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LostState: 12" Maple Dobson #8

Submitted by ogrooms on 10/15/2014

Where Purchased: Directly from Tim

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 730 ($US)

Sound

Nice Dobson ring. Not overly loud but has enough punch. Great low end (pot is a bit deeper than normal). Pretty good highs too, balanced across the strings.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Action was fine, but I put on a taller bridge (11/16) which suits my playing style more.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Great flamed maple nech and body. Love the slotted headstock and slotted fifth. Not perfest fit and finish, but its beautiful to me.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Finish seems like it will last a long time (Tru oil I believe). This is a good gigging banjo. Now that it has settled down it stays in tune well and seems reliable. Hardware is nice.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Tim is great to work with. Very direct and honest. Tim has a nice warranty too and well help you if anything breaks, etc.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components are all great. Love the wood and the brass hardware seems great. Tuners are grover and seem to be working well. One of my only gripes is the frets. They are a little tough to slide on.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Great tone feel and looks with this banjo. Maybe wish it was a tad louder but I like the tone. Had to settle in for a little while, but now that it has, it is an absolutely great Dobson for the price. One of the best builders at workingman's prices out there.

Overall Rating: 9

Bridges: DONALD NEW SPILLWAY BANJO BRIDGE

Submitted by ogrooms on 5/30/2014

Where Purchased: From Don

Overall Comments

Great bridge with very even tone to all strings. Great craftsmanship, and working with Don is great. A powerful bridge that brought out great tone and crisp loud attack to an already great banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

JRushing: Spunover

Submitted by ogrooms on 11/8/2013

Where Purchased: Banjo Hangout

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Suits clawhammer very well and is exceptional for old time two finger style. Classic vintage spunover sound. Not very loud, but very clear.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Setup was great.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Goodlooking inlays, nice gold leaf design on headstock. Nice finish on neck.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Reliable banjo, stays in tune very well. Hardward was pretty good.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Jeremy is a great guy to work with. Honest and reliable, and gives great deals to his customers.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components are fine.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

Great spunover. Nice sound that holds its own to an SS Stewart I have played.

Overall Rating: 9

J.L. Sproull: #7 12" Walnut w/ Rolled Brass Tone Ring

Submitted by ogrooms on 11/8/2013

Where Purchased: Homewood Musical Instrument Company

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

Sound

Incredible tone and volume. Mellow tone that is powerful and responsive across the fretboard.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Yes. Lee had it set up great.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

So simple, so beautiful. Dobson/Buckbee style headstock ebony fretboard, no inlays, beautiful walnut neck and pot, ebony rim cap.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Great.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Lee is a great guy to work with, as is Homewood Musical Instrument Company.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Great componenets. Rickard hardware, great tuners.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Great banjo that is perfect for clawhammer. Beautiful tone, powerful, cuts through jams. A wonderful all purpose workingman's banjo.

 

 

Overall Rating: 10

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