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Recording King: RK R80

Submitted by Mister_Banjo_II on 1/2/2008

Where Purchased:

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 1,400 ($US) (bought USED)


luckily, i got ahold of one of the earlier models--serial number is between 90 and 100. plays better than any Gibson or anything i've ever played, except for this ONE Huber banjo. owned by John Lawless

Sound Rating: 10


i bought it used-set up perfect. but i'd like to have things checked up on. replace the head--ive worn it almost all the way through!

Setup Rating: 10


It's gorgeous! no flaws at all! i would like gold hardware. but chrome is purty too!

Appearance Rating: 9


everything (except the arm rest and fifth string peg-which i bumped against the side of my set up table while changing strings) appears as if it will last many more shows. the armrest has been held up against some VERY sweaty arms, so it's a little rubbed up.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

haven't had to. but the warranty i'm sure was voided by buying it used!

so i'll give them a 5.

Customer Service: 5


i would upgrade the armrest. eventually, not right off, i would use it and then after a while change it. other than that nothing NEEDS to be changed, i put a Snuffy Smith bridge on that bad boy and he sings like no other

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

the price for this banjo has gone down rapidly just recently, but if you can get ahold of an older model (pre Johnson) then it is def. worth $1,400!

Overall Rating: 9

Oscar Schmidt: OB-5

Submitted by Mister_Banjo_II on 11/27/2004

Where Purchased: Pick&Grin

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 350 ($US)


Great sound
Easy to play
Great for beginning or accomplished musicians

Sound Rating: 8


I would change only the tuners
Everything else-awesome

Setup Rating: 9


NO FLAWS that I can find anywhere

Appearance Rating: 10


Everything but the tuners-they are somewhat flimsy

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service


Customer Service: not rated


Upgrade Tuners
Maybe change the armrest to something fancier

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I would definitely recommend this banjo!
If it was stolen I would probably be in tears for a while-then go buy another one!
I love this banjo
I recently met Earl Scruggs-the king-and he said (to me) that it was a very nice banjo! And I think he would know!!!

Overall Rating: 10

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