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Where Purchased: Jason Romero's Workshop in Arcata, CA
Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: $2850.00 ($US)
It sounds huge which it is. It's very loud set up with steel strings. It's a great fretless banjo. The banjo is everything I imagined it would be.
Sound Rating: 10
As with the other two banjos I have from Jason the set up was just as I had asked. We started with Saverez High Tension Yellow Card Nylon strings. Nice and beefy. I had to try steel strings and it sounded so great I decided that's what I would keep.
Setup Rating: 10
It's a beauty. Chechen is a beautiful wood. Jason did a unique inlay design that came out wonderfully. This banjo is another work of art.
Appearance Rating: 10
I love the hard oil finish. It looks and feel great. The banjo has the Romero Ring Tailpiece and his own tension hoop.
Reliability Rating: 10
This banjo has a lifetime warranty.
It's always a pleasure ordering a banjo from Jason.
Customer Service: 10
Everything componet of this banjo is of the highest order from the materials to the execution. It's a beautiful one of a kind completely hand built banjo.
Components Rating: 10
This banjo completes my trio of Morning Glory themed banjos from Jason.
Jason surpassed anything I could image and came up with a inlay design for the headstock, a frontal view of a morning glory flower made out of copper, mother-of-pearl and paua abalone. Also included is another unique inlay of a morning glory bud also made of copper, mother of pearl and paua abalone. The bud is the one recurring inlay motif on all three banjos.
The whole banjo is bound in flamed maple. I love the look of binding on the headstock. It really makes the banjo stand out. It has ebony peghead heel and rim overlays. The neck is chechen. The fretless fretboard is part chechen down to around where the 7th fret would be then turns to ebony. It has a frailing scoop. The nut is 1 3/8 inches. I really like the feel of a wider neck. It has a nice carving around the fifth string peg that is elegant. The neck has a boat style heel. I think it looks great. The block rim is huge, 13 inches x 3 1/2 inches with an integral Honduran Rosewood tone ring. It's an all wood rim which adds another unique look to this banjo. It has an unbleached skin head. This one comes with the Romero Ring tailpiece and Jasnon's tension hoop.
This banjo sounds great with nylon strings. But I felt it using nylons was perhaps holding back this banjos potential. I put on steels and it was amazing. This is a loud banjo with a wonderful deep bassy tone. It's a beast. I'm keeping steels on it.
I feel lucky to be the caretaker to and have the pleasure of playing and making music with this banjo along with my other banjos from Jason.
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Overall Rating: 10
'Tab reading software' 3 min
'WTB Compensated Bridge' 57 min
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