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Fitch  Master's five Banjo Reviews

Submitted by foggycoast (see all reviews from this person) on 3/2/2007

Where Purchased: Directly from maker

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I love the sound of this banjo. Bright, dry, hollow, loud and with a woody knock to it. Consistent all the way up the neck. With the Huber ring and Cox rim it is very much in the Mastertone family. Louder and brighter than my Prucha Bat and drier than my Stelling. A very traditional bluegrass sound.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Setup was great. Even though the neck was wider than my other banjos and the action a little higher than I'm used to, it plays easily. Pulloffs and bends are really clean. I plan on leaving it exactly as it arrived

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Simple but beautiful. A tobacco burst finish on presentation grade maple. Simple binding and a tight grained rosewood fingerboard give it a classic look.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

All the components are of the highest quality so I don't anticipate any issues. Cliff Fitch offers a lifetime warranty to the original owner.

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

Cliff was completely responsive in answering any and all question. He sent the banjo promptly and it arrived in good shape. Couldn't ask for better service than that.

Customer Service: 10

Components

All the components are of the highest quality. Huber ring, Cox rim and resonator, Waverly tuners, Prucha hardware, Huber bridge, Huber case. Includes spikes at 7-10.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

A fantastic instrument. Obviously crafted as a labor of love. This is a perfect complement to my Stelling Red Fox and Prucha Bat. With this one, my days of banjo envy are over. It's a keeper.

Overall Rating: 10

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