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Where Purchased: http://www.gardnersdulcimer.com/
Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: 400 + shipping ($US)
I've never played a fretless minstrel style banjo before, so as far as I can tell, it sounds pretty good.
Sound Rating: 8
Banjo was all set up. All I had to do was install the bridge. Mr Gardner conveniently drew a line exactly where I needed to place the bridge, so it was quite easy.
Setup Rating: 10
Banjo looks great. Banjo normally comes with a beehive style headstock, I asked for something different. He changed it, no problem. All I needed to do was ask.
Appearance Rating: 10
I guess that only time will tell.
However, what makes this banjo a bit different, is that it uses a fyberskin head instead of a calfskin head. Although it is less authentic, it is a more stable instrument in humid weather.
Reliability Rating: 8
Don Gardner was quite a friendly person. I would order from him again, no problem.
Customer Service: 10
Components Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 9
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