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Richelieu  Golden eagle plectrum Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Joven (see all reviews from this person) on 9/13/2010

Where Purchased: Seattle

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 700 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Yes, wonderful sound, bright, projects very well. Full sound. What a banjo should be.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

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

Appearance

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

100%

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Yes. Don't about the warranty, but since I am not the original owner, don't know if it is transferable.

Customer Service: 10

Components

No cheapo parts in this banjo, even the bridge is custom made. All hardware, wood selection is superb.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Excellent banjo. I am very happy with it. Playing is great.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Torre (see all reviews from this person) on 12/1/2007

Where Purchased: Private

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 1800 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

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

Setup

Had to set up the banjo myself since it didn´t have a head. Easy to set up with co rods

Setup Rating: 3

Appearance

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

Reliability

The hardware was very well made. The banjo was also extremely heavy.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

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Customer Service: not rated

Components

I guess this banjo could be a lot better with a silver bell style tonering

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

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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