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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    Several of them are not long for this world, to tell the truth. The ones that are at least passable are going to be donated and the truly useless ones will probably end up at the curb.

    The plastic ukes have a story attached. My wife and I had only recently started playing in early 2017, when we booked a cabin on the JoCo cruise. This is a cruise organized by Jonathon Coulton, a singer-songwriter from the East coast. It is a week of gaming, music, and all things geeky, but at sea. We debated long and hard about bringing our ukuleles (at the time we owned only 3, one terrible and two decent ones.) In the end, since we had to fly across the country, we decided to leave them at home. After all, there would be professional musicians playing all week, why would we be playing? (This was our first time on the JoCo cruise.)

    Once we were in line to board the ship, we realized our mistake. Many of our fellow passengers had brought instruments of all shapes and sizes; ukes, guitars, banjos, melodicas, all kinds of stuff. We were pretty bummed that we had not. When we reached our cabin, there were two plain white cardboard boxes, in that distinctive trapezoidal shape.They were blue plastic ukuleles. We learned later in the week that they were provided to all of the passengers by one of the guys who invented Cards Against Humanity. He didn't play an instrument himself, but wanted to encourage music onboard. They aren't much, but we had an amazing time with them that week on the ship.

    They don't take up much space, but they are a nice reminder of that trip. We learned a lot about playing that week from Molly Lewis, a musician who was running the "Ukulele Melee" onboard. By the end of the week, she had taught nearly two hundred of us to play "Hungry Like the Wolf" for Paul Sabourin (of Paul and Storm.) It was his birthday on the last sea day, and he *hated* that song.
    What a great story. I should look up that cruise. It sounds like tons of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    I disclaim UAS. I can neither justify it or afford it. That's the one thing I think sucks about being retired.
    I have 3, one's a wallhanger with about 20 signatures on it. One is a recent purchase from Mim, a Gold Tone banjouke that I really like. One's a go to, and one is a backup/loaner.
    I don't plan to buy anymore.....this year. Maybe I'll be a lot better player by the time I can afford another....
    Last few days I'm too stressed from hurricane anxiety to play much.
    That was 4. Stay safe and play something to relieve the stress.

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    The number is in flux. I hope to thin the herd. It's 17 but could be considered higher. However my grandson has asked for a few ukuleles I was no longer interested in. These include a Kala travel soprano, Ohana 5 String Tenor and a Bonanza Oreo Baritone body with a Tenor Scale. I am planning to sell a couple of electric sopranos and a couple of tenors soon. I will probably give one of the tenors away (a Luna laminate).
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    Sopranos, Concerts, and Tenors including Baritone body at a Tenor Scale - 4 String, 5 String and 8 String :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    That was 4. Stay safe and play something to relieve the stress.
    Doh!
    I wasn't counting the banjouke, I guess I shouldn't have mentioned it....it's not really an ukulele...
    I'm beginning to relax, but I really feel for the Bahamas. Since the cruise lines own a lot of it, I hope they pitch in to fix it up. Even the shape of the islands have changed!
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    I have 54 in the house at the moment, but only 44 are actually mine. A lot of them are novelty items, really, such as the sopranissimos.

    But if there was a fire, there's probably only 5 or 6 that i would try to save, and a couple more that I would reorder after the fire. So if I had to, I could get to 10.

    I don't have to, however. And all of my ukuleles still cost less than my tuba.
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    Has the OP replied to the thread yet? His significant other must have banned him from UU cos this place is heavily infested with UAS patients and UAS is a deadly infectious virus.
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    I have too many.

    I have satisfied my curiosity about different woods and makers. It's time to move some of my earlier acquisitions out because I'm out of room. But it's really difficult deciding which ones I can live without. Which ones I will miss, but can part with. Which ones I will keep to the bitter end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    I disclaim UAS. I can neither justify it or afford it. That's the one thing I think sucks about being retired.
    I have 3, one's a wallhanger with about 20 signatures on it. One is a recent purchase from Mim, a Gold Tone banjouke that I really like. One's a go to, and one is a backup/loaner.
    I don't plan to buy anymore.....this year. Maybe I'll be a lot better player by the time I can afford another....
    Last few days I'm too stressed from hurricane anxiety to play much.
    Stay safe Nickie. Maybe play some of Daniel Ward's Meditations to relieve some of the stress. Best of luck to you and yours.
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    Definitely had UAS when I started out, but along the way, I gave away 6 of my earlier purchases so that others might enjoy the uke - however, I was most certainly looking for that something that is hard to describe, & I still ended up with 17, of which I mainly play only a few.

    My UAS stopped when I found the tenor necked concert - I bought a good quality KoAloha Opio acacia, to join my recently purchased Ohana solid mahogany tenor necked concert, & my Ohana tenor necked solid mahogany soprano.

    Other than these 3, I would want to keep my solid acacia Kala concert, my Baton Rouge solid spruce concert with MiSi pickup, & my Ohana concert necked solid mahogany soprano.

    I love the tone of my Kala cedar top baritone, but I find the scale just too much for me, unfortunately, so I stick with tenor & concert scale ukes.

    P.S. Originally I thought that I would like electro ukes, but found that I prefer acoustic, so my electrics don't get much play at all these days.
    Last edited by Croaky Keith; 09-03-2019 at 12:30 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Last few days I'm too stressed from hurricane anxiety to play much.
    Best of luck with Dorian. Be safe! A little hurrican humor below.

    Hurricane Preparation.jpg
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 09-03-2019 at 12:59 AM.
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