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Recording King: RK-80

Submitted by HPNomad on 2/3/2016

Where Purchased: Pick 'n' Grin

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 1,200 ($US)


Very aggressive bluegrass sound, loud and punctual. If you're looking for a intermediate bluegrass banjo then this the one for you

Sound Rating: 8


The banjo was very well set up for me when I purchased it, innotated to perfection. Maintenence is easy.

Setup Rating: 7


It says on their website that they gave this banjo a very 'Mastertone' look and that is very much the thruth. This banjo looks like it should sound.

Appearance Rating: 8


This is a very well made banjo, I've never had any problems with it in the 3 years I've owned it.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

I've never dealt with the company.

Customer Service: 5


As far as components go, everything is solid. The bridge could be upgraded though.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

If you're looking for an intermediate bluegrass banjo that will give you the look, feel, and sound that you need, proceed no further.

Overall Rating: 8

Savannah: SB-060 Travel Banjo

Submitted by HPNomad on 11/26/2014

Where Purchased: Amazon

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 300 ($US)


Since this banjo doesn't have a resonator, the sound doesn't travel very far. The sound can be described as very loose and tinny. I'm not sure what kind of tone rink (if any) is inside the banjo.

Sound Rating: 3


The banjo came out of the box with the strings already set up, which was great for me because I had bought this banjo at sea and it had arrived the same way.

Setup Rating: 5


The company gave the head the "weathered calfskin" look and I kind of like it. The inlay is just the standard inlay you would find on any other "starter" banjo.

Appearance Rating: 6


It loves to get out of tune.

Sonny Osborne once said "Banjos' don't like anything.You ever notice that a banjo player is the most corageous human being on the face of this Earth. Banjos' don't like people, the don't like air, wood, sound systems, microphones, NOTHIN'!"

Reliability Rating: 3

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated


As said above, this banjo LOVES to get out of tune. No matter how many times I've tightened the tuners or how tight I've tightened them, it still wants to be out of tune.

Components Rating: 2

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 3

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