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6919 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: Seattle
Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 700 ($US) (bought USED)
Yes, wonderful sound, bright, projects very well. Full sound. What a banjo should be.
Sound Rating: 10
Adjusted the neck angle to suit my style. It was a bit of work, since I had to remove the rim and reach the truss rod. But now that it is setup, great action and easy to play,no buzzing.
Setup Rating: 10
Beautiful banjo, resonator inlay is a work of art. Banjo inlays aer wonderful. Rick of richelieu banjos did a great job.
Appearance Rating: 10
Reliability Rating: 10
Yes. Don't about the warranty, but since I am not the original owner, don't know if it is transferable.
Customer Service: 10
No cheapo parts in this banjo, even the bridge is custom made. All hardware, wood selection is superb.
Components Rating: 10
Excellent banjo. I am very happy with it. Playing is great.
Overall Rating: 10
Where Purchased: Private
Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 1800 ($US) (bought USED)
Did not fit me at all. It had a whyte laydie style tonering and for plectrum playing it sounded awful to me. The banjo had no sustain what so ever and the tone just seemed "dead". Those rings are probably best left to other types of banjos
Sound Rating: 3
Had to set up the banjo myself since it didn´t have a head. Easy to set up with co rods
Setup Rating: 3
Looked pretty neat. Inlaid eagle on the back of resonator and good looking inlays. I am still wondering about the fingerboard though. The grain was so tight that I doubt it was ebony?
Appearance Rating: 6
The hardware was very well made. The banjo was also extremely heavy.
Reliability Rating: 8
Customer Service: not rated
I guess this banjo could be a lot better with a silver bell style tonering
Components Rating: not rated
I wouldn´t recommend this particular bajo, I sold it very soon after I got it. Maybe it is just my opinion on the sound but I have tried a lot of plectrums that were much better
Overall Rating: 5
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