View Poll Results: Which Magic Fluke Company instruments do you own?

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  • Fluke ukulele

    91 50.84%
  • Flea ukulele

    112 62.57%
  • Firefly banjo ukulele

    42 23.46%
  • Fluke SB solid-body electric ukulele

    4 2.23%
  • Cricket Violin

    3 1.68%
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Thread: The Magic Fluke Company Appreciation thread

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    [DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with or compensated by this company in any way, just a very VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!]



    Who loves their instrument(s) from The Magic Fluke Company?



    I'm talking about the Fluke, Flea, Firefly, Fluke SB ukuleles and the NEW Cricket Violin...and the Timber Bass


    I have been a multi-instrumental musician for 35 years and I am (or was prior to discovering the ukulele) primarily a guitarist, and I discovered the ukulele in December of 2012, and have owned, and still own some very high end instruments.

    The quality of these instruments from The Magic Fluke company are simply some of the highest level I have ever seen, used, or owned. These folks take pride in their work and their acute attention to the details are easy to see.

    I LOVE these ukuleles! I have a basic lava (black) concert Flea with the plastic (polycarbonate) fretboard and original friction tuners (soon to be replaced with the Gotoh UPT-L planetary geared tuners), and the top-of-the-line Koa tenor Fluke with rosewood fretboard, and pegheds tuners....both have Worth Browns mediums, high-g on the concert and low-g on the tenor. BM and BM-LG.

    These are my best sounding, playing, feeling, LOOKING and intonating ukuleles, and at the moment my UAS is cured, and soon I might sell off all previous acquisitions in order to fund the purchase of more products from this company...

    My concert Flea and tenor Fluke are my most prized and precious ukuleles of the 6 that I currently own, and while some may prefer to spend $1,000-$5,000 on a custom instrument from all the favorite names so frequently discussed here on UU, unless it has BETTER intonation than a Flea or Fluke, I'm simply not interested.

    Unless the instrument is both manufactured and assembled in the USA, I'm also not interested. (I have nothing specifically against instruments made elsewhere, but I'd like to try and invest my money 'locally' if possible)

    Instruments made by The Magic Fluke company are also affordable to the average joe, and by the reputation of The Magic Fluke company with their ukuleles, and my own personal hands-on experience (which is confirmed by at least a couple hundred other UU members) with the high quality, playability and tone, I can confidently say that you are getting a very good value for the money.

    So, my fellow Ukulele Undergound members, please tell me:
    1) What you got?

    2) Why did you buy it?

    3) Tell me what you like about it, and what you hate about it?

    4) Tell me if you plan to buy another and why?

    5) If it got stolen, lost or damaged would you replace it immediately?


    Bonus points if you share pictures of your instrument(s)!

    Be sure to mark your entries on the poll at the top of this thread!

    (as per suggestion from eugene ukulele (Jon) below, and since I can not edit the poll [don't know how] this thread and poll is for both past and present owners to participate, so if you do not own a Magic Fluke company instrument right now, but have had one in the past, please consider yourself included by default, and please add your voice to the discussion here)

    Also, don't miss the NAMM 2014 video with Aldrine, down below in post #11.

    Please share and discuss below...

    -Booli

    [The following content was added on 8-3-2016]
    Since creating this initial thread, here are a few of the following discussions where I have participated with my own recommendations, photos and links to the solutions that I currently use.


    1. Pure Blasphemy! Geared Tuners-Fluke & Flea-installed-photos & explanations
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...p-explanations

    2. Flea Question: difference between the standard Flea and the designer Flea?
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...-Flea-Question

    3. Solution for frets and neck same color on plastic fretboard
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...72#post1820972

    4. Fitting a strap to a Fluke
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...rap-to-a-Fluke

    5. and
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...46#post1820246

    6. Fluke strings discussion
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...hanged-strings

    [The following content was added on 8-22-2016]


    Above is directly from the Magic Fluke Company web site: http://www.magicfluke.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1830

    [The following content was added on 7-2-2017 (moved the info below from another post to here)]

    As they say, 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so here are two, recently taken, an 'MFC Family Photo'


    Rear, from left: Lava concert Flea, Koa tenor Fluke, Hibiscus Red tenor Flea, Lava concert Fluke, Mango tenor Fluke.
    Front, from left: Cricket violin with bow, Walnut tenor Flea with birch rosette
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    Back, from left: Koa tenor Fluke, Lava concert Fluke, Mango tenor Fluke
    Middle, from left: Walnut/birch tenor Flea, Hibiscus Red tenor Flea, Lava concert Flea
    Front: Cricket violin with bow
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    I just got the Cricket violin on Saturday as part of a trade, so I cannot play it yet, but I have been preparing for this for a few months with a soprano using the Aquila 30U GDAE fifths-tuning strings on this soprano. A soprano uke is the same scale length as a standard 4/4 size violin. Violin is tuned GDAE in fifths tuning.

    My first ever instrument was violin in 3rd grade, but I have not played one since (like 40 yrs) so this is like coming full circle.

    - The Koa Fluke, Mango Fluke and Walnut Flea, all tenor scale, all have wooden fretboard.

    - The Koa Fluke has PegHeds, the Mango Fluke has Gotoh UPT-L which I customized with the Carmelite colored tuner knobs, and installed the Gotoh myself.

    - The Walnut tenor Flea, and Red tenor Flea both have open geared tuners also which I installed myself.

    - The Lava concert Fluke also has Gotoh UPT-L tuners.
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    One might ask, why so many, aren't they all the same?, and simply the answer is NO.

