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    Default Multiple Ukes - Mainly play one

    Began playing uke a long time ago. I didn't do much with the uke for a number of years but my wife found one at a garage sale around '95. After that I got interested in the uke again. After purchasing a few more cheapies I bought a Mainland Tenor in 2009. I have never thought of myself as a uke collector but I have 4 or 5 other ukes now and my wife has the same. Then there are a few that we have bought for our kids, that have been left here.

    So the reality is that although I have a number of ukuleles, I hardly play anything but my Mainland tenor which I play daily. My wife always plays her Mainland concert and rarely anything else.

    Anybody else out there with multiple ukes who only play one? How many of you pull out a different instrument every day?
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    What's the fun it that? I play the one that best fits the situation—teaching, recording, ensembles, stage, travel, etc. One size doesn't fit all, at least for me.

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    Yeah, I’m with Gochugogi, I play multiple ukes depending on the context and the kind of music I’m playing. I have always enjoyed the variety of having different ukes, kind of like hanging out with a wide range of friends, I always appreciate different personalities in ukes as in people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fretie View Post
    Yeah, I’m with Gochugogi, I play multiple ukes depending on the context and the kind of music I’m playing. I have always enjoyed the variety of having different ukes, kind of like hanging out with a wide range of friends, I always appreciate different personalities in ukes as in people.
    You betcha. Just like with people, I sometimes feel more inclined to hang with some on some days, and others at other times.

    I do go through phases. Play one or two ukes for a week or two. Then move to a different one. I also have upstairs ukes and downstairs ukes. They do migrate though.
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    Guess I'm the exception cuz I have ZERO ukes. However, I have 2 classical guitars; an el cheapo Terada bought in 1977 for $100. The second one, is a bit better. Use the Terada when playing outdoors, crowded area or amplified with an iRig acoustic stage.

    LP Twist shakers if I want a change of pace from guitar. Or, occasionally attempt to play someone else's Uke.

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    I have 9 ukes and every Sunday I go to a park with a bunch of acoustic players, so I rotate between 8 of them every week and practice at home with a knock around, which was a tenor Fluke, but I don't like it, so I ordered an all bamboo Aklot tenor cutaway to replace it.


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    I am avaricious but monogamous. I always wanted more and more, but only played my favorite. I figured it wasn't fair to the world-at-large to horde ukuleles that wouldn't really be played. So I sold off all the ukuleles, turned my back on UAS, and contented myself with two top-shelf ukuleles, a Kamaka for my re-entrant needs and a custom uke for my regular playing. I have a crappy $300 Kala baritone and, someday, I want to replace it with an elite baritone (something like a Mya Moe or another custom)...but I am done with ukulele purchasing.

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    I have 6 ukes.
    I play most of them, but there is definately 2 or 3 that I play more often than the rest. I have a LNS for that staccato uke sound when strumming, a warmer sounding concert, and tenors with and without low G. Each time I learn a new song I try it on several ukes to hear which is best for that song.

    My non ukeing friends say that having more than one makes me a collector. I find that a bit harsh, but I would like to trim my collection down to 2-3 ukes. But which ones to let go?!
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    Different ukes for different sounds - whilst I don't play as often as I once did, I still like to vary it when I play, so having multiple ukes is good to have.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I always have at least two by my chair. I play them for a while, bring them to jams, and then select two or more replacements for a week or so.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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