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Where Purchased: The Banjo Works - UK
Good clean rich tone - at all positions of the neck. This thing can cut through with its brightness if picked closer to the bridge. Has Gibson style flat top heavy tone ring. Vast improvement over my previous banjo which had a dark tone incomparison to the Ozark. For the intermediate player, you would struggle to find an instrument at this price that has a better tone. By the way, this banjo is seriously heavy.
Sound Rating: 9
Setup was carried out by Andy Perkins, owner of The Banjo Works - top UK banjo technician. Action is excellent, the bridge was upgraded and frets dressed and polished. Couldn't be better. Capo spikes installed by Andy at the 7th & 9th frets. Andy sets up his banjos as good as is possible by anyone - check out his web site.
Setup Rating: 10
Real eye candy. Eagle head inlay in the resonator. Neck has Tree Of Life abalone inlay on fingerboard and there is superb inlay on the sides of the neck and on the head. Beautifully figured flaming on the maple neck. All metal parts gold plated. Not everyone likes their instrument this fancy, but I think the Eagle is a very pretty banjo without being too ostentatious. For those who prefer their banjo to have a plainer look, Ozark have a number of cheaper models available to suit the pocket and individual taste.
Appearance Rating: 10
Too early to comment on the reliability of the finish. I am not too bothered if the gold plate wears off over the years as I can very easily get it re-plated by a friend at little cost. I am more than happy to use the Ozark on a gig without a backup.
Reliability Rating: 9
Andy Perkins (The Banjo Works in Faversham, Kent) is someone who I would highly recommend to anyone in the UK who is in the market for buying a banjo. His set-ups are second to none and he has over 400 banjos in his shop. Just a guy who lives and breathes banjos. I bought a Goldtone EBM from Andy earlier this year - and he is someone who puts customer service at the top of his list.
Customer Service: 10
Standard bridge can be upgraded but everything else is OK. Tuners are fine but I may upgrade them at a later date to Keith tuners. Only weak link was the Ozark case supplied (free). Certainly the first thing I did was to get a heavier duty case as the Ozark case is quite flimsy.
Components Rating: 9
This is an instrument that I love - mainly for its superb tone but it just happens to be a good looker too. The intonation of every fret is spot on, as is the action. This is real value for money and a good example of how far Asian workmanship has come on in recent years. The basic Ozark range is cheap and cheerful, but their 'Professional' range is relatively inexpensive but real quality. You get a great deal of instrument for your money.
Overall Rating: 10
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