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Capos: Earl's Suspender Capo

Submitted by Matthew Reis on 9/23/2011

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Overall Comments

This capo is does the job at first, but the material that holds it together stretches over time. When I first bought this capo it held the string down pretty well, but some time has gone by now and it no longer holds the 5th string down enough.

Overall Rating: 1

Earl scruggs: Earl Scruggs and the 5-string banjo

Submitted by Matthew Reis on 4/14/2011

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Overall Comments

This is a great book from the banjo master himself - Earl Scruggs.
I've learned so much from this book and I know that there's still a lot more I can learn from it.

Overall Rating: 10

Douglas Dillard: The Classic Douglas Dillard Songbook Of Five-String Banjo Tablatures

Submitted by Matthew Reis on 4/14/2011

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Overall Comments

A great songbook from a banjo master.
There are many excellent songs like "Dooley," "Cripple Creek," "Cumberland Gap," and many more.

Overall Rating: 9

Deering: Goodtime II

Submitted by Matthew Reis on 3/23/2011

Where Purchased: Woody's Music

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


This banjo has a great sound for the money. I'd give it a 7.

Sound Rating: 7


I haven't made any setup changes.

Setup Rating: 7


The light maple is a little bold at first, but you get used to it.

Appearance Rating: 5


This is a reliable banjo for the money.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

I'm not very happy with Deering customer service. It was difficult to get them to answer my questions.

Customer Service: 2


This might be a rare thing, but there are cracks in the rim. After only about two years, I have to replace the rim. I'm disappointed with this rim.

Components Rating: 4

Overall Comments

This is a good banjo for the money that you spend. I don't think I'd ever buy a Deering again, but that's just my opinion. If you like the Goodtime II, you would be buying a good banjo.

Overall Rating: 6

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