[DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with or compensated by this company in any way, just a very VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!]
I'm talking about the Fluke, Flea, Firefly, Fluke SB ukuleles and the NEW Cricket Violin...
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...
[EDIT 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
2. Flea Question: difference between the standard Flea and the designer Flea?
3. Solution for frets and neck same color on plastic fretboard
4. Fitting a strap to a Fluke
6. Fluke strings discussion
[end of EDIT on 8-3-2016]
info above is directly from the Magic Fluke Company web site: http://www.magicfluke.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1830
[end of edit on 8-22-2016]