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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Heads  AMB pre epa head Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by buckholler (see all reviews from this person) on 5/27/2014

Where Purchased: AMB

Overall Comments

I'm really impressed with this head.  I ordered 2 cause they were so affordable.  I prefer this head over the 5 stars I've been using.  The head I mounted is just about settled and sounding like I want it to.  The banjo has more power and pop than it did with the 5 star and I also tried a Taiwan Weather King head, which was a small improvement, but the AMB Pre-EPA head is so much better.  

If I ever need a new head I'm going with another AMB Pre-EPA head.  

Also AMB was top notch on the customer service and got them in 2 days.  

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Gillis Cashman (see all reviews from this person) on 4/23/2014

Where Purchased: American Made Banjo Company

Overall Comments

For $11.00 these are the best heads on the market. As usual the service & quality from American Made Banjo Company was top notch.

The volume on my banjo increased at least 10% with this head. Head wear after a few months is the same as any other Remo I've ever used.

I found these heads to have a large window for set up. Experimenting @ 88 or 92 the sound at each setting has has a significant change. A huge plus IMO for those looking for variable sound options.

These heads sound and feel almost exactly like the original Snuffy heads did.

A must buy if your looking for a head with a lot of set up options

+++10 in my book

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by kevin0461 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/12/2014

Where Purchased: American Made Banjo

Overall Comments

Now that I've played mine a while and it's settled in... it has developed a "sticky" spot where I plant my two fingers.  And yes I always make sure that my hands are clean when I go near my banjos.  This makes for some difficulty when playing up the neck and having to move my hand.  I even took my Mr. Clean eraser to it but it didn't work, still same level of stickiness.

Anyway... if you're looking to save a few bucks, buy it because it sounds ok, but I'd just as soon spend the extra few dollars on an American made Remo or AMB's actual Made in America heads since I believe that they are made by Remo as well and I've had great results with those.

As far as the stickiness, it almost seems like the coating is breaking down.  My guess is that this head is made outside of the U.S. somewhere with a substandard coating.... never could get a straight answer to that question in a forum a while back.

The only reason that I'm giving this head a rating of 3 is that it's more cost effective than most heads.  Some credit has to be given there.


Ok... this is an edit to my original review... obviously, I must have receive a defective head.  Tom Mirasola contacted me immediately after he had seen my comments in one of the forums.  I should have notified him of the deficiency but didn't as it was a fairly inexpensive item.  Anyway, he sent me a return label for the head and graciously refunded my payment.  AMB obviously stands behind their products so anyone that reads this please contact Tom if you experience any problems with his products.  He will make it right.

Because of this awesome customer service (rare these days), I am raising my initial rating of "3" to a "10" as I have not seen or heard of any other negative comments about AMP's pre-EPA heads and as stated above, they do sound ok with my very inexperienced ear.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by firemx220 (see all reviews from this person) on 1/15/2014

Where Purchased: American Made Banjo

Overall Comments

After reading some good things about the AMB pre epa heads, I decided  to try it out. It turned out to be just what I was looking for.

My banjo has a Huber vintage ring, rim and head. The first thing I noticed right away was the volume increase. The overall sound was a lot clearer and brighter. The head gave my banjo the little extra that I felt it was missing.

The overall experience with American Made Banjo co was excellent! Great communication and shipping was fast.

Overall Rating: 10

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