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Where Purchased: private purchase
Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: 1675 ($US) (bought USED)
This is a 1995 model. The combination of Greg Rich, Mark Taylor and the Kulesh 10 hole tone ring is hard to beat. Just a great tone. Very rich with a lot of pop and snap. Clear and full up the neck. I had a 1997 Gibson RB3. It was a really good banjo, the Rich&Taylor is better. I couldn't be happier and consider it a bargain at what I paid for it.
Sound Rating: 10
Perfect. I like higher action so I put on an 11/16 Robin Smith bridge. That sealed the deal with more volume.
Setup Rating: 10
Beautiful. Headstock is not the traditional fiddle shape, it's more of a paddle. I've grown to like it. The fingerboard has one of the nicest slabs of rosewood I've seen, a reddish deep color. Nice inlays. Resonator binding and trim is excellant
Appearance Rating: 10
It's 10 years old and still looks great
Reliability Rating: 10
Customer Service: not rated
Components Rating: 10
In my opinion these older R&T banjos when Greg Rich was working there are way undervalued. I guess that's a good thing because you can really get a fantastic banjo for a lot less $$$. It's all about tone and this banjo has it in spades. The Kulesh 10 hole is a great ring.
Overall Rating: 10
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