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Where Purchased: Private Party
Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: 1000 ($US) (bought USED)
I am still "new" to the banjo world after deciding at middle age to take it up. I was lucky to learn on a Goodtime II, but wanted to branch out to a really nice banjo that had what I feel is a good sound. Going from a Goodtime to a Deluxe is kind of like going from a a factory built car stereo to one of those custom built systems that reverberate as they go down the road. The Deluxe has a very loud sound and solid up and down the neck.
Sound Rating: 9
The banjo had sat for a while, but after a little tuning and tweeking it started to shine. I took it into a local luthier who took a look at it and said "Except for a new head and a little cleaning this baby is ready to go." I think this is a testimony to the Deering durability.
Setup Rating: 7
Deering Deluxe: Beautiful and understated
Appearance Rating: 10
This is one rock solid banjo. I bought it to be my baby forever and I think it will outlast me.
Reliability Rating: 10
This was a private party transaction. However, I have had the opportunity of dealing with Deering and a Deering Authorized dealer and they are second to none
Customer Service: 10
Components Rating: 10
I was looking into a variety of banjos in the Deluxe category for the past year. Each of those banjos I tried has pluses and minuses. I narrowed my choice down to a Sierra or a Deluxe. Both are wonderful bajos. The Deluxe had the glossy-finished look I happen to like so my leaning was in that direction.
I would recommend the Deluxe to anyone looking for a long term relationship with a quality banjo.
Overall Rating: 9
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