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Wildwood  Peragon  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by dogsplus2 (see all reviews from this person) on 2/24/2009

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 875 (GBP) (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

This is a 2005 model bought used but kept in mint condition.

I've had this instrument for just over a month now.

Straight out of the box it sounded great, but be warned this is a VERY loud banjo, my ears were ringing!

The sound produced is fantastic, it is a bright sounding banjo with a crisp fullness across both the bass and treble. I like my banjo's to sound like a banjo (if you know what I mean) and so the bright sound, loud volume and clear notes suit me just fine.

It blew the socks off my previous banjo, and made me finally realise why people spend money on expensive banjo's. It's not that my pevious one was bad - it was a very good intermediate - it's just that this is much, much, better.

The block rim construction really gives it the volume I love.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

It was bought second hand, and had a medium set up, with a presto tail piece and standard bridge. It sounded great like this and was really playable, but personal preference made me replace the TP with my Fults Parallel and the bridge with an Emerson Vintage Tone.

It now has a better and more 'luxurious' sound (in my opinion).

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

This is one beautiful banjo. It is the Walnut model, with the burl finish on the resonator which is a deep marbled coffee colour.

It has an ivory coloured binding and also lovely wood purfling along the neck and around the resonator.

The slate like ebony fingerobard with MOP inlay is also very nice to look at.

All in all, one of the best looking banjos I have seen.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

It really doesn't seemed to have been played much prior to my purchase, so it's a bit early to say about the reliability.

That said, it is a very sturdy feeling banjo, and it IS three years old, and there is nothing that looks like it would wear out, snap or split any time soon. It is a really well made banjo.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Never used, probably never will.

Not rated.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The components are very good quality. The presto TP that came with it was first class, and would have been fine, but I just like my Fults better.

The tuners are Gotoh and again, of very good quality.

Nothing is cheap looking and nothing would need replaced unless you decided for sound or cosmetic reasons.

***Now had this Banjo for two years and everything about it is quality. I have had no issues with it at all.****

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

It was an absolute steal for the price I paid - these don't come up very often in the UK and new I would have to pay between £1450 and £1800 to have the pleasure of owning one. I would have paid that for this banjo.

It is a professional grade banjo, that will not disappoint you in any way.

The cosmetic side of it really does shine, the Walnut is really one of the finest banjos I've seen.

I've played the Deering Sierra and Boston, and this banjo is better than those fine banjos IMO.

I probably wont buy another banjo, and the quality is such that it could become an heirloom.

If this was stolen I would be gutted. I would want to buy another one immediately (but probably couldn't afford to pay full price for one).

***Two years on - This banjo is fantastic. It stays in tune so well, is loud and meaty and just oozes quality. I still smile every time I play it, feeling lucky that I was in a position to purchase it when I was. I will keep this banjo forever, and will not trade it in when I buy a Stelling or Gibson in a few years - it's going to be an heirloom.***

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by padlock (see all reviews from this person) on 8/4/2004

Where Purchased: Turtle Hill

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 2300 ($US)

Sound

Just to my likeing -Volume is not as loud as a Stelling but the tone is rich - Highs clear with good "pop" - lows rich with that deep "hollow" sound. The tone is good all the way up the neck with no dead spots. The block rim is my choice all the way.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

was great out of the box -- no major adjustments needed. All I have done in 6 months is to change the strings and put on a Price tailpeice which made little difference. Still working on the head adjustment but havnt found anything better than the original setup.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This is what sold me. Only 2 made with birdside maple resonator, abalone inlays. The workmanship is flawless. Beautiful banjo.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

No problem here. It should last my lifetime. The rim is so massive and strong it only needs 1 coordinator rod. Built like a tank. Havnt found any weak spots and i'm not easy on a jo. I take it everywhere.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Havnt had to deal with them

Customer Service: 10

Components

no name bridge - I put on a Snuffy Smith - no change in the tone. The wildwood block rim and made to specks tone ring are great.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I thnk this banjo would hold its ground with any 5 grand Gibson. Its a great buy.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Unknown on 1/21/2002

Where Purchased: TURTLE HILL

Year Purchased: 2001
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

IT HAS A FULL TONAL RANGE WITH PLENTY
OF

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

GOOD TO GO OUT OF THE BOX. I'VE CHANGED
THE BRIDGE TO ONE THAT GARY SOSBEE
MADE FOR ME. (THE ORIGINAL WAS JUST
FINE)

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

THIS BANJO HAS A FIDDLE BACK WALNUT
NECK WITH GREEN AND RED ABALONE INLAY.
THE RESONATOR HAS THE TIGHTEST WALNUT
BURL I'VE SEEN.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I'VE ONLY HAD THIS BANJO A SHORT WHILE,
BUT I THINK IT WILL OUTLAST THE NEXT
GENERATION.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

MARK PLATIN AT WILDWOOD HAS SPENT A
LOT OF TIME WITH ME ON THE PHONE. IT IS
NICE TTO MAKE A CONNECTION WITH THE
MAKER.

Customer Service: 10

Components

THE POT IS OF BLOCK CONSTRUCTION. IT
CREATES A VERY FULL TONE IN THIS
INSTRUMENT.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

IF I COULD ONLY HAVE ONE BANJO, THIS
WOULD BE IT. I HOPE TO HAVE MARK MAKE A
SPECIAL ONE FOR ME SOMEDAY.

Overall Rating: 10

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