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Where Purchased: from Zach
This is my second banjo Zach built for me. The first was 11" and this is 12" because I wanted a banjo with a sound that was complementary to the first one .This is it: I was very pleased with the woody, open and subtle sound of this banjo. I sold a 12" banjo from a well known maker to buy this one and haven't regretted it for a minute.
Sound Rating: 10
Set up was fine. This time I just changed bridges but not sure it really made any noticeable difference. Banjo seems to sound good no matter what bridge I put on. Action was perfect for me - distance of the strings to the scoop.
Setup Rating: 9
A beautful banjo: brass tuners and hardware, mohogany pot and neck, no tone ring, bone nut and pip - that s scoop I love for aesthetic reasons as well as functionality. Everything looks as if Zach took super care of every step in the process of building it.
Appearance Rating: 10
Great hardware and Gotoh tuners..
Reliability Rating: 10
There is no better maker to deal with than Zach. Responsive to emails immediately.
Customer Service: not rated
Everything is top notch. There is nothing I would do to upgrade.
Components Rating: 10
The 11" banjo I have from Zach gives a brighter tone that I would call 'upbeat'.. This is exactly the sound I was hoping for in a 12" banjo. They both hang from my wall and I take turns with different songs..
Overall Rating: 10
'Useful tools for setup' 38 min
'Learning Scruggs' 1 hr
'Rim Changeout Openback' 3 hrs