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Deering  Goodtime parlour Banjo Reviews

Submitted by qwikmat (see all reviews from this person) on 1/29/2012

Where Purchased: Jam, Stockholm

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 3600 (SEK) historic exchange rates / currency converter


I'm learning to play basic bluegrass banjo tunes, and needed a banjo to bring with me during my frequent business trips, to keep up the practicing. This banjo is simple and without a tone ring. I must however state that it has nice and clear sound for being an openback without tone ring. I guess the wood is of good quality.

Sound Rating: 8


The set up in terms of action and intonation was OK, but I had to 'lubricate' the nut and bridge since it didn't stay in tune very well at first.

Another important thing about the Parlor is that it is very nice and easy to play due to the short scale. I like it more than my old banjo.

Setup Rating: 9


It's a very simple banjo. The benefits are not in the appearance, but in the playability.

Appearance Rating: 7


It has guitar style tuners, of decent quality. The tail piece is sturdy and the rest of the instrument I think will last for ever, due to the simple construction and high quality wood. My only concern would be that the neck has no truss rod.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

It has 6 years limited warranty. Deering promised to send me an owner's manual if I registered the instrument. I hope I get it soon. I got the feeling that Deering care about the customers even if they bought a cheaper instrument like the Goodtime Parlor.

Customer Service: 8


Would like to get rid of the guitar style tuners. I had to buy a mandola case to fit the banjo. Since it's supposed to be travel banjo, a simple soft case would have been nice as as a part of the bargain.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I like it very much.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by Banjo Vern (see all reviews from this person) on 10/31/2009

Where Purchased: Andy Banjo

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 165 (GBP) (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Easy to play, plunky and basic sounding but great fun and really portable.

Sound Rating: 9


I baught online so the bridge was laid flat however Andy had marked the bridge location which made set up a doddle

Setup Rating: 9


I love the goodtime styling and always have.

Appearance Rating: 10


Great for the price

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Quickly delivered and carfully packed.

Customer Service: 10


I baught this banjo second hand and it has upgrades which include duel co-ordinating rods and planetary tuners which seem like a good investment

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I baught this banjo for portability and quit practice. My main banjo is a Deering Sierra. Both sound great in their own completely different ways but for the money the Goodtime is superb and great fun.

Overall Rating: 9

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