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Where Purchased: Direct from Patrick Heavner
Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 1150 ($US)
Great sounding banjo, definitely not bright, not too loud (thanks to the persimmon tone ring), perfect old-time sound I was looking for.
Sound Rating: 10
Only thing I had to do when I received the banjo was to set up the bridge and play. I installed a higher bridge, not that it was needed, just a question of personnal preference.
Setup Rating: 10
The banjo is plain looking, which is NOT a bad thing to me, quite the contrary. The persimmon fretboard and peghead match the walnut neck and rim gorgeously. This is a really beautiful banjo, professionally built with appalachian hardwoods.
Appearance Rating: 10
I've looked at (admired) the banjo again and again, I can't see the slightest problem with it, every single part (wood or hardware) will last a lifetime I'm sure.
Reliability Rating: 10
Patrick has been very helpful, answered every single e-mail I sent immediately and answered every question I had. Couldn't have been better / easier.
Customer Service: 10
I wouldn't change a thing, maybe install a natural head someday just to give it a shot but really no hurry here....
Edit: I have installed a natural goat head (by John Balch) and a mystery wood bridge by Bart Veerman since the review, the banjo sounds much better now - and it already had a great sound and tone. Perfect set up for my taste !
Components Rating: 10
I couldn't be happier with that banjo, it sounds exactly as I hoped and is exquisitely built with beautiful woods. Every aspect of the transaction with the Pisgah Company has been perfect.
I highly recommend this banjo to anyone looking for a great sounding / looking open back banjo.
Overall Rating: 10
'Tunes or Theory first' 6 hrs