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Choirguy
08-01-2017, 11:03 AM
I have been participating on the Got a Ukulele Facebook Group (can't get enough ukulele discussion, it seems) and someone posted about a $36 Enya Soprano Camp Ukulele called the EUR-X1. HPL laminate, radius fretboard, truss rod, gig bag, tuner, etc.

At the time of the post, it was $30.99--so I bought one. So did a number of other people (including Barry Maz, who will eventually review it). Nobody has mentioned this here, and I doubt everyone is on Facebook. So, I figured: I might as well share the news.

Simply put, it isn't perfect, but it is a really, really nice soprano instrument for less than $30. I bought 10 more for our school program right away, as they were $28.99 each from Amazon yesterday. I suggest different strings...will be trying Aquila KIDS on those 10 ukuleles when they arrive tomorrow.

I know ukuleles that cost less than $50 are usually good to avoid...this is an exception. I have no idea how they afford to sell these for $28.99.

I blogged about it here: https://ukestuff.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/it-is-too-good-to-be-true-but-it-isnt-false/

And blogged again with video here: https://ukestuff.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/some-enya-eur-x1-videos/

If you are interested in buying, search "Enya 21 Ukulele Kit" or feel free to use a link in my blog (those are referral links, which I will not post here).

Booli
08-01-2017, 11:39 AM
Chris -

Thanks for sharing here on UU as well, since I avoid Facebook at all costs. I am sure other UU folks, just have no need for Facebook either and would also be left out.

I am not really in the market now for a new uke per se (only if/when i downsize a bit and raise funds for upgrading to a Martin C1K :drool:...)

But I will be following your account here with interest as I like to keep up with the new items that are available.

Mahalo brother :)

Choirguy
08-01-2017, 12:54 PM
I hear you, Booli. Several years ago, I had over 1,000 Facebook friends, made of family, friends, work acquaintances, and former students (the mass majority, as I was a high school choir teacher at the time). About that time, Facebook changed from just being a feed of what people were doing to a continual stream of re-posts and ads. Then a former student posted a video for all that Facebook's filter didn't catch...and that was the moment I decided to leave.

However, the active ukulele culture on Facebook drew me back, where I made an account not connected to my name, and I only follow and post ukulele stuff. The Got a Ukulele group (and Barry is still active here) is just a little more ukulele content when there seems to only be UU as an active forum on the regular internet.

Doug W
08-01-2017, 02:12 PM
Well Choirguy, I just ordered one. We need a second uke for camping and bike trips. We did do one 30 mile bike trip last year (not very impressive for real bikers).

Thanks for the review.

Choirguy
08-01-2017, 02:16 PM
My brother-in-law is a guitar player, and after two years of my dragging a ukulele to every family gathering, he has decided to look into ukulele for fun, too. He's going to buy one of these.

They have removable necks...theoretically, I could order a concert neck or a tenor neck and install it on the body...

M3Ukulele
08-01-2017, 03:36 PM
Choir guy,
Great post thank you. Neat looking ukulele. I think it sounds good. I'm temped and will now go back and see what a Tenor Enya HPL is worth. GrEat value, cool campfire, frypan look. You did good but even better for your students. I'm betting these HPL will be close to industructilbe so great for student. You said action, fret ends etc were all good. So, anyone can learn music on them and fight a badly made ukulele. I'm curious how your Aquila student strings sound on his ukulele. As a rule Aquila tend to bring out more volume. Cheers

bazmaz
08-02-2017, 12:08 AM
Glad you wrote these - I think they are remarkable value. The setup on mine is absolutely superb.

bazmaz
08-02-2017, 01:21 AM
No - it's not a honeycomb - it's sheets of craft paper layered together in a resin and an outer graphic on the outside. Same material Martin uses for their X series guitars and ukes and that Bonanza Ukuleles use for theirs. In fact Enya say in their product leaflet that this IS Martin HPL.

it's kitchen counter top material.

maki66
08-02-2017, 02:45 AM
I went to Amazon and noticed they call this a kit.
How difficult is assembly?

