Leading ukulele specialist Flight revealed a host of new products at Winter NAMM. Flight Ukuleles are distributed by MIA Members Hal Leonard Europe…
Soundwave Pickup System
Flight is thrilled to announce the Soundwave Pickup System, a pickup system that uses phenomenal new technology to place control of the preamp and various effects at the fingertips of the player, whether the ukulele is plugged into an amplifier or not. The Flight Soundwave Pickup System amplifies a ukulele from inside the instrument; reverb, delay, chorus, and volume can be controlled with dials on the side of the ukulele. When the ukulele is plugged into an amp or PA system, the EQ and effects bypass the interior system and send the effects through the output jack. Performers are often at the mercy of a sound engineer when gigging. The Flight Soundwave Pickup System not only adds a new dimension to acoustic playing, but also gives the gigging musician complete control without the need of additional equipment other than a lead cable and the ukulele in their hand. Flight offers the Soundwave Pickup System on the Sophia and Diana, which are higher-end solid top spruce and cedar ukuleles with laminated walnut back and sides.
Expanded Travel Series
Flight travel ukuleles are well-known in the ukulele world and have been praised by various ukulele reviewers. These instruments are known for their great sound, their ability to withstand a host of challenging environments, and for their quality and playability. They are also known for their great value as they fall into the price category of many entry level ukuleles. With their rounded thermo-moulded plastic body and neck and linden wood top, these instruments challenge the sound quality and playing experience of many intermediate ukulele models that cost significantly more.
These soprano sized travel ukuleles have proven so popular that Flight has now released a long neck soprano version of the instrument, which offers increased spacing on the fretboard while maintaining the percussive tone and punch of the original soprano model. The soprano long neck will be available in four designs: solid black (TUSL35-Black), dark blue (TUSL35-Dark Blue), surf print (TUSL25-Surf), and salamander sound-hole walnut wood top (TUSL50-Salamander).
Updated Princess Series
Flight has added four new models of ukulele to the Princess Series, a series of instruments which proves that high end instruments do not require an inflated price tag. Princess Series ukuleles feature solid tops made of premium tone woods, Worth strings, active sound hole pickup, and quality gig bags. The Antonia model is a mahogany ukulele with a beautiful pearl rosette. The Thin body Leia model is made of cedar and acacia. The Sophia and Diana models combine spruce or cedar sound boards with walnut back and sides, a gloss finish, and slotted headstocks with golden machine heads.
New bundle in collaboration with YouTuber Elise Ecklund
Elise Ecklund is known for her fun and quirky video content and for her original songs, with more than 1.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. Flight continues its collaboration with Elise Ecklund with the new Elise Ecklund Signature Travel Soprano Ukulele Bundle. The bundle includes the incredibly popular Elise Ecklund Signature Sunset Ukulele, a signature ukulele strap, a signature capo, a Flight FTC-33 tuner with colour display, and a gig bag. Additionally, the bundle includes the Elise Ecklund Songbook, which has been published in collaboration with the world’s largest music publisher, Hal Leonard.
Based in Slovenia, Flight has grown into an international brand that is distributed all around the globe. Flight is a company with a young and energetic vibe, a distinct style, and an intentional focus on the image of the brand. The brand utilizes social medial platforms and collaborates with various online personalities. As a result of these efforts, Flight ukuleles have become trendy, well-received, and in demand. Flight is currently the biggest ukulele brand on Instagram and has an active online community. While Flight is recognized for its innovative Travel Series of ukulele, the company continues to expand its offerings for all levels and demographics of players.
About Hal Leonard Europe
Hal Leonard Europe is part of the Hal Leonard group of companies – the world’s largest source of music publications, representing many of the world’s best-known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and instrument manufacturers. Hal Leonard Europe companies publish and distribute an extensive catalogue of printed and digital publications, sheet music, music education resources, instruments, gifts, accessories and pro audio in Europe and around the world.
There are Hal Leonard Europe offices and distribution centres located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.