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Thread: Flight Travel Series TUS50 Soprano - REVIEW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan D View Post
    Steve and Choirguy (and anyone else who changed the strings on their Flight TUS35 to Martin M-600’s ... I'd be interested in hearing what you think of the sound. Compared to the Aquila's, do the Martin strings make the Flight sound different in volume, tone, and sustain? And if so, can you describe the difference. I've been happy with the Aquila's on my own TUS35, but have been wondering if Martin strings would make the uke sound and play even better. So any feedback you have to offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    My personal preference is to use Martin or other fluorocarbon strings. I just like the feel and have never been disappointed by the tone of a clear fluorocarbon. I also don’t mind the Aquila sugar strings. If all we had was Nylgut, I’d survive.

    As for sound and tone, this ukulele is loud. I took out every one of my sopranos and nothing else I own matches the volume—Nylgut or fluorocarbon. Perhaps the Martin 600 strings clear up the higher frequencies of the ukulele.

    Again, for me, I like the feel of Martin 600 strings. It might be worth the $7 to try a set and to see what you think.
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    Here's the TUS35 I just got in, next to my aNueNue. For $23.00 shipped, it's a ridiculous value. As others have said, it's loud, and the tone is perfectly fine; seems to sound as good as any Flea I've ever tried. I like it! Will probably try Martin M600 strings on there. Has anyone installed a strap button on the bottom? Not sure if there is anything behind the plastic there to hold a screw.

    This one will be gifted to my daughter this Christmas. Now I want one for myself!

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    Interesting string discussion. Actually I find that I really like the sound and feel of nylgut strings, But I realize that is just a personal thing. I love Ukulele Underground. On here we can disagree without being disagreeable. Why can't the rest of society be like that? Just my two cents worth.

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    I have put strap buttons on two of these. No issues. I don't know if there's anything behind the plastic but the plastic itself has been holding well for--maybe a year? I figure if it ever gives out, glue--or something--is available as a solution. It really seems just fine.

    I put Aquila Reds on mine and it sounds great.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Here's the TUS35 I just got in, next to my aNueNue. For $23.00 shipped, it's a ridiculous value. As others have said, it's loud, and the tone is perfectly fine; seems to sound as good as any Flea I've ever tried. I like it! Will probably try Martin M600 strings on there. Has anyone installed a strap button on the bottom? Not sure if there is anything behind the plastic there to hold a screw.

    This one will be gifted to my daughter this Christmas. Now I want one for myself!

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    I put strap buttons on the bottom and on the flat part of the heel. I realize that doing so is at my own risk. On these ABS models, I put super glue in the drilled hole, on the screw, and on the button. I have also done this to a couple of other ukuleles, and it works well, but it will void any existing warranty.
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    I'll add another somewhat dubious but "works for me!" solution for strap buttons. I just straight up superglued two strap buttons to the back of my BugsGear soprano. The key is to glue it to the back, because the sides are too curved and the button doesn't have enough contact with the body to set properly. Glued to the back, I've had no issues, and regularly use a strap with the uke. It helps that it was only $30 and is made of ABS, so if it does fall it's less likely to break, and I'm less likely to be too upset even if it does.

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    Yes - did same as Choirguy on my Fluke - worked a treat and has lasted years
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    My apologies for he late response Jan D, have had a few life matters going on.
    The Martin strings are a little louder and I feel like it enhances that Soprano punch. I prefer fluorocarbon strings over standard Aquila’s as I find them softer under my fingers and they allow you to achieve the same volume with a lighter, less heavy handed strum. Not that I dislike Aquila strings as I have Aquila Lavas on a laminated Tenor and when they need replacing I will go with them again. Just what sounds right on that particular ukulele.
    The Martin strings are a bargain and worth a try on any ukulele.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I put strap buttons on the bottom and on the flat part of the heel. I realize that doing so is at my own risk. On these ABS models, I put super glue in the drilled hole, on the screw, and on the button. I have also done this to a couple of other ukuleles, and it works well, but it will void any existing warranty.

    I will be trying this tomorrow afternoon. Happy to hear others have had success with this method.
    Appreciate the information Choirguy.
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    A couple bits of info that you may not be aware of:

    The Mahilele ABS-backed soprano uke is identical to the Flight TUS-35. I've owned them both and can attest, and I did a review back in 2017. For those who wish this had a wooden fretboard, Mahilele makes a version with that, and it's on Amazon in two versions, both with a horse on the soundboard. Although the description at Amazon doesn't say it's wood--and in fact says it's plastic--I checked with Mahilele (a division, I think, of Aquila) and they verified that it is wood. I'm happy with the plastic fretboard, but I know it's not to everyone's liking.

    Also, right now you can get the TUS-50, on eBay for about $50 including shipping. Who knows how long that will last, or even if it's better or much different than the 35.
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