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Price Paid: 175.00 ($US)
Long Neck -- Pete Seeger style. Mellow but bright. Not loud.
Sound Rating: 10
Setup was perfect. Low action as promised. No way to set this thing up. It's made of strange parts ... a wooden head. some kind of paper-based pot.
Setup Rating: 10
It's simple. It's undecorated. No inlay. Brass tack markers on the sides. Looks like Pete Seeger's banjo and my D'Angelico/Paramount from 1928.
Appearance Rating: 10
Hardware? What hardware? The tuners are inexpensive open gears. and they work fine. The 5th string peg is the same kind of tuner but stuck in sideways. These things will outlast me, for sure. But don't take it out in a rainstorm.
Reliability Rating: 10
I never asked about a warranty. There's nothing on this banjo that can't be fixed with a little duct tape. The company is friendly and helpful. It (he) is a banjo player of many years and knows what beginners and old arthritics need. Delivery was so fast I thought I was dealing with the music shop around the corner.
Customer Service: 10
The standout components all work together to make a standout product the most important of which are good sound, good action, good price and lighter-than-air. It's lighter than anything else I've ever owned or played.
Components Rating: 10
This is not something you'll use un-miced to fill a football stadium. Most of us don't need that. It will not break your back, weigh you down or fall apart at a critical moment.
The maker says his banjos weigh two pounds. The long neck is a little more, but nothing you'd notice.
I've been playing since 1953. Where was this beauty when I was just starting out? If you're old and frail like me or just starting out, this is the banjo for you. You cannot -- repeat -- cannot beat the combination of weight, action, sound and price.
Overall Rating: 10
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