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In the past couple years, I have purchased 2 refurbished early 20th century Paramount banjos from Carl Arcand (Second Life Banjo) and he is now building me a Mastertone flathead from vintage parts he has collected for me. Needless to say, I think very highly of Carl's work. His craftsmanship is the very highest. His wood carving, fit, and finishes are beautiful, his selections of materials are right on, and the sound of his instruments is startling. My Paramounts have a resonance that builds and builds as the months go by. If they sound this good now fresh from the luthier, how great are they going to sound ten years from now? I happen to live in banjo country (western North Carolina) where there are plenty of luthiers to choose from, but I am more than happy to do business with this gentleman from Quebec instead because he is just that good.
Overall Rating: 10
'Flathead to Archtop' 3 hrs
'2004 Gibson ESS' 4 hrs