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Lyon and Healy  College Line Banjo Reviews

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

Where Purchased: Purchased from collector

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Nice rich mellow sound. Set up with nylgut strings and original calfskin head. This is a true parlor banjo. It's not going to cut it in a band situation but it works well for relatively quiet solo playing.

Sound Rating: 8


Original head. Previous owner used light gauge steel strings. Banjo did not have a bridge when purchased. Put a Moon bridge on it and a set of nylguts. Action is perfect. No need to do anything else.

Setup Rating: 8


Very nice tastefully engraved inlay and carved heel. Spun over rim and talon style tailpiece. I believe this banjo dates from 1906-08. Metal in surprisingly good condition. A little checking on the peghead overlay, but otherwise in very good condition given its age.

Appearance Rating: 9


Nylon strings will keep it safe and sound for another 100 years. Tuners are original, but no need to replace them.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service


Customer Service: not rated


Components are consistent with a 100 year old banjo. Tuners are 1888 patent friction types, but they work well enough. No need to change.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

This old banjo has survived for over 100 years. It should last another with proper care.

Overall Rating: 8

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