Keep that thinking up and you will be buying that Pono Master Series uke you are side eyeingLots of valid opinions in this thread. Personally, I'm perfectly fine paying a large sum of money for a fine craft made instrument made by skilled and fairly paid workers. That sounds Aloha to me. Also, how many hours do you spend with your instruments? If you spend a lot of time playing, the cost will seem worth it more likely. If they sit in their case, probably not. The best instrument is the one you want to pick up and play every day.
I spend a lot of time with my instruments, and they mean a lot to me. Like others here, I have come to rely on them for my own mental health. I connect with my emotions more directly through music, and I actually think I can express myself musically better with this instrument than with my voice. What is that worth in dollars? Who knows?
A conversation like this is so subjective but, as someone who has commissioned 3 Barron River Ukes, and never having been disappointed in anyway by any of them, I felt that I had to put my 2 cents in. At the end of the day I would rather have one really good Uke (to my ears and fingers) than 10 of, what I consider, unsatisfying instruments. All market segments are defined by the demographics and perceptions of the primary target audience.I would like to chime in.
I have been buying and selling ukuleles for far too long.
Up until 2023, I had never spent more than $900 for an instrument. Well, that all changed the day I saw a like new Barron River soprano for sale on another forum for $1500.
So, I sold (3) ukes to buy that Barron River. Sold a Pohaku, Kamaka, and a Luna. I had purchased each of them for reasonable prices on the secondary market.
I remember the afternoon I opened up they box in excited anticipation for the dream ukulele, that Barron River.
I couldn’t have been more disappointed. That $1500 dream ukulele wasn’t what I was thinking it would be; it simply didn’t live up to the hype.
I’m hoping to never hop on that kind of hype train again. You don’t need to spend thousands on the dream ukulele. I REALLY miss those three ukes I sold. Hoping, one day, I’ll learn to be content with what I have!!