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jpcolorado
11-17-2013, 04:12 AM
Hi All -

I am looking for suggestions on a good concert size to travel withy over the holidays as I do not want to travel with my Pono MT. I need something durable that won't get dinged easily and sounds good to play. I already have a Makala Shark and it's just too small for me.

I appreciate your suggestions.

Jeff

Newportlocal
11-17-2013, 04:30 AM
A flea ukulele.
http://www.magicfluke.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1843

mkatz
11-17-2013, 04:42 AM
A flea ukulele.
http://www.magicfluke.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1843

I agree, the Flea is sturdy and durable and plays well. It's perfect for travel.

Mitch

greenie44
11-17-2013, 04:48 AM
I have a Kala travel soprano which I took on a long hike and other trips. Sturdy and sounds surprisingly good, and I love the curve of the back.

ricdoug
11-17-2013, 05:16 AM
I have a Kala Travel Soprano that is compact and has plenty of volume and tone. You can also get them in concert size:

http://shopping.yahoo.com/1187839879-kala-ukulele-kala-ka-sstu-c-solid-spruce-travel-ukulele-concert/;_ylt=A2KJ3CUu6ohSSygAYg9gmolQ?bfr=0.0

My go to ukulele for travel and performing is an Ovation Applause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano ukulele. It takes over a year to break them for superb sound, though:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002FOGLW/ref=asc_df_B0002FOGLW2806382?smid=A34VCPZVL7E6XQ&tag=pgmp-1085-97-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395109&creativeASIN=B0002FOGLW

Lori
11-17-2013, 05:55 AM
I would suggest a concert neck Flea. I like the Kala Travel Concert as well... it is a bit smaller in size and has a better padded case, but it is a little more vulnerable to dings.

–Lori

bnolsen
11-17-2013, 11:20 AM
concert flea is your ticket. a fluke may work as well but the body is larger.

PereBourik
11-17-2013, 11:32 AM
Another plug for concert neck Flea. Mine's been to Australia and back. Sturdy. Sounds good enough if you swap Martin M600 strings for the Aquilas.

Ukulele Eddie
11-17-2013, 12:25 PM
You didn't mention budget, but Blackbird Guitars is releasing a new carbon fiber concert uke this Tuesday. Unlike their tenor uke and guitar models, this one will have a more wood look with an ecologically friendly carbon (the call it ekoa). I'll be at the launch party and will try to post pics and sound bites.

PhilUSAFRet
11-17-2013, 12:43 PM
Here's a plug for the Kala solid spruce topped concert necked soprano. Many also overlook the Ohana solid topped roundback concert model CK70RB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWh-ETNmabQ

ScooterD35
11-17-2013, 01:27 PM
I'm always happy to jump on the Flea bandwagon as well! My concert Flea is my main Uke and goes everywhere.



Scooter

Tootler
11-17-2013, 10:27 PM
+1 for Flea. Mine's a soprano but a concert neck would be good.

Certainly for jamming & travel they're great.

coolkayaker1
11-17-2013, 11:38 PM
Welp, it's (nearly) unanimous: The answer to your question is a flea.

And another advantage...you can stand it up without a stand. (I think)

Tikiden
11-18-2013, 03:17 AM
I'm thinking of swapping the Kala Lacewood Tenor for the Kala Concert Travel. After playing the Concert Travel a while the Tone and Volume isn't superior on the Tenor sized (albeit different woods too), and the Concert Travel really held it's own! I'm also thinking I prefer Concert size Ukes more, but I am probably being overly subjective to say I need one size over the other. I'm more concerned with getting a nice desired tone with a good feel, and the Travel doesn't lose much, if anything, while providing a bid more space for taking around. Hopefully the shop still has one in stock. If not, I just may downsize the Lacewood from the Tenor to the Concert size since they had one too.

Looking forward to hear what you settle on, Jeff. Keep us posted!

Tikiden
11-18-2013, 03:19 AM
By the way, I'd thought I'd throw this out there too... Even the Martin S1 I own has more projected volume than Kala Tenor Lacewood I recently bought. Something about those Martins that have some real magic to them! Maybe I should get a spare and just use that for travel? Hmm..

kkimura
11-18-2013, 03:32 AM
By the way, I'd thought I'd throw this out there too... Even the Martin S1 I own has more projected volume than Kala Tenor Lacewood I recently bought. Something about those Martins that have some real magic to them! Maybe I should get a spare and just use that for travel? Hmm..

Have you tried the OXK?

jpcolorado
11-18-2013, 10:18 AM
Hey all -

Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like the Flea is a clear winner for the durable travel uke. I will have to check one out at Denver Folklore. But I was thinking that my cheapo Makala Shark may do the trick for traveling and I should buy the Mainland Mango Concert for home. Damn UAS!!

Jeff

Louis0815
11-19-2013, 09:25 AM
And another advantage...you can stand it up without a stand. (I think)That's correct. The Flea has a flat bottom end and will stand on its own on every more or less even surface.

But beware: it feels a bit odd at first, you might want some kind of strap with it (uke leash or a magnetic one)

bnolsen
11-19-2013, 09:44 AM
That's correct. The Flea has a flat bottom end and will stand on its own on every more or less even surface.

But beware: it feels a bit odd at first, you might want some kind of strap with it (uke leash or a magnetic one)

For a flea you can use something like a lanyard with that hook on the heel.