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Where Purchased: Bought in the sale
A real bluegrass banjo.It is lound,quite punchy but mellow.It has not got that piercing ring of a lot of other similar banjos,but thats just my own personal thoughts.Harmonics are sweet on the 12th fret.Over all i like the sound but it has not got that real Scruggsy ring if you know what i mean.
Sound Rating: 8
The banjo was factory set-up which is typical and adequate.But there is always room for improvement with tinkering! I changed the bridge for slight height adjustment etc.
Setup Rating: 8
Looks very nice in an antique effect bronzy finish with inlay on neck and head.The wood has even been "distressed" to make it look old! It really looks the part! The bronze finish is engraved.
Appearance Rating: 9
I was alittle unhappy with the tension hooks which look alittle flimsy.The tuners look ok..It just would not let you down in terms of staying in tune and being able to take a knock etc.
Reliability Rating: 8
Never had to deal with the company.
Customer Service: not rated
Apparantly it has a tone-type ring.It ought to for the money,they retail at approx £600 in England! The tuners seem ok,as does the neck and head.The weakest parts are the tension hooks i guess.The resonator has 4 screws which hold it in place.I think there are 2 adjuster rods the last time i looked.I think the tail is presto type?
Components Rating: 8
I guess the price tag is abit heavy for this banjo.A nice intermediate level or even beginner if you can afford it.I have tried out a Deering bluegrass type banjo in the past,and if i'm honest i would take the Deering any day over this in terms of sound,but the appearance of this banjo is lovelyI suppose if you wanted the sound AND the looks you would be paying double the price tag.It should be priced 20% less the retail price for a Chinese banjo maybe,but that is my humble tight-fisted opinion! I will probably sell it or part ex it in future for something more "high-end".My other banjo is a Sully;s and unfortunately this Ozark cannot touch it in terms of sound,quality build and hardware.But it is a good back-up banjo.i only bring my best banjo out on birthdays,weddings and funerals!!
Overall Rating: 8
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