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JT's Pix Snark Adapter: Snark Adaptor

Submitted by willytee on 10/11/2014

Where Purchased: ebay

Overall Comments

I purchased this off of eBay. This is a great little adapter to mount the snark tuner to your banjo pot. After I used it for awhile I ordered two more to equip the other banjos that I have. It is a super ideal. Check it out. No more clipping the tuner on the head stock.

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Fitts bridge

Submitted by willytee on 2/11/2013

Where Purchased: Ebay

Overall Comments

Recieved the Danny Fitts 5/8 banjo bridge today. I bought this off of ebay on a try and see what it sounds like ideal. The bridge is well made. It has a few degree slant to it and the sound was fantastic. I put this on a maple Gibson five string. The info I recieved was Fitts acoustic in Alton VA. You might want to give one a try. Thanks Danny!

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by willytee on 1/13/2012

Where Purchased: online

Overall Comments

I ran across this mute on Mike's webpage and was sold on the video demonstration. This is a well made piece. I had purchased a mute years ago when I was first picked up the banjo. I never was satisfied with it. I can now watch my favorite show on TV and play like crazy without disturbing everyone in the household. Sounds like a muted dobro , beautiful. Well worth the money. Thanks again Mike!

Overall Rating: 10

Crafters of TN: Maple Classic

Submitted by willytee on 4/25/2011

Where Purchased: private sale

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


This is a nice built and a great sounding banjo. I purchased this through a private sale from a banjo hangout member. It has a nice maple banjo sound. It is beautiful to look at with the inlay the curly maple neck and the gold hardware. I do not regret buying it. It came with a heavy duty case. Banjo and case together is heavy.

Sound Rating: not rated


Setup Rating: 5


Excellent quality and top of the line hardware. The banjo was used in excellent condition.

Appearance Rating: not rated


Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I did e-mail Mark with the serial number in hopes of finding out the date. I did not get a response. E-mails are probably a hassle to try to answer all the time but you still need customer service or update his web page with a serial number date of build. I still have to say he does good work.

Customer Service: 2


No cheap parts here. Looks to be the best.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I have been playing banjos for fifteen years and I have played a few cheap ones. I have a Gibson 250 mahogany from the seventy's that despite what a lot of people say is a good sounding banjo. I have played Stellings and a few others and the Crafter deluxe gold is right there with the best of them.

Overall Rating: 9

Capos: Earl's suspender capo

Submitted by willytee on 8/6/2009

Where Purchased: Earl's web page

Overall Comments

This is one of the best fifth string capo that I have ever used. Very simple design, but does the job well on my gibson 250. Don't damange your fret board by drilling holes. Drop some spare change on Earl and have him send you one of these. You won't regret it.-------Update-on using this capo on stage I found there was a problem. Sometimes the capo will jump off the banjo in the middle of playing a song. Not sure if I am attaching it wrong or it is a weakness in the capo itself. I decided to install spikes in the neck, even though I shed a tear each time I installed one in my Crafters of Tennessee gold plated beauty.

Overall Rating: 10

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