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Deering: Deluxe

Submitted by Ivan on 7/6/2005

Where Purchased: EBAY

Year Purchased: 2001
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

DELUXE PLECTRUM BANJO. Great sound, loud and crispy but not annoying sound. Responsive and ready to be played since bought.

Sound Rating: not rated

Setup

Yes, the banjo was well set up when purchased, never played before. I changed the tailpiece and put a new head.
It sounds great. I have never played a Richelieu or Ome, but I would say that this is close to the sound that they produce. Very good quality banjo, from head to toe.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

I believe it has a mahogany neck. The neck has some finish wearing out/

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Yes

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Very helpful. Talked with Janet Deering.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Love this banjo. If lost I would try to get another one.

Overall Rating: not rated

Deering: Deluxe

Submitted by Ivan on 7/6/2005

Where Purchased: EBAY

Year Purchased: 2001
Price Paid: 400 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

DELUXE PLECTRUM BANJO. Great sound, loud and crispy but not annoying sound. Responsive and ready to be played since bought.

Sound Rating: not rated

Setup

Yes, the banjo was well set up when purchased, never played before. I changed the tailpiece and put a new head.
It sounds great. I have never played a Richelieu or Ome, but I would say that this is close to the sound that they produce. Very good quality banjo, from head to toe.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

I believe it has a mahogany neck. The neck has some finish wearing out/

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Yes

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Very helpful. Talked with Janet Deering.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Love this banjo. If lost I would try to get another one.

Overall Rating: not rated

Baldwin: Openback

Submitted by Ivan on 12/29/2004

Where Purchased: Apple Music

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 300 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Full sound, esy to play, great quality banjo. BALDWIN-ODE banjos are hard to come by. I am fortunate to have one

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

No, I did a bit of setup, it had been neglected for a while. No harm done. It is a solid well built banjo.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

This banjo has the simple headstock design, solid maple rim, multilayered neck. A heavy tone ring ( not typical in open backs). My guess is that at a previous life it was a resonator banjo

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Yes, it feels like a forever banjo, if taken care off

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

If you can find an Baldwin-Ode banjo, buy it, if not let me know where is it. Great banjos.

Overall Rating: 10

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