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    After Taimane's performance last night, she was in the lobby, signing autographs and ukuleles for audience members. Of the seven people in my group, five brought their "Signature Ukes."

    That something that's never interested me, but I'm wondering how many others have their ukes signed. I'm glad that Richard Konter had his Martin signed in 1926. : )

    Just for laughs, I thought of buying a cheap uke and covering it with illegible "autographs."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Its nice to have a memento of a pleasant evening.

    I would prefer a CD of the concert, bought off the artist.
    . . . .

    So maybe getting a signature is not such a bad thing.
    I bought all three CDs, and had them signed.

    I love the way she interacts with the audience, dancing her way to them. At one point, during her Surf Medley Finale, she walked up to my wife and me - less than arm's length away. One of my friend's sons was bouncing up and down afterward, saying "She came right up to you!"

    (I do have a white plastic Aqualele that I get signed... I just forgot to bring it last night.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksiegel View Post
    I love the way she interacts with the audience, dancing her way to them. At one point, during her Surf Medley Finale, she walked up to my wife and me - less than arm's length away. One of my friend's sons was bouncing up and down afterward, saying "She came right up to you!"
    )
    Yes, I saw that! And she seems to make eye contact with everyone in the audience.
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    Getting a book signed by the author is often done and considered as something that adds value. Book sellers will sell autographed books.

    For me having a signature on an instrument is different as the person typically has little to do with the instrument. The maker already signed the inside. But each to their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keenonuke View Post
    Getting a book signed by the author is often done and considered as something that adds value. Book sellers will sell autographed books.
    I used to attend Science Fiction Conventions on a fairly regular basis, and regularly got books signed by those authors I enjoyed. One such author gave me a stack of his books, in appreciation of my doing him a favor. He had signed them all. He happily signed books for anyone who asked, and had done so for years. A book seller friend of mine was looking at the books, and noticed one had not been signed - so he held it up, waved at another book dealer, and yelled, "Look! A book by [redacted]! And it isn't signed!" The other book dealer blinked, and called back, "Wow! That makes it REALLY valuable!"
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    I loathe signed ukuleles and marvel at the prices people think they can charge by getting one signed by a famous player. A book, a CD or a poster is a much better idea.
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    I don't think I'd do it even though I've managed to get 300 autographs from basketball players over the years. Those guys used to sign a lot, but not so much anymore. I'd never buy one though. I could probably never sell them if I wanted to because no one would believe they're real signatures. For me it was the thrill of the hunt lol. My prize is Jordan.

    To each his own on the uke. If it makes you happy, go for it. It might have been a cheapie uke bought just for that occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksiegel View Post
    ..."Look! A book by [redacted]! And it isn't signed!" The other book dealer blinked, and called back, "Wow! That makes it REALLY valuable!"
    Funny how that works. It's the odd ones that sell for higher prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    I loathe signed ukuleles and marvel at the prices people think they can charge by getting one signed by a famous player. A book, a CD or a poster is a much better idea.
    My signed uke is for me; it will never be for sale.

    The most valuable signed ukulele I've ever seen is the Little White Uke that Pabrizzer sent out to UU members. It traveled the world, we played and signed it, sent it along, and it eventually made it back to him. I was a part of that project, and proud to have been. I don't know if any of us who signed it have become famous, but it was a fun thing to do.

    Here's the link for it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    I'm not into the cult of personality, and find that, as with tattoos, a signature detracts rather than enhances. I'd consider collecting signatures on an inexpensive uke, repurposed for just that, but otherwise, no.

    Like captain-janeway, I wouldn't buy a uke that was pre-signed—unless I thought I could flog it to some star-struck fool for several times my cost. The resale market for autographed items is rather bizarre to me. Indirect contact won't transfer even a smidge more talent or status to you.
    I can understand someone being willing to pay big bucks for a uke signed by major entertainers. How much would a uke signed by Iz sell for these days? With many famous, legible signatures, people would be willing to pay. I'm sure the quality of the uke itself would make a difference. A $20 "signer" might not bring in as much as a KoAloha tenor.
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