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John Boulding

Submitted by divingsailingdoug on 5/15/2009

Overall Comments

I was fortunate enough to aquire a great old pot through the Banjo Hangout. John helped me date it to pre or early civil war. I then turned to John to make me a neck suitable to the circa. John helped me keep the original look while making some great sugesstions for modernizing. when I got the neck it was everything I had hoped for! I would recommend John to anyone! His work is both thoughtful and careful. John is a man that obviously LOVES his work and it shows!

Overall Rating: 10

Alvarez: silver princess

Submitted by divingsailingdoug on 7/12/2007

Where Purchased: Private Sale

Year Purchased: 07
Price Paid: 800.00 (Canadian) (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


this Banjo has a rich sound with great sustain. It has a Tubaphone tone ring and it looks to me like it's a brass one.

Sound Rating: 7


this banjo had bee professonaly set up prior to my purchase. It has required no adjustments so far however I might get the action lowered a little after I get to know her better.

Setup Rating: 8


This is a mid 70's copy of a Tubaphone OB. It is very easy on the eyes with good use of MOP thought not overdone.

Appearance Rating: 8


Great reliability solid goto tuners no back up nessisary.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Haven't dealt with the company

Customer Service: not rated


good tuners, not the original tailpiece and I may switch to a Kershner in the future.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I feel I got a great Banjo for a reasonable price
Hunt the sucker down!
I really like the inlay on the inside of the pot
Nice and loud when needed but mellow at the same time, great sustain.

Overall Rating: 7

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