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Lyon and Healy  Improved Melody Banjo  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by jbalch (see all reviews from this person) on 11/4/2003

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


This circa 1900, small, 4-string, banjo was designed to play the melody in a banjo orchestra. It tunes like a violin. The sound is bright and loud to cut through a big band mix.

Sound Rating: 9


For it's age, this banjo is set-up and plays well. It has a very old calfskin head and vintage bridge. I may experiment with modern heads for a change.

Setup Rating: 8


Absolutely beautiful vintage design. Not too much fancy inlay. No carving...just miles and miles of style!

Appearance Rating: 10


All original for more than 100 years!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service


Customer Service: not rated


This basjo features the patented "Improved" tone ring designed to compete with Fairbanks scolloped "elecrtic" models. It has a brass hoop atop beveled posts that extend from the wood rim.

Components Rating: 10

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These are really fun! Find one if you can!

Overall Rating: 10

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