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Hohner  HB-250 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by jbell (see all reviews from this person) on 3/11/2011

Where Purchased: ebay

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 500 ($US)


3 finger bluegrass. Sounded good to me but after about a year with it I was ready for something nicer. My banjo teacher did a proper set up on it and wow! It's a keeper. It now has some pop to it when I hit the strings right and good tone up the neck.

Sound Rating: 8


Not set up. I thought I set it up but had it done properly and it made all the difference. Put on a thinner bridge. Big difference.

Setup Rating: 5


Looked very nice, fret markers and headstock. MOP? could be plastic, I don't know. Great finish for that price and it has stayed that way for over a year now. Not too real impressed with the sunburst finish on the res., but for the price, I can't fault Hohner.

Appearance Rating: 8


Hardware seems good quality and have had it over a year with no signs of undue wear.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

No problems to report.

Customer Service: not rated


Tuner handles could be a little tighter. Replaced bridge with a thinner one and that really helped the sound.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Great, great banjo for the price. A perfect first banjo that should be sufficient for a good couple of years before needing to upgrade. Attractive and solid sounding.

Overall Rating: 9

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