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Fitch  Palomino Champion 2008-21 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by hawksbill (see all reviews from this person) on 12/22/2008

Where Purchased: Banjo Hangout

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 2500 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Varried styles, bluegrass, jazz, ragtime, freestyle. Suits me fine. This banjo has Fitch's "NITRO" tone ring. It has a balanced, well-seasoned sound, that will be enhanced with a new Kirshner tailpiece, and a compensated radiused bridge.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Yes. The Presto tailpiece is going Bye-Bye, a Kirshner is replacing it, Medium strings, radiused compensated bridge, tuned the top to A-444, re-set the trussrod, might go with a clear head later?....

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Presentation Maple natural blonde.Few small Finish flaws in the resonator back, small chip at the rear of the pot, Would have prefered an Ebony fretboard, but the Rosewood is very clean, as are the inlays.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

All excellent

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Cliff is contactable. Very available, and friendly.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I thingk Cliff put the Presto on these because tailpieces are like wheels on a hot-rod....everyone has thier own desires. The tuners are just super! as are all other componants.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Yes, after a small $ bit of tweaking, it is worth over $3K to me. If it were stolen, I would be sad. Love it, The maple is so BLOND! and the tortoise is such a rich contrast...eye-catching! It's right in there with my other stallions.

Overall Rating: 10

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