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Where Purchased: From Maker
Very loud, very plunky as you would expect.
Sound Rating: 9
The banjo was well set-up when it arrive, but I did make changes.
The first change was the bridge - it came with a maple bridge - I immediately made one out of pine and replaced the maple. Later I purchased a pine bridge from George Wunderlich.
The other change I made was replacing with nylon strings with real gut strings.
Both the gut strings and the pine bridge really added to the volume this banjo could put out. Pine... whodathunkit?
Setup Rating: 9
Well... it's certainly an eye catcher - especially to folks that are used to seeing modern looking banjos.
The neck is beautiful flamed maple.
Appearance Rating: 9
There's hardware? Well, there's a bit...
The hardware is brass and handmade - should last a couple or three lifetimes. :)
Reliability Rating: 9
I've never had a problem, but Mike Ramsey is a great guy and very helpful.
Customer Service: 10
My only concern with the banjo is the rim; it seems a bit heavier than an "original" instrument, but I'm convinced this rim will be extremely durable and as far as "sound" goes, I'm very happy.
Components Rating: 9
I've recommended this banjo on a number of occasions. Stolen? Perish the thought! Guess I'd have to shoot someone.
Overall Rating: 9
'[FF] String Chickens' 2 hrs