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Flinthill: FHB-300

Submitted by Ladelnutts on 8/24/2012

Where Purchased: Witchita Band via Ebay

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 699 ($US)

Sound

Sounds good. It is amazing how much different a tone ring can make a banjo sound especially after playing one without a tone ring for months.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

After spending some money at the local music shop to get this thing properly set up I have to amend my previous rating of an 8 for the setup. The set up on this had the action WAY too high in order to compensate for the frets not being level. I also had to set the intonation on the bridge when it arrived.

Setup Rating: 4

Appearance

Good looking banjo. All parts look great. The only imperfections I see are a small bit of varnish on the side of the nut and a few chips around the frets. Overall it's a good looking banjo and you have to really look for the chips.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Seems like good stuff to me but I'm sure there is better out there hence giving it an 8. Very nice finish.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

They answered emails quickly and were very pleasant to speak with on the phone with. However with the skeptical "setup" I have to give them a 6.

Customer Service: 6

Components

Others have said the arm rest is thin. It is identical to the arm rest on my Recording King RK-R20 & I don't have anything else to compare it to. I'm sure there is better out there hence giving it a 9.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

A great banjo for the money. I'm still unsure of the real truth of the Recording King vs. Flinthill dilema. Whether the parts were overstocks or stolen from RK I have no idea. Read up on the subject and form your own opinion. Bottom line is I got a great banjo worth much more than what I paid for it. It really sounds and looks great. After having the local shop set it up I am really enjoying it.

Overall Rating: 9

Recording King: RK-R20 Songster Banjo

Submitted by Ladelnutts on 5/26/2012

Where Purchased: www.banjohut.com

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 419 ($US)

Sound

This is my first banjo that I am learning on. I think for the money this thing sounds awesome. My instructor also thinks the tone and volume is great. I'm giving it a 9 because I am sure there are better sounding banjos out there.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Setup from the banjohut was great.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Great looking banjo at a reasonable price. I have gotten several compliments on it. I'm giving it an 8 because there are more ornate banjos out there. Of course those are more expensive.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

So far so good. I've been playing it for 6 months and so far no issues. Looks to be of good quality materials and has a limited lifetime warranty. Giving it an 8 because I'm sure there is better out there.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Paul at the Banjo Hut is easy to deal with. He answered quite a few questions for me on the phone about several banjos before I made the final decision on this one.

Customer Service: 10

Components

This banjo looks good to me and is great for a newbie. I am sure there are parts on it that aren't top of the line. For the price though I don't think you can beat it. Giving it a 9 because I'm sure there are better components out there.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I looked around quite a bit at banjos in local stores & online. I spent a little more than I had originally intended to and bought this. I am glad I did. Down the road I am sure I'll buy another banjo but I don't plan on parting with this. I want my kids to learn on it.

Overall Rating: 9

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