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    I bought a $15 ukulele this weekend on a whim and have fallen in love with the instrument. I want to buy an actual uke now to learn on instead of this... err.. decorative toy.

    I've been reading everything I can and haven't really seen anything negative to say about the flea-- I just want to be sure I'm not missing anything. I'm thinking about getting the surf flea with the rosewood fretboard.


    Would I be better off going with a total wood setup rather than the ovation style backing of the flea? If that's the case, another one I'm looking at is a Bushman Jenny Pineapple.


    I'm personally attracted to the pineapple style bodies; does anyone have anything to say sound-wise about different styles?

    Anything would be helpful-- thanks in advance

    Oh, and I've been wondering which to get soprano or concert-- is there much of a difference? I'm leaning toward soprano for no reason at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeyswithladders View Post
    I bought a $15 ukulele this weekend on a whim and have fallen in love with the instrument. I want to buy an actual uke now to learn on instead of this... err.. decorative toy.

    I've been reading everything I can and haven't really seen anything negative to say about the flea-- I just want to be sure I'm not missing anything. I'm thinking about getting the surf flea with the rosewood fretboard.

    Would I be better off going with a total wood setup rather than the ovation style backing of the flea? If that's the case, another one I'm looking at is a Bushman Jenny Pineapple.

    I'm personally attracted to the pineapple style bodies; does anyone have anything to say sound-wise about different styles?

    Anything would be helpful-- thanks in advance

    Oh, and I've been wondering which to get soprano or concert-- is there much of a difference? I'm leaning toward soprano for no reason at all.
    Go with the Flea. Stylish and great sound! Bushman's good, but in this case it's difficult to top the Flea in volume. It will be a mellower, fuller tone than the Bushman.

    As for soprano or concert- try both if you can before you buy. I think every uke player should own both sizes. So I guess it doesn't matter which you buy first - if you know you're going to get the other size later!
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    I've had a tenor surf fluke and now have a solid koa top flea with a concert neck. I've got zero complaints about either of them. The koa topped flea especially is its own special animal. I'd go with the Flea because it's made in the US and the folks who build them are awesome. That ovation-style back means the flea can be driven to crazy volumes before even thinking of buzzing. And yeah, you can play it quiet as well. I don't think you can go wrong with the Flea.

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    Thanks for both of your perspectives-- I'll probably be buying the flea soon then

    Do ukuleles work the same as guitars as far as pricing goes? Like I'd pay a lot more buying straight from Gibson than walking into a House of Guitars or Guitar Center or something?

    I'm wondering whether I should order online right from Flea Market Music, from one of the online ebay stores, or trying to find a shop in person.

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    When i bought my fluke I racked my brain searching for the lowest price. I was going to go with the lowest online price, and then discovered that I could buy one at the music store up the street for a few bucks more (still cheaper than buying directly from flea market). The question is...can you wait for it to be shipped, just to save a few bucks? I couldn't.

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    Before you buy anything, check prices online as well as at local music stores. It's worth knowing before you go to a store to buy - in case you can squeeze some bargaining room from them.

    Consider a Fluke, too. It's got a larger body and longer neck (concert or tenor sizes available). I have two Flukes and have no issues at all with build quality. They're good ukes, durable and fun. I expect Fleas are the same, just smaller.

    And check musicguymic's eBay store online. He has a great selection at reasonable prices and offers good service. I've bought four from him this year already and never been disappointed by his service or prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeyswithladders View Post
    Thanks for both of your perspectives-- I'll probably be buying the flea soon then

    Do ukuleles work the same as guitars as far as pricing goes? Like I'd pay a lot more buying straight from Gibson than walking into a House of Guitars or Guitar Center or something?

    I'm wondering whether I should order online right from Flea Market Music, from one of the online ebay stores, or trying to find a shop in person.

    eBay is cheaper than direct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozelele View Post
    When i bought my fluke I racked my brain searching for the lowest price. I was going to go with the lowest online price, and then discovered that I could buy one at the music store up the street for a few bucks more (still cheaper than buying directly from flea market). The question is...can you wait for it to be shipped, just to save a few bucks? I couldn't.
    That's exactly how I feel about it too-- In fact, I just found a guy that has an ukulele shop about an hour away from me, so I'm probably follow Chad's advice and research some prices and take them into the shop with me. I really hope I have one by next week. I'm going on vacation for the next 2 months and it'd be awesome to take a new instrument along with

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    The Flea is a no miss. You'll get what you expect, a loud, bright consistant tone with good set-up and customer service from the factory. Can't say the same about the Bushman. Some good, some bad. Plus the Flea stands on it's own. Do not under estimate the greatness of this! It's real handy with kids and dogs!

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    I just got a flea about a week and a half ago and it's really fun. It does sound different than my other uke but I like the brightness. (If someone had told me a couple of months ago that I would learn what that means, I won't have believed them). I found mine at a local guitar shop. It was used but looks brand new. And the price was about 80% less than new.


    I'd go for it.

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