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Deering  Boston  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Murff (see all reviews from this person) on 4/24/2010

Where Purchased: Hobgoblin

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: () historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Great sound very clear

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The banjo just needed a tune and was fine

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

I choose this banjo for the finish, also the neck is quite small, suits my smaller hands

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Top quality and I sure it will see me out!

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

N/A

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Good quality and value for the money paid

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

My only moan about my banjo is the J bars are very tight and difficult to get a strap through

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by rberning (see all reviews from this person) on 2/4/2007

Where Purchased: Acoustic Music Salt Lake City

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 1049.00 ($US)

Sound

The construction on the Boston is a bit different with the steel rim instead of wood. Gives it a nice mellow tone which is probably not for everyone but I sure like. It does not ring like the more expensive Deerings, like the Sierra and the deluxe which were the two banjos I thought I would like. The tone sold me and the more I play it the more I like it. I am sure there are better sounding banjos out there but this one spoke to me.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Right on, didn't have to change a thing!

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It's a plain banjo nothing fancy or flashy about it nice Mahogany . I can't find any flaws in the finish.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

This banjo is rock solid, everything seems of high quality it has a nice satin finish.
Did I say this is a solid banjo. I haven't had it long enough for anything to wear.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

No reason to contact customer service.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

I dislike the guitar style tuners but they seem to be of good/high quality and staying in tune has not been an issue. It's just a me issue.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I would absolutely replace it with another Boston. I don't think this banjo is for everyone (what banjo is) it doesn't have a real sharp ring to it but a more mellower sound. The tone of this banjo is what sold me on it, I absolutely love the sound and this is one solid banjo it just feels right in my hands. I bought it at Acoustic Music in Salt Lake City. They have very competitive prices and exceptional customer service. No sales pressure and these guys jumped at everything I asked.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Unknown on 7/18/2005

Where Purchased: The Sound of Music

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: 1200 ($US)

Sound

Good Sound! A little bright, but still good.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Almost perfect!

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Appearance is great!! Mahogany is beautiful!!

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Very solid!! Nothing cheap about the construction of this banjo!!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Lifetime Warranty!!

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

For the price this a great banjo!! A good starter for anyone!!

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Unknown on 10/1/2002

Where Purchased: Elderly.com

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: 866 ($US)

Sound

sounds GREAT. Blows my old harmony banjo out of the water.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

The Boston has very little clearance under J bolts for a leather cradle strap....had to shave down my leather strap to fit, and pulling it through was very difficult. I'll probably never get it back off.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Looks great!

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Lifetime warranty.....$866 dollar price also included Deering case...a 120.00 value.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

They advised me on the cradle strap problem. Answered my email within 24 hrs.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

If you've been plunking with an asian made banjo, you don't know what you're missing. Get a Deering, but get a resonator model....Boston or Sierra is the low end.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Unknown on 8/24/2002

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: 700.00 ($US)

Sound

Unreal for a $700 banjo with no tone ring. Rich full sound that I will keep forever.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Was set up by the music store I purchased it from on ebay.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Very plain but beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Will last a life time.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The company was great to deal with. The felt inside the case came loose and Deering took care of it right away.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Stays tuned for months and I play almost every day.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I love it but if I had it to do over again I would probably buy the Sierra for the brass tone ring, only to stay true to bluegrass.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Unknown on 8/23/2002

Where Purchased: Bluegrass Music Shop(Columbus,Ohio)

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: 1000.00 ($US)

Sound

This Deering Banjo has the rich full sound and holds a very good sound

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

The place that I got my Banjo had it all set up for me. If you need and Banjo please go to Bluegrass Music Shop 1370 South High St
Columbus,Ohio 43207

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

maple

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

This banjo looks and sounds great dont think I'll be having any trouble from this one

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Deering Banjo are warranty for life and I've taken it back for a little string linement and they was no trouble getting it fixed

Customer Service: 10

Components

not seen any need to replace anything so far .. but I need to be because it was time for it only

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

yes I would I would go get another one if anythin would happen to it.
Deering makes a good lefty.

Overall Rating: 9

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