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Ramsey  Amish  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by The Old Timer (see all reviews from this person) on 1/4/2014

Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


I like to plunk around with old time music, mostly at home, but occasionally with a fiddler. This banjo has nice deep "plunk". I have a Ramsey 12" Special fretless with Nylgut strings. This Amish sounds just fine with light gauge steel strings. Just what I wanted. Not as brash as Tu Ba Phone I used to own.

Sound Rating: 9


Arrived with bridge laid down flat for safe shipping, otherwise no issues. Stood the bridge up, tuned it up, and it's fine. Moon bridge, 5/8". Fiberskyn head.

Setup Rating: 9


Very good looking. DARK mahogany stain on maple neck. I love the square/bare black Amish peghead. Black painted thin rim. Only negative is there a couple of tiny spots where nickel plate has started to flake off the tension hoop. I've never seen that on any other banjo. But, with the age patina on the metal, it actually looks good. Looks old.

Appearance Rating: 9


Hardware is fine and as expected. Noted two tiny nickel plating flakes on tension hoop as mentioned above. Beautiful fret job, by the way. Tiny delicate little frets!

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

This is my 3rd or 4th instrument from Elderly, they ALWAYS satisfy. Got a very good "in hand" description on the phone after I found this banjo on their website. No warranty, but could have returned it in 48 hours if I didn't like it.

Customer Service: 10


The design itself is outstanding. Very good 5 Star Planet tuners, repro No Knot tailpiece, rugged grooved tension hoop. Terrific woodwork, staining, fretboard, fret job, etc. Excellent quality OHSC.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Very very pleased with this banjo.  Simple design, beautifully executed.  Good plunky sound.  Made in Appamatox so I guess it's a bit older.  I feel LUCKY I found this banjo, as they don't appear to be available new any longer.  At the very least it took me quite a lot of hunting to stumble across this one.   I chose this one over a couple of  nice 100+ year old vintage banjos because it had 12" head, and was a bit less expensive, and was SURE to have good neck/action/frets and a DEEP pot with lots of volume and PLUNK.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Eric List (see all reviews from this person) on 10/17/2012

Where Purchased: From a particular

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 1100 ($US) (bought USED)


Some days ago I purchased an Mike Ramsey Amish Banjo, from a good guy here in banjo hang out. I want to share my opinions about this beautiful instrument. Before, I have to add that the Reviews section of Banjo Hang Out was an important part in my decision of buying this banjo. But there are only two reviews, and the banjo deserves at least three,

The sound of the banjo is full, round and deep, clean, warm and full of color. I believe it worth every cent I spend on it, and of course I assume that is valid also to the new Amish banjos at Zepp Country Music. The 12’ pot gives good tone to every part of the sound spectrum: good bass, good Middle, good High tones. The volume is strong, but it have a good response also when a lesser intensity is needed.

Sound Rating: 10


My banjo is perfect, very comfortable, but it is an old instrument, 12 years old I’m told. So maybe the former owner altered the original set up in all these years.

Setup Rating: 10


The banjo is very pretty in its simplicity. It is truly elegant, minimal a good example of “less is more”. Anyway the finishes of the banjo are perfect. I believe the looks of this banjo suits the old time spirit, and talks of a time when things were simple and the aesthetics were in the purity of the objects in its function, without any extra ornaments. I dig also the other pole, fancy inlays,but I´m trying to talk of the design intention that, I believe, inspired the Amish.

Appearance Rating: 10


The banjo, as I Wrote, It is 12 years old, and it’s in a very good shape. It almost looks new. The former owner took good care of it, but those years speak very well about the reliability of Mike Ramsey’s art.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have no comments.

Customer Service: not rated


The components, as a wrote are perfect after all this time.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

What can I say? I´m very happy with my Amish, I feel I´m going keep it forever.

Overall Rating: 10

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