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Where Purchased: Zepp
Suits my style great! Great voice. Projects well, but not too loud. Sounds absolutely gorgeous when playing over the scoop.
Sound Rating: 9
Setup was great, action was set well. Only changes made were to add a modded bridge gradually shaved from lower in the bass register to higher in the upper register. The bridge replacement was easy.
Setup Rating: 9
Great looking banjo. Beatiful flame on the maple neck, griffin on headstock, and fairly standard inlays on the fretboard.
Appearance Rating: 9
Absolutely, a workhorse. Primary instrument.
Reliability Rating: 9
Never dealt with Chanterelle, but the staff at Zepp were a pleasure to deal with.
Customer Service: 9
The whole thing is a standout, in my opinion.
Components Rating: 9
Glad to have gotten this banjo every time I pick it up!
Overall Rating: 9
Where Purchased: Elderly
Price Paid: 1300.00 ($US)
After listening to many other banjos, I chose the Mike Ramsey Special primarily for the sound (the less ornate "Student" is pretty much the same instrument). It has a definite old-time plunky sound.
Sound Rating: 10
I'm new to clawhammer so I'm assuming the somewhat high action is standard. After a week or so I'm already used to it.
Setup Rating: 9
Beautiful inlays, curly maple neck and pot with ebony fingerboard, heel cap and walnut cap at the bottom of the pot. Perfect workmanship all around.
Appearance Rating: 10
This one was built to be here well into the next century.
Reliability Rating: 10
90 days warranty from Elderly, 5 years warranty from Mike Ramsey, regardless of owner.
Customer Service: 10
12" maple rim, rolled brass tone ring, Renaissance head, adjustable truss rod, bone nut, no-knot tailpiece, geared planetary tuners.
Components Rating: 10
This is my first really nice banjo. A keeper.
Overall Rating: 10
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