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Dean Robinson [dean-o-craft]: 11" Maple Whyte Laydie

Submitted by ddegobeo on 10/10/2018

Where Purchased: Clifftop

Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: 1600 ($US) (bought USED)


The sound is ethereal when playing CH in the scoop. I am very pleased. Playing closer to the bridge also satisfies my occasional need for a twanky sound. I play a lot of 2 finger as well and I find this banjo has a very sweet vibrant sound quality.

This banjo sounds best when it is tuned up to D or A. I've experienced a slight decrease in sound quality when I've tuned down to C or G

Sound Rating: 9


The setup was perfect at Clifftop. A month later, I did experience some difficulties with one of the strings buzzing in the nut slot. I've temporarily fixed it by putting a piece of string in it. I must confess that I do not know how to set up a banjo properly. I did play with the bridge position and it was tricky to find the sweet spot where there was no buzzing. Mind you that it was very humid at Clifftop when I bought it and naturally some adjustment is needed.

My current feeling is that this banjo is more sensitive than others I have owned.

Setup Rating: 8


It's a work of art! Wonderful to look at. The tiger and bird's eye maple are striking. I think the wooden flange is a unique and bold feature.

Appearance Rating: 10


This feels like it will last a lifetime. Dean has used this banjo himself since 2012 and it still looks brand new.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Dean was quick to help me out with my string buzzing issues.

Customer Service: 10


All components seem to be of high quality. The tuning pegs look great and function well.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

An overall fantastic banjo. I have the feeling that if I learn a little more about adjusting banjos then I should be able to do away with my temporary fix for the buzzing in the nut. I know this banjo is capable of the highest quality sound.

The banjo came with a Superior case which has thick padding and a sturdy feel. One issue with the case is that it must be put down exactly level or else it will fall over. 

Thank you for the wonderful banjo Dean!


Overall Rating: 9

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