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Scorpion: Open back short scale

Submitted by brundecarli on 8/5/2010

Where Purchased: Directly from Silvio

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


Full sound. A fantastic open back banjo not only for clawhammer.
This instrument is a surprise for a banjo without tone ring.
I think that the choice of necks wood and the Tony Pass rim are the secret. Now I play bluegrass and fiddle tunes on this banjo and the
sound is perfect.

Sound Rating: 10


The setup was ok for me and the action set very well. I don't like high action and this banjo is exactly what I want.

Setup Rating: 9


The appearance is fantastic. The neck with clear curly maple is finished with a ebony peghead and the symbol of scorpion on it.
The work is professional, no finish flaws .

Appearance Rating: 10


This banjo is made from the finest components. No problems with reliability.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I can't vote the customer service. Silvio Ferretti is my " light in the night" in the banjo world.

Customer Service: 10


All highest quality components used, including: Tony Pass Shaeffer rim, Scorpion 5/8" bridge , Remo Renaissance head, dual co-ordinator rods, and 5-star tuners.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

This banjo is special.It is the banjo for me. The work of Silvio is comparable to the most important banjo luthiers and he comes from Italy....

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Scorpion 5/8"

Submitted by brundecarli on 7/27/2009

Where Purchased: From Silvio Ferretti

Overall Comments

I had to change the bridge of my Recording King RK 80 and Silvio was in my town for a concert. Now I have the new Scorpion bridge on the banjo.
The sound is more rich and the notes are more separate.A very nice job.

Overall Rating: 10

Gold Tone: Banjola

Submitted by brundecarli on 7/15/2008

Where Purchased: BANJOSTORE.NET

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 533 (EURO) historic exchange rates / currency converter


The sound is very sweet and rich. The banjo sound is very different.
The sound is ok for Celtic.I play Scruggs and the banjola is nice.

Sound Rating: 9


No changes setup. Ok for play immediately.
Gold Tone OK for setup

Setup Rating: 8


The originally appearance and the sound is that you pay.
The chineese wood is ok and looks great.
Finish wonderful and the inlays are nice.

Appearance Rating: 8


It's light and the shape is dubble a mandolin.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

Banjostore is ok and Gold Tone setup is Ok for all.

Customer Service: 8


I think that banjola is a little bit expensive.
Typical banjo tuners.Takes regular banjo strings.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

Banjola is ok for a second instrument, for originally sound. It's not like a banjo.
I suggest the model with pickup, because the sound is not loud.

Overall Rating: 8

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