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Leon Ballard: Open Back black walnut

Submitted by Poor Mouth on 6/16/2015

Where Purchased: Directly from Leon Ballard

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: £850 historic exchange rates / currency converter


Sweet and nice tone.
Really powerful compared to my MM150

Sound Rating: 10


The setup is perfect, just had to put the bridge

Setup Rating: 10


11 1/8” Black Walnut block constructed rim
Integral Cherry tonering
Nickel plated hardware
24 notched hoop, hooks, shoes, nuts
No knot tailpiece
Renaissance head
Cherry neck with carving around 5th peg
Rosewood 24 ¾” scale length
Slotted peghead
Grover Sta-tite tuners
5-Star 5th tuner with Ebony button
Bone 5th pip
Ebony nut

An instrument made to play with no needless inlay or ornaments

A real pleasure to look at this instrument

Appearance Rating: 10


Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Leon reply quickly to any of my question
A real pleasure to deal with

Customer Service: 10


I change the strings for heavier, I don't like light gauge

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I was looking for a good banjo, this one sound really good and I can't stop looking at it.

Just perfect for me


Edit : after 2 weeks, the instrument sound really good and is really easy to play (24 ¾” neck scale ???) much more than my GoldTone MM150, it became my main instrument

Overall Rating: 10

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