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6920 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: direct
Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 250 ($US)
Love it. Nice warm sound. Loud enough, but very pleasing to the ear. Exactly what I was hoping for.
Sound Rating: 10
All ready to go, just had to slip the bridge in and tighten, play, tighten some more, play some more, etc
Setup Rating: 10
Beautiful. Flush frets with branded stars around the pot, along the fretboard and on the peghead. No flaws whatsowever. A beautifully-crafted instrument.
Appearance Rating: 10
Seems fine to me.
Reliability Rating: 10
Super friendly. Very nice people. Made to order and completed ahead of schedule.
Customer Service: 10
It's a tackhead. All the wood seemed very strong.
Components Rating: 10
Overall I'm perfectly pleased with this banjo, and would recommend it to anyone who's considering it. It's my first tackhead, so I have nothing to compare it against.
Overall Rating: 10
Where Purchased: Eric Prust
Year Purchased: 2104
Price Paid: 200 ($US)
Sounds like an openback fretless. It has a nice mellow and resonant sound.
Sound Rating: 9
Came with three bridges to allow for head tension changes due to humidity. Nylon strings. Violin pegs work perfectly.
Setup Rating: 9
It's a pretty banjo. Looks like a period minstrel banjo. Nothing fancy, but very clean and well-made.
Appearance Rating: 9
Nothing to go bad. It is solid and substantial.
Reliability Rating: 9
Absolutely the best, friendliest customer service. I needed this in a hurry and they delivered very quickly. Grest communication. They even sent great pictures of the completed banjo before shipping.
Customer Service: 10
I can find no defects in materials or workmanship.
Components Rating: 9
I bought this because I needed a period minstrel banjo for a Civil War interpretive gig. I could have built one, but I didn't have time. I searched the marketplace for a period banjo that would seem typical for an eastern NC musician. I thought a Boucher banjo would have been too fancy for this area. When I read the reviews of the Prust banjo and found out the price was so reasonable, I bought it. Eric sent the banjo without requiring that I pay first and said that if I didn't like it, I could return it. Well, I am thoroughly delighted! The look, the sound, the feel...all are perfect. It's a big transition going from high-dollar, high-power, heavy resonated bluegrass banjos, using fingerpicks and steel strings and rolls, to using a lightweight nylon-string fretless banjo that has such a sweet tone. The banjo came with an instruction sheet about tuning and such. The scale is 26.25" so the fingering is pretty accurate using the muscle-memory of a fretted bluegrass banjo.
I am excited about learning the stroke-style and really enjoy playing this banjo. Besides being fun to play, this banjo is quite a conversation piece and makes a great addition to the home decor when I'm not playing it. I haven't been able to put it down since it arrived yesterday.
This has to be the best value in a minstrel-style banjo that you can get. The workmanship is flawless. The design is simply elegant. The oak rim is solid and is strikingly handsome. When this acquires the patina of age and use, it will be even more handsome.
I would have given this banjo straight 10's if I had something to compare it to. But on it's own, I am totally pleased.
Overall Rating: 9
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