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I have a Fender Artist archtop which hadn't had any routine maintenance in almost 40 years. Although it still sounded good I longed for the sound I remember years ago when it was relatively new. Based upon reviews and credentials I'd read here and other places, I selected Chris to do the work.
What I got in return was more than I expected. Not only does the banjo sound great (I'll stack it up against anything and either beat it or come in a close second) but his knowledge and willingness to share it will help me care for the instrument for years to come. It took a little longer and cost a little more than anticipated, but the results were nothing short of spectacular. What I wanted was a bit different from most folks, but he hit it dead on target. He didn't say "I know best" and set it up his way.
Also made a new friend - one of the nicest folks you'll ever get to know. He treated my banjo with the same honor and respect he does the professionals (I know this because one of them was there during one of my trips to see him). There may be others out there that are as good as he is, but I can't imagine there being one better. I've got a second banjo (RB-250 Mastertone) that also needs some attention and there's no doubt where I'm going with it. Trust me on this. You will be forever grateful you chose Chris to do your banjo work.
Overall Rating: 10
'What is this "Gibson"???' 19 min
'Deeper Rims' 54 min
'Getting paid' 11 hrs