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Straps: Huber Banjo strap

Submitted by briln on 9/12/2012

Where Purchased: Huber Banjo

Overall Comments

This is a beautifully made harness leather strap with a basket weave design and sewn loop ends, which I prefer to Chicago screws. The strap is adjustable by just attaching to a different hook, which has to be removed to attach. The leather is stiff but the payoff is that it looks great for a long time. The comfort is OK with me since it works and looks so good. Comes in brown and black but the black seems to be available only directly from Huber.

Overall Rating: 10

Nechville: Custom phantom

Submitted by briln on 1/13/2012

Where Purchased: Tom Nechville

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

The sound is superb. You can adjust it to most anything you like. Each string blends beutifully.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Perfect. The ease of setup is what is unique about a Nechville. So inovative and easy to adjust.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This is a Walnut Phantom with cocobolo fingerboard, truss rod cover, headstock, tone ring (timbertronic) and armrest. It has full curly maple binding on resonator, neck (custom narrower than normal) and headstock. The resonator is walnut burl. The metalwork is flame sprayed bronze, even the resonator bolts and tailpiece. The tuners are gold, The tone spheres are a mix of delrin and plastic.

The only reason I am rating this as a nine instead of a 10 is because the helimount casting is a bit rough in places and the finish is close to but not perfect. How about a 9.75 rating.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

The flame spary should be very resistant to wear

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The attention to detail and effort to please the customer is second to none.

Customer Service: 10

Components

All components are superb.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Not only is this banjo beutiful and sounds great but also at about 7 lbs it is very kind. Absolutely fantastic.

Overall Rating: 10

Deering: 30th anniversary

Submitted by briln on 7/26/2009

Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: $4750 (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Great tone with the Kruger ring. Setup with a G# tuned head and all else as sold by Deering. Very long sustain and very pure sound. From mellow to lots of punch.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Setup was excellent.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Flame maple tobacco collored with Inlays by Kevin Enochs. flawless. Not flashy. The only complaint is that for this cost more detail could have been put into it. Having said that it is superb. A bit more detail would have rated a 10.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Hardware and finish is excellent the tuners are very accurate and easy to tune. Very smooth.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Elderly was great.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Entire banjo is excellent. Kruger tone ring is amazing

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Yes I would recommend it. It is a very nice contrast to my 1983 Stelling sunflower. Ithe reason I bought this is that I have small hands and the Kruger tone ring with the standard Deering neck was atractive.

Overall Rating: 10

Sullivan: Festival

Submitted by briln on 4/14/2005

Where Purchased: First Quality

Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Replaced bridge with a Sosebee Old Timber and adjusted the head tension. Really nice tone. great 4th string and tone right up the neck. You can feel the vibrations through the whole instrument. Not exactly like my 1983 Stelling Sunflower but really a joy. The sound is not overly bright. Very nice mellow sound with lots of punch.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Action was well set. Only the head needed tightening

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Mahogany finish not fancy but very good. Tortoise on the resonator has some spaces that needed filling but it is still very good. Excellent fit and finish on the rest. .

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Tuners work great. Presto Tailpiece only OK. Plating looks very good

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Superior service. Bill Sullivan has been great answering any questions. A real genleman.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Orrignal Snuffy bridge not great. Tailpiece is only Ok. The rest is very good.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

While it is somewhat plain the tone is really superior for the price. Very good playability. Very Highly recommended. For playability and sound this is one excellent banjo which performs every bit as good as a $3000 - $4000 jo.

Overall Rating: 10

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