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Ramsey  Boucher Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Jim Pankey (see all reviews from this person) on 4/17/2006

Where Purchased: From Maker

Year Purchased: 1998
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Very loud, very plunky as you would expect.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

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

Appearance

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

Reliability

There's hardware? Well, there's a bit...

The hardware is brass and handmade - should last a couple or three lifetimes. :)

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I've never had a problem, but Mike Ramsey is a great guy and very helpful.

Customer Service: 10

Components

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

Overall Comments

I've recommended this banjo on a number of occasions. Stolen? Perish the thought! Guess I'd have to shoot someone.

Pictures: http://webpages.charter.net/jhpankey/minstrel.htm

Overall Rating: 9

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