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Where Purchased: Ebay
I was looking for a lightweight open back for old time playing, and one with a tone ring since I usually play a banjo with a wooden tone ring. The neck is scooped as a standard feature.
Just took this to Midwest Banjo Camp and played it for hours each day - I'm very happy with the sound. It came with a Renaissance head and has a rolled tone ring and can be frailed soft or loud. The head and ring give it a nice lasting bell-like "ring" when frailed or strummed. I've also put on my picks and played it bluegrass style, and with the tone ring it has the crispness and volume needed for that type of playing too.
Sound Rating: 10
I installed the bridge and started playing - it has not needed additional adjustments. The action was not extremely high - which is how I'd want it (and I can play over the scoop with it), so it works for me.
Setup Rating: 10
Beautiful woodwork. The pot is cherry with a walnut cap, and the three piece neck is cherry, with a walnut stripe, black locust fretboard, and a walnut inlay in the peghead. Excellent fit and finish with all hardware and woodworking. I really enjoy the well-finished appearance of the banjo and the variety of woods.
Appearance Rating: 10
Yes - nickle plated hardware looks like quality, the Gotoh tuners are working well, it came with a new Renaissance head. When played hard for 3 days it stayed in tune quite well (no slipping tuners) and seems good and solid.
I play for myself, or with a few others in old time, so I can't speak to whether it would work amplified in a nightclub, et.
Reliability Rating: 10
Very helpful sellers. No problems to resolve, but they're good communicators.
Customer Service: 10
To me the standout is the hand-done woodwork. Also appreciated a Renaissance head, out of the available head choices.
Components Rating: not rated
Pisgah doesn't have a lot of banjos on the market yet, but they are worth looking for. I've seen them on the Elderly and Zepp websites already.
Overall Rating: 10
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