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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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deering banjos: Greg Deering Master Banjo Workshop

Submitted by peewee on 10/29/2011

Where Purchased: Deering Banjo

Overall Comments

This Video is poorly done. Very little information pertaining to Setup is given. Most of the info is Greg D. taking a banjo apart and putting it back together during an open forum with terrible video quality. Really basic stuff.

Deering charges close to $30 dollars for this video which included shipping.. Deering should be nothing less than Embarrassed to charge for this DVD.

Look elsewhere if you need a Setup DVD.

Overall Rating: 1

Capos: Elliott Elite

Submitted by peewee on 8/26/2011

Where Purchased: Direct from Elliott Capos

Overall Comments

Price was $160. Was beautifully made of polished Stainless Steel. The thickness of the capo is about 1/8 inch which is half the thickness of the regular Elliott capo. I also have the regular capo in a B model and it is much thicker than the Elite. The main difference I notice is that the thinness of the Elite does not interfere with my left hand as much. This was a C model which allows the capo to go to the 5 and 7th fret. When using the capo my strings don't tend to go sharp like with the shubb or Paige. Craftsmanship is wonderful, smooth precise operation, but I'm not sure its worth the money. Maybe $90 but $160?

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by peewee on 12/23/2010

Where Purchased: directly from Mike

Overall Comments

I have 2 of Mikes mutes. They are easy to put on & take off. They are fantastic for quieting things down. I use one on my Tranjo while traveling, and so far I have not been thrown out of any Hotel rooms. Great product. Great service.

Overall Rating: 10

Tranjo: 8.1

Submitted by peewee on 12/22/2010

Where Purchased: Sam Farris /

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 850.00 ($US)


I really didn't expect much for sound quality but this thing sounds great. The Tranjo sounds better that some of my cheaper Asian banjos. The volume is lower than a resonator or open back but that's to be expected with a 8" head, and a solid wood back.

Sound Rating: 6


Setup was just right. All I had to do was tune it up and it was ready to go.

Setup Rating: 10


I got the blond maple with Ebony fingerboard. The finish is satin, and appears to be oiled not varnished. Not sure though. Fit and finish was superb. Everything was well sanded and the overall quality seemed high.

Appearance Rating: 7


Appears to be built like a Tank. It has the new Steinburger tuners that are all black colored. These are straight pull tuners, and they replaced the old roller tuner setup. When I first got the Tranjo I had it tuned in less than a minute. These tuners are really easy to use.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Sam Farris is the owner of the Company. He was great to deal with and answered multiple phone calls and emails. Good customer service. He also promised me I would have it by Christmas and it showed up on Dec. 22nd.

Customer Service: 10


I just got the banjo today so I will have to evaluate over a longer period of time. Nothing stands out as being cheap.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I got this banjo to be a road warrior. I spend 15 days a month on the road, so I will re-evaluate as time goes by. It appears well built with nothing sticking out that could get damaged. The tuners fit within the thickness of the body, no headstock to damage. This is an expensive travel banjo and as such I will expect a lot from it. Time will tell. I did order a Colorado Soft Case because I did not think the gig bag that came with the Tranjo would be enough protection.

Overall Rating: 9

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