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Where Purchased: Mel Bay online Download
Very informative video explaining all the parts of the banjo and how to set up everything for "Killer Tone." I found a few things I was doing wrong. It's now available from Mel Bay as a download. I recommend it.
Overall Rating: 9
Where Purchased: from the original owner
Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: ($US) (bought USED)
I love the "pre-war" sound. Maybe a little plunky. Its not as loud as I had expected. It has a clean sound all the way up the neck.
Sound Rating: 9
I bought it second hand, six monts old, so I can't comment on the factory setup. The action was a lttle high for my liking with an 11/16 bridge. I replaced it with a 5/8" and still feel its a little high.
Setup Rating: not rated
It looks like a banjo! I'm not really into appearances - only the sound and playability. I would describe it as having a clean, classic look.
Appearance Rating: 7
It seems to be built to last with high quality hardware. It will probably outlive me.
Reliability Rating: 10
Since I bought it second hand I haven't dealt with the customer service. I did email them asking for their recommendation for a pickup, but never got a reply.
Customer Service: not rated
It seem like it is constructed with all the best quality parts.
Components Rating: 10
I would absolutely recommend this banjo. If it was stolen I would cry my heart out. I'm not crazy about the radius neck though only because it takes a little getting used to when I switch to my other banjo. It's not quite as loud as some but has great tone.
Overall Rating: 9
Where Purchased: From Perfect Touch directly
They're very comfortable, don't pinch your cuticles or slip off. They also have a great sound. I just bent them a little to the angle that I'm used to and got to pickin'. The picks with the flat face feel much better hitting the string than my old round faced ones. They mailed my picks out the day I ordered them and got them super fast.
Overall Rating: 10
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