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Where Purchased: Eagle Music (London)
Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 600 ($US)
A bright and truely audible banjo. I play a non traditional 3 finger style favoring mainly folk / country but including bluegrass as well. The banjo is solid, well constructed and aesthetically pleasing. It is a pre-war Gibson Mastertone replica (can't afford a Gibson) made in Korea and sold only in Europe at present. It consists of rock maple construction with a heavy bell brass tone ring. The banjo was well set up, but some modest improvements made it sound better and easier to play. I had the plastic nut replaced with a custom fitted bone nut with modified groove positioning to move the 1st string closer to the center of the neck. I also recently replaced the original bridge with a Snuffy Smith bridge and, much to my delight, it made significant a improvement in tone and audibility.
Sound Rating: 8
The banjo was set up well, and the modest modifications mentioned above were relatively inexpensive and easy to make. I also immediately removed the metal armrest and replaced it with an aesthetically pleasing tropical wood armrest. I use them on all 3 of my banjos and find them much better suited for the warm climate and accompanying perspiration, here in Florida. The action is low enough to make the banjo easy to play, and I have not been troubled by any string buzz.
Setup Rating: 9
The appearance of the banjo is up to normal standards, without the excessive (to my liking) fru-fru cosmetic inlays and ornamentation found on some of the more expensive banjos. The resonator has the concentric circles design on the back, which I don't particularly care for, but the rock maple grain is pleasing to the eye.
Appearance Rating: 8
So far I have had no problems with the hardware. The banjo stays in tune and plays well up and down the neck. I have not tried to attach any pickups or other electronic hardware, YET!
Reliability Rating: 9
I had to make the financial transaction via internet and credit card, and arrange for a specific day for delivery to my London address, to enable my niece to pick up the banjo just befor her return trip to the States. It all worked out fine and the Eagle Music folks did a great job of making it all happen. Have not had any other customer issues or contacts since the initial contacts.
Customer Service: 9
The weakest component on the Ozark 2141G is the plastic nut. The first string is too close to the edge of the frets and plastic does not transmit sound vibs as well as bone. The bridge is a can do component, but a better bridge produces a better and more sound from an instrument that is inherently bright.
Components Rating: 8
A very nice banjo. I have 3 banjos and I consider the Ozark to be my best. It is the one I always use for any jamming or outdoors playing.
I t is a keeper.
Overall Rating: 9
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