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Bridges: Emerson Vintage Tone

Submitted by BlueBanjo28 on 6/18/2010

Where Purchased: website

Overall Comments

It is not a bad bridge but no better than the Factory Floor bridge or Sosebee. I think the other bridges may be better but haven't tried any of the other ones.

Overall Rating: 6

Hopkins: Nickel/Mahogany 3059-1

Submitted by BlueBanjo28 on 5/7/2009

Where Purchased: Monroe Music online

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 3995.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

This banjo was modeled after the 1934 RB75 whick Paul Hopkins let me play and compare to mine. Results: mine sounds a little better!
It has the rich/full sound with sweet tone and volume. All aspects of this banjo is top notch down to the finish which is hand rubbed. Lifetime warranty. TKL case.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Paul will do whatever it takes to make you happy with your banjo if you purchase one of his. I had mine customized after buying it. He put a traditional-cut tone ring in it for me. It came with a full-flathead which was a little more powerful.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The back of the resonator is a beautiful quilted mahogany. The inlay resembles hearts and flowers at first but, you notice a little difference.
There were no flaws in the wood, he scans it with an ultraviolet light.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

All hardware is fine quality.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The lifetime warranty covers all but strings, head and possibly bridge unless there was a flaw in the head or bridge which would be covered.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The tailpiece is a Kirschner. The two rear screws are removed. Not the adjustment screw. Some may have a problem with the appearance of the two empty threaded holes. The screws are in the case however.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is a great banjo for the price paid. I believe it will be a collectors item one day. For a prewar-sounding banjo, it was a steal. It will have a computer chip in it in case it is stolen so, steal away!
All of his banjos of the same model sound the same with the same parts.

Overall Rating: 10

Stelling: Bellflower

Submitted by BlueBanjo28 on 7/25/2002

Where Purchased: Gulfport, MS Southern Traditional Music

Year Purchased: 2002
Price Paid: 2500 ($US)

Sound

The banjo came with the head too tight but still sounded great. Loud, piercing, ringing tone depending on how hard you pick. I replaced the 11/16 Stelling bridge with an 11/16 Hot Spot bridge.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

There was a slight buzz on the 4th and 5th strings at the 12th fret but, it was setup great other than that.

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

The wood is natural color black walnut with a glaze finish. It is about like a chocolate color.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Very dependable. Thick flange and built well. There are no holes drilled in the tone ring. Solid brass with chrome coating.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Lifetime warranty

Customer Service: 10

Components

Comes with tools in the case of top quality.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

The sound is the best part of this banjo of course. If it were ugly and sounded good, I would still play it.

Overall Rating: 10

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