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Ozark  2142G Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Kenny 1 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/7/2008

Where Purchased: morlings lowestoft uk

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: £375.00 () historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Fabulous feel and full rich sound. Mellow if needed but cuts through if you want it too.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Set at factory and checked by dealer and so far I am happy

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

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

Reliability

As yet I can't say but looks sound and strong to me

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

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

Components

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

Overall Comments

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

Submitted by neilpaxman (see all reviews from this person) on 1/22/2007

Where Purchased: Reidys Music Online

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 475 (£) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

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

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

Appearance

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

Reliability

Most of the components look bullet proof. Don't know about gigging, lets wait and see...

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

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

Components

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

Overall Comments

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

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