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Nate Calkins: Nate Calkins 032

Submitted by ClawinPreacher on 1/25/2011

Where Purchased: Calkins

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


This was an old Dobson "Matchless" banjo pot that needed a new neck... so I put Nate to the task and ended up with a super old-timey sounding banjo. The sound is EXACTLY what I was looking for in a clawhammer banjo.

Sound Rating: 10


Nate tightened the calfskin head... added a Sampson submerged wood (walnut/ebony) bridge... as well as a new tailpiece. He strung it up with nyl-gut strings and the strings are exactly where the need to be.

Setup Rating: 10


The old pot I had was brass wraped and very distressed so I wanted to stay with that "old" look... So I had him carve a walnut neck, fretted with a frailing scoop. To me it's the coolest banjo I've seen and it just melts in your hands.

Appearance Rating: 10


No problems at all.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Nate is extremely kind and patient... I may have been a little picky (Check with Nate to confirm this) but He never got frustrated with me in the least.

Customer Service: 10


I chose my parts personally but he installed them and I've had no problems.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I had a wonderful experience with Nate and I highly reccomend him as a banjo maker... in fact, I'm considering a fretless from him at this very moment.

Overall Rating: 10

Nate Calkins

Submitted by ClawinPreacher on 7/12/2010

Overall Comments

I had an old Dobson banjo with a very warped neck but the pot was very sweet. I really needed a good neck for it, so I contacted Nate and he made me a beautiful Walnut neck. The neck has a very nice feel and I swear the banjo sounds 1,000 times better than before. Calkins was very careful and attentive to the work he did and I am very pleased. Stop by my page sometime and I'll try to put up some pics of my banjo. Thanks Nate!!!

Overall Rating: 10

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