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jongre
04-26-2008, 09:54 AM
Hey, I recently got my first ukulele, this fluke (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=160) (for only $185 :D), and I love the thing. Except when its out of tune of course. And I won't always have a trusty online tuner at hand, so I was looking into some compact tuners, like the Meisel Clip-On (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=116) , or the IMT-500 (http://ukulelereview.com/2007/12/10/intelli-imt-500-digital-chromatic-tuner-review/).

The thing I like about them is even if I'm in a noisy environment, the vibrations will help me. But since it gets the vibrations through the headstock, and flukes have an unconventional headstock, I'm not sure how they work, and am weary of paying $30 for a paperweight.

Basically, I just want to know if anyone with these kind of tuners knows how compatible they are with flukes. Thanks all.

Renaissance-Man
04-26-2008, 10:14 AM
I use an IMT-900 (basically the same as the 500), and love it.

seeso
04-26-2008, 10:16 AM
I own the Meisel, and I'm really happy with it. I've never used it on a Fluke, though. I wouldn't think you'd have any problems, but don't quote me on that.

Isn't there a music store you can go to that will let you try it out on your Fluke before buying it?

NukeDOC
04-26-2008, 10:26 AM
the IMT500 will work. just clip it anywhere it will clip to on the uke. the vibrations will be trasmitted. ive even clipped it to the tuning knobs. haha. hell, ive even clamped a metal file to the head stock, then stuck the tuner on the metal file and it still worked. and on one of my guitars, it was having trouble sensing the vibes when clipped to the headstock, so i clipped it to the sound hole. i figured the soundboard did the most vibrating. that works just fine too.

brokenwing
04-26-2008, 11:04 AM
the Meisel & Intelli IMT500 are the exact same tuner - just branded with different names. they work great on ukes. sometimes they get a little confused on guitar's low E (not enough tone frequency to sample, I guess) but are unfailingly accurate on my uke. I have 3 since I misplace things.:D

Kaneohe til the end
04-26-2008, 11:31 AM
so i clipped it to the sound hole.

how'd you clip it to the sound hole?

NukeDOC
04-26-2008, 11:54 AM
how'd you clip it to the sound hole?
very carefully? hahaha i dont know how else to explain it. i clip it to the wood of the soundboard from the sound hole. just watch out for the strings.

Kaneohe til the end
04-26-2008, 11:56 AM
yeah cuz i read that looked at my uke and went "it dont look like itll fit

NukeDOC
04-26-2008, 12:05 PM
"and on one of my guitars, it was having trouble sensing the vibes when clipped to the headstock, so i clipped it to the sound hole."

i didnt do it to an uke.

Nurdaben
04-26-2008, 12:09 PM
question because I pressed all the buttons and don't know what it was originally at =)

I have the Chromatic tuner ft-800
At the Top it has A4 and a number under it that can be scrolled from 420-460, I have no idea what the number is for but I know it tunes it different so I need to know what to put it back to so my uke is tuned correctly (gcea)

thanks

Kaneohe til the end
04-26-2008, 12:17 PM
i didnt do it to an uke.

now it makes sense

deach
04-26-2008, 12:40 PM
A couple people in my ukulele group use them with their Flukes/Fleas.

jongre
04-26-2008, 12:41 PM
Thanks guys for all the helpful responses. You put me at ease about buying one.

seeso
04-26-2008, 12:50 PM
question because I pressed all the buttons and don't know what it was originally at =)

I have the Chromatic tuner ft-800
At the Top it has A4 and a number under it that can be scrolled from 420-460, I have no idea what the number is for but I know it tunes it different so I need to know what to put it back to so my uke is tuned correctly (gcea)

thanks
Set it to 440.

14twelve
04-26-2008, 01:13 PM
I have a Flea, which has the same headstock as the Fluke, and I use one of those tuners. It's a different brand - Martinez, but has the same concept and picks up the vibration no problem.:)

brokenwing
04-26-2008, 01:28 PM
standard is 440 (cycles). Unless you're tuning to another instrument's standard (like a woodwind or brass) use 440.

