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Gold Tone  Maple Mountain MM-150 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by BobsBlues (see all reviews from this person) on 10/20/2018

Where Purchased: Gold Tone Showroom

Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: About $700 ($US)

Sound

This banjo has bright, lively sound, probably due to the Whyte Laydie-style tone ring.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The setup from Gold Tone was perfect. The banjo came with a Zero Glide nut. They also added a spike and removed the neck gloss while I waited.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Looks great--clean, simple, and classy. It's basically the same instrument as the more ornate WL-250, but I like the appearance of the MM-150 much better.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I expect it to hold up for many years with no problems.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer service and courtesy at the Gold Tone showroom were outstanding! They couldn't have been nicer.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I may eventually upgrade the bridge, but since the stock bridge is compensated there's no rush to do this. All other components and construction are top quality.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I've been playing this banjo for about six month now, and I couldn't be happier. It's not specialized for any particular style of clawhammer playing, but as a first open back banjo, I can't imagine anything better in its price range. Very enthusiastically recommended!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Burghauser (see all reviews from this person) on 5/6/2012

Where Purchased: banjo.com

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Super clear and gentle

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The head needed some tightening—beyond that, very good.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Simple design. A humble little instrument.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Looks pretty durable.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The tuners sort of stink. Everything else is solid.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I recognize that real banjo nerds might giggle dismissively at this instrument. Nevertheless, it’s a whole lot of fun to play. It’s got great snap and clarity. I find myself frequently passing over my much more expensive Tubaphone to screw around with the MM-150.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by lucas73b (see all reviews from this person) on 9/18/2006

Where Purchased: Palm Guitars

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 795 (euro) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

The banjo comes with a WL tonering and fiberskin head. The sound is bright and melodious throughout the whole range up and down the neck. Perfect for that clean, crisp roll. Not loud enough for disturbing my neighbours when practising. I use it for frailing and other old-time styles.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The banjo was set up reasonably well, but needed a bit finetuning: The action was set very low. I raised it a little, the coordinator rods make adjustment easy; I also slackening the head tension a bit thereby deepening the sound. Points of concern were that he heel cut leaves only little room for tightening the head (not a problem yet), also I had to remedy a buzz the 3rd and 4th strings had on the 1st fret.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

The banjo looks pretty: very simple, not very fancy inlays, just as I like it. The finishing is flawless, the neck feels smooth.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

The banjo looks solid and reliable, after 2 years of playing no wear off of finishing, not much fret wear. The tuners look fragile and have a bit of free motion, but they do the job.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

Have not dealt with them.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The tonering has an irregularity which just looks a bit slopppy but does not seem to affect the sound. Otherwise all components are fine.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

I love the sound of this banjo and I like its simple, basic looks. If I were to replace it I would choose something similar, but not necessarily the same.

Overall Rating: 7

Submitted by jamie_t123 (see all reviews from this person) on 8/30/2006

Where Purchased: FQMS

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 591 ($US)

Sound

I really was quite taken back by the tone. I sit and play for hours. The tone, while very different from my bluegrass banjo, is very haunting and pleasant

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Outstanding set up

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

I think that the wood grain and finish is very lovely...not the fanciest Banjo in the world, but it is a mountain open back, so I really prefer that it is'nt.

Appearance Rating: not rated

Reliability

So far so good, I can't see anything that would lead me to believe that there would be a problem

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Got a nice thank you note from the owner after I e-mailed in the warranty information.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Don't see any areas of concern, all seems nice, esp. for the price paid.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Yes, I would recommend. If stolen I would consider the same model, but might try a BC-350. I do love it, I think of it when I'm away from it. My favorite feature is the simple, but very pretty look of the instrument. Very happy with it.

Overall Rating: 9

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