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Thread: Magic Fluke Firefly tenor vs Beansprout tenor

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    Question Magic Fluke Firefly tenor vs Beansprout tenor

    Advice needed from those who might have played both.
    The brand new high end firefly tenor is around 450-500 and I could score a 2nd hand beansprout between 1000-1200.

    I am learning the ukulele but have been on the fence for a Banjo.

    Which do you think is a worth the price? Maybe a 3rd option.

    I love sustain and some highend Banjos that I played with just blew me away (but I am not ready for those and banjolele is what I want).

    Sound quality is the most important for me, I love listening to each note and the sound of different strokes and songs.

    Comments?

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    You can buy both and play them side by side, see which one you like and sell the other one off?
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    Southern Cross by UU member Dennis O'Neal is a third option. Also Waverly Street but he only goes to concert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    You can buy both and play them side by side, see which one you like and sell the other one off?
    The risk is that I might keep both ;-)
    On a more serious note, I don't see as many second hand tenor fireflys and don't want to pay depreciation on a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    The risk is that I might keep both ;-)
    On a more serious note, I don't see as many second hand tenor fireflys and don't want to pay depreciation on a new one.
    They aren't very common on the second hand market for sure.
    It makes me think that most owners keep them.
    I'm buying a used one tomorrow, if all goes well.

    About owning/or keeping two- it might not be a bad idea.
    If I had a Bean sprout banjolele it would live in the case and never leave the house.
    My Fluke lives on the wall and goes every where. Just a thought. Good luck, which ever way you go.
    Last edited by maki66; 03-10-2018 at 04:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    They aren't very common on the second hand market for sure.
    It makes me think that most owners keep them.
    I'm buying a used one tomorrow, if all goes well.

    About owning/or keeping two- it might not be a bad idea.
    If I had a Bean sprout banjolele it would live in the case and never leave the house.
    My Fluke lives on the wall and goes every where. Just a thought. Good luck, which ever way you go.
    I got a MM Beansprout after some digging on craigslist and it is on it's way.. really excited.
    I have tried the firefly at the local store, will try the beansprout in about a weeks time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    A good move. The firefly is a good instrument, but you can buy one anytime as they are likely to be in production for a while longer. The beansprout is not a production uke, you only get so many chances to buy one. But I suspect, you want ever need another BU after the Beansprout arrives.
    Congratulations!
    I expect you're going to be very happy with you Beansprout.
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    Have you considered the Gold Tone DLX - with resonator, or the Duke 10 - without resonator? Both are in the $400 - $500 range and very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Have you considered the Gold Tone DLX - with resonator, or the Duke 10 - without resonator? Both are in the $400 - $500 range and very nice.
    What I would like is a cello banjo.. those sound heavenly!

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    There's nice Deering in the marketplace forum right now. I'd get that.
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