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    Default New MFC 5 string banjo

    The Magic Fluke Company has a new banjo out, anyone have one?
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    5 String Firefly Banjo




    The Firefly 5-string is a lightweight 19" scale banjo. The 5-string features the same solid maple components & adjustable drum head tension as our Tenor Firefly Banjo Ukulele. Taking a cue from traditional banjo construction, this model incorporates an adjustable coordinator rod to affect neck angle.

    •Solid hard maple neck & fingerboard; Laminated maple pot
    •19" Scale; Overall length 28"; Rim diameter 9.75"; Weight 2 lbs

    http://www.magicfluke.com/Magic-Fluk...p/firefly5.htm
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Mine is currently in production, I should have it next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piecomics View Post
    Mine is currently in production, I should have it next week.
    Awesome! Congratulations.
    If you feel like writing up your impressions, I would enjoy reading them.
    Do you have much experience with banjos?
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Also curious about these. I have zero banjo experience but the new Beansprout model sounds nice. But it is tenor scale so harder to get G tuning on, whereas this is baritone scale so should have more options for tuning with different strings. I don't think I've seen a playing demo on the Firefly yet. You?
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET-Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    -Bonanza super tenor, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    I am excited for this one. I may have to break my 'one uke' rule - ha ha.

    I will wait for reviews and try to hold back my salivating in the meantime.
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    I have some experience with banjos, mainly clawhammer and ur-clawhammer (like Joel Sweeney type stuff). Initially I was exposed to the banjo via Aaron Keim's clawhammer uke stuff. I like the additional flexibility of the additional string but do not do well with the longer scale length, hence my excitement regarding this instrument.

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    Bump..
    Any opinions out there?

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