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Stelling: Red Fox

Submitted by fbounds on 6/20/2008

Where Purchased: Janet Davis Music

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 3225 ($US)


This is a great banjo for the mix of Scruggs and some melodic stuff that I do. Loud and very clear up the neck with good note separation.

Sound Rating: 9


Janet Davis Music set it up for me after interviewing me over the phone to find out how I wanted it. Great service. It came with Stelling medium heavy strings. I will probably go to a lighter string gauge. But that is just a personal preference.

Setup Rating: 9


Geoff Stelling does absolutely beautiful work. Fit, finish and appearance are first rate.

Appearance Rating: 10


This instrument looks and feels like it will last a lifetime.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I did not deal directly with Geoff for this instrument but have been in his shop before. He is gracious, professional and cares a great deal about his product.

Customer Service: 10


Everything appears to be top notch.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is an outstanding banjo. I expect it to get better as it breaks in (and as it breaks me in :). I won't be able to resist tweaking the setup some to better reflect my personal taste but the setup was very good the way it was shipped. I heartily recommend Stelling and Janet Davis Music.

Overall Rating: 10

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