Flight A10FM Solid Blue Fade Flamed Maple Tenor Ukulele - 10th Anniversary model #1
I can tell you honestly and truthfully that when I opened the box of this Flight A10 Anniversary tenor ukuleles, my instinct was to hide one and keep it for myself... I mean it, it's so good that I don't want you to have it! Seriously though, since I wrote that paragraph in Feb 2021 8 months has passed and the same feelings ran through me today when I looked over the A10FM Ukuleles that have arrived. Over the years we have had the fortune of dealing with custom builders and manufacturers at every price and this model represents fantastic value for its price giving even the big brands like aNueNue, Romero Creations, Maestro and Big Island a serious run for their money.
The flamed maple looks stunning and would be worthy of your attention even without the blue fade finish and elaborate hand inlaid Abalone rosette. Rather than use the factory responsible for the Fireball, Mustang and Voyager models - Flight have gone to a respected Chinese Luthier and as a result, these instruments have all of the personality of a Flight but with the uniqueness of a small luthier team build. The sound of the maple is incredibly balanced and although it has arrived with us from Flight strung high G; this ukulele is absolutely dying to be strung low G. That's the good thing about maple, it sounds mature and crystal clear - refreshing on the ears and eyes.
The finish is extremely good inline with other instruments at this price from the big boys like Kanile'a, KoAloha etc. We did find on the most recent batch that a few knots in the wood could be found inside the creases of the slotted headstock but even the loftiest price custom shop instrument might have something like that... Still, you folks expect us to find these things so it's better we mention it in the listing!
It is so, so hard to make the jump from beginners brand to intermediate and finally professional brand. So many people have tried to do this over the decades with mixed results. Flight have done it brilliantly in under 2 years.
Pictures show actual instrument you will receive.
Solid flamed Maple top, back and sides with blue fade staining
19 frets - 14 to body
17" tenor scale length
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Offset position markers
Dyed maple binding
Abalone soundhole rosette
Ebony comfort edge
Unique slotted headstock
Brazillian fluorocarbon strings
38mm nut width, with 29mm G to A string spacing
What Flight say.....
Flight ukuleles is celebrating its tenth anniversary! While the traditional materials for a tenth anniversary are tin and aluminium, Flight has decided to pass on tradition and to celebrate its tenth anniversary by releasing four amazing tenor ukuleles!
While Flight is known for making high quality, affordably ukuleles, these anniversary models represent a new frontier for the company—solid wood ukuleles individually crafted by a master luthier, with a level of craftsmanship, playability, and sound rivalling the finest ukuleles on the planet.
We are calling these ukuleles the A10 series (tenth anniversary), and they are made from of the highest-grade solid wood: flamed and quilted maple, mango, and spruce/cocobolo. Each ukulele features a special headstock, ebony fingerboard and pin bridge, high quality rear-facing tuners, bone nut and compensated saddle, and Brazilian fluorocarbon strings.