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BanjoTeacher.Com Music Store Reviews

Submitted by BigBen (see all reviews from this person) on 1/28/2018

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I've been wanting to learn how to play banjo for decades (I'm almost 59).
After doing research and ready to buy one, I narrowed my search down to a few choices.
I called and he discussed each and every option of mine, PLUS offered a few of his own recommendations.
I had MANY questions before I made my purchase as well as after my purchase, so I have had many lengthy conversations with Ross, and he has always been courteous and honest when answering my many questions.
I opted for the Recording King R-36 with the Mahogany & Maple wood construction, and Ross worked-out a very fair price for my order!
Ross and his team set-up my Banjo before it shipped, as I made a few upgrades to my order.
My banjo arrived in a securely packaged box, along with it's accessories package, straps, a well constructed solid banjo case, an instructional DVD and 2 audio CDs.
When I opened the box I was amazed to find that this banjo is a work of art!

I'm havin' a BLAST learning!

Thanks Again Ross!


Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Robbie McKee (see all reviews from this person) on 12/31/2017

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I bought a recording king banjo from Ross at, he was very helpful. I had a couple different banjos in mind he had me call him and he discussed them all with me and gave me his honest opinion. It was very helpful since he plays these banjos all the time and has many years of experience in both playing and selling banjos. He cut me a great deal and had the banjo set up and shipped out promptly.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by TonyB_1958 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/13/2017

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As a student in his first year of banjo instruction, and looking for a banjo that would be a good upgrade to my first banjo, I settled on a Recording King RK-35.

After much research and consideration, I chose as the store to purchase my RK from for a few reasons:

  1. BanjoTeacher's price was a good as any, and better than most
  2. Instead of receiving an instrument off the rack, I would be getting one setup and customized (if that was what a I needed, and I did want the zero-glide nut and and Snuffy Smith bridge) as upgrades.
  3. And finally, I wanted to be able to contact someone for support, especially in the first days and weeks after receiving the instrument, if I had questions or concerns.'s Ross Nickerson was able and happy to provide all of the above. I couldn't be happier with the RK banjo, and its setup and modification by Ross. I had a couple of questions for him after receiving my banjo which he helped me with right away.

It was a pleasure dealing with Ross at I'm a lifelong customer now, and am so thankful to have come across

Thanks Ross! Keep on pluckin'


Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by chkland724 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/8/2017

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I ordered a Gold Tone BG150F from Ross over the phone on Monday. The banjo came Friday which is good service. Ross is one of the good guys. Very easy to deal with and as mentioned the service is great. I cannot imagine anything a banjo player could need or want that Ross does not have. Ten  BIG stars.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by ncss (see all reviews from this person) on 5/7/2015

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Excellent communication and transaction.  Ross included things in the purchase price that I was fully prepared to pay extra for.  The banjo went out quickly and was packed well.  I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by 5revived (see all reviews from this person) on 4/21/2014

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If there was a way to give a 110% rating, I would! The communication before, during and after the sale was excellent. I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend Ross at, the free extras I received with the purchase of the banjo are to say the least, excellent. The setup by Mike Munford is second to none. I am one happy customer! Thanks Ross!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by BlowingRockNC (see all reviews from this person) on 1/9/2014

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I just got a 5-string Cello Banjo from Ross. The entire transaction went perfectly. The banjo looks great, sounds great, is great. It isn't a masterpiece instrument at the price point, but it's a solidly good banjo, no question about it. It plays a whole lot easier than I thought it would. Ross is a keeper.

Overall Rating: 10

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