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Gold Tone: Orange Blossom OB-175

Submitted by drleaman on 4/22/2010

Where Purchased: West Chester Music Store, West Chester PA

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


Bought this a week ago and can't put it down. If your looking for a quality banjo in the $1000 retail price range, THIS IS THE ONE! The GTR Bronze tone ring sounds fantastic for a banjo in this price range. I played other banjo's in this price range but none compared to this one. It is bright, loud and warm all at once. I'll keep repeating myself, but in this price range, you can't beat it.

Sound Rating: 10


Set up was perfect. When they arrive from Korea, I think they are set up by Gold Tone in Florida before they are sent to the music store for purchase.

Setup Rating: 10


Quality of the workmanship from this small Korean shop was flawless. I looked for flaws but couldn't find any. Again, in this price range............stunning!

Appearance Rating: 10


Looks like it will last me a long time.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Sent an email to the CEO about how happy I was with my purchase and he replied the same day.

Customer Service: 10


I will probably experiment with different bridges. Might install Keith tuner's in the future but that's about all. It's a beautiful banjo and you won't be disappointed if you get one.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

The GTR Bronze tone ring sounds very vintage for a banjo in this price range.

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by drleaman on 4/17/2010

Where Purchased: Mikes Banjo Mute Website

Overall Comments

Mike - received the mute today. This is THE ONE! I had been using the Gold Tone mute which is just OK but it sounds odd and rattles. Mikes Banjo Mute maintains that banjo sound while significantly reducing volume. It dosen't rattle, attaches securely and dosen't get in the way at all. This is THE ONE to buy! Thanks for a great product! Doug

Overall Rating: 10

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