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thejumpingflea
01-28-2010, 01:07 PM
I just got a new uke in the mail . . .

See mini review here! (http://www.thejumpingflea.net/The_Jumping_Flea/Uke_Reviews/Pages/Mid-East_Baroq-ulele.html)

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/DSC_0006.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/DSC_0007.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/DSC_0008-1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/DSC_0013.jpg


Video to come this weekend....

bt93
01-28-2010, 01:08 PM
sweet!!!!!!!!

Plainsong
01-28-2010, 01:20 PM
That looks loverly. Where does one find such a pretty instrument?

thejumpingflea
01-28-2010, 01:22 PM
www.mid-east.com

http://www.mid-east.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=UBCVP&eq=&Tp=

Absolutely beautiful instrument. If you are not familiar with these style tuning pegs I STRONGLY recommend you get the standard ukulele tuners.

itsme
01-28-2010, 01:36 PM
Wow, that's gorgeous! What scale and what woods?

Did you say you wouldn't recommend it for a strummer because of the delicacy of the sound hole?

Really looking forward to seeing your vids with it. :)

haole
01-28-2010, 01:36 PM
Does this mean you're sick of the Moore Bettah? ;)

Pretty neat! Can't wait to hear what it sounds like.

Matt Clara
01-28-2010, 01:46 PM
Looks like we all clicked at the same time and brought the mid-east site down...
Very sweet looking uke, btw.

thejumpingflea
01-28-2010, 02:07 PM
Wow, that's gorgeous! What scale and what woods?

Did you say you wouldn't recommend it for a strummer because of the delicacy of the sound hole?

Really looking forward to seeing your vids with it. :)

More because of the sound. It is a very lute like sound and really sounds muffled and dull strummed compared to finger picked. I can honestly say I prefer the sound of this uke to any other when playing classical fingerstyle, but for the money a Flea or Fluke would be much better for strumming. That is one of the greatest things about it, it has a truly unique niche.


Does this mean you're sick of the Moore Bettah?

Not even a little bit. ;)

bbycrts
01-28-2010, 02:12 PM
Oh, wow - how will you ever keep that sound hole intact! It is beautiful - but looks so fragile! But what a stunning instrument - have fun with it; can't wait to see the vid!

itsme
01-28-2010, 02:23 PM
More because of the sound. It is a very lute like sound and really sounds muffled and dull strummed compared to finger picked. I can honestly say I prefer the sound of this uke to any other when playing classical fingerstyle, but for the money a Flea or Fluke would be much better for strumming. That is one of the greatest things about it, it has a truly unique niche.
As a fingerpicking classical player, all I can say is I want! :drool:

jerickson
01-28-2010, 02:34 PM
Really looking forward to the video!!!

Ahnko Honu
01-28-2010, 05:05 PM
Almost looks like a pineapple! I likey.

Ahnko Honu
01-28-2010, 05:14 PM
According to website made in Pakistan and lists for $329.00 for a concert size (sopranos start at $319.00). Sounds like a deal to me. Almost a pineapple.

They also make a Balalaika 'Ukulele for $269.00! Funky cool, I likey this one too.
http://www.mid-east.com/mmMEM/Images/uktvg.jpg

fizgig
01-28-2010, 05:35 PM
I can't wait for your video review. I'm primarily a classical guitarist and really enjoy the lute like sound of my tenor ukulele. I've been looking for a lute style ukulele but I didn't think one could be found at such a price.

NatalieS
01-28-2010, 06:25 PM
That is really very beautiful. I can't wait to see a video!

Gcow55
01-28-2010, 08:08 PM
What a beautiful instrument. I've been waiting to see one up close and personal. It is just stunning. Please do a video review.

Plainsong
01-28-2010, 10:03 PM
Yeah that really is lovely. I like the idea of making ukes in the shapes of other traditional instruments. I mean, why not? :)

Hastour
01-28-2010, 10:12 PM
Wonderful. I wish I knew how to do proper fingerpicking :)

AzMichael
01-29-2010, 05:49 AM
Beautiful instrument! I'm looking forward to hearing it as well.

I'm new around here, so I'm not sure if you're familiar with him, but Rob MacKillop is a brilliant baroque player...ukulele, guitar, lute, he even plays a mean classical banjo! He can be found at:

http://www.baroqueuke.co.uk/

or

http://www.fingerstyleuke.com/

And I know he's got vid's on YouTube, but I can't get to those from work. :( (My fav is "Hawaiian Landscape With Rain"!)

~Michael

bunnyflower
01-29-2010, 05:54 AM
Oh my goodness. That's gorgeous. I have been considering different ways to incorporate ukulele in renaissance music (which I like to sing a lot). This looks just about perfecto. I am very much anticipating your video!

hoosierhiver
01-29-2010, 06:00 AM
I had a chance to check these out at NAMM, my main critcism was that because of the round back,they seemed awkard to hold when standing.

thejumpingflea
01-29-2010, 08:58 AM
I had a chance to check these out at NAMM, my main critcism was that because of the round back,they seemed awkard to hold when standing.

Awkrward?

