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Leon Ballard  Open Back black walnut  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Poor Mouth (see all reviews from this person) on 6/16/2015

Where Purchased: Directly from Leon Ballard

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: £850 historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Sweet and nice tone.
Really powerful compared to my MM150

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The setup is perfect, just had to put the bridge

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

11 1/8” Black Walnut block constructed rim
Integral Cherry tonering
Nickel plated hardware
24 notched hoop, hooks, shoes, nuts
No knot tailpiece
Renaissance head
Cherry neck with carving around 5th peg
Rosewood 24 ¾” scale length
Slotted peghead
Grover Sta-tite tuners
5-Star 5th tuner with Ebony button
Bone 5th pip
Ebony nut

An instrument made to play with no needless inlay or ornaments

A real pleasure to look at this instrument

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Leon reply quickly to any of my question
A real pleasure to deal with

Customer Service: 10

Components

I change the strings for heavier, I don't like light gauge

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I was looking for a good banjo, this one sound really good and I can't stop looking at it.

Just perfect for me

 

Edit : after 2 weeks, the instrument sound really good and is really easy to play (24 ¾” neck scale ???) much more than my GoldTone MM150, it became my main instrument

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by banjooud (see all reviews from this person) on 10/9/2014

Where Purchased: Directly from Leon Ballard (UK)

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Very sweet and lovely tone .Presently with light gauge strngs

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Perfect .

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It's a beautifull and elagant banjo.
All black walnut with walnut burr peaghaed overlay
Special select goatskin from John Balch ( very beautifull)
I have the same true pleasure to look or to play this banjo

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Leon Ballard replied very quickly to all my questions before and during procces of creation and suggest me interesting improvement.
Very good customer service

Customer Service: 10

Components

Nothing to change except perhaps the light strings for medium to suit my style

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I was looking for simple but beautiful banjo , quiet and lovely tone . 

I am pleased to be the possessor​ of a such beautifull banjo .

Ballard's skill and John Balch 's hide head create a true piece of art 

Overall Rating: 10

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