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Deering: Calico

Submitted by roadstar75 on 12/27/2013

Where Purchased: Amazon

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 2883 ($US)


Very rich sounding, a huge improvement on the GoodTime Classic II-of course. This is a professional level banjo in the hands of an amateur.

Sound Rating: 9


All I had to do was tune it up a bit, did not take much. Since I am a beginner I can't imagine fiddling with anything, leaving it all stock, no need to mess with Mother Nature.

Setup Rating: 10


Very nice maple, flawless high gloss finish on the entire instrument. No complaints at all.
rated it a 10 after playing it for a while now. Really well made.

Appearance Rating: 10


High quality to say the least,
The case is higher quality than pictured on the Deering website. It is a TKL concept case retails for $199.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Lifetime warranty as original buyer. Did not contact regarding this purchase, but they are very helpful from my personal limited exposure.

Customer Service: 9


The person playing it could use an upgrade to being a better player...that will take some time.

Components Rating: 3

Overall Comments

This was a huge step up, but now I'll never need to upgrade again, no doubt about that.

Overall Rating: 10

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