UkeNukem
08-02-2017, 03:03 AM
Thanks for the info ChiorGuy. I just took delivery of a sub$30 soprano from GC and this Enya looks superior, especially for the added accessories.

Now what to do? I have money and am visiting one of my grandsons soon who attempts to play his Dad's concert Uke. He is only 4 but is he ready? Only one way to find out!

bazmaz
08-02-2017, 03:06 AM
I went to Amazon and noticed they call this a kit.
How difficult is assembly?

It's not a kit - no assembly required. No idea why they use that term!

UkeNukem
08-02-2017, 03:23 AM
I could not resist!!!!:drool:

Booli
08-02-2017, 04:18 AM
I came back to say that Chris, I think the blog pages and videos linked therein on YouTube, are really well done, informative and will be a great resource for anyone looking for more info on this uke.

Kudos to you for your generosity, time and energy for putting this all together and sharing with everyone.

So thank you for everything you do to share your experiences with the ukulele, I do appreciate it very much, and I'm pretty sure that other folks do as well.

Having said that....MUST RESIST Enya Camp uke....and put shekels in pickle jar to save for a Martin C1K....MUST RESIST....fight the Borg ...... aHHHHHHHHH ............. resist ............ resist ...... EXTERMINATE! ...... aaaahhhhh ....... EXTERMINATE!!!

Choirguy
08-02-2017, 05:40 AM
Thanks for the info ChiorGuy. I just took delivery of a sub$30 soprano from GC and this Enya looks superior, especially for the added accessories.

Now what to do? I have money and am visiting one of my grandsons soon who attempts to play his Dad's concert Uke. He is only 4 but is he ready? Only one way to find out!

When I moved into using ukulele as a way to reach my choir students, the cheapest playable ukulele on the market was the Mahalo MK1 series. We bought 55 of them, most of them at $24 each. They aren't great ukuleles...but they worked. I also bought one for my family, knowing I was going to buy a ukulele (my first was a Makala MK-CE, which I still play from time to time). The idea with the family was that my kids could use that MK1 and leave their hands off my stuff. Incidentally, this one later had the headstock broken by my eight year old (at the time) son and his friends...and UU members suggested gluing it and clamping it...and it is still working. As for the 55 Mahalos, we sold them, with a tuner, to students for $12 each, taking a slight loss but not really as they lasted for a year of instruction. Just cheap instruments with cheap finishes and cheap strings...but they worked to teach entry level ukulele in a classroom setting.

Later, we were going through Wal-Mart and in the clearance aisle, there was a First Act Mickey Mouse Guitar for $20. My four year old was into the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at the time, so I bought it. It was "just" $20, and while it is a truly horrendous instrument, there are a couple of nice touches (true Mickey Mouse ears on the tuners, and the sound hole makes one of Mickey's ears on the front. It is a shame it doesn't sound good (plastic uke, and not a good one).

Later I found Caramel ukuleles, and we replaced the Mahalos with Caramel concerts and tenors. For education, they work well, but do require set-up and care in term of fret end management as the fretboard dries in our cold (Minnesota) winter. The concerts are $36 and tenors $39, shipped, from China. See Barry's review about these as well (full disclosure always).

Well, this Enya is a far superior product to the Mahalo MK1, (obviously) the First Act Mickey Mouse Guitar, and all of the Caramels. It isn't perfect...but for $29 (US...seems the UK doesn't get the price), you get a very decent starter ukulele in the soprano scale, plus the accessories you really need to get going (tuner, bag).

Now...for a four year old...WHY NOT? The only possible regret is having a four year old not really playing a ukulele that is a legitimate instrument. $29 is, sadly, throw away money in our culture (the things we buy without even thinking about them)--and I can think of no reason why your four year old couldn't have one of these...and the HPL laminate should stick up to some abuse (see Bonanza Pete's videos with the HPL that they use).