    The only way that they are the same is in how easy they are to play, the great tone, the excellent consistent build quality and best intonation of any uke I've touched so far.

    Magic Fluke Company ROCKS!

    Also a few of them are tuned a little differently, and because of that and the varying shape and scale lengths each MFC uke has a different purpose in my music-making toolbox.

    - Koa Fluke is E-A-C#-F# re-entrant with Martin M620 strings (one whole-step [2 semitones] higher than DGBE baritone), and this is the uke I sing with since A6 tuning fits my vocal range easily.

    - Mango Fluke is CGDA fifths tuning like mandola, viola or tenor guitar with Aquila 31U fifths-tuning string set. Sounds great in this tuning. Very full and rich tone.

    - Lava Fluke is GCEA re-entrant with the new CarbonBlack strings from Aquila that I am testing and a video is coming in a few days once I get my technical issues resolved.

    - Walnut tenor Flea has D'Addario T2 Titanium nylon in GCEA re-entrant (this one has actually just been sold)

    - Hibiscus Red tenor Flea has Oasis Warm in GCEA re-entrant (this one is for sale and will be listed in The Marketplace in a few days)

    - Lava concert Flea has Worth CM in GCEA re-entrant

    - The Cricket violin also has the B-Band pickup installed and D'Addario violin strings (don't remember which ones they are called).

    I have other ukes, but these get the most play time, and most of the others are soon to be listed for sale as I am downsizing now and hedging towards minimalism.

    If I want a linear tuning, my Lanikai LU-21B gets more play than any other bari, and if I want a guitar my Cordoba Mini SM-CE is the one I reach for and is in Terz tuning.

    Yes, I have bought all of these with my own money and am in no way compensated by MFC. I am just a huge fan of their well-made products, how they run their business, and the people all involved that work there.

    So please relinquish any thoughts of my being a shill, as this is simply not true.

    Last edited by Booli; 07-02-2017 at 10:14 PM. Reason: [EDIT on 7-2-2017]

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    Absolutely, Booli

    It's because of my past great experiences with the 4 Magic Fluke instruments that I have owned (gifted one to my niece) that I made the plunge after 37 years and am now back to playing violin... Thanks to The Cricket!


    in fact if you search some of my posts you'll see my indepth review do the cricket violin...

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...onal-Review%85


    You'll also see mr bojangles instrumental on my prized flea with rosewood fretboard and of course pegheds.... I picket it out as the best choice for my video, yes even over my KoAlohas and the lovely Mya-moe
    Why? Because the sound is nice and clear, it plays like butter, intonation is perfect even to the highest note at the end. And note, I was able to play this with no strap, it feels fine right in my arms.

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    The Journey is the reward...

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    Me me! What a timely thread. I just sent them a note of appreciation for the job they did on my special ordered Fluke. It came back everything I was hoping it would be. I just heard back from them a couple of hours ago thanking me for the appreciation. They rock.

    (lava black tenor Fluke with rosewood frets, low g tuning)

    (concert fret Fluke in plastic)

    Not much to dislike but I wish I could see the frets on the plastic fretboard. I would replace them in a second if lost or damaged. I may spring for a wood fretboard to replace the plastic one as I find the low action kind of difficult when barring chords. But it sure plays easy.
    Last edited by Icelander53; 03-04-2014 at 01:15 PM.

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    Just thinking Booli, it may have been helpful to have another option in your poll for those members to participate who don't own one of these instruments. I've owned a couple of fleas and a fluke in the past and enjoyed each one very much.

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    I have another comment on the Magic Fluke Co. It's really pleasing to me, being older to see something of good quality at a reasonable price made in my country by my countrymen. I think we can be proud (without being unnecessarily patriotic) about that. It seems such a rare thing now. When I was a young man it was a different game altogether and I miss finding quality products I can afford being made here by skilled craftsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugene ukulele View Post
    Just thinking Booli, it may have been helpful to have another option in your poll for those members to participate who don't own one of these instruments. I've owned a couple of fleas and a fluke in the past and enjoyed each one very much.
    Jon, that's a great idea, and I'm sorry for not thinking of it. This is the first poll I've ever created and I do not see a way to edit the poll or add a second poll to this thread, is there a way to do either?

    Please advise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    Jon, that's a great idea, and I'm sorry for not thinking of it. This is the first poll I've ever created and I do not see a way to edit the poll or add a second poll to this thread, is there a way to do either?

    Please advise...
    Na, no biggies mate, you'd have to do a start a separate thread with a new set of options. It was just a thought "out loud" maybe for next time. Poll is col as-is.

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    I'm cheating here but these were two of the lovelies I used to own...
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    I confess to being intrigued by them, but they seem pricey for a plastic and laminate uke--and the fact you have to pay an additional premium for a wood fret board. Do most people pony up for the wooden fret board, or are folks content with the plastic one?
    Mahogany Cordoba Tenor
    Mahogany Mainland Baritone
    Spruce Top Lanikai Tenor
    Red Manchurian Ash Fish Ukulele Concert
    Magenta Laminate Kala Concert
    Ca. 1930s Montgomery Ward Soprano
    Black Outdoor Ukulele Soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugene ukulele View Post
    Na, no biggies mate, you'd have to do a start a separate thread with a new set of options. It was just a thought "out loud" maybe for next time. Poll is col as-is.
    I just now have edited the top post to include everyone, as it should have been in the first place (sorry), and also added some personal information to qualify my experience and perceptions of these instruments.

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