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Desert Rose: Salt Creek Custom

Submitted by cliffj on 4/30/2004

Where Purchased: Turtle Hill Banjo

Year Purchased: 3/2004
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


Rich full sound. Notes are clear and crisp up and down the neck. Getting better every day as it gets more and more play.

Sound Rating: 10


Setup was well done. Dave had the banjo in top shape. As it plays in it gets even better.

Setup Rating: 10


This is one beautiful mahogany banjo. Has hearts and roses inlay and inlay up and down the neck and around the resonator. There are no areas where I would think there could be any improvement.

Appearance Rating: 10


Too early to tell but all indications are that all will stand the test of time well. Finish is extremely well done and should last forever with the proper care.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Dave and Scott have always answered questions in real time when I asked them questions about the makeup of the banjo. It is warrantied against the usual (i.e. only stupidity is not covered). I know that Dave at Turtle Hill always does whatever is necessary to keep his clientele satisfied and would never hesitate a minute to buy from him.

Customer Service: 10


Elite Z bridge is absolutely great. All else (frets, resonator, etc) appear to be ones that willl there forever.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is one great banjo. With the Pass rim and Tenn 20 ring it really is a great testament to workmanship. The banjo itself is a work of art. Finish and inlay work are outstanding. I would put it up against others costing considerably more. This is probably more banjo than I deserve and one I hope to be able to rise to the level of competence this banjo deserves...

Overall Rating: 10

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