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Mike Gregory: SQUARED EEL

Submitted by mike gregory on 7/10/2007

Where Purchased: Mike's

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


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

Customer Service

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

Overall Comments

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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