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Recording King: RK 75 Elite

Submitted by CanadianCal on 12/9/2012

Where Purchased: Cumberland Acoustics

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


Amazing sound, I had heard so much about these banjos I bought it sight unseen. The sound is everything and more I could have expected. Such a full sound with a great bottom end. Also the banjo is so loud!! I couldn't be happier and would suggest it to anyone!

Sound Rating: 10


The banjo was set up perfectly. I haven't had to make any adjustments at all. The banjo plays like butter.

Setup Rating: 10


Everyone knows what these banjo's look like. Flawless, is the word I would have to use. The inlays, gloss finish and mohagany are beautiful and perfectly done.

Appearance Rating: 10


I feel like this banjo will last forever. This is a banjo I'll be able to pass on through my family for years. Recording king quality and reputation is growing every day. I'm glad I've been able to grab one while I can. As word gets out it will get harder and harder to find one.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

This is an area that is very important to me. When you deal with a company you have to be able to rely on the service that they are going to provide to you.

Due to his reputation on the hangout I decided to contact Greg Rick directly. Well he lived up to his reputation. He got back to me incredibly quickly and hooked me up with Steve Smith from Cumberland Acoustics.

Both Steve and Greg were just incredible to deal with. I had a million questions and concerns and they helped the entire way.

I am truely grateful for all of their assistance and would suggest them to anyone looking for a Recording king.

Customer Service: 10


No weak or cheap components at all!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I think I've conveyed my opinion of this banjo. I have to admit I was a little skeptical about what I've heard about this banjo. I took a leap of faith and couldn't be happier. If there is any doubts in your mind go for it. It's really an incredible instrument!!

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by CanadianCal on 4/27/2011

Where Purchased: 12/04/2011

Overall Comments

All of the information you have heard about these mutes is true. This product is incredible. The banjo is muted perfectly. I am one of those people who really enjoy picking away while watching my favorite TV show. My girlfriend doesn't exactly appreciate an incredibly loud instrument being played in her ears while she watches TV. This mute is great. It dampens the sound without any impact to the instrument. You lightly tighten it to the top of the bridge and you're set. The mute has no negatives to the banjo. It doesn't make the bridge move, the banjo stays in tune. I just can't tell you how much I love it. You can pick all night long and no one will notice.

Let's talk about service for a minute. I ordered this mute directly from Mike's website. This was a very easy process and had it completed in minutes. Now I was ordering from Ontario, Canada. Mike being in Utah that little mute had to quite a distance to go. I had the mute in a week! I was so happy and surprised to received it.

Price. $34.50 (includes worldwide shipping). I couldn't believe this. $34.50 including shipping. No hidden cost, no charges at the border it was incredible. The mute is built from quality parts and could easily last forever I will never need a new one unless I lose it. If I did lose it I would buy 5 more just to make sure I never go without again!

This is an incredible product that is a necessity for any banjo player. Give the family a bit of a break and buy one of these amazing products.

Thank you!

Overall Rating: 10

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