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Where Purchased: Federalsestatebuyers_EBAY
Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 149.00 ($US)
Wonderful brght sound for Clawhammer. Very loud will probably mute it down.
Sound Rating: 10
Banjo was set up aside from the bridge.
Setup Rating: 8
Wonderful deep rich color, nice workmanship aside from one hook screw cross threaded. I assume the pot is some kind of pressed wood but don't know for sure. Nice geared tuners, 5th string too. Has the appearance of a much more expensive banjo. Nothing else noted.
Appearance Rating: 10
Hardware seems fine. Its played great from the first time I played it. Wood finish is deep and rich, looks really nice surprizingly for the price. I just bought it to keep handy instead of using the more expensive models.
Reliability Rating: 9
Immediate shipping and shipping was free.
Customer Service: 9
Hook screws should be attended to a little better and not cross threaded.
Components Rating: 7
If you want a banjo to set next to you to play whenever you get the urge, this is it. It is nice enough to take to stage shows or jams with no problem. I am very impressed.
Ideal for a new player, just fits the bill!!
Overall Rating: 9
Where Purchased: Backstage Music
Nice Mellow Folky sound. No dischord on the higher frets. Pefect old timey sound quality and nicely loud enough to hear. A frailing banjo for sure.
Sound Rating: 10
Banjo was set up. Had to file the fret ends as this wasn't done. Banjo was unplayed. Action is just right.
Setup Rating: 9
Wonderful contrasting wood colors. Mahogany and ash. Hexagon Pot, Wooden head. Very attractive instrument at least to me.
Appearance Rating: 8
No problems here, plays everytime and continues throughout.
Reliability Rating: 7
Customer Service: not rated
Make of good woods, nut made from 1/4 of a dowel rod but doesn't hinder sound. Where strings contact head there is a piece if leather, I will replace with metal/wood eventually. Tuners are geared except 5th string which is friction but smooth and not cheap looking. Strings are attched to dowel rods on end of neck board.
Components Rating: 10
The price of the kit is $175.00. It is well worth this for the oldtime sound. Perfect for a travel banjo or anytime you want the old time mellow sound. It plays as well as my luthier made fretless(wood head) if not better, although fretted. For the part-time woodcrafter this is a perfect banjo, its really nice. Assembly should be fairly easy everything included neck is slotted for frets. Use good glue.
If it was stolen I would be upset but for $45 what do you want? I really love this little wooden head, mountain banjo, one of my all time favorites.
Overall Rating: 8
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