Seems to have grown in popularity last decade or so. I detest it! Sounds like a plinky-plinky toy to me. I have a friend who is a monster guitarist, and he has hardly touched a six-string in the last 9-12 months. He's been buying custom made ukes in the $2k+ range--they all sound like poop to me lol. Anyone a fan? Man, I don't get it.