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Fitch  Palomino Banjo Reviews

Submitted by LeftRightLeft (see all reviews from this person) on 3/18/2009

Where Purchased: From Cliff Fitch

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

For me, one of the most appealing elements of this banjo is the Tony Pass rim, which makes the weight more manageable but still creates a great sound. Folks who listen to it, then heft it, can't believe how light it is. It's plenty loud.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Cliff (the builder) set this up for me and I haven't had to make any changes.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Although I THOUGHT I wanted a dark finish, what initially sold me on this banjo is the gorgeous quilted curly maple. It is beautiful and looks great with the tortoise binding and amber tuners. If I could give it an 11, I would.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The banjo feels great. Time will tell about the reliability, but I know where to find him.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I've had the banjo just a few weeks. Lifetime warranty, though--and I believe it.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Keith tuners. Nitro tone ring. Great machining, joinery and finish.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I've been playing less than a year, but I believe having a great instrument helps you learn faster. It should be pretty apparent that I'm in love with this banjo, and I hate it when I have to leave it. Couldn't ask for anything else.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by biscuit joiner (see all reviews from this person) on 6/15/2008

Where Purchased: Direct

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 2300 ($US)

Sound

The sound is wonderful, to my ears. It's got a really nice tone. More gentle than a Mastertone type sound, as you'd expect. But not at all wimpy or twangy, it has plenty of range. It sort of seduces you more than whacking you on the head like my RB 250.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Setup was as close as to perfect as you could expect from a banjo that's bought across a distance. I will have to tweak a few things to my personal taste, but nothing at all major.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It's beautiful to look at, too. The blond finish and minimal inlay pattern really fits the banjo's personality. The finish and attention to detail are what you'd expect from Cliff-totally top notch.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

No weak spots that I can see.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

A big reason I keep coming back to Cliff is the service. The workmanship is fantastic, of course, but he's a genuinely nice guy and very helpful.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Pass thin skirt archtop woody rim

Maple neck

Mostly Prucha hardware

RK flange

Keith tuners

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is a very unique banjo, being so nicely built for one, but also because it has no metal tone ring. Which means it's very light, which I appreciate even more than I thought I would. Different tone and character than a Mastertone type banjo, but equally as pleasing.

Overall Rating: 10

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