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    Default "Must have's" for a ukulele collector.

    If you could have a ukulele collection of say 20 ukes including vintage ukes and could only one of each brand,
    What would be on your must have list?
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    Hi Mike:

    I'd have a Martin 5K vintage uke at the head of the list.

    1. Martin 5k Vintage
    2. Vita Uke Vintage
    3. Lyon & Healy Bell
    4. the original Kamaka Pineapple
    5. Pineapple Sunday (have)
    6. Santos "peanut-shaped" uke
    7. Dias "peanut-shaped" uke
    8. Glyph
    9. Favilla baritone
    10. Mainland Baritone (have)
    11. Ohana CK-300G (have)
    12. Chuck Moore, Moore-Bettah concert... any one would do.
    13. Mike DaSilva Santos Reproduction
    14. Compass-Rose tenor
    15. Pohaku Concert
    16. Gibson tenor
    17. 1879 Anue-Nue solid koa uke (arrived today)
    18. Kala solid Hawaiian Koa limited edition
    19. Pete Howlett local-woods concert
    20. Nunes "peanut-shaped" uke
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    Well, I am already in trouble given those perimeters. I would want a Lyon and Healy Camp Uke and a L & H Shrine Uke (but with the green binding). I would like an original Harmony Roy Smeck Vita uke with the seal shaped sound holes. I don't own any vintage ukuleles.
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    1. Beltona Resonator Concert
    2. Favilla Soprano
    3. Flea Concert - got the bark cloth, but want the tie-dye!
    4. Gibson Style 3
    5. Gretsch Soprano
    6. Harmony Roy Smeck Vita Uke (check!)
    7. Honu Deluxe Tenor
    8. Kala UBass
    9. Kamaka Pineapple
    10. Kanilea Tenor
    11. Kepasa Ukulele
    12. Kiwaya Concert
    13. KoAloha Concert
    14. Mainland Mahogany Concert - got it & play it everyday!
    15. Martin Concert
    16. Mya Moe Concert
    17. National Resonator Uke
    18. Pohaku Uke
    19. Regal Wendell Hall "Red Head" Uke
    20. Sandstrom Banjo Uke - got it! Cute as a bug!
    21. Talsma Uke - Black Vita Uke style

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    Mike,

    Great question...There's a bunch on Mickey's list that I would want but...

    1. Favilla Mahogany Baritone (Own)
    2. Martin Type 51 Baritone
    3. Yasuma Type 51 Baritone (own)
    4. C. F. Mountain Type 51 Baritone (own)
    5. Red Cedar Mainland Baritone (June 2011, hopefully!)
    6. Pono Koa Baritone Type 2
    7. Talsma
    8. Vega Arthur Godfrey Solo-Lute (own)
    9. Compass Rose Tenor (own)
    10. Favilla Sprucetop Baritone
    11. Harmony 1950's Baritone (own)
    12. Kamaka Baritone
    13. Kanile'a Type 2 Baritone
    14. Doug Heilman Black Bear Baritone
    15. Michael McCarten Archtop Baritone Ukulele
    16. Gretsch Baritone
    17. Pono Spruce/Ebony Baritone (own)
    18. Pono Red Cedar/Rosewood Slothead Baritone
    19. Radiotone Archtop Tenor
    20. Harmony Johnny Marvin "Prince of Wales" Airplane Bridge Tenor
    21. DeVine Baritone
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    this is "Kinda" easy.

    If I were only limited to 20. 1st, all my current would go away to start fresh.

    #1) Vintage Martin 5K
    #2) Left open for whatever my "Have to" is at the time.
    #3) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #4) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #5) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #6) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #7) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #8) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #9) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #10) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #11) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #12) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #13) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #14) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #15) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #16) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #17) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #18) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #19) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.
    #20) Don't matter, just a decent uke to pass out to a deserving kid in my area.

    That about sums it up..
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    Default Trades?

    Can I trade ukes for talent?

    I'm feeling 'ukulele rich' at the moment. I need to learn how to play, honestly.
    About the only thing I'm thinking of is a soprano body/concert neck uke. Maybe Mainland will come out with one eventually.
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    Tough. 20 ukes? I have a hard enough time thinking about five or six.

    In general terms:
    1 solid body electric, steel-string tenor
    1 solid-body electric, steel-string baritone
    1 carry-around-the-house and leave-it-anywhere tenor uke. Like a Fluke.
    1 Nice-sounding solid-wood baritone, with pickup
    1 Nice sounding solid-wood tenor, with pickup
    1 all-acoustic lovely sound, solid-wood but not too expensive tenor so I can play it on the front porch with a glass of wine or beer.
    1 all-acoustic lovely sound, solid-wood but not too expensive baritone so I can play it on the front porch with a glass of wine or beer.
    1 banjo uke (scale undecided but either baritone or tenor)
    1 tenor resonator uke

    I'm not a collector of vintage items except more by chance, so owing a fabled Martin of Gibson of Healy & Lyon would be okay, but only if it was a bargain and it was fully playable. Like old motorcycles, they're lovely to look at, but I prefer something more practical. (I hope that, unlike old bikes, bits don't keep falling off them...).

    Throw in a nice battery-powered micro amp, too and maybe a short-scale bass or even an electric upright bass.

    Most of this stuff I already have, so I'm feeling pretty happy with my herd. I'd trade my Risa tenor for their LP model, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ichadwick View Post
    I'm not a collector of vintage items except more by chance, so owing a fabled Martin of Gibson of Healy & Lyon would be okay, but only if it was a bargain and it was fully playable. Like old motorcycles, they're lovely to look at, but I prefer something more practical. (I hope that, unlike old bikes, bits don't keep falling off them...).
    I've pretty much got a rule: I buy vintage whenever possible, *except* for instruments and vehicles! Getting my first new Kamaka was like driving my first new car (after 20+ years of driving vintage American beasts) - absolutely no going back.

    That being said, my list might look something like this:

    1) Kamaka Ohta-san concert
    2) Kamaka longneck concert
    3) Kamaka tenor 4-string
    4) Kamaka tenor 6-string
    5) Kamaka standard pineapple
    6-20) a bunch of Makala Dolphins to hand out to people randomly when they look like they need a reason to smile
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    I am simple.

    1. Simple martin from the 20's
    2. David Gill Concert Pineapple
    3. Goldtone concert banjolele
    4. Polk-a-lele
    5. Ohana Sopranino
    6. The washburn Bell uke that I saw when I toured U.S. Music Corp ( http://ukeeku.com/2009/06/21/my-visit-to-oscar-schmidt/)
    7. Concert Paulele
    8. Kala Soprano travel
    9. Sukies flamingo Morre Bettah
    10. Koa Concert solid body Eleuke
    11. The Alumimium Risa soprano stick (yes it is real, only one made)
    12. Koaloha Tenor Scepter
    13. 1925 Lyon & Healy Monkeypod Camp Uke
    14. pineapple shape Ukulele Built by Tiki King
    15. Concert Surfer Fluke with rosewood fretboard
    16. Lanikai 8-string Tenor
    17. Can-o-lele from Aaron Keim
    18. Black Bear Cigar box
    19. Mendels uke from brad
    20. 1920's HARMONY AERO UKULELE (It looks like a plane, how cool is that?)
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