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I selected John Ramsey for a serious repair (neck angle) based largely on BHO recommendations.
I bought a used 1963 Ode Longeneck Openback (Series 43). It was well cared for but poorly set-up. John Ramsey changed the neck angle by trimming the heel of the neck, reset the dowell stick, dressed the worn frets, put on a new head & proper bridge, and adjusted everything. He returned to me a 46 year old 'new' treasure. He is simply a joy to do business with and to see him work.
Tejon Street Music is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its hundreds of miles from my home in Arizona but I won't hesitate to make the trip again.
Overall Rating: 10
I was SO disappointed when John told me he was no longer taking orders for banjo necks. He built three Gibson-style necks for me over about a ten-year period and every one of them was not just flawless, but played easily and felt "just right". John was always an absolute pleasure to deal with and my thanks go out to Peter Schwimmer of BHO for recommending him to me.
Overall Rating: 10
John Ramsey is the owner of Tejon Street Music in Colorado Springs Colorado. Right now he builds mostly very high end Ukuleles with his wife Pam but he has built banjos, banjo necks and guitars in the past. He is also a wonderful picker and was third at Winfield in 1980. I take all my banjo work to him and have purchased several instruments from him. It is a long drive for me, almost three hours one way but it is worth it. His work is first rate and his prices are very reasonable. He won’t build necks anymore but he will perform every kind of adjustment Again, I am only giving him a 9 because I don't want to accused of inflating the ratings.
Overall Rating: 9
'Good beginner banjo' 3 hrs