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thaidye39
12-19-2016, 02:04 PM
Hiya - I'd like to purchase one of the original fluke tenor gig bags with the drawstring top.

Shipping would be to Philadelphia, PA.

Thanks :)

Booli
12-19-2016, 08:24 PM
Hiya - I'd like to purchase one of the original fluke tenor gig bags with the drawstring top.

Shipping would be to Philadelphia, PA.

Thanks :)

Magic Fluke is selling them again for $35, in denim, see here:

http://www.magicfluke.com/product-p/gigbagdenim.htm

http://www.magicfluke.com/v/vspfiles/photos/GigbagDenim-2T.jpg


http://www.magicfluke.com/v/vspfiles/photos/GigbagDenim-6T.jpg

IMHO: Vintage cordura-nylon versions of this gig bag likely will cost more.

thaidye39
12-20-2016, 01:14 AM
I saw these, but they don't seem to have any of the padding around the sound board. It looks like a very flimsy cloth to me. Do you have experience with the new bags Booli?

Booli
12-20-2016, 06:37 AM
I saw these, but they don't seem to have any of the padding around the sound board. It looks like a very flimsy cloth to me. Do you have experience with the new bags Booli?

I never tried one. They only started selling them at end of Nov. 2016.

I have one of the original Fluke bags, as well as one of the TKL triangular padded bags, and while the Fluke/Flea is robust, the bags DO NOT impress me at all. To little padding, i.e. too thin and more like a rain cover than anything else, but I am paranoid about cases.

Even so, a nice step up without all the weight of a hard foam case might be one of the Lanikai 'HARD BAGS'. I have one that I keep a baritone in.

They have a nice rigid internal layer, and all layers have 25mm SOFT foam (if the Fluke original case even has 5mm padding I'd be surprised), the whole thing is like felt lined and you can move the supports around like with a Fusion bag. Has backpack straps that can hide away too and a very sturdy handle. I've only seen the 'floral' and 'tribal' colors/patterns.

I've seen the Lanikai hard bags for tenors sell for $40-60 depending upon vendor...

http://lanikaiukuleles.com/product/lanikai-sidekick-printed-ukulele-hard-bag/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R8KB52

If you still want an original MFC bag, I'd recommend adding some padding, and the TKL bag is weak for the money when you can get a tenor-sized Uke Crazy style canvas-covered hard foam case from $30-50 depending upon vendor. Yes a Fluke and Flea will in fact fit inside one of these cases (Uke Crazy style canvas-covered hard foam case). I've done it and have several of each set up this way.

I have bough several from Empire Music in Canada, shipped to NJ, and they are about the same as the Lanikai, Musicians Gear or even the KALA, likely made in the same Asian factory...

These are $30 + $5 shipping...

http://empiremusic.net/index.php?route=product/product&path=26_342&product_id=1894


These cases are all lighter weight than a canvas or tolex covered hard plywood case, but the Lanikai Hard Bag feels less bulky because it is not as rigid as the canvas-covered foam case.

Please let me know if any of this is helpful to you and if not I will do my best. :)

rubykey
12-20-2016, 07:11 AM
PM sent. I have an original fluke bag that I don't use. 26 inches in length. I think body size of concert and tenor is the same but I'm sure somebody here knows that answer for sure

thaidye39
12-22-2016, 11:20 AM
I never tried one. They only started selling them at end of Nov. 2016.

I have one of the original Fluke bags, as well as one of the TKL triangular padded bags, and while the Fluke/Flea is robust, the bags DO NOT impress me at all. To little padding, i.e. too thin and more like a rain cover than anything else, but I am paranoid about cases.

Even so, a nice step up without all the weight of a hard foam case might be one of the Lanikai 'HARD BAGS'. I have one that I keep a baritone in.

They have a nice rigid internal layer, and all layers have 25mm SOFT foam (if the Fluke original case even has 5mm padding I'd be surprised), the whole thing is like felt lined and you can move the supports around like with a Fusion bag. Has backpack straps that can hide away too and a very sturdy handle. I've only seen the 'floral' and 'tribal' colors/patterns.

I've seen the Lanikai hard bags for tenors sell for $40-60 depending upon vendor...

http://lanikaiukuleles.com/product/lanikai-sidekick-printed-ukulele-hard-bag/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R8KB52

If you still want an original MFC bag, I'd recommend adding some padding, and the TKL bag is weak for the money when you can get a tenor-sized Uke Crazy style canvas-covered hard foam case from $30-50 depending upon vendor. Yes a Fluke and Flea will in fact fit inside one of these cases (Uke Crazy style canvas-covered hard foam case). I've done it and have several of each set up this way.

I have bough several from Empire Music in Canada, shipped to NJ, and they are about the same as the Lanikai, Musicians Gear or even the KALA, likely made in the same Asian factory...

These are $30 + $5 shipping...

http://empiremusic.net/index.php?route=product/product&path=26_342&product_id=1894


These cases are all lighter weight than a canvas or tolex covered hard plywood case, but the Lanikai Hard Bag feels less bulky because it is not as rigid as the canvas-covered foam case.

Please let me know if any of this is helpful to you and if not I will do my best. :)

Wow, thank you very much for your wealth of knowledge!

I currently play with Oasis Warm Low (wound) G strings -- do you have a string recommendation for these ukes as well?

Booli
12-22-2016, 01:01 PM
Wow, thank you very much for your wealth of knowledge!

Any time - glad to help :)


I currently play with Oasis Warm Low (wound) G strings -- do you have a string recommendation for these ukes as well?

I'd need to know more about your playing style, music choices, tension preferences, tone preferences and then MAYBE could offer some strings to try based upon my own extensive testing of over 100 different sets of strings in the past 3 yrs, but keep in mind that string choice is VERY subjective and my own conclusions will only be generally applicable, and you will still likely need to experiment some on your own...

Also, you might find some useful info here in the mega-thread with 147 posts, or in one of the posts linked from this thread...

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?93637-The-Magic-Fluke-Company-Appreciation-thread

Right now I have Worth BMs on my concert Fluke in GCEA tuning, Martin M620 on my tenor Fluke in E-A-C#-F# (minor 3rd down from standard i.e., A6 which is better for my vocal range), D'Addario Nyltech concert in GCEA on my concert Flea, Oasis bright high-G on my hibiscus tenor Flea in (F-Bb-D-G) Bb tuning, and D'Addario T2 Titanium nylon on my walnut Flea with birch rosette in GCEA tuning...

Why so MANY of seemingly the SAME uke?

#1 is consistent build quality

#2 is near perfect intonation, regardless of strings used - I am mental about intonation and cannot play if the intonation is out as it's like fingernails on a chalkboard

#3 is because with different strings, each has a different sound, tone, play-feel and amount of sustain, as well as different levels of 'punch' or 'sweetness' to the tone, and also different levels of dynamic range, and different amounts of 'percussive' sound. Lots of the music I've written is inspired by Flamenco, and other music I've written is Campanella, so each uke has a specific role in serving a different sound or playing profile.