I grabbed a set of 3 of these machines, and they are pretty good. Not sure if it was the shipping to Australia but the liner was a little problematic. The tuning card said it ran at 7.5v with a 7RL - but mine wouldn't start until it hit 16v which is a massive difference. I took it apart and realized the bottom coil needs a shim, but i didnt have anything small enough. I just took the springs apart and reduced the bend on the front spring, after that it ran well at 9v so I left it alone. I intend to shim it still. The other two ran within 0.2v of what the card said.
Overall id recommend these. They are well priced and even did custom coil pictures for free on all 3 so I was very happy with that! Their customer service is excellent too. I think I either just got a 'dud' or it was damaged in shipping. It was packed in a small box with maybe 3 or 4 foam peanuts so I wouldn't be surprised if it got a hard knock. Not hoodlums fault though.
If you can't find a small enough shim just file a bit off the bottom of the other one, or put a sticker or 2 instead of shim. If the coils dont work as well as expected measure the depth of the drilled holes in the coils, usually they have beed drilled out deeper than needed and you can fill this with some wire wool. also see what the frame is made out of and add a yoke if needed for a stronger magnet.
They are just cheap machines that have had a respray and a new contact screw. Have a look around Ebay, and you will see the machines in black for around *£15.
I bought one about 12 months ago, and all the paint stuck on my fingers. First time you wipe with detergent its finished!
A machine is as good as its setup/springs, etc.
I think i have said this before.
Hoodlum are the same as what Sarah sells, with a different contact screw and a clear coil cover.
Supertatz *£26 free post (Probably cheaper if you ask on here)
Hoodlum *£44 with post
I have had them both and exactly the same!
I bought a couple of machines last week & im not hugely impressed. The shader machine was not tuned well at all & the arm bar was hitting the rear coil first & the rear binding post was loose. The liner was set at the incorrect gap to get any decent throw. Both machines the arm bar did not make clean contact with the front coils so they needed adjusting. Both machines sound ok & so far they work well enough.
On the plus side, they are good quality frames & look & feel good.
the a/bar should never touch the the real coil at all, and the a/bar should be flush with the top of the front coil core.
These machines are advertised as '' Will be built and tuned so it's ready to tattoo straight out of the box. ' so in this case i would of requested a full re fund
I properly would never buy a coil machine again, Its so much cheaper to build your own.