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Harmony  Harmony Marquis  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Bigbike4 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/3/2005

Where Purchased: Best discount store

Year Purchased: 78
Price Paid: 79.00 ($US)

Sound

Nice loud bluegrass sound, I wanted to learn to play bluegrass and this was the instrument I got. I eventually sent it out to have some improvements made to it, but sound never changed, just good overall sound

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Set up-from Best? You have to be kidding. In the years I had it , I sent it out to a luthier to have the neck worked on and have the action lowered (along with getting a geared 5th string peg installed-I did the other strings pegs myself when they were changed to geared over the original friction).

Setup Rating: 1

Appearance

It had a 1976 eagle decal on the inside of the resinator as well as the back and it had a clear head on it. It was then and still was when I sold it a sharp looking banjo. It had no appearance flaws except a small chunk that was missing from the aluminum pot (from the manufactor). Hardware stayed nice looking for the 25 years I owned the instrument

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Reliability was never an issue once the tuners were changed from friction to geared. The instrument was built to be a beater and could take a beating.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

Never dealt with the company so I really don't know, but Harmony has been around as student instruments in all types of instruments for years.

Customer Service: 5

Components

Friction tuners, which are never good and were upgraded by me to geared tuners.

One rod action adjuster which needs to be a 2 rod, but then again we are talking about your basic beginners instrument here.

Aluminum pot produced a good overall sound.

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

Very nice beginers instruments and frequently available on/at auctions for very little money. Definately worth $100 or less (unless upgrades have been made and then it depends on what upgrades have been done). The instrument is fine for kids or adults that want a cheapie to see if they are really interested in learning. I would recommend having the instrument sent out and action adjusted by a pro luthier.

Overall Rating: 7

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

Where Purchased: A Garage sale

Year Purchased: 2001
Price Paid: 100$ ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

A good beginner. I used it for a year until I got to good for it said my teacher so I got a Aida

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

I never changed anything but the strings.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Its brown with a clear head and is very hard to clean of fingerprints.

Appearance Rating: 5

Reliability

Like a rock. I use is as a beater banjo.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

the people at the sale were kind.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Its pretty standard. just one rod in the head.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I would recomend this banjo for a beginner.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by laurin (see all reviews from this person) on 2/29/2004

Where Purchased: private

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 200.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Good beginner. Lots of volume. Although after buying this one, I think I could have bought a better product for the same price. Used of course. To the best of my knowledge it doesn't have a tonering and it has a peg instead of a 5th string tuner. It has been sitting in the closet for 15 years and not played until I bought it.

Sound Rating: 5

Setup

It is true intonation and has a great neck

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

unknown

Appearance Rating: not rated

Reliability

Very durable

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

unknown

Customer Service: not rated

Components

It has only 1 rod instead of 2.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: not rated

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