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Where Purchased: Hill Country Music
Year Purchased: 04
Price Paid: $470ish ($US)
It sounds pretty bright. I tightened the head and that made it a brand new $700-sounding banjo. A Snuffy Smith bridge sweetened the deal. It sounds a lot like Mike Scott`s banjo, if you`ve ever heard some of his recordings. Or, if you move your right hand closer to the neck, it sounds like Mike Jones` banjo. For the under-$500 price range, It gets a 10. But it`s no Gibson.
Sound Rating: 8
Yeah, all I did was tighten the head and change the bridge. But that`s a personal taste thing.
Setup Rating: 10
It looks like a classic banjo, with shiny-looking chrome parts and flower inlay. About the same thing as a Scruggs standard, but no pretty wood finishes.
Appearance Rating: 10
I`ve played it for one and a half years with out a backup. I play hard at least one hour a day, and go to jams every week.
Reliability Rating: 10
It was fine. I know the owners of the music store. But I`ve no expirience with Hohner themselves.
Customer Service: 10
Everyone told me I had a junk light-weight tail piece on it, so I "upgraded" to a heavier one. All that did was dampen the sound, so I put back the origanal "junk" tail piece and it sounded better. Heavier parts are not always the answer.
Components Rating: 10
This thing sounds like a $700 to $800 banjo. You could probably get it for $300 used. I love it. It`s a great upgrade from the $150-$200 class.
Overall Rating: 10
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