I’m like everyone else… the eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear enough of hearing… but I try to live simply. That doesn’t mean I don’t like nice things, I just try to be wise and have few of them. I see the thread of “How many ukuleles do you have?” and most of the time I just don’t understand. I’m not someone who judges others and says you should only have what you need. Bless you for having the funds and enjoying yourself. But personally I’m thinking, I could never play them all. It would feel like a waste.
A few weeks ago I was able to pick up a Kala KA-SMHT-SC for a great price (to me). Plays great… sounds great… I’m good… don’t need anymore.
Except… I don’t know… maybe… I would like to have a low G uke. I like the Tenor size and I saw on here where someone took the middle four stings of a classical set of strings and turned their tenor into a baritone. That could be fun. And even though I think they’re goofy, a guilele could be fun. Could a guilele scratch both the guilele and low G string itches?
But then I took some college students on a retreat this weekend. I took my uke. It was great. But there were so many times I could see it getting ruined… dropped on the concrete, etc. Well, I guess I need a travel uke as well.
I’m going to fight the urge for a second one for a while (my wallet will help me out quite a bit with this) but I can see how it’s so easy to have more than one. I’ve already talked myself into three to four more.
I'm slightly envious. If I'm honest, there's definitely some diminishing returns in going out and buying lots of ukes. I love variety, and there are so many variations of ukes. But at the same time, there was a nice simplicity to just having one or two ukes to spend all my time on. I'd love to have only a few ukes, but there are so many I'd have a tough time letting go. I'm not complaining, and I'm not discontent with this first world problem of too many ukes. But I do miss some of the simplicity of not having so many. I often admire those who are able to narrow their collection down over those who, like myself, tend towards an ever expanding collection. I think your reflections on this are pretty wise. Geez, maybe I should go sell something.