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Where Purchased: Swap Meet
Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 35.00 ($US) (bought USED)
The sound is actually pretty good considering it was a swap meet banjo that apparently was put together from other scrap banjo parts. I was impressed with it. I would put it up against any other starter banjo under $500 in terms of sound.
Sound Rating: 5
It had a nice low setup, which I appreciated after struggling with a very high guitar setup that nearly cut thru my fingers when trying to play on it. It had a new set of strings and possibly a new bridge. I tuned it and played it. Played fine.
Setup Rating: 7
Not a beauty queen, but maybe that's the appeal of this one-lol. The resonator was crushed from hitting baseballs or something and I am repairing it at this time the best I can. Meanwhile, I play it open back. It is a 30 hook, which I think helps the look of it. It used to have a clear head. Then someone wrote a message on it with a magic marker, so someone painted over it with white spray paint. Oh, and did I mention the head has a small hole in it?
Appearance Rating: 2
No gig bag or case needed for this one. More abuse would only add to it's personality. If I should ever take a bajo camping with me, this will be the one. Just about bullet proof.
Reliability Rating: 10
There was no warranty and the guy made sure he told me so. I figured that at the price of $35.00 I could use it for kindling if I had to, (hence my screen name). He was a nice honest guy that did a good job of putting it together well enough to sound like a banjo again.
Customer Service: 5
Geared tuners, 30 hook, rosewood rim and resonator, oak neck. I use an old suit case strap for a banjo strap.
Components Rating: not rated
To all of the new banjo players that are just getting started and are confused about what to buy, you don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun learning the banjo. It it sounds ok, you are ok with the looks, and the set up is ok, it is probably a banjo that will work for you to learn on. Don,t worry about tone rings, planetary tuners, custom bridges and inlaid necks. If you want to play the banjo, just do it and have fun. The amount of fun you have will have little to do with the price you pay. Just pick!
Overall Rating: 10
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