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SuzukHammer
10-19-2010, 08:47 PM
It has fallen more than 4 times already, tipped over at least a dozen times, hit telephone posts, doors, gates, taxi doors.

I have caught my fingers on the strings and yanked....er, I mean strummed hard and still ..

I can't seem to break my Fluke.

What is wrong with me??:D

Its like they are made out of cockroaches. I can't seem to destroy em.

I have an idea though. When I do finally break one, I'm gonna ask them just to replace the part that is broken.......

That part may be me.

Hippie Dribble
10-19-2010, 09:07 PM
hi suzuk

yeah, the flukes are brilliant aren't they, incredibly sturdy!

I've got an old beach theme one and it's had some punishment too, but very resilient.

Are they well designed and made or is it just a fluke? :)

kissing
10-20-2010, 02:38 AM
Try running over one with a truck. That might work :)

fitncrafty
10-20-2010, 02:49 AM
You make me want one!! UGH!!! I like the poi-ple... Oh wait, I don't like cockroaches.. never mind! but it's a uke....

Gmoney
10-20-2010, 03:38 AM
It has fallen more than 4 times already, tipped over at least a dozen times, hit telephone posts, doors, gates, taxi doors. ... I can't seem to break my Fluke.

What is wrong with me??

I think that it must be sneaking out at night for some late night partying! "What Should We Do with the Drunken Fluke?"

harpdog
10-20-2010, 04:50 AM
I had a Fluke sitting on a table, and when I reached for it my chair slipped. I ended up PUNCHING the thing and it slid and went airborne with lightning speed, striking a guy on the top of his head (he had been bent over tying his shoe). It BOUNCED off his head and hit the floor.

Not a mark...on the fluke, anyway.

haole
10-20-2010, 06:24 AM
I knock my Flea off my desk maybe once a week. The scariest part is that it's still usually in tune after all the trauma it endures. :O

cletus
10-20-2010, 06:52 AM
I believe the Fluke has been touted as "able to kill zombies and then play them a song"?

haolejohn
10-20-2010, 10:15 AM
They're plastic. Hard plastic. Hard overpriced plastic.

JT_Ukes
10-20-2010, 10:23 AM
They're plastic. Hard plastic. Hard overpriced plastic.

i disagree with the overpriced part...

Cool looking, perfect intonation, indestructable, and stands up on it's own...
Sure you can buy a perfectly good uke for less. But I dare you to find a Uke in that range youcan buy sight unseen, and be sure you get a winner. They are that consistant. (some say that is a negative. i.e. "They all sound the same.")

And if they can sell em at what they do, more power to em.

You rarely find someone who has buyers remorse from a flea or fluke.

:)

JT

Chap
10-20-2010, 10:24 AM
Well, I can't help but feel that they seem to be about twice the price they should be.

But I guess, if they're selling 'em, then the price must be right.

JT_Ukes
10-20-2010, 10:27 AM
OH! I forgot..


MADE IN THE USA!!!!!


:)

haolejohn
10-20-2010, 10:34 AM
i disagree with the overpriced part...

Cool looking, perfect intonation, indestructable, and stands up on it's own...
Sure you can buy a perfectly good uke for less. But I dare you to find a Uke in that range youcan buy sight unseen, and be sure you get a winner. They are that consistant. (some say that is a negative. i.e. "They all sound the same.")

And if they can sell em at what they do, more power to em.

You rarely find someone who has buyers remorse from a flea or fluke.

:)

JT
True but they ahve never appealed to me and I have played many. I think it is the price that makes me dislike them so much. But to each their own. If they were $30 cheaper I'd get one or if I had the money to score a used one, I'd probably do it.

haolejohn
10-20-2010, 10:34 AM
OH! I forgot..


MADE IN THE USA!!!!!


:)

Well I guess that is the icing on the cake...Now I need one:)

Hippie Dribble
10-20-2010, 11:39 AM
i disagree with the overpriced part...

Cool looking, perfect intonation, indestructable, and stands up on it's own...
Sure you can buy a perfectly good uke for less. But I dare you to find a Uke in that range youcan buy sight unseen, and be sure you get a winner. They are that consistant. (some say that is a negative. i.e. "They all sound the same.")



And if they can sell em at what they do, more power to em.

You rarely find someone who has buyers remorse from a flea or fluke.

:)

JT

:agree: TOTALLY...one of those brands that,if you ARE buying 2nd hand, you're guaranteed a great sounding, playable instrument at a really good price.

Mind you, there was a shop in Australia trying to sell one for, get this....$800 - now that's overpriced! But 2nd hand prices for those ukes are generally very reasonable and well worth it!!!

soupking
10-20-2010, 01:40 PM
I agree with JT. I don't think they're overpriced at all. I have two Fleas and a Fluke and they are all worth every penny I paid for 'em.

