to arrive. Eventually, my UAS burned out having bought my fav. ukes. I still did buy a Kamaka in Hawaii later on and a wallhanger uke showing the Hawaiian Islands. It cost $20 in Duke's Marketplace.

I have always had the UAS for buying sheet music for piano or uke and especially in different languages. That's: SMASH (Sheet Music Acquisition Syndrome High).
 

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I have all the uke's I might ever really need, unless something got totally broken, stolen, destroyed. I do have a craving every once in a while.......but the "want's" are priced such that while attainable.......might not be the best best use of my money......so I move onto some other fancy babul or go play one of the uke's that I do own and simply fade away into the music..
 

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I have all the uke's I might ever really need, .....
Oh please, tell me more! When, and under what circumstances, might a person actually "need" a Ukulele?

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

No mention of "For want of a Ukulele!" :unsure:
 

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since we are being very quotatious, what about Oscar Wilde: There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
 

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For want of a ukulele I might have drunk bleach out of sheer boredom during COVID the last 2 years
 

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I once heard a guitar teacher say something I thought was profound, that directly relates to this thread. He said our brains are wired to see acquiring new gear as "progress". It feels like you're progressing on the ukulele when you successfully hunt down and buy a new one.

But you're not. You haven't progressed a single inch, and you realize that after you get it. Hence the promising anticipation, the up feeling of acquisition followed by the dissatisfaction of ownership.
 

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I once heard a guitar teacher say something I thought was profound, that directly relates to this thread. He said our brains are wired to see acquiring new gear as "progress". It feels like you're progressing on the ukulele when you successfully hunt down and buy a new one.

But you're not. You haven't progressed a single inch, and you realize that after you get it. Hence the promising anticipation, the up feeling of acquisition followed by the dissatisfaction of ownership.
Yeah, I want a sopranissimo and a ukubass, but at the same time, I'd like to master the songs I have before attempting a whole new instrument...my hands already slip on the strings of my normal soprano uke.

People say the uke is easy...well not how I play it. Guess it's a carryover from being a heavy metal fan...some of my hard and heavy songs I really have to practise to death.
 

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Just cause the destination is not as fun as the journey should one forgo the journey? What if someone started with zero ukes and ends up zero ukes should the opportunity to get to experience a 100 ukes be deemed pointless?
I have bought and sold a few ukes but the journey has brought me many rewards..