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Lindale: 11.5" Custom Open back

Submitted by tlaubs on 8/29/2023

Where Purchased: Direct from Lindale Banjos

Year Purchased: 2023
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


Beatuiful sounding banjo and exactly what I was hoping for. The 11.5" rim with rolled brass bar tone ring and slightly deeper (3") pot has a nice round bottom but never muddy top end. The sounds is right in the sweet spot to my ears

Sound Rating: 10


Everything is great and you can tell great detail was taken to make sure it went out perfect. The fretwork is spot on and plays effortlessly. Plus the design allows for easy adjustment with the rudy rod neck attachment (although it came exactly as I want and David made sure to ask my preferred setup before shipping it out)

Setup Rating: 10


I gave a couple ideas on what I was looking for in appearance and it came back even better than I hoped. Beautiful headstock inlays made with figured woods. Nice neck binding and accent woods in the pot and neck along with beautiful overlays. My wife says it's like function art.

Appearance Rating: 10


Zero concern here, everything seems to be of the highest quality.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Perfect here. David kept me posted throughout the build, asked questions that I had not thought of to make sure the banjo was exactly as I wanted, provided videos before it went out. All around great experience and could not be happier

Customer Service: 10


Top to bottom everything is excellent

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I am thrilled with this banjo.  I travel to Lansing, MI pretty regularly for work and always leave an extra day to spend some time at Elderly Instruments.  They always seem to have instruments in from some of the top builders from both today and historically; I honestly believe this banjo is equal to or in some cases better than any that I have been fortunate to play (and in some cases own).  The craftsman ship is excellent and a real joy to play.  Here are some pictures of this beauty!

Overall Rating: 10

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