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Capos: Paige capo original black

Submitted by Horseshoot on 8/22/2010

Where Purchased: Not sure.

Overall Comments

This is a great capo. It does not cause my strings to ring sharp, as long as I put it on, as instructed. I like how I can store it behind the nut. I would buy it again.

Overall Rating: 10

Other: BanjoMate Thinline Armrest

Submitted by Horseshoot on 8/22/2010

Where Purchased: Little Mountain Music

Overall Comments

This thing is fantastic! My Deering Goodtime openback did not have an armrest. I chose the curly maple model. The system for attaching works great! So much more comfortable now, and the curly maple compliments the banjo, perfectly! very happy with this.

Overall Rating: 10

Picks: pro pik good grip

Submitted by Horseshoot on 8/22/2010

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

I got the one with the derlin tip. It never feels tight, but it never feels loose! It is perfect! I love how it sounds on the strings, and it seems to have improved my thumb's angle of attack. I will continue to use this pick.

Overall Rating: 10

Picks: Pro Pik Fast Picks

Submitted by Horseshoot on 8/22/2010

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

I really like these picks. I prefer the single wrap, but they come in double wrap, as well. I prefer the brass, for the sound, but are also available in nickel. They also have 3 blade sizes, but I prefer #2. This picks have improved my angle of attack. I am very please with this product. Very reasonable price.

Overall Rating: 10

Andy Buckland

Submitted by Horseshoot on 8/22/2010

Overall Comments

Andy is located in Farmington, Maine. He is a wonderful musician, and an excellent teacher. He used to be a teacher in the local school system. Andy is very good at providing useful feedback, and seems to have a knack for altering the lessons to fit the student. I am very pleased that I found him. Very reasonably priced lessons.

Overall Rating: 10

Morgan Monroe: Cascade MFB-5DX

Submitted by Horseshoot on 4/10/2010

Where Purchased: Online. Honestly cannot remember what store.

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 650 ($US)


After proper setup (store did not set it up) it sounds great! I play Scruggs style, tho I am a beginner. My teacher likes the sound, and I have had a lot of compliments on the sound.

Sound Rating: 9


The banjo was not set up. I find the action to be fine, after initial setup. This is an easy banjo to set up.

Setup Rating: 9


Classic bluegrass banjo look. Lots of chrome. Nice woods. Good fit and finish. Seems to be a well made banjo.

Appearance Rating: 9


This is a well built banjo. It has been reliable so far.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Have not dealt with the company, nor has it needed repairs.

Customer Service: 9


The wood, and finish and chrome seem to standout. I really like the tailpiece. I do NOT like the tuners. They are very finicky. I will probably upgrade to better tuners, unless I upgrade to a better banjo first.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I feel it is an excellent first bluegrass banjo. It has a nice sound, and is very reliable and well built. I am very happy with it.

Overall Rating: 9

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