There was a fellow on the Got a Ukulele Forum (Facebook) that decided to send his back...and that's fair. The ukulele isn't loud, but I find myself playing it quite a bit. I still can't believe that it has a radius fretboard...

UkeNukem
08-02-2017, 06:32 AM
Well, in reality his mom (my daughter) said she does not think he is quite ready so I ordered the first cheapo soprano as an experiment in tuning it like a mandolin for travel. Now with the Enya on the way I will set up the first one for the lad and use the Enya for myself! Mainly because it comes with a real case rather than the thin fibre-cloth one the first came with.

Here is the link so y'all know what I mean. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Mahalo/Kahiko-Series-MK1-Soprano-Ukulele.gc

It is an Indonesian made soprano and it really is decent. They did send me the wrong color but it looks fine and was $2 more.. Seems well made and workable tuners. It even has a serial number on the inside label! :eek:

I already have popped off the nut and started sanding the nut and saddle to lower the action. Then new strings which I have in stock. At worst it can be a loaner to have on hand.

That's half my fun anyway is tweaking cheap instruments to be better than they should. I have learned quite a bit over the years this way too.

From your review the Enya may not need any tweaking, just new strings. Thanks again!

bazmaz
08-02-2017, 07:04 AM
Re the price - I spoke to Enya on this - I believe this is a temporary low price in order to build awareness of the brand. The retail / list for these in the UK is actually 129. Their standard shaped soprano (same build, same accessories) is also about that much. So I suspect these ultra low prices won't last. They are effectively giving them away.

Booli
08-02-2017, 07:58 AM
Re the price - I spoke to Enya on this - I believe this is a temporary low price in order to build awareness of the brand. The retail / list for these in the UK is actually 129. Their standard shaped soprano (same build, same accessories) is also about that much. So I suspect these ultra low prices won't last. They are effectively giving them away.

I can confirm since I just noticed the Amazon description at the top says: "$28.99 until Aug 15th"

maki66
08-02-2017, 07:58 AM
It's not a kit - no assembly required. No idea why they use that term!

Thank you.
I'm going to have to stop reading these threads.
A decent $29 ukulele? How do I resist?

bazmaz
08-02-2017, 08:34 AM
been playing it tonight. I've come to a theory on the low volume. I think the bridge is set behind the most resonant part of the top. Rap the top in front of the bridge and it's like a drum. Tap near the bridge and it isn't. The birdge is not on the most resonant part and therefore can't transmit vibrations into the top as efficiently. Still, it's a pleasant tone though.

UkeNukem
08-02-2017, 09:40 AM
A decent $29 ukulele? How do I resist?

I tried using rational thinking along the "I really do't need another cheap ukulele" but gave up and ordered one anyway when I saw the "Until" note!

"Resistance is futile, buying ukuleles is inevitable!"

Doug W
08-02-2017, 12:02 PM
I tried using rational thinking along the "I really do't need another cheap ukulele" but gave up and ordered one anyway when I saw the "Until" note!

"Resistance is futile, buying ukuleles is inevitable!"

I would like to offer this rationale: Everyone needs to keep one extra ukulele around for emergency wedding gifts.

Stagehand
08-02-2017, 02:43 PM
[QUOTE=Doug W;1985210 one extra ukulele [/QUOTE]

Balderdash.....There is no such thing as an extra ukulele!

actadh
08-02-2017, 05:23 PM
I ordered 4 based on feedback from the FB site. I was looking for some for young grandkids and these seem perfect. I got an extra one for me, too.

