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Where Purchased: From Fitch Banjos directly
Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: confidential ($US)
Very responsive, all strings, all fret positions. Very balanced sound; full maple fourth string (banjo still being played in; will get better I'm sure) but larger, fuller fourth string than I've ever found on an all maple banjo. More volume on left hand work, e.g. slides, hammer ons, pull-offs, than I've found before. As I said, very responsive.
Sound Rating: 10
Yes. All set up. Action set at standard 3/32nds 12th fret fourth and first strings. No changes needed. My '9 is only because I'm always convinced there's an extra . . . e.g. install a fossilized mammoth ivory nut instead of the bone . . . otherwise this banjo is great as is.
Setup Rating: 9
No flaws. Neck inspiration from high end guitars, e.g. see Elderly Instruments catalog. Beautiful banjo!! Subtle maple highlights on fretboard. Wouldn't change a thing.
Appearance Rating: 10
Reliability Rating: 10
Customer Service: 10
The Sullivan factory floor rim. I'd heard these were even better in resonance than the Lost Timber from the bottom of Lake Superior . . . I'd have to say now equal or better; would have to do an exchange out and double blind test to know for sure . . . but if anyone out there loves quality banjo sound, get one of these while First Quality has them.
Components Rating: 10
You know I'm just beginning to play this banjo, so some of this has to be regarded as early impressions. But . . . every banjo I've had gets better the more it's played. A fresh setup at the least may settle in with playing vibrations for a good month or more. I'm really taken with the responsiveness; easy to play; I will have to improve because one can easily hear every mistake; that's what I like a great deal about this banjo!
Overall Rating: 10
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