Plainsong
04-26-2008, 02:18 PM
I'll ditto what everyone else here has said. I've used the IMT-500 with a fluke and a flea, no problemo. A=440. :D

degracia
04-26-2008, 04:13 PM
I went to my local music store and the IMT-500 was set to $39.95. Is that normal price b/c on ebay they run for a good 19.99

UkuLeLesReggAe
04-26-2008, 07:35 PM
Hey, I recently got my first ukulele, this fluke (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=160) (for only $185 :D), and I love the thing. Except when its out of tune of course. And I won't always have a trusty online tuner at hand, so I was looking into some compact tuners, like the Meisel Clip-On (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=116) , or the IMT-500 (http://ukulelereview.com/2007/12/10/intelli-imt-500-digital-chromatic-tuner-review/).

The thing I like about them is even if I'm in a noisy environment, the vibrations will help me. But since it gets the vibrations through the headstock, and flukes have an unconventional headstock, I'm not sure how they work, and am weary of paying $30 for a paperweight.

Basically, I just want to know if anyone with these kind of tuners knows how compatible they are with flukes. Thanks all.

how'd you pick it up for only $185?

seeso
04-26-2008, 08:57 PM
I went to my local music store and the IMT-500 was set to $39.95. Is that normal price b/c on ebay they run for a good 19.99

That's retail for you. You'll find anything for less than retail on eBay. If you want it in your hands instantly, you'll have to pay retail.

jongre
04-27-2008, 05:20 AM
how'd you pick it up for only $185?

Got it from a store in NYC called Rudy's. The only ukes they sold were flukes and fleas, but they were really cheap, and all priced the same, so a rosewood fretboard cost the same as a plastic one.

UkuLeLesReggAe
04-27-2008, 04:03 PM
oooooooh for real?? haha they got a website? i would love to pick up a flea ukulele for less than $200

jongre
04-27-2008, 05:06 PM
oooooooh for real?? haha they got a website? i would love to pick up a flea ukulele for less than $200

http://www.rudysmusic.com/

The Fleas they had for about $20 cheaper (I think?), and the $185 was after tax, so it should def be under $200.

UkuLeLesReggAe
04-27-2008, 05:14 PM
i cant seem to find any fleas or fluke ukuleles on that site

Ukeguy510
04-27-2008, 09:28 PM
oooooooh for real?? haha they got a website? i would love to pick up a flea ukulele for less than $200

http://www.elderly.com

They have several for under 200 bucks.

tad
04-27-2008, 09:48 PM
i cant seem to find any fleas or fluke ukuleles on that site

Yeah, it's kinda strangely organized.

Plus, the site is all in Flash, which is an unfortunately common design flaw. It basically means that many disabled people won't be able to use the site.

And you know, there's been a couple of decent blind musicians... it's been known to happen.

It frustrates me when people get suckered in by the... well, the "flash" of Flash, and forget (or don't realize) that they are closing doors to others who may want to use the site, give them money, etc.

UkuLeLesReggAe
04-27-2008, 09:59 PM
http://www.elderly.com

They have several for under 200 bucks.

Thanks for that :D its really good. Im looking at the concert flea ukulele which is $205 but i think its plastic fretboard. so it may cost more + postage.. but it is still A LOT cheaper.

tad you are completly right - a simple website like ukulele underground goes from a site to a world wide thing and its straight forward.

jongre
04-28-2008, 12:24 AM
Yeah, the store isn't really an online store, its more of just a traditional store with a website just as as a supplementary. But I didn't know where you were if you would be able to talk to them and have them ship it to you, or actually go into the store. They only had Fleas and Flukes in the ukulele/banjo/mandolin section, and only two or so on display, so its not like its a big part of the store.

But sorry that it seems its not gonna work out for you.

UkuLeLesReggAe
04-28-2008, 06:35 PM
Yeah, the store isn't really an online store, its more of just a traditional store with a website just as as a supplementary. But I didn't know where you were if you would be able to talk to them and have them ship it to you, or actually go into the store. They only had Fleas and Flukes in the ukulele/banjo/mandolin section, and only two or so on display, so its not like its a big part of the store.

But sorry that it seems its not gonna work out for you.

Your help, help'd ??

wouldn't hurt to try. Sent them an email last night. Find out soon enough