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Gold Tone  BC 350+ Banjo Reviews

Submitted by nyartist (see all reviews from this person) on 11/20/2010

Where Purchased: Tony Hatton

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 850 ($US)

Sound

I was very surprised at the volume even with the obligatory foam placed in the pot to muffle the overtones. I love the sound and can compare it favorably to banjos costing 2 x as much - banjos that I have owned. I really prefer this slightly wider fretboard. I find it so much easier to play than the narrower one.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Set up was just as I like it. I did finally remove the armrest as I found it more comfortable to just rest my arm on the rim.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Looks beautiful... I sold a custom built banjo and bought this one and haven't regretted it at all.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The tuners are GT planets but I always like to fiddle around and upgrade components so I bought Waverly tuners to replace them. Did I need to? Not really. I just like messing around and experimenting.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I've dealt with Wayne and Gold Tone for years and find them to be responsive, available and helpful. They fit a great niche in the world's banjo marketplace.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I mentioned the tuners. I do NOT find that they're slipping - they're doing well. It's just that I love tinkering wherever and whenever I can. It's part of my fun. I might add a wire arm rest but as of now I'm comfortable just playing the banjo with no armrest at all.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Since the banjo came I've not wanted to put it down. My practices are longer and more fun than ever before. This banjo just works for me. I've owned Reiter, Chanterelle and Ome openback banjos and the custom built one but this one just seems perfectly suited to me. Kind of like lucking out with an on-line dating service!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by robmac07 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/13/2010

Where Purchased: Import from US to Australia

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 1049 ($US)

Sound

Love the big warm deep sound of the 12" pot with just enough 'ring' and volume to cut through in a stringband. Just great for clawhammer.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Excellent. Perfect action and easy to play. Just tightened the Renaissance head a little

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Fancy model with tasteful detailed pearl inlays like a prewar WW1 Orpheum. Gold plated. I like plainer banjos but all my other banjos except for one bluegrass model are very plain. The 'bling' of the 350 plus adds a vintage 'golden era' feel.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Well made and holds tune beautifully. Play it anywhere.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Haven't dealt with Gold Tone but the service when shipped was excellent. Bought through Banjocrazy.com web store. Paul Roberts was great

Customer Service: 10

Components

All parts seem good quality. Solid maple rim and neck, fully bound ebony fingerboard, frailing scoop, rolled brass tone ring hoop. The inlay work is excellent. Gold plating looks well done. Amazing for a Chinese made instrument designed in the US.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Brilliant 12" pot compliment to my locally (Aussie) built 11" open backs and fancy too. I just love the tone, volume and variety of sounds I can produce on it. A Canadian TKL deluxe case was included in the price! Recommended for Old Timey players who want a fancier model.

Overall Rating: 10

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