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Washburn  OscarSchmidt OB-5 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by swampman8 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/21/2007

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 154.00 ($US)

Sound

Has a very bright tone. Excellent sound for a less expensive banjo

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Banjo was out of tune when i received it. Also the resonator was cracked on one of the threaded holes. I glued the banjo resonator back together and tuned it as well. Still holding a tune.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

Mahongany resonator and neck. Very beautiful for a less expensive banjo.

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

Seems to be okay for now. I haven't used it much.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Very friendly

Customer Service: 9

Components

Maybe the tuners they are a little cheap but they hold a tune for a while.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

For the price i paid it came with a gig bag. I feel as i got a good deal for the money. Very clean crisp banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Unknown on 3/16/2002

Where Purchased: Howren Music

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Good for Bluegrass.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Setup very nice. Nice armrest, good neck

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Very nice. Cherry neck, closed back

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Don't know yet.

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Just a good banjo for the price

Overall Rating: not rated

Submitted by Unknown on 1/5/2002

Where Purchased: Greencastle Music

Year Purchased: 1997
Price Paid: 397.00 ($US)

Sound

Rich full sound
Very good for bluegrass

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Set up well changed bridge position some (Normal)

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

Cherry finish
fret inlays (Pearl)

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

after 5 years it still looks great

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Overall for being priced under $500.00 (New) I
would say very good.
I

Overall Rating: 8

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