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Slingerland  MayBell Tenor Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Bigbike4 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/11/2005

Where Purchased: auction

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 20.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Sounds great for an antique! Lows are good without distortion, and highs are crisp. Mine has a resinonator which can be removed for various styles of play

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Antique instrument and was in pieces when I bought it. Really does not apply. Everything I needed to complete the instrument (new head, tail piece, strings and tuners) is easily available thru suppliers or other online sourses.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Mine was well used and played. Because it is antique and has been sitting around, I was glad that all the original hardware was included! Mine needed some glueing work done on the resonator and a fretboard, but these things you expect when you buy an antique.

Appearance Rating: 5

Reliability

Hardware and instrument have lasted 70 years thus far. Does that count?

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The fancy paint and nice nickel hardware are some charataristics you just don't see on todays entry level instruments. These old banjo makers really knew how to dress up the cheap instruments

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

As with any antique you better know what you are getting into when you buy it to rebuild it or play it. I come from the mindset that the old wood tone ring and pot make for a great sounding instrument and certainly aging them 70 plus years helps too.

Overall Rating: 9

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