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Sent my banjo back to Frank Neat for some minor repairs and modifications. I had always heard what a great luthier and neck builder he was. He was supposed to be one of the best and is considered by many to be legendary.
One of the things I wanted him to work on was milling down the outside ledge of the the rim. The tonering skirt was sitting flush on it not allowing the bottom of the tonering to seat on the top of the rim. When I got it back this work was not done. Large gap between the ring and top of rim, and no gap from the skirt to the ledge.
I emailed him and he replied that it doesn't make a differance if the tonering seats with the rim. In the next sentence he stated that this work had been done before it left his shop???
I've sent it to another luthier that I know will get the job done.
Overall Rating: 1
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