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Deering  Hartford Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Bastertone (see all reviews from this person) on 6/27/2017

Where Purchased: Private sale

Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: ($US) (bought USED)


I had high hopes but found the tone dry with some harsh overtones and lacking the character I was looking for. With some work and experimenting with bridges and head tension it sounds good but not great.

Sound Rating: 7


I don't think this banjo was played much. Although it was a few years old when I purchased it, it seemed new. Action was high and head tension was uneven.
Setup changes were easy and typical.

Setup Rating: 5


I love the design of the banjo and the inlay. The wood was nicely figured and the finish and fit was excellent. I'm not a fan of the satin finish and wish the banjo was gloss but the finish was perfect.

Appearance Rating: 9


Deering hardware seems as good as any of the other top professional brands.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Never needed them but I'm confident they would be good based on what I've seen on the hangout.

Customer Service: not rated


All great

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Although it's a well built banjo, somehow it felt like I got a banjo that was almost like hartfords banjo. Not quite as good as the ones built earlier. Kind of like that team sweater that says replica on the tag. It certainly didn't have the same timbre. 

Overall Rating: 8

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