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Ramsey: Chanterelle Special

Submitted by phahn on 10/6/2012

Where Purchased: Elderly

Year Purchased:
Price Paid: 1300.00 ($US)


After listening to many other banjos, I chose the Mike Ramsey Special primarily for the sound (the less ornate "Student" is pretty much the same instrument). It has a definite old-time plunky sound.

Sound Rating: 10


I'm new to clawhammer so I'm assuming the somewhat high action is standard. After a week or so I'm already used to it.

Setup Rating: 9


Beautiful inlays, curly maple neck and pot with ebony fingerboard, heel cap and walnut cap at the bottom of the pot. Perfect workmanship all around.

Appearance Rating: 10


This one was built to be here well into the next century.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

90 days warranty from Elderly, 5 years warranty from Mike Ramsey, regardless of owner.

Customer Service: 10


12" maple rim, rolled brass tone ring, Renaissance head, adjustable truss rod, bone nut, no-knot tailpiece, geared planetary tuners.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is my first really nice banjo. A keeper.

Overall Rating: 10

music 123

Submitted by phahn on 11/24/2010

Overall Comments

Completely painless transaction. Ordered a new Guild GAD-F212 12 string guitar on Thursday, arrived in perfect condition the following Tuesday. Good price and fast shipping.

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by phahn on 9/18/2010

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Easy to install and remove. Looks great. Sounds amazing!
This is a keeper. First thing I did was get rid of that old towel behind the coordinator rod.
Used PayPal - shipping took just a couple of days. Comes with a little storage bag.

Overall Rating: 10

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