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Bean Blossom: BB-100

Submitted by fredgold52 on 5/9/2009

Where Purchased: Ebay private owner

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 175 ($US) (bought USED)


I like the sound of the banjo. It seems to ring/sustain well. I am in the process of putting a new head on it which will change the sound, I'm sure. Hope it doesn't change too much.

Sound Rating: 7


The banjo had been worked on by someone who had no idea what they were doing as evidenced by the stripped truss rod adjuster. There is no relief in the neck at all but it still plays OK. The rest of it was alright. I did go completely through it and tighten all the fittings.

Setup Rating: 4


It's just a bare bones cheap banjo. So it's not specially pretty.

Appearance Rating: 6


It seem solid enough. The fittings are all of decent construction and assembly. It wouldn't scare me to use this on a gig, but I really should learn to play it first.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

No idea. It's used, what can I say?

Customer Service: not rated


I've just had it completely apart so I know what the components are like. They all seem to be good enough. This is an inexpensive banjo, I wouldn't be spending a bunch of money on upgraded parts.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

Good banjo for the price. Plays decent and should be fine for learning. It seems to sound pretty good too so I wouldn't be reluctant to take it out to play. Instruments are typically "you get what you pay for" kinds of things. This one is worth the money, but you won't confuse it with a much more expensive unit.

Overall Rating: 8

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