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Cedar Mountain: L1

Submitted by somarmd on 5/3/2016

Where Purchased: Elderly

Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: 2350 ($US)

Sound

The sound is excellent for my taste. The L1 has a brass tone hoop, Mahogany neck, and Granadillo block rim. It has a mix of a rich with bright tones. I have it set up with a John Balch skin head. Just my preference. A bit clearer than a renisance head.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Set up was perfect. I just decided to change the head and I decided I prefer the sound of the J.B skin head.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Mahogany neck, Grandadillo rim. Clown style peg head with moon and stars. Dots on the fretboard. All very nice looking.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Every part of this banjo is excellent quality. It's built to last and will be able to depend on it for my life time.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I spoke with Tim Gardner via email. He answered my questions promtly. I purchased the banjo from Elderly. I decided to buy from them becasue their was one avaialble and they offer a 30 day return policy. I felt safe trying it out while taking my time.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Components are of high quality. No cheap parts on this banjo.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I'm very happy with my Cedar Mountain Banjo.  I scored 9 on everything as I'm not sure I know what a 10 is at this point in my playing.  I can say I have tried many banjo's returning some and needing to sell others.  This CMB L1 will mostly likely be my everyday player for a very long time.  

It's not easy to find them for sale with dealers so be patient or have one made if you choose to give one a try.

Overall Rating: 9

Murphy Method: Kickstart Your Jamming

Submitted by somarmd on 1/29/2015

Where Purchased: MM Download

Overall Comments

I recently downloaded another MM video,  Kickstart Your Jamming.  I have many other MM videos.  They are all good but I wasn't connecting the dots between learning solos and jamming with others.

Kickstart  gave me exactly what I needed to know. What to play when its your turn to take a break.  Granted it's very basic and for beginners (as it's meant to be) but it gets you playing with others quickly. 

I was quite nieve thinking that I would have to learn all the songs that were played at a jam to play along.  That wasn't Murphy's fault but mine.  It was an assumption that for some reason stuck with me, until I viewed the Kickstart video.  I'm not all the way done with it yet but I am understanding how it all relates and fits in with the tunes I was learning.  There are pieces of every tune that can be played as a break.

I'm now starting to go to jams with less fear and something to build on.  Thank you so much Murphy and Casey Henry.

 

 

Overall Rating: 10

Murphy Method: Kickstart Your Jamming

Submitted by somarmd on 1/29/2015

Where Purchased: MM Download

Overall Comments

I recently downloaded another MM video,  Kickstart Your Jamming.  I have many other MM videos.  They are all good but I wasn't connecting the dots between learning solos and jamming with others.

Kickstart  gave me exactly what I needed to know. What to play when its your turn to take a break.  Granted it's very basic and for beginners (as it's meant to be) but it gets you playing with others quickly. 

I was quite nieve thinking that I would have to learn all the songs that were played at a jam to play along.  That wasn't Murphy's fault but mine.  It was an assumption that for some reason stuck with me, until I viewed the Kickstart video.  I'm not all the way done with it yet but I am understanding how it all relates and fits in with the tunes I was learning.  There are pieces of every tune that can be played as a break.

I'm now starting to go to jams with less fear and something to build on.  Thank you so much Murphy and Casey Henry.

 

 

Overall Rating: 10

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