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Capos: Apollo Original Bilt-Rite Capo

Submitted by jasonlampel on 9/7/2012

Where Purchased: Wiliam Adams

Overall Comments

I bought one of these "odd looking" capos about 6 months ago and never wrote a review, I should have because I lost it and, while trying to get another one, learned that he is done making them. The capo is a totally different innovative design that works better than any other capo. I have aquired many capos because i was always looking for something better. I have a Paige, Shubb, KatZ-EYE, Elliot-McKinney Elite, Kaizer, G7 and maybe some I'm forgetting. I would always use the Bilt-Rite over any of them. Luckily for me Bill is sending me one from his private stash b/c I already ordered one before he took down the ad, ill have to be real careful with it. I sure hope he starts making them again.

Overall Rating: 10

Mitch : Maple Dot

Submitted by jasonlampel on 1/22/2010

Where Purchased: Mitchel Meadors

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 1950 ($US)


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Sound Rating: 10


Set up great, I had to adjust the truss rod slightly.

Setup Rating: 10


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Appearance Rating: 10


as good quality as anything

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Nice to work with

Customer Service: 10



Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

My primary banjo is a mahogany Yates flat head banjo (that I am happy with) and I thought that a maple raised head would be a good complement. I had been searching for a less expensive Arch-top banjo and was considering buying a Asian made Recording King or a Gold-tone, some of these instruments sound pretty good. I came across the Mitch Banjo on the Banjo hangout, I've heard good things about the banjos and his arch-top tone rings. I decided to buy one of the US made economy Maple Dot models for a just little bit more $ than the Asian RK or G-Tone. The economy Maple Dot banjo is less expensive than his other banjos because it has an unbound fretboard and only dot inlays, I actually think the simplicity of is looks pretty cool. The tone and power of the banjo exceeded my expectations, it sounds like an arch-top should, its loud, crisp, clear, throaty and just has that sound. It blows the RK or Gold-Tone out of the H2O. It sounds as good as anything out there, for a great price.
It sounds so good that it may become my main banjo, which is surprising because I never thought of myself as an arch-top player and my other banjo (The Yates) is a killer sounding flat-head. I bought this as a demo and it came set up as an arch-top without one of Mitch's Tone Ring Mates, I'm considering buying one and am curious to how this banjo would sound as a flat-head (that is, I believe, how he usually sells his banjos). The banjo came set up nicely and the Flame Maple w/ the sunburst finish looks sweet. The neck is modeled after a Granada neck, which is a little thicker than I am used to, but most people love.
Mitchel Meadors is also a friendly person and a pleasure to do business with, he truly believes in his products.
In the end, this is the best sounding new arch-top banjo out there and very fairly priced. If you are considering getting a Recording King or Gold-Tone, I urge you to consider the Mitch, you wont be sorry.

Overall Rating: 10

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