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Pisgah: Appalachian

Submitted by josephwoodill on 5/5/2016

Where Purchased: from Maker

Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Clawhammer, mostly, and two finger (index or thumb) at times. Best sound in parlor with feet up, but nice on back porch, too.
Like it all way 'bout.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Flip bridge and line up with pencil marks and away we go--intonation was spot on all the way up to the pot.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Yes, just the right word, "easy" on the eyes--not bling but warm, soft and gentle shades. Usual Pisgah Star--clean inlay. Walnut wood--very fine.
No flaws of any sort.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Fine finish. Most of my gigs involve my family and friends.
Looks like the finish will easy outlast me--maybe my son and his son, too.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick is a fine, helpful fellow--dependable, honest, & trustworthy. Reputation is everything.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Don't think you can find a better banjo for the modest price. NOTHING cheap anywhere.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I also own a Rambler Dobson (12" pot/ standard scale). With the addition of this Appalachian walnut (11" pot/ 25 1/4 scale), I'm set for life--still, the Pisgah folks tell me that after 10 banjos, you get one free. Things like that make my wife worry and make me dream.

Looking for a good, solid instrument to play? Get a Pisgah.

Overall Rating: 10

Pisgah: Rambler w/Dobson and spikes

Submitted by josephwoodill on 2/4/2015

Where Purchased: Pisgah

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Couldn't like it more. Clawhammer.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Flip it, tune it up and play.
No changes... action just right.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

No inlay, but looks like it was made with care and was made to play.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Hardware is extra fine. Cherry wood.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Friendly, fast and, so far, reliable.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Can't find a cheap anything on it. Reflects integrity of maker.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

My wife just told me she sure likes the sound of that new banjo--an honest sound, as she describes it.
Pisgah could be what was needed to save marriages for banjo players.
Don't know that it will help sales, but if it can help marriages...

Overall Rating: 10

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