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Where Purchased: Directly from Companion Custom Banjos
Year Purchased: 2020
Price Paid: $2000 ($US)
The banjo has a full, rich sound with a lot of sustain. I play mostly folk and old time, but I wanted a resonator banjo to complete my collection. I also dabble in some Scruggs style playing now and then. This banjo suits me perfectly, as it was made to my specifications.
Sound Rating: 10
The set up was great. Chris set it up with the bridge I had requested and the intonation is spot on. He also made the neck a bit wider than standard, as per my request.
Setup Rating: 10
It is more beautiful than I expected. I originally just wanted a lighter resonator banjo with a bit of wide neck. I didn't really care about the looks, but Chris encouraged me to personalize the design (It didn't cost any more). I ended up with a beautiful and tasteful "Dragonfly" banjo. The woods, finishes, hardware, and inlays are just awesome.
Appearance Rating: 10
I haven't had it very long, but I believe that it will be my forever banjo. Maintenance will be easy enough. Chris encouraged me to keep in contact with him and he would help with any changes I wanted to make in the future (like the bridge or head).
Reliability Rating: 10
Chris was great. He has a day job, but he always answers emails promptly and sends pictures. He was patient with me when I wanted to make changes during the design process.
Customer Service: 10
They are great. The pot, neck, and resonator are custom and are made from beautiful woods. The hardware is good, especially the flange, hooks, and tailpiece. I don't expect that I will upgrade anything, expect maybe the tuners. But tuners are always an option for upgrade :) I won't be doing that anytime in the foreseeable future however.
Components Rating: 10
I am very happy with this banjo. It has the warm sound I wanted. It is very lightweight and as a bonus, it is real nice to look at :)
If you are interested in a having a beautiful, great sounding banjo made just for you, I recommend that you contact Chris.
Overall Rating: 10