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  1. #51
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    I really like my worry-free Flight TUS 35. The action and intonation are great and it sounds terrific for a mostly-plastic ukulele.

    Would love to check out Flight's concert travel ukuleles, especially their TUC-55 Series with laminate acacia, mango or amara tops without any patterns or engraving.

    https://flightmusic.com/product-cate...series/travel/
    Last edited by Lillymo; 05-27-2021 at 01:06 PM. Reason: Adding link

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    I only travel within my country,do not fly anywhere.For those trips, my Makala Dolphin fits the bill.
    Soprano is what does it for me every time!*

    *Other Scale sizes are available and very popular with many players.

  3. #53
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    Depends. Short trips (2 weeks or less) and I’ll probably bring a soprano because I’m probably just going to be practicing a piece I’ve already arranged. Longer than that and there’s a chance I’ll arrange something new and I’m going to bring a tenor with a low G.

    Until I get my Blackbird, I mean. Then I’ll just bring that everywhere because I won’t have to worry about humidity or temperature changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDog View Post
    I only travel within my country,do not fly anywhere.For those trips, my Makala Dolphin fits the bill.
    I’m similar and whilst I don’t have a Dolphin anymore they do do a job. Of course there are better sounding Ukes but for some folk just having something that will do an adequate job is what really matters.


    The point has been made, and very valid I think it is too, that you should not bother taking a Uke that doesn’t sound good to your ear and doesn’t give you joy to play. Evaluations of both of those criteria are personal to the player.


    When I last went on holiday I took a well set-up old Mahalo U30 in my bag, I played it a lot and enjoyed doing so. Mahalo's are a bit variable but I must have got a good one (sounds OK to me and plays better than me). The U30 isn’t fragile, is smaller bodied than my other Sopranos (so easier to pack) and I wouldn’t have got upset if it had got smashed up in my luggage bag (it didn’t travel separately and it would cost very little to replace). Next time I travel I expect to take the U30 again, it met my simple needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    Mine too. The OXK seems to be immune to temperature and humidity changes.
    It's been almost two years since I posted this reply. The OXK has gone to a young family with kids learning to play ukulele and now I've a Flight TUS-35 for traveling.
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Ko'olau C1, Concert
    Pono MC, Concert

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    not a big UAS-er, but I have 2 travellers. One is a used outdoor, for carefree travel when a more rugged ukulele is better- throwing into a carryon or suitcase caseless, camping, etc. The other is a laminate Ohana, kept in the office but also used for road trips and when the destination is more upscale/civil- in-laws house, cabin, etc. I had both a nova and flight thinking one of these might take the place of both, but I didn't like either. I also have a sopranissimo that could be used as a traveller, but it is solid and glossy; it was bought used at a great price more as a novelty and has never gone anywhere.
    Last edited by badhabits; 05-28-2021 at 05:58 AM.

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    Like several others have mentioned, I have a Martin 0X which sounds great. I don’t know how durable the HPL is, but at least I don’t have to worry about temperature. I also have a Bruko soprano which feels very durable, also sounds great, and was less expensive than the Martin.

    For concerts, I take a Breedlove concert. They’re current/recent offerings are a little overpriced, but if you can find them on sale, I think they make ideal beater/traveler ukes. They sound and feel great. Are slightly overbuilt and so durable, with laminate sides and back. Their models have a little bit of variety on price, but they’re all basically the same thing, with the only differences being onboard electronics, cutaway, and different wood stains. I picked up a new one with no frills on sale for close to $150. I’ll even leave it in the car sometimes if the weather’s not terrible.

    I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I have a decent ukulele (a Rebel) that I superficially damaged almost right after I got it. The damage is slight enough that I don’t know if it’s worth repairing. But annoying enough that I basically resigned myself to using it as a nicer traveler without worrying about any dents or scratches it might get. I know some people take their high end ukes camping and to the beach and wherever. But I haven’t felt comfortable doing that myself. The Rebel, however, isn’t super expensive and already had some damage, so that’s my nicer traveler. I don’t know if I would be using it that way if it weren’t for that initial damage.

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    My flea traveled around the world with me on work trips and now hangs at the beach. My more recent work companion is my 5 string bonanza Oreo - lightweight, tons of sound, and 5 strings are becoming my fav. Looking forward to hitting the road again next month to break her out again!

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    Last time I flew was over a year ago and I took my Kanile'a. Why take krap on a trip? Carried it on and put in overhead bin for no extra charge on Frontier.
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Martin Iz - Living Water low G
    UBass: Kala FS2 (fretless) - Pahoehoe

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    Air Travel: I pack my Risa Tenor Stick in my carry on bag or my checked bag.

    Car travel: I take my Fred Shields Backpacker concert; or an Acacia Pono or Cocobolo tenor.

    I like the Risa for hotel rooms. It's loud enough for me to hear, but not the people in the adjacent room.
    There is a subtle yet profound difference between the learning of something and the knowing of that thing.
    You can learn by reading, but you don't begin to know until you begin to try to do.

    --Lou Churchill, Plane & Pilot Magazine

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