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Where Purchased: Romero Banjos
Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: worth every penny ($US)
The Belle Rose tone ring is great. I think it's more mellow than either an electric or a tubaphone ring. It does not over power the woody sound of the banjo. I think Jason and Pharis have made a ring that is different from anything available that can appeal to clawhammer and fingerstyle players. I posted a sound file on my homepage.
Sound Rating: 10
The banjo was set up perfectly for me with steel strings. The frets are EVO wire. Jason and Pharis know what I like. I have made no adjustments. This is my 2nd banjo with a 24.9 scale length. Usually the banjo is left in G or C tuning. I tune it up for A or D. But even with the shorter scale it's fine in G or C. The banjo responds great even when playing up the neck. It plays effortlessly. It has a goat skin head. Even with the Belle Rose tone ring this banjo has the plunky sound I like. It has a scoop along with the elegant thumb scoop Jason and Pharis do.
Setup Rating: 10
All Romero banjos are unique and custom made. This one has the beautiful brass overlays they've been doing. It has a steampunk/vintage banjo vibe. Pharis cuts out the metal overlay and she does a meticulous job. It's perfect. She has to have a lot of patience. She's a living CNC machine. The figured mahogony is beautiful. The wood was not stained. It's a beautiful golden color. Underneath all the ebony is a veneer of bloodwood. It looks great especially under the long ebony backstrap. I asked for a V shaped neck. Jason carved the neck perfectly. I like a beefy neck. The finish is tru-oil and as usual it really complements the wood. The brass Romero hardware is all lightly aged on this banjo. All in all this is probably the best looking Romero I have.
Appearance Rating: 10
This is my 6th Romero banjo. I have had no problems with any of them. I expect the same from this banjo. Everything about this banjo is of the highest caliber.
Reliability Rating: 10
Pharis and Jason are great to communicate with. They go out of their way to always make me a happy customer and this banjo was no different.
Customer Service: 10
The Belle Rose tonering is the standout component on this banjo. Although there is nothing on this banjo that doesn't stand out. This banjo is as close to perfection for what it is as it gets. It all works together to make a great sounding and aesthetically stunning instrument.
Components Rating: 10
I am one happy customer again. This banjo a pleasure to play, hear and see. I am very grateful to own and play my Romero banjos.
Overall Rating: 10
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