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Piecomics
02-18-2018, 11:18 AM
Hi all, my main ukulele is still my godin, but I have messed around with just about everything... I love playing a banjo, but do not care for the scale. Last year I heard about the beansprout https://www.thebeansprout.com/instrument-models/ which sounded perfect for me, but the price just didn't work.

Gold tone makes a very short scale "pony" banjo, but the reviews are pretty poor. I kind of gave up on the instrument until I saw a mini banjo in a photo someone took at NAMM, from the Magic Fluke company. I'm a big fan of theirs, my wife plays a cricket and I have had both a fluke and a flea in the past.

I contacted them, and for I think a very reasonable price I placed my order. For banjo players, it is in A tuning, though I have asked the, to try minstrel nylgut strings which should theoretically drop the tuning to g.

Not really a uke anymore but somehow it being made by a company most associated with the ukulele makes me happy. I should have it in less than a month!
http://www.magicfluke.com/Magic-Fluke-Firefly-5-string-Banjo-p/firefly5.htm

jackj
02-18-2018, 01:18 PM
Very cool. I've also been looking for a short scale 5 string. I listen with lust to all the new Beansprouts when Aaron posts them to YouTube, but no way can I afford one. Looking forward to a review of this new Magic Fluke.

Jim Hanks
02-18-2018, 01:31 PM
Huh, I missed tell of that one. Very interesting! Looking forward to the review. With 19" scale you should be able to get to gDGbd tuning pretty easily with the right strings.

Jim Hanks
02-18-2018, 04:25 PM
I can't find any info on this one other than the MF page. No playing demos or reviews yet that I can find. The pic on the site looks like it doesn't have the zero fret design like the other MF instruments. I wonder why that is?

igorthebarbarian
02-18-2018, 07:42 PM
I know nothing of banjos but I do love the sounds of banjo ukes (and I own two). They're awesome. I wonder if I should try this out - although I'd need to re-learn everything

Joe King
02-19-2018, 05:01 AM
For something different, and with a wooden body instead of j-hooks and a skin banjo head, a Terry Mead Banjo Uke might be worth a look.

I think he also makes custom 4 or 5 string banjos as well. See http://tmeadbanjos.com/

Also, there was one for sale here a while back, maybe worth looking at for the photos -

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?124050-Terry-Mead-Banjo-Uke

EWeiss
02-19-2018, 09:38 AM
So far I've only found a clip from NAMM on the Magic Fluke facebook page. They just announced it.
https://www.facebook.com/magicfluke/videos/923306234494935/?hc_ref=ARQ2BNMoUE1Lpv46a4AHhs2Lsh_njedAH_ocmhGL9T XjAaX1RFANjqSukuZzuiwojaU&fref=nf

PTOEguy
02-19-2018, 09:52 AM
I know nothing of banjos but I do love the sounds of banjo ukes (and I own two). They're awesome. I wonder if I should try this out - although I'd need to re-learn everything

Depends on how much you like fingerstyle - I found my experience with finger picking translated well to banjo, but the chords were definitely different.

SailingUke
02-19-2018, 11:02 AM
For something different, and with a wooden body instead of j-hooks and a skin banjo head, a Terry Mead Banjo Uke might be worth a look.

I think he also makes custom 4 or 5 string banjos as well. See http://tmeadbanjos.com/

Also, there was one for sale here a while back, maybe worth looking at for the photos -

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?124050-Terry-Mead-Banjo-Uke

Still available for sale.

RichM
02-19-2018, 11:23 AM
For something different, and with a wooden body instead of j-hooks and a skin banjo head, a Terry Mead Banjo Uke might be worth a look.

I think he also makes custom 4 or 5 string banjos as well. See http://tmeadbanjos.com/

Also, there was one for sale here a while back, maybe worth looking at for the photos -

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?124050-Terry-Mead-Banjo-Uke


I used to have a Terry Mead short-scale 5-string. Beautiful instrument and a joy to play.

Piecomics
02-19-2018, 01:46 PM
I will record some sound if I can figure out how once I get it.