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Thread: Outdoor or flea which will I play more?

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    If you want a uke that doesn’t sound that great but can stand the heat of the American deserts, (strings, as mentioned, may be a problem) I’d recommend an Enya Nova. It sounds much better than the Outdoor and costs much less. But in truth, I’ve kept a Flight TUS in the trunk for a couple of years, and had no problems and either it or a Flea will sound better than a Nova or Outdoor. I live in the Inland NW where every year brings a couple of weeks of temperatures well over 100 F. I’m inclined to agree that a cheap laminate import would be fine.

    One key to success for the uke in the hot trunk is to have it in an “insulated” gig bag, like one of those foam cases or anything thick. Then if you have an old blanket or other soft items back there, pack them around it. This will help the uke and the strings. If it’s very hot, don’t try to tune it till it cools off.

    I love the idea of the Outdoor but not the sound. And I dislike the flat neck on it and the Flea.

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    I don't mean to sound rude but I just fail to understand why you'd insist on keeping a uke in your car. Why not just take it out and chuck it in some corner of your house or something. Or in your tent or whatever if you're camping. I don't really see the benefit of having a uke always ready in your car when taking it with you to your house or other destination is hardly a chore.

    Anyway, regarding the actual question, I'd never leave a Fluke or Flea in my car (as if I owned one) simply because it has wooden parts. And they ain't cheap either. If you really insist on storing a uke in your car I'd rather go with something all plastic like the Outdoor Uke or an Enya Nova, or alternatively a Flight travel uke simply because they're a fraction of the cost of a Magic Fluke so it's not a big deal if they get damaged. In terms of sound quality, Magic Fluke ukes just completely trounce the competition regarding these travel/durable ukes so I'd personally always go for one of those.

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    Well, I settled that. Today, I ordered a Flight Travel uke AND a Aklot Bamboo Cutaway tenor....

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    Quote Originally Posted by diasuke View Post
    Well, I settled that. Today, I ordered a Flight Travel uke AND a Aklot Bamboo Cutaway tenor....
    Good for you! Have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    I don't mean to sound rude but I just fail to understand why you'd insist on keeping a uke in your car. Why not just take it out and chuck it in some corner of your house or something.
    Don't judge UAS. A car-uke is a good excuse to indulge in UAS.


    Why did I keep one in the car (pre-COVID. Not enough driving with COVID restrictions)?

    Why not?

    I don't NEED it, but it doesn't hurt anything, it doesn't cost much, and it's fun to have at hand!

    My car uke gets serendipitous play. If I'm deliberately going out to play I'll grab something nicer. the car uke is for noodling when I'm out and have time to kill. A few time that come to mind:
    • Early for an appointment
    • Waiting for my wife
    • Waiting for the ferry
    • A nice day and there's a lonely park bench


    None of these times are essential to have an uke, and if I didn't have it I'd find something else to do.

    Since that something else might be shopping I could argue the car uke's paid for itself several times over
    Last edited by Arcy; 06-04-2021 at 06:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diasuke View Post
    Well, I settled that. Today, I ordered a Flight Travel uke AND a Aklot Bamboo Cutaway tenor....
    Sounds like good choices at nice reasonable money.

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    Buy both and let us know in a year. I like my Fleas and Flukes.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    While this has been settled, the neck on my Outdoor Tenor remains one of my favorites of all my ukuleles. I also love the neck on the Concert Koa Kalane ukuleles (though I wouldn't leave them in the car). The Flight's travel series necks are also very nice, but the texture takes a little adapting to (incidentally, the concert models are due soon).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Don't judge UAS. A car-uke is a good excuse to indulge in UAS.

    Why did I keep one in the car (pre-COVID. Not enough driving with COVID restrictions)?

    Why not?

    I don't NEED it, but it doesn't hurt anything, it doesn't cost much, and it's fun to have at hand!

    My car uke gets serendipitous play. If I'm deliberately going out to play I'll grab something nicer. the car uke is for noodling when I'm out and have time to kill. A few time that come to mind:
    • Early for an appointment
    • Waiting for my wife
    • Waiting for the ferry
    • A nice day and there's a lonely park bench


    None of these times are essential to have an uke, and if I didn't have it I'd find something else to do.

    Since that something else might be shopping I could argue the car uke's paid for itself several times over
    All incredibly good reasons to have a car ukulele.

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    Interesting choices, post back on your thoughts. I've also thought about bamboo for a beater/traveler. FYI, there is a rumor that aklot has dc'ed bamboo ukuleles due to cracking issues; something to keep an eye on perhaps.

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