- Dec 12, 2011
What Bill just said. I maintain a stable of 12. "Maintain" is the key word. I make every attempt (specifically; action at the 1st fret, string-to-string balance, and strap length) to have them feel (string pressure and hanging position) so they play the same no matter which one I pick up. If one can't be made to fit (or I just don't like the sound) it will be "disappeared".My hot take is that you can be just a ukulele owner or admirer. All you need is at least one uke you own, or you would like to own.
You do not have to conform to expectations of being a musician. You do not have to conform to expectations of being a collector. You do not have to conform to expectations of being a wood expert or woody. You can be them all or none of them whenever you feel like. You can do the work to make a huge audience happy, or just please yourself at home.
You can be in tune or out of tune, and you don't need to know the difference. Same with being in time. Or you can know the difference.
Owning a ukulele is what you want it to be, and you can have several different things you want it to be. You can own a ukulele for 50 years and make it 100 things that you choose over the 50 years.
(BTW, they are all out and easily within reach.)
This is similar to my motorcycles, where I adjust the handgrip distance and height to the center of the seat to be the same on both. When I sit on either of them, my hands fall right into place.
My "hot take" for ukuleles? They absolutely must be in tune.