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Heads: 4 Star Goatskin Head

Submitted by Quartermaster James on 2/20/2013

Where Purchased: John Balch

Overall Comments

Couldn't be more pleased. Installation of John's premounted head was a breeze. Excellent quality, sound, appearance: everything. Highly recommended!

Overall Rating: 10

Bell & Son: Boucher Minstrel

Submitted by Quartermaster James on 2/12/2013

Where Purchased: Bell & Sons

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: $355.00 as kit historic exchange rates / currency converter


Great full minstrel sound.

Sound Rating: 10


I bought a kit. It was very well crafted. Nut & Bridge were already slotted, and goatskin head was premounted. Kit required only finish sanding, and finishing to complete.

Setup Rating: not rated


Easy to finish with either traditional for the minstrel period or modern materials.

Appearance Rating: 10


Great handmade period hardware.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Great communication with Mr. Bell.

Customer Service: 10


Couldn't ask for more in a ready to finish kit for a reproduction banjo.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 10

Straps: Dogwood Designs Custom

Submitted by Quartermaster James on 1/9/2012

Where Purchased: Direct from Dave

Overall Comments

What's to say? It holds the banjo! Seriously though: nicely worked, good strap. Get the pad too! Choose from the tooling options Dave offers for free customization. Hard to beat.

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by Quartermaster James on 1/6/2012

Where Purchased: Direct from Mike

Overall Comments

Great mute. Well crafted, and gets the job done! Have used it on various bridge designs and with both steel and nylon strings, all without problem.

Overall Rating: 10

Capos: Bilt-Rite Capo

Submitted by Quartermaster James on 12/24/2011

Where Purchased: eBay

Overall Comments

Very happy with this capo. It performs as advertised. I have used it on both steel and nylon strung instruments. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating: 10

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