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etudes
03-14-2017, 07:30 PM
I haven't had time to do a proper NUD but wanted to report that the Farallon arrived from HMS. First impressions: It looks way cool. Understated styling which I prefer and the Ekoa looks organic. It's already taking me new places in my uke playing. More about that later with some sound samples. Playability score is high (non-radius finger board). I love the tone, wood like to my ears but it has it's own unique voice. Impressed that it doesn't sound thin up the neck like other tenors I've played. My expectations were pretty high but I'd say it has exceeded them!

slackkey007
03-14-2017, 10:06 PM
I haven't had time to do a proper NUD but wanted to report that the Farallon arrived from HMS. First impressions: It looks way cool. Understated styling which I prefer and the Ekoa looks organic. It's already taking me new places in my uke playing. More about that later with some sound samples. Playability score is high (non-radius finger board). I love the tone, wood like to my ears but it has it's own unique voice. Impressed that it doesn't sound thin up the neck like other tenors I've played. My expectations were pretty high but I'd say it has exceeded them!


CONGRATS on your NUD!!! :cheers: Blackbird Farallons are awesome instruments!!!

OhioBelle
03-15-2017, 12:15 AM
Best wishes for a long and happy life with your Farallon!​I like the idea of it not sounding thin up the neck. it will be interesting to hear more as you and your new uke get to know each other.

lfoo6952
03-15-2017, 05:23 AM
Congrats, etudes. Welcome to the Blackbird club!

RichM
03-15-2017, 05:32 AM
Congratulations! Curiously enough, I also got a new Farallon this week. I played one at Gryphon in Palo Alto back in September, and was really wowed by the clarity and power of the tone. I've played a Rainsong carbon fiber guitar and really enjoy the clear tone and relatively maintenance-free lifestyle. I briefly had a Clara, but never adjusted to the rounded back. For me, the Farallon has been a great fit-- really a fabulous instrument.

Ukulele Eddie
03-15-2017, 07:28 AM
Congrats, eTudes and RichM on your recent Farallons. Another UU'er recently added one and I am really impressed with the tone and how well it compares to some very high end custom instruments.

I've talked to them for awhile about doing one with a uni-direction top (like their eKoa guitars; see the Savoy for example) rather than cross-weave like they do in their ukes. This is purely for aesthetic reasons (yeah, I"m shallow that way). The unitop requires adjusting the bracing. Joe just agreed to do it, so it's six months out. Pretty stoked about it.

Tof
03-15-2017, 09:59 AM
Congrats!
I received mine a few weeks ago. I asked Joe to add a side sound port and he proposed to replace the bridge with a custom string-through one to be safe with thicker gauge/ high tension strings. I also asked for a gloss top, it's useless but it looks better in my opinion :-)
Farallon is a fantastic uke, with a crazy dynamic, a lot of clarity, and a very unique tone. You won't be disappointed!!

DownUpDave
03-15-2017, 11:23 AM
All right this is like a Farallon love in.......I have one on order as well. Etudes and I had been communicating about his upcoming Farallon, Congratulations buddy, glad you are so pleased with it.

etudes
03-15-2017, 05:41 PM
Congratulations! Curiously enough, I also got a new Farallon this week. I played one at Gryphon in Palo Alto back in September, and was really wowed by the clarity and power of the tone. I've played a Rainsong carbon fiber guitar and really enjoy the clear tone and relatively maintenance-free lifestyle. I briefly had a Clara, but never adjusted to the rounded back. For me, the Farallon has been a great fit-- really a fabulous instrument.

Thanks, Congrats to you as well! I'm traveling for work next week, it will be the first road trip for the Blackbird..

etudes
03-15-2017, 05:43 PM
Congrats!
I received mine a few weeks ago. I asked Joe to add a side sound port and he proposed to replace the bridge with a custom string-through one to be safe with thicker gauge/ high tension strings. I also asked for a gloss top, it's useless but it looks better in my opinion :-)
Farallon is a fantastic uke, with a crazy dynamic, a lot of clarity, and a very unique tone. You won't be disappointed!!

