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I bought a 3rd hand Hopkins Woodie in Australia. I emailed Paul Hopkins to ask a few questions about setup etc and he was very, very helpful. He offered to take me through the setup procedure over the phone but Australia to US made that impractical, so he said he's send me a free setup DVD. I mentioned that the 5th string tuner button was a different colour to the others. He said that was standard on the older models but would send a free matching replacement button with the DVD.
When the parcel arrived from the US it contained a copy of his own CD, 'Something Old, Something New', the setup DVD, the tuner button, some strings, a Hopkins bridge, and some promotional T shirts and hats!!! I must point out that I bought this banjo 3rd hand in Australia! The parcel cost more than $16 US to post!!!
That's amazing service from someone who is obviously dedicated to their product and customers. I must also mention that he has kept up an email correspondence with me as I sort out details like recommended string gauges etc
I would thoroughly recommend Paul Hopkins' service and banjos.
Overall Rating: 10
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