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Where Purchased: Homewood Music
I play New Orleans Jazz and Dixieland music (usually unamplified) with a five piece group. My Maple Blossom easily cuts through the tuba, drum, and the two lead horns. It's sound is big and full without being shrill or tinny. It sounds like the classic tenor banjo of the records with which I grew up.
Sound Rating: 10
I'm not a big fan of tinkering with instruments. I play professionally a lot, so I have to know that my banjo will be right when I take it out of the case every night. My banjo was set up well when I bought it, and it still is. I haven't changed a thing.
Setup Rating: 10
I love the way my banjo looks. It is all maple (hence the name) with an ebony fretboard. It is not as gaudy as many of the expensive expensive banjos. I would describe it's appearance as elegant. The only thing I would have changed is the binding. It's beautiful and well installed, but I wish it was off-white, yellow, or light brown (as opposed to stark white).
Appearance Rating: 9
I play constantly, and the hardware and finish look exactly like they did when I bought the banjo.
Reliability Rating: 10
I've never tried (or had to) get it repaired. (thank goodness) I have had to deal with the company on two very minor matters. Both situations were resolved quickly and beautifully. (Thanks Carolina!)
Customer Service: 10
I don't know much about components, but I like everything here.
Components Rating: 10
I can't imagine owning another tenor. If it gets destroyed or stolen, I'll buy another one just like it.
Overall Rating: 10
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