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Deering  Goodtime 17 fret Irish Tenor Banjo Reviews

Submitted by JohnQ (see all reviews from this person) on 12/18/2017

Where Purchased: Banjoteacher.com

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 479 ($US)

Sound

Clear bright beautiful sound, better than I anticipated

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Came setup as asked, needed to be slightly retuned from shipping





Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Beautiful finish, just as advertised

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

This is the second banjo purchased from Banjoteacher.com in last six months. The first was for me and the second for my son in law. Having dealt with the company owner Ross Nickerson on the first purchase, I was very impressed with his attention to detail, fulfillment, genuine concern and subsequent followup. I would not consider purchasing from anyone else and for that reason I purchased a second banjo two weeks ago for my son in law and again received the same quality of service.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The components are the Deering quality components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Dealing with Ross Nickerson at Banjoteacher.com is an absolute pleasure.  He not only follows up on your order but if you have any questions about playing the banjo he offers advice ie. "Have you tried ......".  Overall comment, great product at a reasonable price with a pleasant purchasing experience.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Juliew (see all reviews from this person) on 10/20/2012

Where Purchased: Banjo Hut

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 399 ($US)

Sound

I am primarily a mandolin player and these 17 fret tenors are a good fit. This can be tuned GDAE for mandolinists playing Celtic Music. I prefer to add octave mandolin strings, which work better with the GDA tuning, rather than the CGDA tuning which Deering advertises. These are not gigging instruments, they are best for travel! My ratings are based on their utility as a travel instrument and their modest price.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Compliments to Deering and Banjo Hut. It arrived well set up. As mentioned above, I changed the strings from Deering's Irish tenors which I find, frankly, tinny, to octave mandolin strings. This is a personal preference and doesn't reflect the original setup.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

No apparent flaws. As far as aesthetics go--either you like the Goodtimes or you find them funny looking or even obnoxious. They are what they are. This one is maple with a clear fiinish. Very bright, almost white! I assume it will darken with age.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Only time will tell. The instrument seemed well built, frets were smooth, etc. I would not use this as a gigging instrument! I'll keep it in my car for practice while waiting for the ferry.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Deering is very responsive and has a good reputation for customer service and support. This banjo came with a 6 year warranty.

Customer Service: 10

Components

For the price, this is an outstanding banjo. Some have recommended buying a vintage instrument that needs some TLC and rehabbing it rather than buying a Goodtime. I think that's a wonderful idea if you can find a vintage Epiphone or Vega, and have the expertise and patience. I don't! I would recommend using octave mandolin strings if you are playing Celtic GDAE. Also, it would be wonderful if Deering would offer a gigbag made for the 17 fret model. Their gigbags are a bit pricey and for $100, I would expect something that doesn't have gap-osis. Still, a 10 overall.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This little Deering is what it is. No pretensions. Not for gigging! Don't take this to a Session! Take it with you when you travel and want to throw it in the overhead rack, or leave it in your tent when you go camping. It's lightweight, sturdy, inexpensive and strictly no drama or tears if it gets a ding. Once I put the octave mandolin strings on mine I was pleasantly shocked at how good it sounds,

Overall Rating: 10

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