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Grundy: Flintriver F34

Submitted by the parrot on 2/28/2008

Where Purchased: from Laurie Grundy

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


I own two Grundy banjos & have probably played a dozen more. These banjos have consistently the best low end & mid tones, punch & volume of any brand I've played.

Sound Rating: 10


Laurie Grundy personally makes sure all his banjos are set up perfectly before they leave his shop. He does take into consideration the buyer's preference in set up.

Setup Rating: 10


Always excellent!
The inlay work is the finest I've seen.

Appearance Rating: 10


I've owned my first Grundy since early 2004. No problems, it's solid as a rock!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I've purchased both my banjos from Laurie himself. He takes a keen interest in the banjo after it's sale to insure the customer is happy at all times.
He has an excellent warranty repairman here in Missouri, but I haven't had to use him yet.

Customer Service: 10


The quality is as good & mostly better than any brand I've seen.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

These banjos are consistently the best I've played. Laurie Grundy builds his banjos himself & takes plenty of time making sure everything is fitted properly.
Laurie has his F34 formula tone rings, resonator flanges & tension hoops cast, machined & plated by his associates in Australia. He supervises the casting process to meet his exacting alloy specifications.
I've played Gibsons for years. I've already sold my old Granada & will probably sell my old style 3 soon.
Since I received my first Grundy in 2004 I've never played another brand on stage.
I have three students that are playing Grundys now & they all love them!

Overall Rating: 10

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