View Poll Results: How many ukes is reasonable number to own?

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  • 1-2

    11 6.71%
  • 3-5

    54 32.93%
  • 6-10

    38 23.17%
  • 11-15

    5 3.05%
  • 16-20

    6 3.66%
  • As many as you can afford without going into debt

    50 30.49%
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Thread: Seriously, how many ukes are too many

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    Question Seriously, how many ukes are too many

    All this talk about UAS has led me to wonder- seriously, how many ukes is "too many"?

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    CJ for what ever reason..i like 10..but number 11 has to be super special..or when I get that 11th one I give one of the first 10 to someone..10 sounds like a good number for me..

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    It is heavily individual, but for me I think 3-5 is a good number. I'd be happy with just one, but that is somehow difficult to achieve. I prefer to live "lightly" without too much clutter and "stuff", but I also can see why people have or want 10+, especially if they have room and the financial means.

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    I think it's reasonable to own one Uke for each tuning. So:

    Re-entrant
    Low G
    slightly sharp
    slightly flat
    a bit sharper
    a bit flatter
    quite sharp
    quite flat
    even sharper
    even flatter
    really sharp
    really flat
    really really sharp
    really really flat
    oh, that's nearly in tune
    oh, it's gone out of tune again
    3-string Ukulele (that's the one with the 2 day old Aquila Red)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Kahuna View Post
    I think it's reasonable to own one Uke for each tuning. So:

    Re-entrant
    Low G
    slightly sharp
    slightly flat
    a bit sharper
    a bit flatter
    quite sharp
    quite flat
    even sharper
    even flatter
    really sharp
    really flat
    really really sharp
    really really flat
    oh, that's nearly in tune
    oh, it's gone out of tune again
    3-string Ukulele (that's the one with the 2 day old Aquila Red)
    So your answer is 17?

    I seriously wonder how many is too many. Shouldn't a serious uke player have at least one in every scale? What about woods? The numbers can go up fast. When should one thin the herd, so to speak?

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    I say pick a number and try to stick to it..my 10 or whatever ukuleles for the rest of my life..when played golf I used to buy clubs like crazy,then I finally told myself it was not the clubs in my hand..it was the guy holding the clubs that was not too good haha

    CJ my 2 cents
    to be honest kind of hard to predict what I might do LOL

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    Most of you wont agree, because I know some of you guys have dozens, but anything above 10 in my mind is crazy lol.
    Just Feel The Groooooove

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    The perfect number to own is one more than you have currently.
    Last edited by tigersister; 03-25-2013 at 09:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigeralum2001 View Post
    Shouldn't a serious uke player have at least one in every scale? What about woods? The numbers can go up fast.
    Jake just uses his custom for all performances, it seems, and focusing on one or a few ukes probably makes you more intimately familiar with them. Part of why I keep looking at different ukuleles is because I don't really know exactly what I want, and maybe there is some subconscious belief that a better instrument makes one a better player, too. Who knows if the next uke isn't perhaps THE perfect one?

    Plus, buying new stuff is fun. It's a bit like self-induced Christmas!

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    My plan - not necessarily the same as my reality - is that I will keep one of each size uke in low G and one in high G. Not counting sopranos since I don't really play those anyway.

    Ideal - 6
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    Concert high g
    Concert low g
    Tenor high g
    Tenor low g
    Bari high d
    Bari low d

    Reality - 8
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    Anakoneke Custom Cat Koa Concert - high G
    Black Bear All Spruce Concert - low G
    Collings UC2 Doghair Mahogany Concert - high G
    Collings UT2 Spalted Pecan Tenor - low G
    Moore Bettah Tenor Koa *angels sing* - high G
    Pohaku Art Deco Concert - high G
    Pohaku Spruce/Maple Concert -high G
    Pohaku Koa Baritone - standard Bari DGBE

    Also, my reality number does not include the three vintage ukes I have adorning on the walls of my vintage house.

    Just counting players it looks like I have 3 "extra" concerts that I can't bear to sell, offset by being one bari short (don't really need a re-entrant Bari right now.) Just 2 over ideal! Down from the 8-10 over ideal I had at one time. Yay me!

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