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Deering  Tenbrooks Legacy Banjo Reviews

Submitted by drussell16 (see all reviews from this person) on 8/9/2007

Where Purchased: Fret Mill Nusic

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: ($US)

Sound

This Legacy is maple. It has a very clear sound. Each note rings out with note separation. The 3rd string is particularly sweet. It sounds really good at all the frets. The harmonics are good, 12th,19th and 7th are very good. 5th is not as harmonic. 5th string 12th fret is equally good. It has its own sound, as do most makes and models. it has a full, bright sound.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

It was set up fine. It had an 11/16 bridge which made the action at 7th fret 7.5/64, I like it some lower, so put a .656 bridge, which made the action 6.5/64. Just my preference.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

It's maple, stained dark . Mirror finish, The inlays are elegant and not gaudy, almost fairly plain but real quality work. There is one slight flaw about 1/2 inch long where the binding meets the resonator side, but almost not noticable.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Solid as a rock.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have dealt with Deering before and have always been pleased, so far.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The tone ring appears to be outstanding, it is actually quite a bit lighter than all my other banjo, by several pounds. It is noticably lighter. All the parts fit like a glove.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Once you reach a certain point in price, there are alot of super banjos out there, then its just a matter of sound preference. I would recommend a Tenbrooks to anyone if your looking for a rock solid, reliable and good sound banjo. The only banjo I have played that I liked better was a 1927 Granada. If stolen, and insured, I would buy another one. The favorite feature about it, is the distinct note separation, each not rings out.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Bob Murphy (see all reviews from this person) on 4/29/2006

Where Purchased: Turtle Hill

Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: ($US)

Sound

The Legacy is the mahogany model Tenbrooks, and has a wonderful tone. It can be as bright as you need it to be, or as mellow as you would like. The banjo has great sustain, and a fantastic fourth string. It also has excellent volume, allowing you to play with a light touch when needed.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was perfectly set up from Turtle Hill. I didn't change anything for the first six months, and then I experimented with different bridges to see how much the tone changed. I found that even with a different bridge, or different gauge strings, the basic sound of the instrument did not change.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The fit and finish is supurb. The stain on the mahogany is dark, and there are no flaws in the finish. I really like the headstock and inlay pattern, which is sort of an art deco design.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

This banjo will last much longer than I will!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Deering customer service is unbelievable. I wanted to change from a 5/8 Deering bridge to 11/16. They sent me two different types of Deering bridges at no charge. They also patiently answered several other questions, always quickly responding to my emails.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The most amazing part of this banjo is the unplated Tenbrooks tone ring. You have to hear it to believe it. I also like the V shaped neck.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I also own a Gibson Earl Scruggs and Deering Golden Era, and while they are both outstanding banjos, I hardly ever play either of them anymore. This is one great banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

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