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Helix  cherry blossom Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Good Buddy (see all reviews from this person) on 8/19/2020

Where Purchased: Online

Year Purchased: 2020
Price Paid: 250 ($US)

Sound

The cherry rim with the rolled brass tone ring sounds great on my Deering maple neck. It has a nice rich sound when I pull off the picks and a nice bright sound with them on. It is perfect for Bluegrass and Old time. It is plenty loud without the resonator on and the tone is fantastic.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

I didn't send the neck to larry, but all the hardware was installed perfectly. When I stuck the neck back on it played great.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The Rim matches perfectly to the resonator and neck. It has a nice dark, almost chocolate color, and every time I look at it, I want to take a bite. The construction of the Helix rim is very beautiful to look at. It is especially interesting on the inside where the construction is celebrated. The concentric Fresnel rings are very exciting to see and add an extra layer to talk about while describing this beautiful pot.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The Pot is very well made. It looks like it will last a lifetime or longer. I have no plans to buy another. At the same time, It will be hard to find a better sounding banjo.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Larry was a pleasure to work with. He has a way to pull out important information that he needs for construction by asking simple but necessary questions. Larry sent me updates all the time via email with attached photos of the banjo's progress. He got the pot to me in less time than he quoted me. It has a "deep warranty" whatever that means.

Customer Service: 10

Components

This job was a rim change-out. We reused all of the original deering hardware and added a rim and a flat rolled brass tone-ring. The original neck and hardware was attached to the Helix rim.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

     Six months ago I received this banjo from Larry. I wanted to wait to write a review because, I feel, that everyone will be happy and excited about a brand new banjo. I wanted to make sure that I still love it down the road a ways. So I waited to write this review.

      I had a 5-string Deering Boston with a maple neck that I loved playing, but didn't love the sound of. The Cherry wood pot and rolled brass tone ring that Larry crafted adds the missing link to an excellent sounding and playing banjo. I wish I had made this change years ago. This is now a banjo I can play  for the rest of my life and be happy. It sounds great and loud without the resonator and the tone is perfect. 

     The only disappointing thing was not receiving a Helix T-Shirt along with the rim changeout. C'est la vie.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Kirk Jacobs (see all reviews from this person) on 3/6/2011

Where Purchased: Direct from Larry Hill

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 850.00 ($US)

Sound

I play 3 finger style. I personally like a little more of a mellow sound and this fits the bill.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was set up for me after answering a few questions about how I like to play. I haven't had to make any changes.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It is a Helix cherry rim that I had stained red. The neck is a goldtone with the head cut with the Helix head shape. The red rim just stands out.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Have no or see no problem with the hardware.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Mr. Hill talked to me on the phone for hours answering all my questions and was quick to respond to e-mails. Have not had any trouble to get repaired but as of now do not see that it would be a problem.

Customer Service: 10

Components

At this time I see no reason to upgrade parts.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Being an open back and light weight it has plenty of volume. So far people that have heard it seem to like the tone.

Overall Rating: 10

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