It feels good to read your stories, looks like I am not alone.
Now, here is mine: I have eyed the Anuenue Cedar Bird for quite a while (also the cedar topped Lightbird too). Initially they were only made in a very small batch that I missed, and those sold rarely ever passed their owners on the used market, at least without the price and hassle of overseas shipping. I always watch TUS / HMS's brilliant stuff on youtube (always a highlight) so eventually I heard about new Cedar Birds being made and subsequently offered exclusively. Well, needless to say this had my head spinning. Thing is, TUS is great and if I was in the US I would not thought twice about buying it. But being in europe, with import tax, shipping, additional export cost for the shell inlays and conversion rates this would have been much more expensive.
So, a couple of weeks later the exclusive deal was apparently over as Anuenue sent one single Cedar Bird to SUS. Alex himself said he did not expect them to ever get hands on. I don't remember if it was Youtube or Instagram, but I saw it literally a couple of minutes after they put it on their site. Knowing how rare these are and how soon this one would sell, I was excited to say the least.
But, to counteract my UAS (it's not that I am not aware... 😅), I thought, no impulse purchases. I do not need another uke, I am lucky to own luthier made, K-brand and other excellent ukes. So, take the dog out for a quick walk and grab some fresh air, at least this just went online so I would have a few minutes. Needles to say, it was sold when I came back and left my frustrated that I didn't buy it right away.
So, time goes on and my mind still longing for that Anuenue. I love my AMM3e but I really wanted to try one of their Mitsuda designs with the "mount fuji" X bracing. I already own 3 great sounding and playing spruce topped tenors, one with rosewood back and sides, so no Moonbird. The Lion sounds gorgeous, but the looks are not my thing. Then I saw this UT-3K with crazy curly koa at SUS: https://www.southernukulelestore.co...grade-koa-bird-series-tenor-ukulele-w-case-1/
. I went for it, knowing what Brittni Paiva does with this uke. Super happy and no regrets at all.
Fast forward about two weeks, I saw SUS got two more Cedar Birds in. This time I acted immediately. 😅 Amazing ukes, both in their own right, and so different in sound too.
But yeah, completely irrational for me. I wouldn't have bought both otherwise, certainly not both within a single month!