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cyber3d
12-18-2017, 09:45 AM
http://wnyt.com/news/the-magic-fluke-ukuleles-massachusetts-berkshire-county/4712460/?cat=10114

igorthebarbarian
12-18-2017, 10:29 AM
Good article. I like that if you email them in the "Contact" page, you generally get a reply from Dale or Phyllis. They are great people, and great pioneers of the ukulele.


http://wnyt.com/news/the-magic-fluke-ukuleles-massachusetts-berkshire-county/4712460/?cat=10114

jer
12-18-2017, 02:21 PM
In my experience, that reply you get from them comes pretty quickly too. I don't currently own any of their instruments, but their customer service is exceptional. My first ukulele was a Fluke, and it was in their early days of making them.


This little section of the article was particularly interesting to me:

"Whatever the reason, ukuleles are no fluke. Sales have rivaled those of guitars in recent years, forcing Dale and Phyllis - now the largest shippers of ukuleles in the United States"

As best I can tell from some quick search of data that first part is actually true based on numbers from 2016. I was skeptical, and had to fact-check. Neat!

I'm not sure exactly what they mean in the last part of that quote. Maybe they mean specifically "largest shippers of Made in the USA ukes"? I could see that for sure. I was thinking of a company like Kala who receives instruments from overseas in the USA, but surely must ship out into the states way more instruments than Magic Fluke.

Nickie
12-18-2017, 05:50 PM
Thanks for posting this. That's pretty cool.

ScooterD35
12-18-2017, 06:45 PM
There are a few very nice news pieces out there about my favorite Ukulele company!



https://youtu.be/VChaSWGoHqU




Scooter

ScooterD35
12-18-2017, 06:47 PM
https://youtu.be/2LcWurtBp2I



Scooter

ScooterD35
12-18-2017, 06:48 PM
https://youtu.be/01YdUH-1KSY



Scooter

ksiegel
12-18-2017, 11:09 PM
http://wnyt.com/news/the-magic-fluke-ukuleles-massachusetts-berkshire-county/4712460/?cat=10114

I was going to post this, since the TV station that aired the story is local to me - just wondered how, being in LA, you saw this piece? Not that I'm complaining about you beating me to it, just curious.


-Kurt

cyber3d
12-19-2017, 08:02 AM
Oh, I just happened upon the article whilst browsing. Now, that I know more about their company I think I'd like to visit them someday and buy a uke there.

ksiegel
12-19-2017, 02:34 PM
Oh, I just happened upon the article whilst browsing. Now, that I know more about their company I think I'd like to visit them someday and buy a uke there.

When they first moved to Sheffield from Connecticut, I was the first customer to come visit- the building wasn't even finished yet.

I bought my Fluke Tenor as a second, off the shelf (after playing it for maybe 90 minutes...) with wooden fretboard, PegHed tuners, and a B&B pickup, along with the old Gator hardshell case, and I ordered a Firefly banjo uke that day after playing two prototypes for about 30 minutes each... (Dale wouldn't let me buy either prototype.) My FireFly is S/N #26, and I am very happy with both instruments.


-Kurt