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Bridges: Kateyz

Submitted by wilsonHSpkr on 5/22/2008

Where Purchased: JDMC

Overall Comments

A great bridge, any bridge you buy will sound better over your average stock bridge. Looks great, no buzzes, a fine piece of craftsmanship.

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Moon Bridges medium weight

Submitted by wilsonHSpkr on 5/22/2008

Where Purchased: JDMC

Overall Comments

Awesome, great sounding and cool looking. I bought one hesitantly to test the difference between it and a Kateyz bridge, still sounds great and at a lower price. I worried about it affecting the harmonics, but no issues there, and what tone!

Overall Rating: 10

Rover: RB-25

Submitted by wilsonHSpkr on 3/8/2008

Where Purchased: Artichoke Music

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Very poor on most standards, but for a beginners model there isn't too much variety you can get (it all sounds the same with a plastic rim).

Sound Rating: 4

Setup

The setup was very good upon my purchase. Setup shouldn't mean too much to you when you buy it, don't get me wrong, setup makes or breaks an instrument, but you can always adjust it. Artichoke is very good with taking care of the instruments they sell.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

It's pretty plain, the inlay is plastic dots, nothing too horribly fancy on it.

Appearance Rating: 4

Reliability

The rim is plastic, the metal parts are nickel plated metal (not brass), it wasn't built to last.

Reliability Rating: 2

Customer Service

I haven't dealt with the company.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Nothing is stand out, it's cheap, what else can I say?

Components Rating: 2

Overall Comments

I think I payed about $300 for this banjo, and I would not recommend it. I think if you want a beginners banjo, you should save an extra $200 and get a new Deering Goodtime (or better yet, save yourself the $200 and get a used one, and install a 5th string capo on it).

Overall Rating: 3

Deering: Sierra

Submitted by wilsonHSpkr on 3/8/2008

Where Purchased: Pioneer Music

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 1800 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

I like the sound that this banjo creates, very full sounds, the bass booms.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

This banjo wasn't particularly well setup, but keep in mind, the setup is always adjustable.

Setup Rating: 6

Appearance

There is a look of over all quality to this banjo. Everything is simple, but nothing is very ugly, the beauty is shown through things like the wood, the mother of pearl, and the nickel hardware.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

The hardware is all nickel plated brass, nothing seems cheap to me

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Haven't had to deal with the company.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The tuners are absolutely outstanding, no changes need to be done there. There are a few components I have changed that should be changed on most all banjos to create a better sound, the first being the bridge (I'd recommend either Cat Eyz or Sullivan Factory Floor bridges) I had an issue with my strings staying in the tail piece, so I changed that, and the nut's 3rd string slot was cut too wide, so i will have to change that one out (probably to bone).

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I would absolutely recommend this banjo to anybody looking for a step up from a beginners banjo, it is a high quality instrument. Most of the parts are great, the sound is great, and you can find used ones in great condition for around $1000.

Overall Rating: 9

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