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Grafton Clipper Open-back
submitted 7/7/2013

Submitter

subbuteo

Where Purchased

http://www.andybanjo.com

Year Purchased

2013

Price Paid

480 ($US)

Sound


Sounds great! My wife prefers the sound of it which says more than anything I can communicate here.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Wonderful, really nice action, easy to play up and down the neck. The neck has a finish that feels great, not at all sticky.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Plain, simple matt finish but flawless, fretboard is marked with a simple pattern, markers on the side of the neck. Metal work all in good condition. I like it.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


It feels solid, all the parts all seem of good quality. I can't score a 10 after two weeks but right now, I am impressed.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Andy was great, quick to answer by email and very useful on the phone too!

Customer Service

10

Components


Everything seems good, tuners a little squeaky initially but have settled. The idea with this range is that the money goes on the parts and not appearance and this seems to be the case. I played a Deering Goodtime before buying this banjo and the Grafton banjos are much more solidly built. For example, one piece neck, two co-ordinator rods, more hooks, better pegs...

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I'm really happy with this banjo- my fourth. I played a couple of Grafton banjos that a friend owns (a Popular and a fretless Minstrel) and they were great. Better value than either the Gold Tone CC-100+ or the Deering Goodtime.

Overall Rating

10


Kelvin Cheng
submitted 4/17/2012

Submitter

subbuteo

Overall Comments


I took a new banjo to Kelvin for a set up and he did an amazing job. It sounds so much better. He is a full-time luthier of all stringed instruments, professionally trained and qualified. Very happy with his work.

I don't know if there are any other luthiers in Hong Kong!

http://www.luthier.hk/eng/index.php

Overall Rating

10


Tuners Snark Clip On SN1, SN2
submitted 8/14/2011

Submitter

subbuteo

Where Purchased

Amazon

Overall Comments


I have the SN-2, red tuner. It works wonderfully, clips onto the peghead of the banjo, tunes accurately through either an internal mic or by vibration of the instrument (so background noise is not an issue). I'm delighted with it. The colour LED display is easy to read, clever clip design means you can clip it on anywhere on the banjo and rotate the display. I've tuned up with this and confirmed tunings with other tuners and it is consistent. Much better than the LCD one I had initially. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/27/2011

Submitter

subbuteo

Where Purchased

Online, direct from Mike

Overall Comments


A very effective way to reduce the volume without affecting the tone. I opted for this over the GoldTone version (my banjo is a GoldTone) as it looked like a nicely engineered piece of equipment. It is! Well worth the money as it means I can practise next door to the children when they are sleeping and not wake them. I am very happy with my purchase. Also, Mike got it to me in record time over the Christmas period.

Overall Rating

10


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