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Where Purchased: Directly from builder
It's plunky, deep, and warm with the 13' pot. It sounds beautiful. Mr. Prust suggested the Nylgut strings for the tradiional lower minstrel tunings. It comes stock with the nylon stings with a wound fourth string. He suggested that set for the more modern higher tunings.
Sound Rating: 10
Setup was easy. You just need a measuring stick or a taper measure for the bridge. The banjo came with very easy and detailed instructions.
Setup Rating: 9
I love the look. I asked for a darker wood for the neck and a more frosty/solid looking head. The banjo was made to my specifications at no extra charge. Awesome.
Appearance Rating: 10
It is light and sturdy. It seems very well made.
Reliability Rating: 10
The service was wonderful. I talked to Mrs. Prust on the phone, and she was a total sweetheart. I talked to Mr. Prust via email, and he was very helpful, polite, and professional. On top of my other requests, I asked if they could note markers on the side of my neck. This wasn't one of the options they listed on their website. They did it anyway, Great service.
Customer Service: 10
Simple and very effective. My set of Nylguts came with a red fourth string. I love the look.
Components Rating: 10
At this price range, this banjo is an absolute steal. I highly recommend it.
I enjoy that it is a civil war era style banjo. It feels like I'm holding a little piece of history.
If you have only played on metal stringed fretted banjo's before, it will have a different feel. This comes from the strings, lack of frets, and the 13' pot. The scooped neck is fun to play around with, too. My first thought when trying the banjo out was "Wow, this is different." My second thought was "This is going to be a lot of fun."
I suggest watching a few customers playing their Prust banjo's on youtube. If you like the look and sound of it, go ahead and buy one. You will be glad you did.
Overall Rating: 10
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