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Where Purchased: Paul Craft
Bright. Enough volume to hold its own in a bluegrass band.
Sound Rating: 10
Well set up when purchased. Have been careful not to modify anything. Has 5 star head at the present time. Have spikes at 7th 9th and 12th frets.
Setup Rating: 10
8-ply maple rim. 3 piece maple neck. Crown and bow-tie inlays on neck. Tortoise MOTS resonator wall. Back of resonator sunburst bird's-ey maple. Earl's signature on truss rod cover.
Appearance Rating: 10
A faithful companion for almost 40 years. The armrest was my only problem. The oringinal was mounted on 2 posts fastened to the flange by the omission of 2 j-bolts. It broke off shortly after purchased and was replaced with a Gibson armrest. The Nashville tailpiece cracked last year. Not bad. Replaced with like tailpiece.
Reliability Rating: 9
Out of business since 1970.
Customer Service: not rated
Modified tub-a-phone tone ring. 4 piece flange. Dual-coordinator rods.All metal parts made of bell brass.
Components Rating: 10
Like it better than any banjo I have ever played. If anything should happen to it, I would try to find another identical banjo.
Overall Rating: 10
'Merry Christmas BHO' 53 min