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J. Mogi  Fretless #10 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by mrphysics55 (see all reviews from this person) on 11/14/2007

Where Purchased: Direct from Jason

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

Sound

This fretless has that Old Time Sound that Folks are looking for. It's a great tubby sound with just enough sustain to keep it from being muddy.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo came with a goat skin and nylgut strings. I may change to a Ren. head and steel strings [in the future] just to see how this banjer responds. Jason provided TWO EXTRA hand-made bridges, of different heights, to provide some action adjustability "on the fly". All of hese bridges have a wide spacing to go along with the wide and beefy H. Dobson style neck ... perfect for drop-thumb playing.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

This machine has a three piece, W-I-D-E, black walnut neck with a maple, center stripe. It's finger board and peg-head overlay are made of a thick layer of rosewood. The pot is maple, deep and thin with a rolled brass tone ring sitting on top. The banjo is free of inlay. It's form flowing from function and is nothing short of elegant. The quality of work and materials has my luthier scratching his head at the low price I paid. [although I forgot the exact amount :>) ].

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The tuners are 5-Star Planets. The hooks and nuts are industry standard and the tension hoop is fairly heavy, rolled brass, making the look distinctive and "old-timey". The pot is painted black and should start to "wear" with the use it will definitely receive. I can't wait till it starts to look "used". It should function well, as it is built for that purpose and with absolutely no unnecessary parts.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Jason seems like a fine man. He worked with me on the purchase in the way a good neighbor would share his relative bounty. No warranty was offered or implied. Such talk did not seem necessary. I am sure, that if the banjo develops a problem, Jason will fix it.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The banjo seems a wonderful value. It's parts are high quality and are readily available should I need to make any replacements.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Mogi is bound to be a sought after name in Old Time Banjers. I'm quite lucky to have gotten in "early in the game". My banjo is going to appreciate in value as he becomes a recognized maker. I cannot wait to take #10 to the next jam.

Overall Rating: 10

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