- Feb 29, 2012
The someone else is my wife so it will be in the same household. My reason for buying her a uke is to re-gain exclusive use of my Ohana solid mahogany, long neck soprano which I really love. She isn't remotely as careful with it as I am and since she started using it I've discovered no fewer than 6 dings on it that weren't there before. I understand that's bound to happen eventually but I'm kind of anal about it and I make an effort to keep my ukes looking as nice and new for as long as possible. She is a very casual player so I went with something well-reviewed and cheap and bought her a Flight TUSL-35. She can bump and knock that around all she likes and it won't really bother me.
I'm currently up to 6 ukes and I've tamped down the temptation of buying at least 5 different ukes in the last 6 months. I can't say won't buy another uke again but I'm getting a lot better at resisting the temptation. Confession time - even though I'm buying the Flight for my wife, I bought it with an eye toward filling a gap I don't already have with my current 6 ukes which would be a sturdy, knock-around, outdoor/travel uke. It will definitely be considered her uke but she is such a casual player that it wouldn't be very difficult for me to end up playing it as much as she did. I think buying this Flight uke for her is kind of a dodgy way of saying that I'm avoiding UAS!