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Thread: Considering new uke but is it just UAS?

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    I would also change the strings first. During that time you can also try to learn about your instrument. Check each string individually before you take it off how high it sits, clean the fret wires and the fretboard. Maybe it looks a bit dry as well. Take a better look inside now that the soundhole is easily accessible.
    Once you've swapped the strings you'll have to wait until they stretch. Then you might again wish for a second instrument. You will probably be able to keep your uke to take it everywhere and let others maybe play on it. A newer uke, whether significantly better or more expensive or not, will probably help with motivation and trying out different tunings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    Well the title asked if it is just a new uke or if it is UAS, so I just thought that it is hard to answer that particular question without having a definitive measure for UAS. So my question seems relevant to the his question.
    Good point.

    It could be an interesting thread on its own, too, though, since I would guess that there are a lot of different thoughts on what UAS really is.

    But, you're right, the OP did ask if he had UAS, and that's hard to answer without a definition of UAS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    ....But, you're right, the OP did ask if he had UAS, and that's hard to answer without a definition of UAS.
    That's a tough diagnosis...take 2 ukes and call me in the morning
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    The OP has been playing for a year, plays with a jam group, and does some singing/performing. It seems reasonable to step up to a solid top or all solid ukulele. In the course of a year, the OP hasn’t been craving a different uke, so it doesn’t look like the UAS bug has bitten thus far.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006 (Living Waters)
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018 (Blackwater)
    Blackbird Clara - 2019 (Oasis Bright)
    Cocobolo concert - 2019 (Worth Brown)

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    It always (or at least almost always) makes sense to do a good setup on a uke you already own. Every uke deserves to sound its best. Even if you buy more ukes later (this can happen) the old uke will be more useful to you with a good setup. It will also be easier to sell if you decide to move it along. It's a win/win.

    As for UAS, this is not a thing for you to worry about at this stage. Stepping up from a beginner uke to a nice solid-top instrument is a very reasonable thing to do and you will notice a real improvement in sound and playability. In fact, this is probably the best bang-for-the-buck purchase you'll make in your uke-playing life. Enjoy!

    I don't think UAS is a worry at any stage as long as you're maxing out the 401k and nobody in your family is getting resentful about the money you're spending. If you ever catch yourself buying ukes for the sheer thrill of the purchase and you can't articulate a good reason for why you might choose to play this uke in a given situation instead of that uke... well then it might be worth reading up on shopoholics. People say "it's cheaper than therapy" but when we're talking K brands and Mya Moe and vintage Martins I'm not so sure!

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    "The closest I can get to Jake Shim's sound for under $300"

    May I suggest $300 worth of lessons?

    JK....
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Wow, what a lot of great feedback and ideas, and especially the funny comments. I am actually not in any danger of UAS, no matter how many of you were hoping for another comrade in arms... I have great resistance to collecting things unless I am confident that I will use them. Hence, the starter uke to see if I stick with it. The starter uke is getting more attention than the starter telescope that I bought a few months ago. So i am pretty sure that another prettier and better sounding uke is in my future. Not so much for the telescope....

    I do live in Florida so, dryness is not likely an issue, but I am thinking it might still be wise to stay with laminate sides and back. I am hoping for a good balance between nice sound and "wash and wear". Just starting the thought processes, so am keeping options open. But I don't want something so expensive and fussy that I am a slave to its upkeep.

    I also will look into the condition of my strings. They are the originals so certainly could be part of the small problem I am having. I had not thought of that. Thanks everyone who suggested it.

    Ok, before I head for bed, here is my take on how many ukes I think may eventually be my max level, if I ever get to a place where I am doing more serious playing. One concert with high G, one with low G, and a tenor, and maayyyybe a cute little soprano for plane trips. Four max should do it. But seriously, that would be a long way down the road. Right now, I just want to focus on one good sounding one, and improving my playing. I see this venture as I do my photography hobby. I started with a consumer level DSLR until I knew what features I wanted that were lacking in the "starter" camera and then invested in the well featured model that fit my hands and my style to a tee. Have not succumbed to CAS (camera acquisition syndrome) because I upgraded to exactly what I wanted and what fit with my perception of my needs and skill level. My take is that I will wait until NatGeo comes knocking before I start blowing the big bucks on a high end pro model full frame with the $10k bazooka lens. Likewise, I want my new uke choice to meet my current needs and desires without blowing a hole in my purse.

    Thanks again for all of your comments! You guys are the best.

    Dale

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    If you want the Jake vibe, in a longneck soprano, maybe one of his Shima ukes, with autograph?

    https://alohacityukes.com/products/j...d82a15ad&_ss=r

    Got a good review: https://www.gotaukulele.com/2019/01/...-wideneck.html
    Last edited by Ukecaster; 02-13-2020 at 02:36 AM.
    John

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    I spent three years with my first mainland concert...then it quickly went downhill from there! You can definitely develop late onset UAS ��
    Current Uke Family:
    ~ Mainland Mahogany Satin Concert ~ KoAloha KCM-00 (Koa Concert) ~ MP Black Walnut Cali Concert x Mike Pereira
    ~ Rebel Soprano Double Crème (Mango)

    "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." ~ Lord Byron

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