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Jerryc41
09-14-2018, 08:08 AM
I've seen this for sale and demoed several times, and it looks interesting, especially for just $99. It's a traditional "camp" design, but I don't like the top treatment at all. I wonder if that could be sanded away.

It got a good review from Baz - gotaukulele.com

https://smile.amazon.com/Eddy-Finn-EF-MOON-Stars-Ukulele/dp/B0785H7SDX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536948480&sr=8-1&keywords=ef+moon

bsfloyd
09-15-2018, 12:20 AM
I've played these in local shops and thought they were nice for the money. I don't know about sanding the etching from the top - it might make the top too thin?

stevepetergal
09-15-2018, 12:29 AM
The top on this instrument is a laminate. If you sand out the etching (I would guess it's deeper than you might think) you'll almost surely go through the top veneer. No way of knowing what the second layer looks like. If you can't live with the looks, I'd recommend not getting this one. That being said, if you don't mind the $100 risk (maybe a 95% risk), it's worth a try.

bsfloyd
09-15-2018, 12:37 AM
Hmmm, how about a Terry Mead banjo uke? Not really a traditional banjo uke style - more of a camp style. You just have a floating bridge, but you still get the wood top. Also, not in the same $100 price range but still a good price for a solid hand made instrument.


http://www.tmeadbanjos.com/Ukuleles.htm

Graham Greenbag
09-15-2018, 01:04 AM
Hmmm, how about a Terry Mead banjo uke? Not really a traditional banjo uke style - more of a camp style. You just have a floating bridge, but you still get the wood top. Also, not in the same $100 price range but still a good price for a solid hand made instrument.


http://www.tmeadbanjos.com/Ukuleles.htm

Thanks for the lead to Terry’s Uke, looks good and $295 for the concert size model.

To me the Eddy Finn interpretation of the camp design is more about style and appearance than substance. I dislike the picture on front and think that no frets on the body and a sound hole higher up the body would allow a proportionally larger drum area (which is what Terry seems to have done). I don’t believe that it would be practical to sand away the etching (not easy to do and far too likely to damage the top layer of the laminate).

I’ve not come across many Camp style Ukes at all, sadly Google searches just don’t show much beside the Gretsch models (the original and the later roots series) - which IMHO look better proportioned than the EF, less show and more go? To me the Camp style is an interesting concept but I wonder how well they play in practice (when any particular model is compared with similar priced instruments).

Jerryc41
09-15-2018, 01:39 AM
Hmmm, how about a Terry Mead banjo uke? Not really a traditional banjo uke style - more of a camp style. You just have a floating bridge, but you still get the wood top. Also, not in the same $100 price range but still a good price for a solid hand made instrument.


http://www.tmeadbanjos.com/Ukuleles.htm

Thanks for the link, but at three times the price, I'll pass.

Jerryc41
09-15-2018, 01:45 AM
The top on this instrument is a laminate. If you sand out the etching (I would guess it's deeper than you might think) you'll almost surely go through the top veneer. No way of knowing what the second layer looks like. If you can't live with the looks, I'd recommend not getting this one. That being said, if you don't mind the $100 risk (maybe a 95% risk), it's worth a try.

I wondered about that, but the design appears to be raised, rather than sunken in. I doubt that sanding would be able to make the entire top look the same. There is some sort of pattern in the surface that makes it look like fabric. If it were half the price, I'd buy one and give it a try. I bet that design kills 50% of their sales. Maybe a sheet of contact paper would improve the looks. :D

Enya makes a camp uke, which Amazon is selling for $86, but Baz commented on the weak sound because of the location of the bridge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_4etwyuDME

EDIT: I wrote to Eddy and told him to get rid of that ridiculous design. You should be able to buy a plain faced model next week. :)

ScooterD35
09-15-2018, 08:36 AM
I actually bought one of these after Barry posted a teaser picture on Facebook. I really like the whimsical moon and stars motif, and it’s an excellent laminate Uke for the money. My in-laws have a cottage at a camp in the Endless Mountains in Pa, so this is now the official “camp Uke” in my arsenal.

