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Where Purchased: Eric's website
Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 208 ($US)
Deep and woody, not "muddy". Not too loud, but not muted either...I love the sound of this banjo (so does my dog...he doesn't like my WL-250 banjo at all!) .
Sound Rating: 10
Eric ships the banjo with the strings untuned and the bridge off. He sends instructions on where to place the bridge and how to tune...also what to do if the 5th string peg pops out...all easy to do.
Setup Rating: 9
Would it win a beauty contest? No...but it's not supposed to. This is a working man's/woman's instrument...not ugly by any means...but not a flawless beauty. I like it. Neck is maple, pot is white oak.
Appearance Rating: 9
No hardware to speak of. Solidly built...nothing on this banjo is going to break unless I drop it or run over it wth my car.
Reliability Rating: 10
Both Eric and Donna are easy to work with. All questions were answered the same day. No mention of a warranty. Eric sends pictures of the completed banjo, if you like how it looks, he ships it to you and then you pay him on approval...no deposit required.
Customer Service: 10
Calf-skin head, ebony violin tuners (which work well), 3 different size bridges to accomodate humidity changes. Nylgut Minstrel strings (they take about a week of stretching...no surprise).
Components Rating: 9
This is a solidly built, great sounding banjo. I've had the banjo for about a month, so I've had some time to evaluate it. Eric's business is based on trust...you pay for the banjo only after you receive it and approve it; if you don't like it, you send it back. I would recommend Eric Prust's banjos to anyone. About the best $200 I ever spent...and I mean it!
Overall Rating: 9
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