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Carolina Banjo Co., Ryan Navey Luthier Reviews

Submitted by Stuart Hughes (see all reviews from this person) on 11/28/2017

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Carolina Banjo Co 

I recently purchased one of Carolina Banjo Co.’s  banjos and can’t say enough about the instrument, luthier Ryan Navey, and the entire experience. 

    The design of his banjos is unique, elegantly efficient, and creates amazing sounding instruments that are lighter in weight. I acquired  a cherry banjo with a brass tone ring. It has lots of color and precision to the tone, and dependent on how it’s played, can create the most delicate of sounds and alternatively be played with a lot of punch.

    The absence of tension hooks, rim bolts and nuts makes the banjo so light to handle. Ryan’s angled internal pot design again reduces the weight of the instrument, but adds to the pots amplification potential.

     The esthetic look of the banjo speaks of another era of craftsmanship and luthiers. With unique, individual hand carvings, the  banjo is beautiful to the eye and touch. 

     Ryan was fantastic to deal with in every way. He talked me through the various attributes and distinctive qualities of each instrument he had, and helped me find the instrument that best suited  my needs and desires. He answered all my questions with patience, good humor and vast amounts of knowledge. His passion for his instruments, and banjo design in general is infectious. He clearly loves what he does and you can feel his quiet pride, skill and graceful esthetic in the banjo. 

      Brett Ridgeway has made a fabulous documentary on Carolina Banjo Co., that gives a great sense of the company and maker. 

     Stuart H.







Overall Rating: 10

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