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Where Purchased: Mandolin Brothers Ltd.
Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 1600 ($US)
Beautiful deep rich tone with a crisp crack. The resonation is pure and warm.
Sound Rating: 10
Setup was prepared by Deering and double checked by Mandolin Brothers Ltd. by their professional staff for for any needed modifications. They adjusted and marked the perfect location for the bridge.
Setup Rating: 10
Beautiful deep rich finish with detailed inlay. Although this model does not have the additional costly trim as the more expensive models, it has a style of its own. I specifically like to diamond inlays on the fretboard of MOP.
Appearance Rating: not rated
With Deerings' lifetime warranty and track record, I have confidence that this banjo will last me a lifetime. And if there is a problem, Deering will do whatever it takes to correct it. Believe me, I did my research!
Reliability Rating: 10
This is where Mandolin Brothers stand ABOVE the rest! Without a doubt, I would not buy an instrument anywhere else. They are truly professionals who treat people as they would want to be treated. They hand selected my model with excellent communication.
Customer Service: 10
Many have suggested replacing the bridge and possibly the tailpiece. This may be a personal preference which I will leave up to you. I may try a new bridge (based on some reviews of the Emerson Bridge).
Components Rating: 9
I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy from a reputable dealer with experience and outstanding customer service like Mandolin Brothers. You will not have a stock boy pick out your instrument, guarenteed! It is well worth paying a little more (if any) to work with professionals. If anything ever goes wrong, I TRUST them. That's where they shine. Simply the Best!
Overall Rating: 10
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