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    Default Yes! I'm down to just 1 ukulele on the wall hangers

    So, I noticed that all I really played was 1 particular ukulele; and since I'm short of hanger space, I packed all the ukes away except for this 1 ukulele. (Need to make room for guitars!!! hahaha, I've not improved anything according to my wife.)

    Guess what?

    Although I'm playing the ukulele just as much, I've not taken any of the other ukuleles out of their cases.

    Do you really just play 1 ukulele?

    When I had the ukes on the wall, sometimes, I'd play another one out of pity. Now, I'm carefree and happy that I can just play the one I like to play.

    So... if you get into a tight squeeze on wall hangers... Don't buy more hangers

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    We have two empty hangers you can use....
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Glad its working for you . . . I'm just the opposite. I have mine on wall hangers and I tend to play a little on each one. Its a habit I started on Irish Whistles . . . I'd play a tune on whistle in the key of C and then I'd try the same song on a whistle in the key of low D, and then another. l found it a good way to learn a song and it improved my ear by helping me listen for the nuances of each whistle. I've recently discovered I tend to do the same with ukes. When learning a tune, I'll play it on a tenor, then switch to a Bari, then to a concert, etc. The switching helps me clean up my notes and keeps my fingers flexible. It also helps keep the piece fresh and not get bored with it. Then there are some songs that seem to be written for a particular uke and its fun to discover which one it is . . .

    Now that's some days . . . other days, I just get in a zone on one uke and look up and wonder, where did the time go? The negative part of this type of playing is that it takes longer to learn how to make each uke "sing." But that's what the next day is for . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear View Post
    So, I noticed that all I really played was 1 particular ukulele; and since I'm short of hanger space, I packed all the ukes away except for this 1 ukulele. (Need to make room for guitars!!! hahaha, I've not improved anything according to my wife.)

    Guess what?

    Although I'm playing the ukulele just as much, I've not taken any of the other ukuleles out of their cases.

    Do you really just play 1 ukulele?

    When I had the ukes on the wall, sometimes, I'd play another one out of pity. Now, I'm carefree and happy that I can just play the one I like to play.

    So... if you get into a tight squeeze on wall hangers... Don't buy more hangers
    I suppose that this all comes down to how many Ukes are enough and then do you need to limit yourself to enough. I’ve five Ukes at the moment, one is out on lone and one should have been sold a while back but I’ve not got around to it. Of the three that remain I could get by with just any one of them and indeed seem not to rotate them but rather the unused ones are there as back ups. To make them play well I’ve invested time and effort in them but none of them are worth much (money) and they (mostly Sopranos) don’t take up much space so why let them go?

    With my Ukes I tend to buy something likely to please me, try it out and then decide which of the herd should be sold off. Mostly it’s the one I recently bought that gets sold but sometimes it isn’t. If I were to limit myself then I think four is perhaps the right number: one beater, one on trial and two that I’m reluctant to part with. Perhaps that should be five ‘cause I keep meaning to have one strung in low G too.

    Yep, I could get by with just one - it’s a close call of which between two of them - but I am thankful that I don’t need to. Two would be a more tolerable minimum for me: a nice enough looking and good sounding one for everyday playing and something similar that I’d be happy enough to travel with and use in places where it might get damaged (so a good sounding beater).
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    For a few years now I've been down to one linear uke and one re-entrant. Don't weep for me; the former is a custom uke and the latter is a spruce top centennial anniversary Kamaka. I'm feeling no pain. And I do have a few niche instruments: a cigar box that I keep tuned to open D minor and a tenor guitar. I plug those in and have occasional fun.

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    About half of mine get a turn, when I'm in the mood, but I can't get rid of any, they have memories attached to them.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear View Post
    So, I noticed that all I really played was 1 particular ukulele; and since I'm short of hanger space, I packed all the ukes away except for this 1 ukulele. (Need to make room for guitars!!! hahaha, I've not improved anything according to my wife.)

    Guess what?

    Although I'm playing the ukulele just as much, I've not taken any of the other ukuleles out of their cases.

    Do you really just play 1 ukulele?

    When I had the ukes on the wall, sometimes, I'd play another one out of pity. Now, I'm carefree and happy that I can just play the one I like to play.

    So... if you get into a tight squeeze on wall hangers... Don't buy more hangers
    The only uke I have on a hangar is one I converted into a clock. If I tighten the strings, it's still playable, but it is just for display. I keep my ukes in cases to keep them clean and protected. I have two or three next to my chair for playing.

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    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The only uke I have on a hangar is one I converted into a clock. If I tighten the strings, it's still playable, but it is just for display. I keep my ukes in cases to keep them clean and protected. I have two or three next to my chair for playing.

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    The clock looks interesting. Reminds me of the time, when shopping for a house, I went into this house with decorative guns displayed on the wall with 2nd amendment quotes. You can tell a lot just by people's choice of decorations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    We have two empty hangers you can use....
    You? with empty wall hangers?

    Sounds tempting, but I don't believe you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear View Post
    The clock looks interesting. Reminds me of the time, when shopping for a house, I went into this house with decorative guns displayed on the wall with 2nd amendment quotes. You can tell a lot just by people's choice of decorations.
    I have a niece like that. She has the dead heads of animals her husband shot hanging all over the house. Creepy! And I don't men "Dead Heads."

    I wanted to make a uke clock so I had to find the right uke and the right clock. It lifts out of the uke for battery replacement, and I can still strum it.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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