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Bridges: "Pineywood" dam spillway bridge

Submitted by rvrose on 7/20/2012

Where Purchased: From Don

Overall Comments

I bought two for my main banjos in 2010 and haven't went back. It does definitely have more note distinction and fewer overtones. I noticed it most with my hammer-ons which were much more clear. It's definitely a keeper. Thanks for another winning bridge design!

Overall Rating: 10

Capos: G7

Submitted by rvrose on 5/21/2009

Where Purchased: ebay

Overall Comments

I really like this capo. Con - It is expensive.Pro - I was going for something easy to put on an off and small and not too noticeable.

Overall Rating: 9

Other: Sabine SM820

Submitted by rvrose on 5/12/2009

Where Purchased: EBAY

Overall Comments

I have used these for gigs with our Audio-Technica condenser mics and they work GREAT! I can get so much more gain out of our PA without the usual feedback. Easy to setup - and we like easy. Perfect for one or two mic arrangements.

Overall Rating: 10

Deering: Calico

Submitted by rvrose on 8/28/2008

Where Purchased: ebay

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 1700.00 ($US) (bought USED)


I like the bright sound. I played alot of other brands and like this one best.

Sound Rating: 10


I haven't touched the setup. Great action - easy to play.

Setup Rating: 10


The blond tiger maple and inlays are what initially drew me to this banjo.

Appearance Rating: 10


I only wish it was chrome plated since the nickel does tarnish with use.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Never had to deal with support.

Customer Service: 10


The neck size and action make this banjo very nice to play.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I highly recommend for sound, playability and beauty. If stolen - I would get another one - but with chrome plate. I have played Gibsons in shops and never found one that sounded better to me.

Overall Rating: 10

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