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Rich & Taylor: 1995 Don Reno

Submitted by jpwatts on 7/21/2007

Where Purchased: private seller

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

She is a real sweetheart all the way up the neck. A bit brighter than I care for from a Mahogany Banjo but very dry and hollow. Superb sound.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Needed a tail, strings and a complete setup.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

She is beautiful, Nickel in great shape and a Gold Kulesh ring peeking out from under the head.
The inlays on every R&T I've seen are beautiful and this one is no exception.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

So far not a problem. Tuners are good everything is in place and stays there. Shes sturdy.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

NA

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The Gold Kulesh ring needs a tight head to open her up but once you're there she responds to the slightest touch with ease.
The frets are a bit smaller than I like, I'm giving serious thought to having her completely refretted.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

No question this is a great banjo and I would miss her if she were gone. I'd try and replace her with another R&T (same vintage) if I could find one. She will be my festival and travel JO, sweet and beautiful, completely unique sound.

Overall Rating: 8

Gibson: J.D. Crowe RB-75

Submitted by jpwatts on 6/13/2005

Where Purchased: Private Seller

Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: 2000 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

This is a great sounding banjo. Excellent low end and rings like a bell all the way up the neck

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Banjo needed a bridge so I put an Emerson Vintage Tone on it - great sound

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Nice mahogony, Flying Eagle inlay, as usual great Gibson eye appeal

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Banjo is solid and fit is great - Will last a lifetime

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

N/A

Customer Service: not rated

Components

I may put a Fults tailpiece on it to see if the sound can be enhanced a bit and of course the Emerson bridge.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

The only banjo I've played and liked more is a 1935 RB-3. I will play this Banjo for a very long time.

Overall Rating: 9

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