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I I had it easy, being close enough to the shop in Norwich that I could easily drop in, but I think anybody would do well buying an instrument from this company. Not only does it have a good selection (and its companion company, Left Hand Bear must be a life-saver for lefties) but the advise was great -- not pushy, but they told me what I needed to know and really helped me choose the right one.
I ended up with a Barnes and Mullins Rathbone, which looks really cool, with the black head, and sounds almost as good as one of the heavyweights, without quite so much strain on my bony shoulders.
I look forward to debuting the new banjo tomorrow night at the gig.
They have a number of other types of instrument, such as mandos, resonator guitars ("dobros"), lap steels, etc., which they carry in left-handed version at Left Hand Bear, as well, but their main focus is banjos of all types.
Overall Rating: 9
'4-string Irish Tenor' 23 min
'Long Neck' 2 hrs
'late 1930s TB11' 3 hrs
'2 Purcell bridges 5/8' 3 hrs
'Gibson Prewar TB-00' 3 hrs