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Nov 7, 2019 - 4:09 AM
293 posts since 10/3/2006

Hi all. Does anybody have any experience with the Recording King Dirty 30s Tenor and the Gold Tone AC4 tenor? I'm looking to get an inexpensive tenor and these are the only two available where I am (Lyon, France). I'm not afraid to do the setup if necessary and I know what I'm doing, so I'm not daunted by some reviews I read of the Dirty 30s, but I can't play them side by side and so I'm having a hard time comparing and deciding. Thanks. -Roy

Nov 7, 2019 - 4:30:31 AM

2017 posts since 4/7/2010

I have had great experience with the Recording King Dirty 30's 5-string, so I think you going with that one is your best bet.

Of course Lyon is home to one of the finest banjo builder in the world, Philippe Revel, but his banjos are a little more expensive than the two you are inquiring about.

Bob Smakula

Nov 7, 2019 - 5:44:30 AM

293 posts since 10/3/2006

Thanks Bob. I'm assuming your five string doesn't have a tone ring. Does it have a resonator? And so what's the tone and volume like?

By the way, I think Philippe only does 5 strings. They are nice, but I think I'm giving up on trying to master bluegrass banjo. I'm going to stick to tenor and keep working on classical guitar. I wish I could play like Mean Mary, but I think I need to accept the fact that I will never be able to.

Nov 7, 2019 - 2:46:21 PM

2017 posts since 4/7/2010

I stock the Recording King RKOH-05. It's an openback. On my website describe the sound as "balanced and full bodied". Of course when you are writing descriptions of a few dozen banjos, like we do, you have to continually come up with wording that sounds like a wine list as much as anything.

Bob Smakula

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