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Where Purchased: Mike's
Surprising sound, much like a skin-head gourd banjo. Mellow, quiet.
Sound Rating: 4
I would recommend some sort of reinforcement under the bridge, to keep it from sinking, since the head is merely several layers of tightly-wrapped 3M clear mailing tape.
Setup Rating: 3
It certainly stands out, visually.
Appearance Rating: 5
I would use it as PART of a gig, but not as a main banjo.
It would be ideal for sitting around with a few friends, especially if camping or canoeing, since IF it gets damaged, hey, it's easily repaired or replaced.
Reliability Rating: 5
Mike has so few customers, he greatly appreciates both of them!
Customer Service: 7
Upgrading the components would defeat the design intention of the artist who created it.
Components Rating: 2
Since the primary purpose of this instrument is to produce fun at a budget price, it does what it's designed to do.
Compared to a Stelling, it's way too light, and way too quiet.
But, eyes shut, it's as sweet a sound as most any $100-$300 gourd banjo I've ever heard!
Overall Rating: 5
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