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Where Purchased: A Nashville music store.
Year Purchased: 1985
Price Paid: 800 ($US) (bought USED)
Never played a banjo in 1985. Still learning. This banjo is so loud a guitar player better play hard. Great crisp sound. This is a heavy banjo and is the only dislike.
Sound Rating: 9
Had frets checked 15 years ago and I think it could use a few newer ones. I don't know if it was setup at purchase but a good player said it was fine.June 2017, having neck repair at Yates Banjo in Hickory, NC. Don't know if neck being repaired or a new neck put on. I suspect it is a new neck. This RB-250 is now for sale for $2000, since I recently purchased a new Yates RB-75 for $5125. This banjo is such a good banjo with clear crisp sound. I love it. Get one on order today but be prepaired to wait since they are in such demand. Well worth though.
Setup Rating: 6
Beautiful finish and inlay work..
Appearance Rating: 8
Good finish since 1985. Neck has been repaired once because of it being bumped. Dependable banjo.
Reliability Rating: 8
Never contacted the company.
Customer Service: 6
Tone ring great. String cover could look more expensive.
Components Rating: 8
Great purchase, still playing when I can. Best $800 I spent in 1985. Second banjo is Yates RB-75, to me a better sounding banjo and not nearly as heavy as the Gibson RB-250.
Overall Rating: 9
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