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Cases (Hard, Flight): Superior(Saga) CF-1530B Fiberglass Resonator Banjo Case

Submitted by 5revived on 5/14/2014

Where Purchased: Amazon

Overall Comments

Case is well built. Lighter than my other case. Nice soft and cushioned interior. I believe they made some modifications to this case over the past year. Neck support is a lot better than it once was. The only thing they still need to improve is the length of the strap that holds the lid upright while open. It needs to be made a little longer so the lid won't shut unintentionally. I give this a 9. Time will tell, but so far so good!

Overall Rating: 9

BanjoTeacher.Com

Submitted by 5revived on 4/21/2014

Overall Comments

If there was a way to give a 110% rating, I would! The communication before, during and after the sale was excellent. I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend Ross at Banjoteacher.com, the free extras I received with the purchase of the banjo are to say the least, excellent. The setup by Mike Munford is second to none. I am one happy customer! Thanks Ross!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Recording King: Recording King RK-75 Elite

Submitted by 5revived on 4/21/2014

Where Purchased: Banjoteacher.com

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 1499 ($US)

Sound

The sound is all I could ever ask for and more. It has a great 4th string, plenty of low end and sweet up the neck.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Mike Munford did the setup. His quality service is second to none. He took the time to call me and go over some details which I very much appreciated. I highly recommend Mike for any setup work. The banjo is a pleasure to play.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The banjo is pretty much flawless, beautiful inlays. High quality parts and the nitro finish is great. There is just one rough spot in the neck beside the 5th string tuning peg, but it should be fine and it doesn't interfere with anything. Other than that, the quality is outstanding. I'm gonna give it a 9 for the rough spot by the peg.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

The hardware is top notch. The finish is beautiful. I just got the banjo, but I can't imagine ever needing another, this thing is built to last and will be my go to banjo for many years.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Limited lifetime warranty. I contacted the company a few times with some questions before purchasing and they answered them all.

Customer Service: 10

Components

After Mike and I discussed the setup, I decided to have the rim shaved down to a slip fit. The tone ring fit wasn't too tight, but I wanted it to have a slip fit. The only other things I had changed were to install a medium crown head instead of the factory high crown and also had Mike install a Snuffy bridge.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Overall, I can see myself owning and enjoying this banjo for many years to come. I highly recommend if you are in the market for an RK75, go ahead and buy one. It is one killer banjo for the money. I also recommend going with Ross Nickerson at Banjoteacher.com, he has some great freebies that come with the purchase and the setup offered by Mike Munford is second to none. 

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by 5revived on 6/1/2013

Where Purchased: My father bought it for me

Overall Comments

I received this mute as a gift yesterday so I can practice in my house without driving my family crazy! It is an exceptional mute that works just as advertised. I am very happy with the Mikes Banjo Mute and the service was exceptional as well.
Thanks Mike!
--Scott

Overall Rating: 10

JBovier: JB1

Submitted by 5revived on 4/4/2013

Where Purchased: The Music Shoppe

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 900 ($US)

Sound

Awesome Bright bluegrass banjo, has a rich sound and loud.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

I had to tighten the head to my liking and adjust the bridge a bit.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Beautiful inlays throughout.
3 ply maple
flame maple resonator and neck
engravings

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

it seems well built.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

I actually contacted Bovier owner Jeff Cowherd by email. Found out there are only 10 of these in existence. I am currently pulling all info from him that I can about the banjo. He is a mandolin maker by trade.

Customer Service: 10

Components

All top quality parts

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Amazing and rare banjo. Glad I ran acrossed it and am now the happy owner.

Overall Rating: 10

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