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    Do you have any "House Ukuleles"? I mean ukes that you wouldn't want to bring to a jam or a uke fest for fear of getting them damaged. Every time I go to a uke fest, I hear a uke fall and hit the floor.

    I have several pricey ukes in beautiful condition, and I have no fear playing them at home, but bringing them somewhere to play with a group is not on my list of things to do. I've never had any uke get damaged, inside or outside of the house, and I'd like to keep it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Do you have any "House Ukuleles"? I mean ukes that you wouldn't want to bring to a jam or a uke fest for fear of getting them damaged. Every time I go to a uke fest, I hear a uke fall and hit the floor.

    I have several pricey ukes in beautiful condition, and I have no fear playing them at home, but bringing them somewhere to play with a group is not on my list of things to do. I've never had any uke get damaged, inside or outside of the house, and I'd like to keep it that way.
    No, but at the Antelope Valley Uke Fest last weekend I popped into a Uke Fun workshop for a peek and everyone was standing in a circle and Daniel Ward and
    Heidi Swedberg were telling everyone to remove their straps and rotate their ukes around the circle on cue so that everyone got a chance to play everyone else's and I wondered about dropped ukes.

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    Er, all of them!
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    My only expensive one is carbon fiber, so I don’t have many worries on its account.

    The only uke that hasn’t left the house since it’s arrival is the solid-body electric, just because it requires an amp and I haven’t gone anywhere it’d be appropriate. Everything else has been out visiting, and I’ve never had an issue. I do tend towards hard cases and stands so I always have somewhere safe when it’s not being actively played.

    The only issue I’ve had with somebody else playing mine was dispelling my UAS by proving the weak spot was in my fingers and not in the uke. I knew this, but it wasn’t nice to prove it

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    I have one that definitely won't be leaving the house, it's my 'best' & most expensive, has a great tone, & I really would not like anything to happen to it - my KoAloha Opio solid acacia long neck concert - but I'd be happy to take my Ohana solid mahogany long neck concert, if I knew it would be safe.

    Actually, I'd probably just take one of my concert ukes, truth be known - possibly my solid acacia Kala, if I wanted good tone.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    Er, all of them!
    Ditto!

    I can't even imagine rotating ukes around a circle so that everyone gets to play everyone else's. Even if I had a dirt-cheap one, I'd be mighty pi**ed to get it back with somebody's careless fingernail scratches on it, let alone having dropped it.

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    Yes, I have several.

    The main one is my Kamaka HF-2 anniversary edition. I just can't bring myself to take it anywhere, even though I love playing it.
    Ukes include (but are not limited to)
    • Blackbird Clara
    • Kamaka HF-2A (Koa Concert)
    • KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (Acacia Concert)
    • KoAloha Opio KCO-10S (Spruce Top Concert)

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    I rarely remove my autographed wall hanger, unless I expect to see a famous/semi famous uker who has a marker.
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    Right now I have a few that may leave the house but only to a private music lesson:
    Graziano Selmer Concert
    Koaloha KTM
    Martin Style 2 Soprano
    And probably a National Resonator Mahogany which I'm hoping to sell.
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    I believe that ukes are meant to play. The most expensive one I have is a custom made gypsy jazz that cost $780, I bring it to a park on Sundays to play with an acoustic group. I also have a strap on everyone of them. I actually dropped my Kala cedar top about a week after I got it, it hit the terrazzo floor on the edge of the upper bout and top of the head stock causing the glossy finish to crack a little, but I took it in stride and just say that makes it unique.


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    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 11 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 35)

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