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6953 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: morlings lowestoft uk
Fabulous feel and full rich sound. Mellow if needed but cuts through if you want it too.
Sound Rating: 9
Set at factory and checked by dealer and so far I am happy
Setup Rating: 8
Looks pretty and not as flamboyant as I thought it would as it has loads of gold plating but it looks classy
Appearance Rating: 10
As yet I can't say but looks sound and strong to me
Reliability Rating: 8
No reason as yet to find out how the company is but my local dealer can be trusted to sort any problems
Customer Service: 9
I am sure that some would want to upgrade bits but at the moment I don't feel the need but I am prone to fiddlin with stuff so am sure I will!
Components Rating: 8
I would recommend this instrument highly at this money. If it was stolen it would be replaced instantly with the same. If I gave up playin it would hang on my wall as a piece of art! I have only had starter instrument before and this is soooo playable by comparison.
Overall Rating: 9
Where Purchased: Reidys Music Online
As a beginner, I took advice from the dealer, and it certainly has a bright, LOUD sound. I like the build quality, but getting used to the balance of the instrument, compared to my Epiphone EJ200 acoustic etc is 'different'
Sound Rating: 6
Setup was indifferent. I am taking it to Andy Perkins in the UK for a professional setup and will probably ask him to cast an experienced eye over the bridge and tuners. UPDATE - having taken it to Andy, I found that the neck was out of line, and that the setup was non existent, 0 out o 10 for the dealer REIDYS of BLACKBURN
Setup Rating: 1
Great looking, apart from the clear Weatherking Remo head, which I don't like. Will change that straight away. UPDATE - this has been done, and looks much better
Appearance Rating: 8
Most of the components look bullet proof. Don't know about gigging, lets wait and see...
Reliability Rating: 5
Based on the amount of work which had to be done by Andy Perkins just to get it to stay in tune and upgrading the cheaper components - which cost me over £150 (and I don't believe he was ripping me off, because it looks sounds and feels 100% better - and even to my untrained eyes and ears, it is now a BANJO! Again 0 out of 10 for REIDYS MUSIC - based on the fact that they substituted this for my first choice Epiphone MB250 (OK I now know they are effectively the same banjo) and then sent me an unplayable instrument
Customer Service: 1
Andy changed the head, nut, bridge, tailpiece, strings and adjusted just about every component, in fact a complete strip down before it was playable. So the neck and resonator were fine!
Components Rating: 5
Now looks feels and sounds great. My next banjo may well be an Ozark, but I will get a professional luthier like Andy to build it!
Overall Rating: 6
'Respecting 7/11' 1 hr
'New Strings brightness' 2 hrs
'Foxfire' 5 hrs
'Wild Bill Jones' 5 hrs
'just curious' 7 hrs