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ksiegel
04-11-2011, 08:56 AM
Lucy at Magic Fluke just called - my Firefly is shipping today!

So I should have it tomorrow or Wednesday!

I may have to call Fitncrafty to help me with a video review - I will be taking still pictures as soon as I get it!


(And the Les Paul Uke is due in tomorrow! SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

-Kurt

ukeeku
04-11-2011, 09:10 AM
UAS Much?
Congats on the new additions.

soupking
04-11-2011, 09:52 AM
Looks like mine is shipping today, too. I just got an email and it should arrive tomorrow. They told me four to six weeks last week, though. Hey, I'm not complaining. This just means that my wife is gonna hate me a lot sooner. If she thought I couldn't play the regular ukulele before, wait 'til she gets a load of this thing.

janeray1940
04-11-2011, 10:00 AM
Please, please post sound samples when they arrive! There are so many ukesters I know who would love to hear a mere mortal, rather than James Hill, play one :)

ksiegel
04-11-2011, 10:16 AM
As soon as I can figure out how to do so, I will post. i promise.

-Kurt

mm stan
04-11-2011, 03:02 PM
Aloha Kurt,
Congratulations..on the firefly..have fun and enjoy!! happy strummings....as for the video, good luck ..I have no idea too..MM Stan..

soupking
04-12-2011, 02:22 PM
Got the Firefly today. I don't know anything about banjo ukes at all, but the thing is awesome. I think it's well worth the price tag. I've only played it for about a half hour, but I really like it. It is really light, like everyone has been saying. I'll probably have more to say about it after I have some more time with it. I don't know how to do vids or sound samples but I'm sure someone will have that stuff up within the next couple days.

It can get pretty loud if you hold it away from your body. Intonation is spot on, and the action seems fine to me, not high like some people have said about typical banjo ukes- not much different than a regular Flea. Overall fit and finish is fantastic. I'm really happy with it.

The ONLY thing that bothers me is that it's kind of awkward to hold, although I anticipated this, and it would appear to me that all banjo ukes are the same way because of the way the tailpiece is positioned. This is something that I'm sure I'll get used to, though, and is not a "complaint." Overall, I couldn't be happier, and would recommend the Firefly highly.

ksiegel
04-12-2011, 03:15 PM
The ONLY thing that bothers me is that it's kind of awkward to hold, although I anticipated this, and it would appear to me that all banjo ukes are the same way because of the way the tailpiece is positioned. This is something that I'm sure I'll get used to, though, and is not a "complaint." Overall, I couldn't be happier, and would recommend the Firefly highly.

this is where Lori's Uke Leash will pay off. Check it out!

I just opened mine about 45 minutes ago - got it and the LP today.

Here's a quick photo - more tomorrow.
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-Kurt

ksiegel
04-13-2011, 11:30 AM
A couple ofphotos of the FireFly attached:
First, the nice denim caryy bag. Not padded, but it will make for a nice equipment bag, once I get a padded bag/case.
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Next, the head: Pretty standard Fluke/Flea head, with peghed tuners.
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The neck joint, and the angle adjustment at the tailpiece side of the pot.
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And a little better view of the logo, inside the pot (with the LP Uke in the background....)

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The strings are still stretching - yes, they are Aquilas, and the new pegheds are a bit tighter than those on my Fluke Tenor (but the Fluke was a second, and so had quite a bit more use before I bought it). The sound is rich and loud, even holding the back against my (ample) belly. Move it away from the adipose mute, and it is even louder!

I'm still trying to figure out how to do an audio file... I don't even have a microphone (yet)!

-Kurt

And I just noticed, looking at the S/N - mine is number 022! Sweet! Who here has a lower number?

SailingUke
04-13-2011, 11:36 AM
Cool Banjo, sure wish they had a tenor scale.
As far as pegheads go, if you gently push in or pull out as you turn you can adjust the tension.

ichadwick
04-13-2011, 11:58 AM
Cool Banjo, sure wish they had a tenor scale.
Ditto for me.

mm stan
04-13-2011, 11:04 PM
Aloha Kurt,
Two in one day....I'm so jealous...don't forget the reviews man!! Congrats and Have fun and enjoy..Happy Strummings...MM Stan

harpdog cc
04-14-2011, 01:04 AM
Had to look at the Firefly logo a few times to see it has a fluke head, banjo butt, and frets on its back!

fitncrafty
04-14-2011, 01:07 AM
Lucy at Magic Fluke just called - my Firefly is shipping today!

So I should have it tomorrow or Wednesday!

I may have to call Fitncrafty to help me with a video review - I will be taking still pictures as soon as I get it!


(And the Les Paul Uke is due in tomorrow! SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

-Kurt

Lucky you.. and yeah.. I can probably help you get a video up! Maybe Collins Park will be calling for a uke get together this coming week.. Must get school work done!

harpdog cc
04-14-2011, 04:22 PM
Here's mine! - number 17. Very pleased with tone, build, playability. Nice that the rim looks like dark finished wood. Glad I got the pegheds - sweet tuners and worth the price.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/Music%20Stuff/Firefly41411.jpg

That's a 20's "The Sterling" next to it.

ksiegel
04-15-2011, 12:00 AM
Nice comparison shot. I know the Firefly is a slightly longer scale than a standard soprano, and I knew that the Fluke necks were slightly wider, but looking at the two in comparison shows me just what the difference is. The frets look about the same depth, though.

So now we know who got 17, 22, and 26. I wonder who is next?

-Kurt

ksiegel
04-15-2011, 12:05 AM
Had to look at the Firefly logo a few times to see it has a fluke head, banjo butt, and frets on its back!

I hadn't noticed that until you pointed it out! And the legs are quarter notes!

-Kurt

harpdog cc
04-15-2011, 12:49 AM
Really delighted with the Firefly. Plunky tone sounds a lot like natural vellum. In spite of the light weight, it is a very sturdy instrument. Action and intonation are good as they get.