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Stelling: Red Fox

Submitted by shano on 9/13/2014

Where Purchased: Eagle Music UK

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: (£)2995 historic exchange rates / currency converter


I spent a few hours trying various banjos and it was the sound that finally got me. Beautiful all the way up the neck, Bright and also bassy. Played various styles, classical, irish, standard bluegrass and it handled them all.

Sound Rating: 10


Was set up but after a couple of weeks playing I had them tweak it a touch when I had a pickup fitted.Nothing major, I just preferred a slightly lower action.

Setup Rating: 9


Finish is perfection. It oozes style without even playing it.

Appearance Rating: 10


Plating is not chrome so need to wipe it down to avoid it blemishing later.
Other than that cannot fault it.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Company has excellent reputation and were a pleasure to deal with.

Customer Service: 10


I like the tail piece more fiddling trying to thread the strings.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I played several good quality banjos and boiled it down to a choice between the Red Fox and a Deering Maple Blossom.
Sound wise I was struggling to make a preference as both had strong points but eventually I had to make a choice and the Red Fox won it as it ticked all the boxes but won hands down on looks.

Playability is excellent and I love the neck which I seem to be able to get up and down faster than on my old 'Jo'

It rings out high and low and harmonics are superb and it suits just about every style I have played so far.

This is the start of a lifelong partnership, I will never change now.

Overall Rating: 10

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