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Where Purchased: From Member of BHO
Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 775 ($US) (bought USED)
To me it sounds as good as some of the higher priced Banjos. Has a great clean sound. Can be adjusted to have a brighter sound if thats what you want, but I like the deeper sound myself. I love the sound and wouldn't change a thing.
Sound Rating: 10
Banjo was top notch when I got it. The member I bought it from had taken great care of it and had it set up like a dream.
Setup Rating: 10
Dang good looking Banjo!!! I have gotten many compliments about how nice the banjo looks!
Appearance Rating: 10
I haven't had any problems with any of the hardware on it. I did have a bone peg made for the 5th string.
Reliability Rating: 10
Didn't deal with a company but he member was top notch and even met me for pickup. Couldn't find a better person to deal with.
Customer Service: 10
I love everything on the Banjo. I had my instructor look over the banjo, he has been playing for 24+ years, and he said he wouldn't change a thing. I love the way this banjo looks and sounds. The wood and gold go together great. The only thing I can see me changing is maybe trying another bridge, but just to see what another bridge would do to the sound. It would only be for a learning experience, not for a need.
Components Rating: 10
Great all around banjo. If you are looking for a banjo I would say the OB250G would be a great decision. It is a banjo that will be good for a long time, and even if I do decide to upgrade it will still be a great back up banjo. Of course the Stellings are nicer, but cost much more also. If you are looking for the bang for your buck, and cant afford to be in the Stelling price range, then you cant go wrong with this Banjo. I love it!!!!
Overall Rating: 10
Where Purchased: Appalachian Music Shoppe (Boone, NC)
Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 825 ($US)
I've only been playing for a few months, so I'm certainly not an expert on what it should sound like, but the banjo sounds great to me. It really rings. My banjo teacher said that it sounded better than many banjos that cost 2-3 times as much.
Sound Rating: 8
Again, I'm not very experienced with this, but it seemed to be set up very well. I'm not very fond of the Grover bridge as I seem to be getting some buzzing on the third string. I plan to try some different bridges in the very near future to see what sounds best.
Setup Rating: 8
The banjo is absolutely beautiful. It is gold plated and all the plating shines like a mirror. The sunburst on the back of the resonator is gorgeous; too bad it's on the back where it can't be seen as much. When I bought it, the finish on the peg head was very cloudy, so Gold Tone replaced the entire neck at no cost.
Appearance Rating: 10
This banjo seems like it would last for a very long time, as long as it were taken care of. Very heavy and appears to be well made. I managed to remove the gold plating from the armrest about 2 days after I bought it; I tried to clean it with a cleaner that was "safe for all finishes", but it wasn't. If I ever start playing gigs, I won't hesitate to use this without a backup.
Reliability Rating: 9
As stated above, Gold Tone replaced the entire neck due to the cloudy finish on the peg head. I returned it to the dealer and he shipped it back to Gold Tone. They replaced the neck and had it back to me within 2 weeks. They also replated (or replaced) the gold on the armrest, all at no cost. I was very pleased with their responsiveness, and with that of Appalachian Music Shoppe in Boone, NC. The banjo has a lifetime warranty to the original owner. I've tried contacting Gold Tone a few times by email but have never received a response, so this could use some work.
Customer Service: 9
Everything on this banjo stands out. I haven't had any problems so far, but I do think the Grover bridge that came on the banjo will be replaced soon.
Components Rating: 9
I would highly recommend this banjo. I'm very pleased with it. Again I admit that I'm still just a beginner and I haven't played a lot of the other banjos that are out there, but from what I've seen so far, this one is great. If the banjo were stolen I would definitely look for another one like it, but I would probably wait until I were a better player and would probably play more banjos before making a choice. I would love to hear this one beside a Gold Star GF-85, and also beside some of the higher-end banjos like the Tennessee Crafters and others, just to hear how much difference there is in their sound. For what I paid, I don't think I could have bought a better new banjo (with the warranty that goes with it).
Overall Rating: 9
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