FWIW, Eddy Finn also has a version with a Tiki design.


https://www.eddyfinn.com/uploads/6/1/9/8/61980777/eddy_finn_2018_catalog.pdf


Scooter

Kenn2018
09-15-2018, 07:14 PM
I wondered about that, but the design appears to be raised, rather than sunken in. I doubt that sanding would be able to make the entire top look the same. There is some sort of pattern in the surface that makes it look like fabric. If it were half the price, I'd buy one and give it a try. I bet that design kills 50% of their sales. Maybe a sheet of contact paper would improve the looks. :D

Enya makes a camp uke, which Amazon is selling for $86, but Baz commented on the weak sound because of the location of the bridge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_4etwyuDME

EDIT: I wrote to Eddy and told him to get rid of that ridiculous design. You should be able to buy a plain faced model next week. :)

But the Enya was (is?) barry's travel uke. He can take the neck off and put it in his suitcase then bolt it back on when he arrives! With no problems. Because of that he is willing to put up with the lower volume.

I'm not at all sure the reason is because of the bridge location. I've seen many soprano ukes with the bridge just as low that get plenty of volume. I wonder how it stacks up to the Eddie Finn volume wise?

Jerryc41
09-16-2018, 12:22 AM
I'm not at all sure the reason is because of the bridge location. I've seen many soprano ukes with the bridge just as low that get plenty of volume.

I wondered the same thing

Jerryc41
09-16-2018, 12:26 AM
Thanks to ScooterD35, I ordered the Eddy Finn Tiki version. I like the looks more than the Moon version, and it will complement my Flea Tiki. I found it at The Music Store, St. George, UT for $99.95. Shipping was just $2.66.

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Lacole
09-16-2018, 09:22 AM
I bought the EF moon because I liked the design, however I haven't been able to find a bag that will fit the long neck and wide body. Amazon lowered the price by $30 a week after I bought it, but I still like it.

Different strokes for different folks. Enjoy your new use.
LaCole

ScooterD35
09-16-2018, 10:45 AM
I bought the EF moon because I liked the design, however I haven't been able to find a bag that will fit the long neck and wide body. Amazon lowered the price by $30 a week after I bought it, but I still like it.

Different strokes for different folks. Enjoy your new use.
LaCole


This is the bag I bought for the Moon Uke, and it works just fine.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T7GD2NK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Scooter

ScooterD35
09-16-2018, 10:46 AM
Thanks to ScooterD35, I ordered the Eddy Finn Tiki version. I like the looks more than the Moon version, and it will complement my Flea Tiki. I found it at The Music Store, St. George, UT for $99.95. Shipping was just $2.66.

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Good for you! I look forward to your review!


Scooter

Kenn2018
09-16-2018, 07:34 PM
The Tiki is a fun design. I think I would prefer it to the moon one.

Jerryc41
09-17-2018, 01:54 AM
This is the bag I bought for the Moon Uke, and it works just fine.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T7GD2NK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Scooter

Thanks! I added that to my Wish List. I have a couple of banjo uke gig bags that might take the round Eddy Finn. I got this mandolin hard case for my banjo ukes, but I'm not going spend $50 for a case for a $100 uke.

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/musicians-gear-hardshell-a-style-mandolin-case?rNtt=a-style%20mandolin%20case&index=3

Lacole
09-17-2018, 05:39 AM
This is the bag I am looking for, but I haven't been able to find it on Amazon.ca.

Good to know that it will fit from someone that has one.
LaCole

Wukulele
09-18-2018, 10:20 AM
I bought the EF moon because I liked the design, however I haven't been able to find a bag that will fit the long neck and wide body. Amazon lowered the price by $30 a week after I bought it, but I still like it.

Different strokes for different folks. Enjoy your new use.
LaCole

I had planed on ordering this 28cm (11inch) wide soft case/bag for the Eddy Finn Moon (Body Depth: 2 1/2" Body Length: 10 1/4"), had I gone through w/ buying the actual ukulele.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/23-24-Ukulele-Guitar-Bag-Case-Shoulder-Strap-15mm-Thicken-Blue-Free-Ship-P7V9/232479745994

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Jerryc41
09-19-2018, 03:06 AM
I had planed on ordering this 28cm (11inch) wide soft case/bag for the Eddy Finn Moon (Body Depth: 2 1/2" Body Length: 10 1/4"), had I gone through w/ buying the actual ukulele.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/23-24-Ukulele-Guitar-Bag-Case-Shoulder-Strap-15mm-Thicken-Blue-Free-Ship-P7V9/232479745994


That looks very nice - good price.

Lacole
09-19-2018, 09:33 AM
I did a broader search and found the m-13 as a mandolin bag that was out of stock, so I ordered it anyways. Crossing my fingers and hope it comes soon.
LaCole