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Kel Kroydon: New Generation

Submitted by vtyankee5 on 5/3/2010

Where Purchased: American Made Banjo

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 3499.00 ($US)


The best sounding banjo I ever owned for playing Scruggs style. The mid range with power up the neck of this Mahogany banjo with the Dannick No Hole tone ring is truly impressive.

Sound Rating: 10


I've made no changes to the banjo. Built & set up by American Made Banjo there's no need to tinker.

Setup Rating: 10


The banjo was built by Robin Smith. The RB75 color & finish is impeccable. The banjo has the Kel Kroydon Centaur cut with H&F inlays on an ebony fretboard.

Appearance Rating: 10


The hardware like most professional banjos is flawless. The best piece is the Gibson style flange made by American Made Banjo. The flange detail including the DJ logo is so prewar accurate.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

American Made Banjo & Robin Smith are the cream of the banjo building crop. Both have great personality's. They make the banjo buying then building process fun.

Customer Service: 10


Standout components are Robin Smiths impeccable craftsmanship. Tom Mirisolas prewar accurate hardware. No need to replace anything.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjo is the best sounding banjo I ever in my many years purchased. The flawless attention paid to detail is impressive. 1st class customer service, a quality product with a great price.

Overall Rating: 10

Rims: Dannick Rim

Submitted by vtyankee5 on 5/1/2010

Where Purchased: American Made Banjo Co

Overall Comments

The Dannick Rim is by far the best sounding after market 3 ply rim I ever used or played so far. The technology used to make these has brought rim making and banjo sound to a new prewar style level. I had my new rim cut to a Fat Boy style. Exceptional prewar style sound.

Overall Rating: 10

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