Sagarji
08-02-2017, 05:55 PM
I have been contemplating getting a cheap soprano car uke to practice on while I wait for the wife to finish her shopping. I was going back and forth on a makala dolphin or a waterman (possibly even the newer concert versions). Seeing as you have experience with both of those how would you rate this enya as compared to those? I could care less about volume. Playability, sturdiness and tone are my priorities for such a setting.
Also how does the shape affect comfort when playing? One of the great things about a ukulele to me is the ability to tuck it in my arm (even tenors). I've never played a camp style so I don't quite know how that would feel.

bazmaz
08-02-2017, 07:53 PM
@sagarji

Camp styles are actually usually pretty comfortable - lots of uke body to cradle. The issue with this on is how far south the bridge is. I find that when standing the arm cradling the uke ends up resting on the bridge and can be quite uncomfortable.

UkeNukem
08-03-2017, 04:15 AM
I would like to offer this rationale: Everyone needs to keep one extra ukulele around for emergency wedding gifts.

Er, that would require TWO MATCHING extra ukes, would it not??? :D

Sagarji
08-03-2017, 04:30 AM
Er, that would require TWO MATCHING extra ukes, would it not??? :D

Seeing as its an "emergency" wedding you should get maternity clothes for the bride. The groom gets the uke in case he might need to destress while he kills some time in a hospital waiting room.

Booli
08-03-2017, 04:43 AM
Seeing as its an "emergency" wedding you should get maternity clothes for the bride. The groom gets the uke in case he might need to destress while he kills some time in a hospital waiting room.

Makes perfect sense to me.

besley
08-03-2017, 07:10 AM
Well since I don't like sopranos much, I am safe from temptation - this time. But do they make a similar laminate uke in a tenor?

Choirguy
08-03-2017, 08:05 AM
Yes...the whole X1 series. However...this is the only model on the $29 (US only) pricing. Everything else seems to start at the $129 entry point.

UkeNukem
08-03-2017, 08:06 AM
Makes perfect sense to me.

We need another thread ...:rolleyes:

Ziret
08-03-2017, 07:22 PM
Yes...the whole X1 series. However...this is the only model on the $29 (US only) pricing. Everything else seems to start at the $129 entry point.

Their standard soprano is $105 at Amazon.

Sagarji
08-05-2017, 09:04 AM
Decided to pull the trigger today, but I guess I was too late. "Currently unavailable". I immediately thought that bazmaz must of posted a review and they got flooded. Checked out gotaukulele and what do you know. Oh well can't blame anyone but myself.

bazmaz
08-05-2017, 10:11 AM
oops... sorry about that! I am convinced they will come back in stock though - madness for them not to do that.

Chopped Liver
08-05-2017, 10:38 AM
Well since I don't like sopranos much, I am safe from temptation - this time. But do they make a similar laminate uke in a tenor?

I wondered about a tenor, too. I've never had a tenor and I'm looking for a good budget one to try. They cost a good bit more than this deal!

Sagarji
08-05-2017, 11:16 AM
As I said, can't blame anyone but myself. I self-sabotaged in a way. Based on ukestuff.info's review and the knowledge that you had one for review and you seemed to like it I guessed these things wouldn't last at that price till the 15th. Either they would sell out or they'd prematurely bump them back up to full price. I still procrastinated trying to weigh this against a purple transparent waterman. What finally tipped me over the edge was the removable neck on these x1s. I am curios enough about how well it works that I wanted to take a closer look. And at $30 why not. I snooze I lose. And I'd just like to say thanks for all the great content you produce. I would gladly take your timely reviews and participation in the community over scoring this cool little uke at such a deal.

Doug W
08-06-2017, 07:23 AM
Mine arrived yesterday. I think that this is a decent uke for camping or wherever you don't want to bring your good uke and it looks better than most ukes in its price range but the tone is not anything to write home about, intonation is not bad. I put on some Martin strings. I think that Aquila new Nylguts would be better on this animal but I didn't have any sitting around. For $29 I am glad to have it so I don't have to put my Mainland at risk on a bike trip.

I make it sound like I take a lot of bike trips, my wife and I went on one 60 mile round trip bike/camping trip a couple of years ago but I have gone on a few more in my head.

