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Bridges: Ballard Banjers bridges

Submitted by banjooud on 12/14/2015

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Leon Ballard from UK built  handsome custom banjo with a beautiful tone . We find his talented skill in all the parts of the banjo .

I have ordering different size of bridges for my different steel strings banjo ( one for my Ballard and one for my Goldtone) 

i specially recommand the laminated/compensated  bridges which give a very good warming tone with my goatskin head

I have try in the past Bat Veerman bridge so i can compare difference . Ballard's bridge is really the best for me .

highly recommended !!

 

Overall Rating: 10

Leon Ballard: Open Back black walnut

Submitted by banjooud on 10/9/2014

Where Purchased: Directly from Leon Ballard (UK)

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Very sweet and lovely tone .Presently with light gauge strngs

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Perfect .

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It's a beautifull and elagant banjo.
All black walnut with walnut burr peaghaed overlay
Special select goatskin from John Balch ( very beautifull)
I have the same true pleasure to look or to play this banjo

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Leon Ballard replied very quickly to all my questions before and during procces of creation and suggest me interesting improvement.
Very good customer service

Customer Service: 10

Components

Nothing to change except perhaps the light strings for medium to suit my style

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I was looking for simple but beautiful banjo , quiet and lovely tone . 

I am pleased to be the possessor​ of a such beautifull banjo .

Ballard's skill and John Balch 's hide head create a true piece of art 

Overall Rating: 10

Wayne Sagmoen: 12" w/Dobson Tone Ring

Submitted by banjooud on 8/6/2012

Where Purchased: on line - new

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 1409 ($US)

Sound

Mellow anw warm , very good projection . Hidehead with nylgut

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The setup was bad , big buzz problem on the 4° string , it was impossible to play in good condition , very frustrating . I bring the banjo to a luthier for a good setup . The strings nut was aslo very too high. Wayne send me 4 other bridge with different size for remove buzzing . Now i use the highest bridge . i have buzz when i tune the 4 ° string down to C . The neck is not smooth but bumpy. It's disappointing

Setup Rating: 4

Appearance

Beautifull , skinhead stain with tea , carved heel . Just a big crack on the ebony tailpiece and a little spot on the heel without varnish

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

seems ok

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Wayne make his job when he try to help me for resolve buzzing problem and i know that he try his best for have contented buyer. He was ok for refunding the cost of the banjo but i will lose too much money in this case ( the shipping for france + tax ). Wayne refund me the cost of the luthier and send me 4 bridges and a new tailpiece (ugly compared with the beautiful but cracked original tailpiece) for free.

Customer Service: 9

Components

seems ok

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

it's a beautifull and lovely banjo , i am very frustrated with buzzing probleme . It's a riskiness to ordering instrument far from his own home ...

Overall Rating: 8

Nate Calkins: Tackhead N°38

Submitted by banjooud on 3/13/2012

Where Purchased: Nate Calkins

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 650 $ ($US)

Sound

Warm and round , very pleasant to me

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

nylgut strings, goatskin , all is ok .

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

beautiful, you can see picture in "photo" . I specially love the look of the goatskin

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

Nate reply me for all my questions and quickly .

Customer Service: 10

Components

i don't know , seems all ok , I never had any problems

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I play very often and love this banjo , look and sound . A true pleasure .
Tonight , i don't know really why , the skin was especially loose and find the sound more sweet than ordinary ....so it's time for submit my little review .

Overall Rating: 10

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