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Where Purchased: 12th Fret, Toronto Canada
Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: $2,000 ($US)
Pretty strong banjo. Has a really good sound when playing loudly and the same for soft playing. It actually sounds better than some Mastertones I have played. Living in Canada doesn't allow for having set up by a hot shot guy south of the border, but if it ever did, I think many people would like to get their hands on it.
Sound Rating: 9
The 12th Fret in Toronto did a pretty general set up on it with new strings and I had a Huber Old Maple Bridge put on it.
Setup Rating: 9
The curly maple neck and maple resonator is of real quality. The gold plating really sets it off. I get lots of good comments on it.
Appearance Rating: 10
I think in the long term, it will be a banjo that will stand up over time if looked after properly. My other banjo is a 1979 Ode and I play the Gold Star most often.
Reliability Rating: 10
I've had no issues as far as warranty is concerned.
Customer Service: 10
The highly curly maple is a real eye catcher. Gold finish is good, although there is some wear on the arm rest as usual. Inlay is really good. The tuners are a little disappointing, but I see replacing them in the futre.
Components Rating: 9
For the price and I know it isn't a Gibson or Huber etc, but this is a serious banjo for half the money so don't discount it over the others. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Overall Rating: 9
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