SuzukHammer
10-20-2010, 03:15 PM
I also don't feel they are overpriced.

And that is epecially true given the nature of this post.

I no longer freak out when my FLuke(s) hit something or start to fall. I don't freak out that somebody will pick it up and drop it.

I dropped it inside a shopping mall and it made a loud sound and people all looked at what caused that sound. I smiled knowing my "guitar" was going to be fine and played "My Dog Has Fleas" as I picked it up just to show everybody I didn't destroy it.

All this with great action and intonation - all the time.

I felt the same way before and didn't expect to buy one. But I played one and had to have it and since then, it is my daily practice uke.

bobby b
10-20-2010, 04:11 PM
I'm still undecided.
I dont really like the feel of the plastic frets and fingerboard.
At the same time I love the fact that it is prob. gonna survive a camping trip or two plus many other outings, which is exactly what I need! :p

I just cant see a regular uke lasting long in the back of my Jeep. :eek:

haolejohn
10-20-2010, 04:18 PM
All great points but a makala dolphin (plastic as well) is just as durable imo. I have taken my on 40 mile backpacking trips, let 25 9 year olds play it daily and it still goes and it cost me...$35:) Fleas and Flukes are almost indestructible but they just aren't my cup of tea (yet). One of the guys that comes to java Jam has one and it is neat andif I couldget him to sell it to me cheap, I'd get it but I'd never buy one new.

Miss Michele
10-20-2010, 04:40 PM
I think that it must be sneaking out at night for some late night partying! "What Should We Do with the Drunken Fluke?"

That sounds like a song in the making! lol

Miss Michele
10-20-2010, 04:44 PM
After reading all of the comments... I SO need to have one!! lol

ADD
10-20-2010, 10:35 PM
Not sure if I want one, but laughed so much reading this thread, I hope more fluke/flea stories will be told. Thanks.

SuzukHammer
10-20-2010, 11:05 PM
All great points but a makala dolphin (plastic as well) is just as durable imo. I have taken my on 40 mile backpacking trips, let 25 9 year olds play it daily and it still goes and it cost me...$35:) Fleas and Flukes are almost indestructible but they just aren't my cup of tea (yet). One of the guys that comes to java Jam has one and it is neat andif I couldget him to sell it to me cheap, I'd get it but I'd never buy one new.

I used to take a fantastic little Mahalo on my daily walks; but, now its the FLuke. When it starts raining, I just turn it upside down to the plastic side and keep walking. The mahalo was bullet proof and cheap and fairly quiet. The Fluke sounds louder and its easier to keep my chord shapes strong and good so long as I don't jog. When I jog, I get some buzzing in the strings and it throws off my timing.

ADD
10-20-2010, 11:48 PM
I used to take a fantastic little Mahalo on my daily walks; but, now its the FLuke. When it starts raining, I just turn it upside down to the plastic side and keep walking. The mahalo was bullet proof and cheap and fairly quiet. The Fluke sounds louder and its easier to keep my chord shapes strong and good so long as I don't jog. When I jog, I get some buzzing in the strings and it throws off my timing.

Would love to see a video of you running and strumming, preferably in the rain, while singing....there's got to be a good song for that situation - your choice!!

SuzukHammer
10-21-2010, 12:53 AM
Would love to see a video of you running and strumming, preferably in the rain, while singing....there's got to be a good song for that situation - your choice!!

I used to be able to run. Now, I'm older and I'd call it plodding. Its why I have free time to practice progressions because its a slow enough pace, I can establish a strum. Truth be told, I only did it a few times while plodding. I carry the uke if I decide I need a break during my long walks.

ADD
10-21-2010, 01:46 AM
I understand all too well. I've always loved getting older, until body parts started wearing out. I often think, there are no limits until my body screams DON"T and if I ignore it, I get knocked down hard. After 5 surgeries, you'd think I'd learn. Always thinking of new ways to do things. Hope regeneration of tendons and cartilage from one's own tissue becomes a reality. Would love to play tennis, climb trees, trim my own trees. I dream of ice skating again, yeah, while strumming my uke - that would be grand!

My next life - I want to come back as a Fluke.

SuzukHammer
10-21-2010, 02:35 PM
i can imagine a demolition derby whereby the cars are still participating if the Fluke can still be played. So you can drive and crunch cars until your car is rendered undrivable... then, you can still be in the running to win so long as you continue playing your Fluke.

Or Roller Derby Fluke with various ukulele orchestras competing .

I think I am living my life vicariously through my Fluke.

ADD
10-21-2010, 08:07 PM
Extreme uke playing. Maybe on the extreme sports channel?

SuzukHammer
10-21-2010, 10:40 PM
when I was younger, it was good for scoping ladies if you took a puppy out for a walk.

Then, it seemed like borrowing your friend's baby was good for meeting ladies.

Now, I just bring my Fluke.

They should change the name of the Fluke to Chuck Norris.