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Tyler Mountain: TM5-40

Submitted by RCCOOK on 3/29/2007

Where Purchased: Federalsestatebuyers_EBAY

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 149.00 ($US)

Sound

Wonderful brght sound for Clawhammer. Very loud will probably mute it down.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Banjo was set up aside from the bridge.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

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

Reliability

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

Customer Service

Immediate shipping and shipping was free.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Hook screws should be attended to a little better and not cross threaded.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

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

Folkcraft Kit: Mountain Banjo/wood head

Submitted by RCCOOK on 3/29/2007

Where Purchased: Backstage Music

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: $45 (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

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

Setup

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

Appearance

Wonderful contrasting wood colors. Mahogany and ash. Hexagon Pot, Wooden head. Very attractive instrument at least to me.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

No problems here, plays everytime and continues throughout.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

??

Customer Service: not rated

Components

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

Overall Comments

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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