The next real or imaginary bike trip will feature this uke tied to the back of the bike.

Booli
08-06-2017, 07:44 AM
At the original promotional price ~$30, this seems a more robust beater/travel uke than that disastrous Schoenhut copy of the Flea, however at 3x-4x the promo price, it's not so attractive to me any more.

I hope they offer it again at that price, otherwise if price remains ~$129, and you really want a 'camp uke', I wonder if that one painted in a baby-blue sunburst from Gretsch might be a better sounding and playing instrument...

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/510oKmbLiTL._SL1200_.jpg

gnordenstam
08-06-2017, 11:08 AM
I ordered one and it arrived today. What a bargain! The volume is a little low, but it is a very playable uke. Best $29.00 I've ever spent.
--G

bazmaz
08-06-2017, 11:34 AM
At the original promotional price ~$30, this seems a more robust beater/travel uke than that disastrous Schoenhut copy of the Flea, however at 3x-4x the promo price, it's not so attractive to me any more.

I hope they offer it again at that price, otherwise if price remains ~$129, and you really want a 'camp uke', I wonder if that one painted in a baby-blue sunburst from Gretsch might be a better sounding and playing instrument...

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/510oKmbLiTL._SL1200_.jpg

My review remains the same - terrible volume due to bridge position, but I WOULD buy one again at the full RRP

maki66
08-07-2017, 11:42 AM
We just got ours, which we bought on the strength of the reviews here. Thanks to everyone, and especially Bazmaz.

Quick impression, from a complete n00b:

Quality seems very good.
Love the roomy fret board.
Mine example is very pretty.

It is, as many noted, very quite. Probably less than half the
Volume of my economy Donner soprano.
This is good for us as we now have a ukulele that I can play in the very late night or early morning without making
enemies of my neighbor.

Overall I'm very happy.

UkeNukem
08-08-2017, 05:39 AM
Mine arrived (had it shipped to the office) and I opened it up with my non-musical colleague watching and even he was impressed. For what I paid it certainly seems a keeper. The round body even makes a usable bongo! I did not tune it up, I do not have that little to do at work!

One question for those who have one. Do you install the strings from inside? I guess one just inserts a string through the bridge then fishes out the end through the sound hole and puts a knot/bead on the end, then put the other end in the tuner?

Choirguy
08-08-2017, 07:48 AM
Yeah, Barry Maz guaranteed that they sold out. :). I know that 59 were sold with my referral, not counting the 14 I bought. His reach is a lot further than mine!

I know of one other person that bought more than a dozen, for a similar reason (to put in local libraries for check out).

String change: Disconnect the string, push it through the bridge, fish it out. Cut off the beads. Then feed new strings from the top, fish them through the sound hole, tie on a bead on the sound hole end, pull tight from the top, then regular attachment to the tuning pegs. I do have a video on this on my YouTube channel if you are interested, but I think you have it.

UkeNukem
08-08-2017, 09:06 AM
"String change: Disconnect the string, push it through the bridge, fish it out. Cut off the beads. Then feed new strings from the top, fish them through the sound hole, tie on a bead on the sound hole end, pull tight from the top, then regular attachment to the tuning pegs. I do have a video on this on my YouTube channel if you are interested, but I think you have it."

Thanks, and then there is a knock on the door and when I open it a stranger says "Hi, I'm your Uncle Bob!" :D

fowl
08-08-2017, 11:33 AM
Has anyone tried Aquila strings on this yet?

Choirguy
08-08-2017, 12:43 PM
I have Aquila KIDS strings, which are colored Super Nylguts on 13 of them. Possibly louder--if so, just marginally, but in my opinion, a loss of a bit of fullness to the sound. Strings are so subjective.

Bonanza Pete suggested Aquila Carbon Blacks, which I am not going to try because I am fine with the Martin 600 strings on mine, and the KIDS strings are for educational use.