Sounds intriguing!

etudes
03-15-2017, 05:46 PM
Congrats, eTudes and RichM on your recent Farallons. Another UU'er recently added one and I am really impressed with the tone and how well it compares to some very high end custom instruments.

I've talked to them for awhile about doing one with a uni-direction top (like their eKoa guitars; see the Savoy for example) rather than cross-weave like they do in their ukes. This is purely for aesthetic reasons (yeah, I"m shallow that way). The unitop requires adjusting the bracing. Joe just agreed to do it, so it's six months out. Pretty stoked about it.

It would look amazing! Look forward to seeing it.

quiltingshirley
03-16-2017, 05:28 AM
I am soooo jealous. I played a friend's the other day and loved the sound and ease of playing. It has a strong, loud voice. I have a Blackbird tenor cause I didn't care for the Clara. I would have bought the new one had it been available a few years ago. Enjoy!

Mezcalero
03-16-2017, 08:27 AM
Congrats!

I got mine a few weeks ago. Here is a sound sample I did for Dave and Eddie, who have a Farallon on order.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gjdfbou57ypj9ls/Sound%20Sample%202.wav?dl=0

I have played a lot of fine instruments since I started playing the uke around 6 months ago. The tone and playability on the Farallon has really impressed me.

M3Ukulele
03-16-2017, 01:45 PM
I'm considering sound port now. Pic I have from Joe looks great. He said it was a
Good idea for low G players. I'm high g but still like the idea. Look
Forward to some sound samples from all these new owners

etudes
03-16-2017, 04:53 PM
It's nice to hear from so many others with the Farallon (or waiting for theirs to fly in). The Soundport is an intriguing option.. I bought mine with a MiSi pickup installed by Blackbird. This weekend I'll give that a go! Enjoyed Mezcelaro's sound samples.

EmmaQ
03-17-2017, 03:43 PM
Wow- that soundport sounds intriguing. Saw a picture of it on their website, I think. Maybe it was yours. I have the Farallon and the Clara- love both, but its the Farallon I reach for most days. I have it in high g and my Clara in low. I also requested a radius fretboard which I love. Such a great playing and sounding uke.

stevejfc
03-17-2017, 04:34 PM
Congrats!! Jealousy abounds!

Nickie
03-17-2017, 04:38 PM
Congrats on your new baby!

etudes
03-26-2017, 05:25 PM
Good evening UU! Here's a dry sound sample/video of the Farallon. Sorry it's so short- just started picking out this favorite Dylan song this evening.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snEg7c--K_w

OhioBelle
03-26-2017, 05:44 PM
gorgeous song! perfect for that uke!

LarryS
03-27-2017, 12:08 AM
Sounds and looks great. I quite like the idea of these Blackbirds, they look like wood and it's good that alternative sources are been used. Really tho the song should be the Beatles 'Blackbird' ;)

DownUpDave
03-27-2017, 01:09 AM
Good evening UU! Here's a dry sound sample/video of the Farallon. Sorry it's so short- just started picking out this favorite Dylan song this evening.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snEg7c--K_w

Beautifully played.....I forgot how much I like that song. The Farallon sounds great and looks good as well. Have you had a chance to play it plugged yet as you had mentioned previously ?

Ukulele Eddie
03-27-2017, 06:47 AM
Good evening UU! Here's a dry sound sample/video of the Farallon. Sorry it's so short- just started picking out this favorite Dylan song this evening.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snEg7c--K_w

Really nice sounding and wonderful playing!! Do you happen to have a tab for that song?

lfoo6952
03-27-2017, 06:48 AM
It sounds very nice. Thanks for posting.

etudes
03-27-2017, 04:28 PM
I haven't played enough high end tenors to know how it compares but it does sing to my ears. And yeah got to work up Blackbird!



Sounds and looks great. I quite like the idea of these Blackbirds, they look like wood and it's good that alternative sources are been used. Really tho the song should be the Beatles 'Blackbird' ;)

etudes
03-27-2017, 04:34 PM
Really nice sounding and wonderful playing!! Do you happen to have a tab for that song?

Thanks Eddie. I could at least provide the chords. I'm using G-C-D-F tuning. That's something special about the Farallon, it seems adept at alternate tunings; maintains it's musicality even when severely detuned.