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Gold Tone  Cripple Creek CC-Mini Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Marcs4095 (see all reviews from this person) on 2/18/2015

Where Purchased: ?

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Sound is surprisingly full and robust for this small an instrument. With this small of a pot it will not have the full overtones of a full sized banjo. Brass tone ring gives it a very good sound. .

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

It was set up very well. Action is very good but due to short length of strings it requires a bit more pressure to fret than a full size low action banjo. On the other hand it is much better than some high action banjos I have played.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This banjo is beautifully finished with curly maple pattern on the neck and flawless wood work on the pot.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Hardware is excellent. Some grip about the guitar tuners and I was a bit leery but they hold the pitch without adjustment while I play and even hold pitch during extended periods not being played. I have been delighted.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I haul this around on vacation because it has a very small footprint in a crowded car. I keep it in a soft gig bag and am reasonalbly careful with it. I do not worry about damage as this thing is built like a sledge hammer. I have never had a single problem so have no repair experience.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Overal fit and finish is top notch. When I take it out of the bag I never fail to turn it around and admire it. As mentioned the tuners are guitar tuners but have never given me any desire to replace them with panatary tuners. I think this is remarkable because they have to be under greater pressure than on a full sized banjo.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I have large hands so switching from my Bart Reiter to this takes a little adjustment. Finger placement requires more precision. On the other hand it is not as demanding as a mandolin so I can't gripe. However if you are a beginner looking for a beginner instrument I think I would recommend a full size banjo until fingering becomes natural, then pick this up for travel/backpacking, Just my opinion. 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by pinenut (see all reviews from this person) on 1/2/2008

Where Purchased: banjo-teacher.com

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Its a little high with an echo. a fiberskin or amber head might fix it. those are unavailable (to my knowledge) in the 8" size. I would like to see a 10" pot on this neck (move bridge away from edge toward center). volume is good in car. I use it for traveling.

Sound Rating: 6

Setup

set-up was fine.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

looks good very nice. simple with nice binding

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

built sturdy. this is a practice-travel-childrens-banjo

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Customer Service: 7

Components

Parts and components are good

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

It is not light enough for backpacking. The size is good for playing in the car. If stolen or lost or broken I would replace it with another 20" scale but with a 10-11" pot. Maybe another cc-mini. I like this banjo.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by N8116B (see all reviews from this person) on 10/12/2006

Where Purchased: Elderly

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 274 ($US)

Sound

The sound is really very nice. Plucky yet clear. The banjo is tuned for C, a 4th higher than G and that give it a little bit of a different quality when you play. But I found that even with the smaller, 8", head there was adequate resonation.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Banjo was set up and tuned just a few days prior to my purchase. The Elderly guys always do a good job. I have made no changes at all and have been very happy with the stock version.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It looks like an old time banjo. The guitar tunars give it a little bit of a cheaper look as does the GoldTone logo on the peg head. But it is an inexpensive banjo. The wood is blonde but the fretboard is rosewood with nice inlays.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Even though this is an inexpensive model it looks like it was built to last. Strong where it needs to be and they did not scrimp on craftmanship.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Excellent service, they included an extra set of strings and helped with locating the correct gig bag. They did not have the bag in stock but gave me the part number to help me find it elsewhere.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Good bridge, fretboard is excellent. The tone ring looks a little weak but then this is only on an 8" head and may not need to be as strong as the ones on full size banjos.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This is a great 2nd banjo or travel banjo. For kids it is just the right size. But even with my fat fingers I was able to play it without hitting wrong strings.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by daddydaughter (see all reviews from this person) on 2/8/2005

Where Purchased: Acoustic Music

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

For its size (3/4 size) , it puts out a nice bright sound, however it is a bit thin sounding when compared to a full size open back.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Setup seems ok , no changes have been necessary

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

The CC-mini looks similar to a GoodTime openback, just smaller. All natural maple with a rosewood finger board. It also has guitar style tuners. The fingerboard is shorter, only 20 frets, but it is only slightly smaller than a full size neck (width) and the strings are a little closer. The fret spacing on the upper neckis reduced as well.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Seems solid enough., although the tuning pegs could be of higher quality.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

No need to deal with Gold Tone at this point.

Customer Service: 5

Components

As stated above, the tuners could be of a better quality. As it is tuned to either "C" or "A" , the tuning seems to be a little trickey for me. Does not stay in tune as well as a higher end banjo.

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

My daughter received this banjo as a Christmas present, so she could have a banjo to travel with on the airplane, and take backpacking. It is indeed great for kids, the chords are easier to lay down on the smaller neck. In comparison to our other full sized banjos, it will never be played as much, although for traveling I think it will work out just great !

Overall Rating: 7

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