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    I’m really starting to feel like I don’t want Ukes I have to baby. I have Kanile’a and a Clara (here any damn day) I also desire a moon bird badly when funds are right. However, I’m finding not really caring about my Opio (still kinda babied, won’t stand for damage, but gets left out. Plus outside play) is freeing and relaxing. I’m super anal with my Kanile’a. I was gonna go barebone on the Clara, but I ended up getting most of the bells and whistles. So now it’s more expensive than my Kanile’a. Defeats some purpose. I have a beater soprano en route and I’m starting to drool over a black flea. I previously would not even entertain looking at one. Do I really need to go high end anymore? I think one Custom and a Moon Bird and My UAS will be for durability and care free play. I love the idea of good well priced deals with “sleeper” sound quality now. Seems like I’m heading towards a few real nice Ukes in cases in my closet and a bunch of character rich cost efficient models accessible and played much more. I suppose nice ones for recording will be a huge plus...
    Last edited by Kibes37; 05-30-2019 at 08:22 AM.
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    Riffing on Jerryc41's "The Camera You Have with You" thread, a ukulele you're not afraid to play will sound much better than one that gets left in its case!

    Part of my "is this too expensive" equation includes if it's pricy enough that I'd be afraid to play it. I'm pretty lazy, and if I can't keep an instrument out and at hand it's not likely to get played. My better acoustic guitar spends too much time in its case in favour of the lesser instruments that get hung on the wall year round.

    There's also diminishing returns in sound quality - most of my inexpensive ukuleles sound great on their own, even if there's a noticeable difference when played side-by-side with a more expensive one (and honestly speaking, the limiting quality factor is the player not the instrument).

    --Rob

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    I'm often surprised how much abuse just a regular wooden ukulele will withstand. Not bulletproof by any means, I've broken one, but I don't baby them and they do fine. I will admit that I do have one that I baby, but the rest enjoy life to the fullest.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I’m not a fan these days of worrying about belt buckles, headstocks catching things or rouge dog tails. I’m trying to care less about possessions in general. I have justified spending what I have already on the fact these Ukes are more than objects to fawn over. They bring immense joy, they help my concentration and memory, they make me better with my left hand in general, they make me a better listener and I’m way more constructive of a person when I have a sound goal... Becoming fluid and at home with this instrument. I’ve mentioned it before, but Kimo is right. They have their own personalities. Looks can be deceiving...
    Last edited by Kibes37; 05-30-2019 at 08:34 AM.
    Kanile’a Premium KSR-T - Uke Logic - High G Hard Tension
    Kala Ka-ZTP-CTG-CE - Uke Logic - Low G Soft Tension
    Enya X2K Tenor - D'Addario EJ87T - High G
    Flea Concert - Living Water - High G
    Aiersi OU-31M - Worth Clear - High G

    If you Uke easy, life will be hard. If you Uke hard, life will be easy.

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    I have a Kimo Baritone, beautiful wood (Swiss Moon Sitka and pepper quilted bubinga) and glossy finish. I babied that uke like crazy. Then 2 weeks ago, I dropped the case lid on it and the fang of the latch dented the top. I was devastated!!! But then.....I started really playing it. Chunking, strumming, tapping, really going at it. Now this Kimo is not perfect to look at but perfect to be played!
    A day without playing uke is a day not well lived.

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    Joseph

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    I totally get that. Maybe a blessing in disguise. Well done moving on... I probably would have put a dent in my wall and taken some anger management classes after that
    Kanile’a Premium KSR-T - Uke Logic - High G Hard Tension
    Kala Ka-ZTP-CTG-CE - Uke Logic - Low G Soft Tension
    Enya X2K Tenor - D'Addario EJ87T - High G
    Flea Concert - Living Water - High G
    Aiersi OU-31M - Worth Clear - High G

    If you Uke easy, life will be hard. If you Uke hard, life will be easy.

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    Duplicate post.
    Last edited by 70sSanO; 05-30-2019 at 10:35 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm often surprised how much abuse just a regular wooden ukulele will withstand. Not bulletproof by any means, I've broken one, but I don't baby them and they do fine. I will admit that I do have one that I baby, but the rest enjoy life to the fullest.
    This is so true. I can see it now... a group of Portuguese sugar cane workers in the late 1800’s sitting around talking about humidifying their machetes, what case to keep them in, and worrying about taking them to the beach. Then one asks... “What string winder do you use?”. Sorry I couldn’t resist.

    John
    Last edited by 70sSanO; 05-30-2019 at 10:34 AM.

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    I think that some people become emotionally attached to their ukuleles and the thought of them getting hurt is too much.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    All my ukes are out, only for sale ones get put away. I look after all my ukes but most are used ukes or have come with a little beauty mark already. Although I look after my instruments and don't go out of my way to damage them it's very freeing to not worry about adding to the beauty marks story (as it were).
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