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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
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
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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