Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Magic Fluke Company Soprano Flea

  • birch top
  • composite plastic body
  • injection molded polycarbonate fretboard
  • maple neck

"I had a Concert Flea that I'd gotten off Craigslist. I loved it, but wanted the most compact instrument possible. When a soprano turned up, I bought that and sold my concert. I love it for many reasons: it's durable; it stands on its own, which means it's easy to leave out for impromptu playing; it has a nice, mellow sound. Also, if I loosen the strings, support the neck, and place it on the diagonal, it fits in my carry-on. I don't think I'd have the courage to try this with an all-wooden instrument.
I know a lot of people would not recommend this, but it has actually ended up being gate-checked twice and come through fine."

Sound sample from YouTube user ukemanfischer:

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Lanikai LU-21C

Lanikai no longer makes this exact model, as it has added the "tuna uke" feature, but other websites which still sell the LU-21 series tell us it has
  • nato top, back and sides with white binding
  • inlaid rosewood fretboard
  • chrome die-cast tuners

"I was a cellist, and my husband gave me a ukulele for Christmas one year. I don't know why, except that I had talked about someday wanting to learn because we'd been over to Hawaii. And I always wanted to play with a group of people, and Carla and Blayney were starting to play, so here I am."

Here's a sound sample from YouTube user TomiBone: