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notgeorgeformby
12-27-2013, 08:40 AM
I'm being sorely tempted by an Eddy Finn solid mahogany tenor currently for sale on eBay, but can't find much about the brand on the internet. I don't think they are sold in the UK and there aren't many reviews on retail sites. Anyone have experience of this brand? I'd be grateful for any feedback.

kohanmike
12-27-2013, 08:51 AM
A few months ago I bought an Eddy Finn EF-13-TE2 tenor, solid spruce top and mahogany sides and back from Amazon for $168. I replaced the preamp/tuner with a nicer one I ordered from China, and had the action lowered a bit. I really like it, good presence, clean and comfortable.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/u2EddyFinn.jpg

notgeorgeformby
12-27-2013, 09:10 AM
A few months ago I bought an Eddy Finn EF-13-TE2 tenor, solid spruce top and mahogany sides and back from Amazon for $168. I replaced the preamp/tuner with a nicer one I ordered from China, and had the action lowered a bit. I really like it, good presence, clean and comfortable.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/u2EddyFinn.jpg

Thanks, Mike. It looks good.

OldePhart
12-27-2013, 12:06 PM
I've only handled one, and that was a couple of years ago at UWC. The action was outrageously high at both ends complete with the intonation problems that usually accompany an action that is high at the nut and there wasn't much volume (though I think it was one of the laminated ones, if I remember right).

That was right after they entered the market. They may have gotten better.

John

Kayak Jim
12-27-2013, 12:28 PM
My impression is that they have a fairly robust, i.e. heavy, build. Not sure where I got that idea, nor whether it is valid. I tend to steer clear of them though. That's just me.

rem50
12-27-2013, 12:30 PM
i have seen a number of them and tried them a few times but wasn't overly impressed. That doesn't mean there aren't good ones out there. I got an inexpensive Kala that I love!

hoosierhiver
12-27-2013, 02:39 PM
"Eddy Finn" is the line of ukes produced by mega-company SHS, they abruptly jumped into ukuleles when the market got hot about 5 years back.

haolejohn
12-27-2013, 04:44 PM
I'm being sorely tempted by an Eddy Finn solid mahogany tenor currently for sale on eBay, but can't find much about the brand on the internet. I don't think they are sold in the UK and there aren't many reviews on retail sites. Anyone have experience of this brand? I'd be grateful for any feedback.

My thoughts are they are just another cheap ukulele. Nothing to write home about. I have looked into buying one of their banjoleles, but that was nore b/c of the price than the overwhelming sound. IMO there are better sounding ukes in that price range.

pabrizzer
12-27-2013, 04:47 PM
My Eddy Finn soprano is the only solid wood ukulele I own. It is solid mahogany and is a beautiful looking little instrument and certainly nicely made. I got it on special on eBay - I think it was $99 including postage. I don't play it often and I do prefer my Flea but it was more expensive.
If the price is right I would recommend it as I reckon the tenor would be nicer.
Here are a couple of vids with the Eddy Finn soprano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRT_Y0RsQJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqTG9oyOVYU

glass
12-27-2013, 06:03 PM
I got a EF. It says solid wood yet it is laminate. Its good, a good smelling ukulele. I think they got the gimmick of shark fin sound hole and coconut smell. Its good for a beginner ukulele but thats about it a definite solid built ukulele as it has with stood my kids so far as well.

TheCraftedCow
12-27-2013, 08:05 PM
I am a dealer for Eddy Finn. At first it was like learning a foreign language. For Example: mahogany means it is a laminate
solid mahogany top means the top is solid and the rest is laminate. All solid mahogany means what it says. That hold true for any of their instruments and any of the different woods. For $10.00, their shop goes through the instrument and does a set up on it, so when I get them, I don't have to do it. For $8.00 extra, they will drop ship to your address when you buy through any dealer. That way, you aren't paying for it being shipped to me and then from me to you. Their ukuleles come with a three-ten or lifetime warranty. Even the little Minnows have a three year written warranty.
I don't just sell them, I own several different models and sizes. I have to laugh every time I am playing my own instrument and someone wants to buy it right on the spot. Some come with Aquila strings and some come with less than Aquila strings, but they let you know . Often there are special sales to dealers. Just before Christmas, they had a buy one at regular dealer price, and get a second one free. Two of the models were all solid wood. In a situation like that, I sell the first one at cost, so we each get a good uke at a great price. They had a model 01 soprano that was the equivalent of the little Mahalo sopranos that wasn't as good as the Minnow, but, with good strings, they really play nicely, and sound good. They also have the three year warranty. I have two other lines --Lehua and Leolani --, but the Eddy Finn line is the one which is most often bought. I am impressed with SHS and how they do business.

notgeorgeformby
12-27-2013, 08:26 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the replies, guys!

I tossed caution to the wind and put in a bid last night, woke up this morning to find I have won! So the deed is done, for better or worse. I got it for just over $200 including shipping to the UK, and I'll have tax and import duty to pay when it gets here. If it's half decent that price compares pretty well with the choice available here. I'll update this thread when I get my hands on it.


I've only handled one, and that was a couple of years ago at UWC. The action was outrageously high at both ends complete with the intonation problems that usually accompany an action that is high at the nut and there wasn't much volume (though I think it was one of the laminated ones, if I remember right).

That was right after they entered the market. They may have gotten better.

John

Yikes! I hope so, John.


My impression is that they have a fairly robust, i.e. heavy, build. Not sure where I got that idea, nor whether it is valid. I tend to steer clear of them though. That's just me.

The spec called it "large bodied", whatever that means.


i have seen a number of them and tried them a few times but wasn't overly impressed. That doesn't mean there aren't good ones out there. I got an inexpensive Kala that I love!

Thanks, Rem. I have Kalas too and they are brilliant.


"Eddy Finn" is the line of ukes produced by mega-company SHS, they abruptly jumped into ukuleles when the market got hot about 5 years back.

That's interesting, hoosier. Was Eddy Finn someone famous? I've never heard the name before.


My thoughts are they are just another cheap ukulele. Nothing to write home about. I have looked into buying one of their banjoleles, but that was nore b/c of the price than the overwhelming sound. IMO there are better sounding ukes in that price range.

Thanks, John. I'm hoping this one isn't too bad since it's their top of the line model.


My Eddy Finn soprano is the only solid wood ukulele I own. It is solid mahogany and is a beautiful looking little instrument and certainly nicely made. I got it on special on eBay - I think it was $99 including postage. I don't play it often and I do prefer my Flea but it was more expensive.
If the price is right I would recommend it as I reckon the tenor would be nicer.
Here are a couple of vids with the Eddy Finn soprano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRT_Y0RsQJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqTG9oyOVYU

Thanks for the links, pabrizzer. I find this encouraging because you certainly get a good sound out of it!


I got a EF. It says solid wood yet it is laminate. Its good, a good smelling ukulele. I think they got the gimmick of shark fin sound hole and coconut smell. Its good for a beginner ukulele but thats about it a definite solid built ukulele as it has with stood my kids so far as well.

Blimey, it didn't mention coconut in the blurb! I'll look forward to that.

notgeorgeformby
12-27-2013, 08:58 PM
I am a dealer for Eddy Finn. At first it was like learning a foreign language. For Example: mahogany means it is a laminate
solid mahogany top means the top is solid and the rest is laminate. All solid mahogany means what it says. That hold true for any of their instruments and any of the different woods. For $10.00, their shop goes through the instrument and does a set up on it, so when I get them, I don't have to do it. For $8.00 extra, they will drop ship to your address when you buy through any dealer. That way, you aren't paying for it being shipped to me and then from me to you. Their ukuleles come with a three-ten or lifetime warranty. Even the little Minnows have a three year written warranty.
I don't just sell them, I own several different models and sizes. I have to laugh every time I am playing my own instrument and someone wants to buy it right on the spot. Some come with Aquila strings and some come with less than Aquila strings, but they let you know . Often there are special sales to dealers. Just before Christmas, they had a buy one at regular dealer price, and get a second one free. Two of the models were all solid wood. In a situation like that, I sell the first one at cost, so we each get a good uke at a great price. They had a model 01 soprano that was the equivalent of the little Mahalo sopranos that wasn't as good as the Minnow, but, with good strings, they really play nicely, and sound good. They also have the three year warranty. I have two other lines --Lehua and Leolani --, but the Eddy Finn line is the one which is most often bought. I am impressed with SHS and how they do business.

That's really interesting, Cow, thanks for the information. The Eddy Finn website mentions a 10 year warranty which is encouraging.

haolejohn
12-27-2013, 09:35 PM
I am a dealer for Eddy Finn. At first it was like learning a foreign language. For Example: mahogany means it is a laminate
solid mahogany top means the top is solid and the rest is laminate. All solid mahogany means what it says. That hold true for any of their instruments and any of the different woods. For $10.00, their shop goes through the instrument and does a set up on it, so when I get them, I don't have to do it. For $8.00 extra, they will drop ship to your address when you buy through any dealer. That way, you aren't paying for it being shipped to me and then from me to you. Their ukuleles come with a three-ten or lifetime warranty. Even the little Minnows have a three year written warranty.
I don't just sell them, I own several different models and sizes. I have to laugh every time I am playing my own instrument and someone wants to buy it right on the spot. Some come with Aquila strings and some come with less than Aquila strings, but they let you know . Often there are special sales to dealers. Just before Christmas, they had a buy one at regular dealer price, and get a second one free. Two of the models were all solid wood. In a situation like that, I sell the first one at cost, so we each get a good uke at a great price. They had a model 01 soprano that was the equivalent of the little Mahalo sopranos that wasn't as good as the Minnow, but, with good strings, they really play nicely, and sound good. They also have the three year warranty. I have two other lines --Lehua and Leolani --, but the Eddy Finn line is the one which is most often bought. I am impressed with SHS and how they do business.

yeah, but I think Kevin (Glass) know what he is talking about. It is quite possibly that one was mislabeled. Heck there is one brand that was labeling their ukuleles as solid koa, when they weren't.

I was never impressed with any of the EF ukes I played. Nor their tuners. I have 14 tuners and after I opened all them, 4 of them didn't work. New batteries were installed too...that isn't a very good ratio of not working.

The EF uke is an intro ukulele. It sounds like most of the other intro ukuleles that were put out after the uke craze swept the world.

haolejohn
12-27-2013, 09:36 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the replies, guys!

I tossed caution to the wind and put in a bid last night, woke up this morning to find I have won! So the deed is done, for better or worse. I got it for just over $200 including shipping to the UK, and I'll have tax and import duty to pay when it gets here. If it's half decent that price compares pretty well with the choice available here. I'll update this thread when I get my hands on it.



Yikes! I hope so, John.



The spec called it "large bodied", whatever that means.



Thanks, Rem. I have Kalas too and they are brilliant.



That's interesting, hoosier. Was Eddy Finn someone famous? I've never heard the name before.



Thanks, John. I'm hoping this one isn't too bad since it's their top of the line model.



Thanks for the links, pabrizzer. I find this encouraging because you certainly get a good sound out of it!



Blimey, it didn't mention coconut in the blurb! I'll look forward to that.

I really hope your EF works for you. Maybe you got one of the good ones.
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iamesperambient
12-28-2013, 06:03 AM
I'm being sorely tempted by an Eddy Finn solid mahogany tenor currently for sale on eBay, but can't find much about the brand on the internet. I don't think they are sold in the UK and there aren't many reviews on retail sites. Anyone have experience of this brand? I'd be grateful for any feedback.

from what i have seen their minnows seem to be their version of the malaka dolphin or shark.
but their mid to higher levels seem to be that of the quality of them mid to high level of kala
or lanikai. I like their design its pretty unique when i have extra cash to throw around i think
ill end up getting one at some point.

coolkayaker1
12-28-2013, 06:16 AM
Ah, Eddie Finn. The mass-produced doorstop. The uke known more for its coconut oil scented sound hole than for its playability.

The rest of us Samaritans will not sit still and watch you writhe, notgeorgeformby; we'll soothe your wry gut by propping open your spastic mandible and tossing in a handful of antacid to pacify your grumbling urges--we, too, have been infected by this Bubonic notion at one time or another. Like a college roomie, we'll help you, arm-in arm, to the shared bathhouse, to purge the loathsome thought, to thump you on the ribs and hold your hair back and wipe the puke-tears off your cheeks while you pray to the porcelain god so that the evil may leave you, one stinking wretch at a time.

iamesperambient
12-28-2013, 06:17 AM
Ah, Eddie Finn. The mass-produced doorstop. The uke known more for its coconut oil scented sound hole than for its playability.

The rest of us Samaritans will not sit still and watch you writhe, notgeorgeformby; we'll soothe your wry gut by propping open your spastic mandible and tossing in a handful of antacid to pacify your grumbling urges--we, too, have been infected by this Bubonic notion at one time or another. Like a college roomie, we'll help you, arm-in arm, to the shared bathhouse, to purge the loathsome thought, to thump you on the ribs and hold your hair back and wipe the puke-tears off your cheeks while you pray to the porcelain god so that the evil may leave you, one stinking wretch at a time.


wow you could turn your post into a toms waits song!

notgeorgeformby
12-28-2013, 07:34 AM
Ah, Eddie Finn. The mass-produced doorstop. The uke known more for its coconut oil scented sound hole than for its playability.

The rest of us Samaritans will not sit still and watch you writhe, notgeorgeformby; we'll soothe your wry gut by propping open your spastic mandible and tossing in a handful of antacid to pacify your grumbling urges--we, too, have been infected by this Bubonic notion at one time or another. Like a college roomie, we'll help you, arm-in arm, to the shared bathhouse, to purge the loathsome thought, to thump you on the ribs and hold your hair back and wipe the puke-tears off your cheeks while you pray to the porcelain god so that the evil may leave you, one stinking wretch at a time.

LOL That's some image you've painted there, cool. I've got the shakes just thinking about it. :o

OldePhart
12-28-2013, 10:52 AM
LOL That's some image you've painted there, cool. I've got the shakes just thinking about it. :o

Yeah, it was pretty funny. Steve is either off his meds or back on them again - the scary part is it's hard to tell which... LOL

(Just kidding, Steve, as you know.)
John

Captain America
12-28-2013, 03:25 PM
Is SHS the company that does Blueridge guitars?

notgeorgeformby
01-07-2014, 04:54 AM
Well it was delivered today and I'm very pleased with it. Looks absolutely gorgeous and sounds great too. I haven't tried the electrics yet because I don't know how to put the batteries in :confused: ! Any advice would be very welcome.

62774

kohanmike
01-07-2014, 09:01 AM
The battery location depends on the preamp installed, some batteries go into the preamp, some go in a compartment where the amp cable attaches. There should be a catch that holds the battery compartment closed, just pull on that catch and the battery holder will slide out.

By-the-way, I sold my Eddie Finn on Saturday. As I was contemplating how I'm going to fit my new uke (on it's way) into the shelf I built, I decided I would make it easy on myself and sell one uke (I have six since I started playing a little over 5 months ago). The Eddie Finn was the most plain one I have, and the neck is narrower than the others, so I decided that's the one. I like the more exotic woods.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/Uke shelf 2.jpg

notgeorgeformby
01-07-2014, 09:50 AM
Thanks Mike, I managed to figure it out with the help of the seller. The sound through the pickup is pretty good, and it also has a built in tuner which is handy.

That's a very nifty arrangement for your uke collection. What is your new one? I'll have to find a place to hang the EF but I'm running out of nooks and crannies.

kohanmike
01-07-2014, 11:58 AM
The new one is a special deal I put together with 20 others here on UU, direct from China, an East-Start electric jazz style uke, steel string, designed after the Gibson ES series single and double cutaway.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/archtop style.jpg

strumsilly
01-07-2014, 12:17 PM
The new one is a special deal I put together with 20 others here on UU, direct from China, an East-Start electric jazz style uke, steel string, designed after the Gibson ES series single and double cutaway.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/archtop style.jpg

so did one arrive yet? I await the news with bated breath as I was sorely tempted. Hoping that they are great and someone who bought one decides that steel strings hurt too much and will quickly resell.

kohanmike
01-07-2014, 06:23 PM
Arrival will early February. Been playing steel string guitars for almost 50 years, so this should be a breeze.