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Where Purchased: banjohut.com
Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 259 ($US)
I wanted a bluegrass banjo and this is fine for that. This is my first banjo, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I don't have any complaints. There is a quality that a lot of the banjos I hear in recordings have which this does not possess, so I figure that as I progress I will want to upgrade, or maybe I just need heavier strings.
Sound Rating: 5
Based on problems I have heard other people have with new banjos, this one was set up well. I haven't had any problems with it as far as setup. The only thing I've done to it is tune it and tighten the screws on the tuners.
Setup Rating: 7
This is a basic basic banjo as far as inlay. I don't really care if a banjo is flashy or not. I like the deep mahogany finish. It doesn't have any extras as far as appearance, but what it has is well done.
Appearance Rating: 5
One of the brackets had a scratch on it when I got the banjo, and I probably should have sent it back, but it wasn't bad enough for me to bother with it. That scratch leads me to believe it is probably easy to scratch. The hardware isn't what you'd find on a more expensive banjo, but I'm not at all worried about this one falling apart or anything.
Reliability Rating: 7
I ordered the banjo and received it promptly. That's all the dealings I've had with banjohut.com. For me, an order that doesn't require any additional calling or emailing is great service.
Customer Service: 9
Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either. This is a starter banjo for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot. I've had this banjo for a few months, and I haven't had any components fail. I play at least an hour a day.
Components Rating: 5
This instrument has done all I have asked of it. If it were stolen, I'd probably buy something nicer and more expensive, but that's only because I've played long enough to know that this is something I'm going to do for the rest of my life. I wouldn't say I love it, but I really really like it. It's been reliable and been my introduction to playing the banjo, and you always remember your first. This is a beginner banjo, and I'm rating it in terms of its standing amongst beginner banjos. I'm rating it a 7 because to me that's better than good but less than the best.
Overall Rating: 7
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