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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Recording King: R80 Professional

Submitted by youdye on 1/20/2010

Where Purchased: Private Purchase

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 700 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

This banjo has an amazing sound. Incredible lows and very nice pops on the mids and highs. Perfect for my playing style.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Had a great setup upon purchase. Have only changed the bridge and tailpiece. I have the head tuned to G# and the setup has pretty much held its own since.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Hearts and Flowers inlays. I love the look of this banjo. VERY easy on the eyes.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Everything about this banjo screams reliablility. VERY well built instrument, will last a long time.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

TML is extremely helpful. Excellent company to deal with.

Customer Service: 10

Components

All the original parts are excellent. The only reason to change out parts is because of personal preference.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Would recommend this banjo to anyone, beginner to professional alike. Once you have this, you have a great banjo for life.

Overall Rating: 10

Gold Tone: Cripple Creek CC-100R

Submitted by youdye on 6/1/2009

Where Purchased: Craigslist

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 225 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

It has nice low tones and crisp upper register with the perfect amount of sustain.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

It has a VERY good factory set up on it that I have been trying to maintain as closely as possible.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It is Maple, has a "blonde" look to it with nice snowflake inlays. Simple, but tastefull and very easy on the eyes.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

The hardware is standard nickel plated and has been holding up very well. The finish seems to be thick enough to hold up and I would use it on a gig.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Wayne Rogers at Gold Tone is a very nice man. I emailed him to say I bought this banjo and really liked it. Was told even though it was used that I could still get it set up from them and they would back it 100%. Their service is outstanding!

Customer Service: 10

Components

One of the components I really like is the straightline tailpiece. It is easy to change the strings, and adjust to where you need it. It has a nice sound.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I would HIGHLY recommend this banjo for the price. If you are just getting started to intermediate this would be a nice banjo to add to your collection. I love this banjo. Thank you Gold Tone for making such a wonderful banjo at a great price.

Overall Rating: 10

Ross Nickerson: Banjo Encyclopedia

Submitted by youdye on 4/27/2009

Where Purchased: banjoteacher.com

Overall Comments

What a FANTASTIC book! Ross has made it really feel like he is there with you giving you personal lessons. He is a true talent on the instrument and a wonderful teacher. I would recommend this book to very beginners or seasoned players alike!

Overall Rating: 10

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