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Lyon and Healy  Openback  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by jbalch (see all reviews from this person) on 2/28/2004

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


This fine old classical banjo sounds great! It has a soft, mellow tone that is great for solo playing or practice.

Sound Rating: 8


This vintage (circa 1900) banjo was a basket case when I got it. I installed a new calfskin head, Aquila NylGut strings, Grover bridge and Grover champion tuners. The neck is straight and the angle is good. The Action is very good.

Setup Rating: 9


Beautiful classic appearance. Very unique peghead shape. Nice abalone inlays. Simple yet elegant style.

Appearance Rating: 8


Properly set-up with gut or nylon strings, this banjo should last for another 100 years.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

NA...give them an 8 because they built good banjos...after all that is the best form of service.

Customer Service: 8


Nice tailpiece, cool vintage hooks & nuts.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This is a great parlor banjo. It is a bit tame for most jam sessions. But fantastic for a peaceful evening at home!

Overall Rating: 7

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