Try nearly impossible without some sort of strap. Definitely a uke to be played seated. ;)

UKISOCIETY
01-29-2010, 10:07 AM
I had a chance to check these out at NAMM, my main critcism was that because of the round back,they seemed awkard to hold when standing.

Most lutenists sit while playing. I've seen paintings of lute players playing while standing, but I don't believe it!
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/h/hals/jester_lute.jpg

thejumpingflea
01-31-2010, 11:03 AM
And now a VIDEO! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvP-8kO6okQ)

Valerie
01-31-2010, 11:14 AM
Oh youtube.... Why do you hate me so?

I can see the video, but NO AUDIO!!!!

thejumpingflea
01-31-2010, 11:17 AM
Weird. It is working for me. I JUST uploaded it though so maybe wait a few.

itsme
01-31-2010, 11:20 AM
Sound works for me.

Wow, just wow! The sound is incredible. Not to mention your playing ain't exactly shabby, either. :cool: I seriously, seriously want one now. :drool:

Valerie
01-31-2010, 11:34 AM
Arg!!! The sound works now... Long enough for me to hear the first second of "Hey, g---" Then it's silence.... But it's not just your video, all youtube vids have zilch for audio for me right now...

Bummer... I was kinda hoping it was a site-wide problem, rather than something on my end of things.

Nuprin
01-31-2010, 02:05 PM
Shouldn't have watched that vid. Now I've got another uke I need to add to my list.

fizgig
01-31-2010, 02:54 PM
They really do have a nice sound to them. It's too bad that the sale price took quite a leap, from $250.00 to $340.00 since they were discontinued.

Valerie
02-01-2010, 01:59 AM
Finally got the sound to work! (arg, computers!!!)

And I love it! Hopefully they are still available in about a year (because as tempting as it may be to use graduation money to buy one.... NO!!! I can't ....)


Patience is a virtue...

The Gunrunner Rimbaud
02-03-2010, 11:25 PM
Wow, that vid was awesome. Truly lute like. Makes me wonder if the balalaika ukulele sounds balalaika-like (say that three times fast). Seriously though, if it does, it goes on the list.

buddhuu
02-04-2010, 12:29 AM
Just WOW.

Santa, if you're reading this...

Zakulele
02-04-2010, 08:37 AM
That a beautiful instrument, but what about SITARLELE?!!!

FromTheWayside
02-04-2010, 09:33 AM
Definitely a looker of an instrument. I got a lot of weird looks as I was "ooh"ing and "aah"ing in class... XD

Tigeralum2001
02-04-2010, 02:04 PM
Thejumpingflea is my hero! He has mad skills and sweet ukes...

ichadwick
05-26-2010, 03:06 AM
Beautiful, beautiful instrument. I am envious. Or maybe that's my UAS kicking up.

Markwell
05-28-2010, 02:15 AM
http://www.mid-east.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=USSNGP&eq=&Tp=
Whoa.
Harrison would be proud.

Tsani
08-27-2010, 04:02 PM
Just got my Baroq-ulele Concert on ebay. I have been longing for one of these beauties for as long as I have known they existed. Seems like a year. Got an amazing deal on a blem on ebay. Some of y'all must have been asleep at the switch. I am going to be biting my nails down to nubs waiting for that gorgeous thing:love: to get here... Actually, I better start growing them out on my right hand for picking.:music:

Chris Tarman
08-27-2010, 04:29 PM
Congratulations, Tsani. Those things are very very cool-looking.

TCK
08-27-2010, 09:43 PM
Friend hit my email with that site this week...love.
Can't wait for the video so I can hear it,
Hopefully you can add some pointers after playing on how to convince my wife we "need" it
Beautiful.

provines
09-14-2010, 05:16 AM
I just purchased a tenor "blemished" one with the traditional lute pegs on Ebay for 209.99 which included shipping. The seller couldn't tell me what the blemish was but promised that it wouldn't affect the uke at all. We'll see.... I'll let you know how it turns out. I know JumpingFlea strongly encouraged the regular uke tuners but it looks so cool with the pegs.

provines
09-17-2010, 07:51 AM
Update. I just received my "blemished" baroq-ulele. The blemish is three spots where it looks like it was handled by someone who had some shelac on their hands. A small half thumbprint on the corner of the uke and a couple of small spots on the fretboard. Unless you were looking, you wouldn't pick them up. No physical damage, dings, scrapes or anything. So, that saved me $50.00. My impression, "what a cool uke!" It sounds like JumpingFlea's in his demo with the exception of my crummy playing. The round back does make it hard to hold standing up. It has a strap button on it and I'm sure that putting a strap on it would help a bunch. But, you can sit and play with it without incident. Mine has the alternating lacewood and rosewood back which is really pretty. For a mass produced uke in Pakastain, I'm impressed. It is really really light. I was surprised how light it is. The soundhole is amazing and isn't as fragile as I thought it'd be. Everyone I show it too wants to put their fingers on the sound hole to see if it is really cut into the soundboard. So, I wouldn't be afraid of buying one of their blemished ukes if you want to save a couple of bucks.

provines
09-17-2010, 09:41 AM
Here's the Flea's lasercut hole:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/DSC_0013.jpg

Here's mine; click on it and it will enlarge:

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Mine is a tenor; the other is a soprano. Interesting that they are different.....