Just curious; how often do you play the traditional-sounding uke? I've found that if I don't like the sound of the uke (even if it's a good sound that a lot of people do like), I don't play it, which puts it on the chopping block.I appreciate your reasoning. I did something similar. Even though I don't care for the traditional ukulele sound, I bought and configured one of my ukuleles to sound more traditional. I bought a traditional ukulele, a Kamaka, and customized it with a spruce sound board to make it sound bright, I use re-entrant strings that are also bright. So it is everything that I don't like. Why? The tradition. Plus, to thwart my opinion. I have strong feelings about music, but I realize that I'm just a blip on the radar of life. I don't really count for much. So my opinion, although I sincerely hold it, is negligible. The Kamaka keeps me balanced.