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    Default Concert Flea top, slightly dished...

    Any other Flea owners ever come across this. Had my Flea for about 5 years now. Over time the top has developed a slight concave-iness. Last year it spent several months in the tropics of Central America ( not with me, I lent it to my son as a robust travel uke), and the inward curve of the top is definitely more noticeable since then. It still plays fine, the bridge is still fully attached to the top, so it doesnít seem to have adversely affected itís playability one iota. Iím just curious really and wondered if other Flea players has seen this, maybe Fluke players as well. Hmmmm.....

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    Ps, I’ve tried taking a picture but it’s just not showing the concave top really. You’ll all just have to take my word for it

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    I've never seen that on a Flea or a Fluke, but they could replace the top for you. If it has a special design, that could complicate things.
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    I'm not 100% on what you're describing. If the dip is in front of the bridge and the bridge is leaning forward that's pretty common for stringed instruments, especially over time. It can become a problem, but not always. With some of them it's like that from the factory, if it's a light build...and it can give you more volume. I've seen Martin OXK and OX bamboo sopranos made from HPL that look like they're ready to sling their bridge off straight from the factory but I've never heard of it happening. Instead you just get the more volume of that build.

    There could be some warping caused by climate issues but if the bridge is attached well still, as you say, and the playability is also fine I don't think I'd worry over it right now. I would assume it's out of warranty by now anyways, so just play it and enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I've never seen that on a Flea or a Fluke, but they could replace the top for you. If it has a special design, that could complicate things.
    Just a standard single colour top. Sending it to US for replacement top is probably not needed as, like I say, it doesn’t seem to affect the playability at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jer View Post
    I'm not 100% on what you're describing. If the dip is in front of the bridge and the bridge is leaning forward that's pretty common for stringed instruments, especially over time. It can become a problem, but not always. With some of them it's like that from the factory, if it's a light build...and it can give you more volume. I've seen Martin OXK and OX bamboo sopranos made from HPL that look like they're ready to sling their bridge off straight from the factory but I've never heard of it happening. Instead you just get the more volume of that build.

    There could be some warping caused by climate issues but if the bridge is attached well still, as you say, and the playability is also fine I don't think I'd worry over it right now. I would assume it's out of warranty by now anyways, so just play it and enjoy it.
    Yep, the “dip” is to the front of the bridge, and the bridge does indeed lean forward. Also, yes, way out of warranty . Didn’t want to even describe it as a “problem” or “issue” in the title of the thread, because, well for the time being anyway, it doesn’t affect it. It’s a great uke, although I have to admit it’s been usurped by my Klos as my goto. I’d still like to get a tenor Fluke some day.....

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    I have a concert Flea that developed a dip like that a year or so after I bought it. I sent it back to Magic Fluke and they added a brace that straightened the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Man And His Uke View Post
    Sending it to US for replacement top is probably not needed...
    Ah, yes. That would be a long, expensive trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Ah, yes. That would be a long, expensive trip.
    I do have family in Massachusetts and New York, I’ve yet to visit the Massachusetts gang yet so who knows.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Man And His Uke View Post
    I do have family in Massachusetts and New York, I’ve yet to visit the Massachusetts gang yet so who knows.....
    The Magic Fluke store is in Sheffield, maybe you've heard of that town.
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