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6919 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: From the maker
Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 1900 ($US)
I play clawhammer in a contra dance band. The banjo is bright with lots of volume as well as depth. I like it a lot.
Sound Rating: 10
The banjo was set up well. Brooks supplied 2 bridges and the 1/2 in. was just right. I've added an old style wire arm rest.
Setup Rating: 9
Its beautiful in an understated way. The shoes and stretcher band are unplated brass which provides a nice contrast to the silver wrapped pot. The neck is "gun stock" maple with a lovely grain and feel. The"clown"peg head is covered with walnut burl and there is a lovely carved swirl behind the 5th string peg. No inlays, side dots and a brass plate instead of a scoop. Brooks' signiture indian head penny crowns the peghead. It has a lovely Dobson like heel.
Appearance Rating: 10
The banjo will out live me. I use it as my band banjo without a backup.
Reliability Rating: 10
This has been the nicest experience working with a builder I have had so far of the 6 makers I have worked with.
Customer Service: 10
Brooks makes a lot of his own components including the stretcher band, pot etc. No cheap or shoddy parts here.
Components Rating: 10
I would definately recommend this maker and this banjo without reservations. I have just asked him to build me a 6 string which I will eventually review.
Overall Rating: 10
' Virtual Fiddle jam.' 6 min
'Good Wednesday Morning' 5 hrs
'Building a case' 8 hrs
'Newbie Questions' 8 hrs
'Appalachian Rain' 9 hrs