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Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments
This bridge drastically improved the tone of my open back RK banjo, making it both more mellow and robust. I was slightly worried that switching from the non-compensated stock bridge to the Moon would affect intonation, but intonation has been fine. I was disappointed in the tone immediately after installing the bridge, but after a day or so of settling in it was a major, major improvement.
Overall Rating: 9
Where Purchased: banjohut.com
Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 500 ($US)
As others have said, the sound isn't ideal right out of the box. Not bad by any means, but lacking the depth and feel of a banjo with nice "plunk" and "clunk." I look forward to experimenting with thicker strings and a different bridge, perhaps swapping the head at some point.
Sound Rating: 8
Setup was very good on arrival; very clean, super-accurate intonation, quite fast and easy to play.
Setup Rating: 10
Aesthetics weren't a major consideration when purchasing this banjo. That said, it looks fine to me, and I like the simple design and star inlay.
Appearance Rating: 9
The banjo appears quite well-made with quality workmanship. I would certainly depend on it and expect to for many years.
Reliability Rating: 10
N/A, so I'll be nice and give them a 10. I have yet to deal with either Recording King or banjohut regarding any customer service issues aside from purchase and shipping, which was easy and fast.
Customer Service: 10
Everything is quite nice for a banjo at this price (quite nice at any price, really); there is a rolled brass tone ring. As I said earlier, I plan on upgrading the bridge and possibly the head.
Components Rating: 9
This is an excellent banjo for the price. I'd probably replace if stolen. With a little tweaking, I'm hoping to add a little depth to the sound, but it's perfectly suitable for clawhammer right out of the box.
Overall Rating: 9
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