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Jul 12, 2020 - 9:39:26 AM
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1275 posts since 7/12/2004

By putting up this post, I risk generating more clicks for a site that doesn't deserve it, but I tripped over this site and had to put it up for Sunday comic relief. I'd like to put up some examples that show how amazingly uninformed the site is, but there's almost too much here to pick just one. Maybe the fact that the #1 choice is the Pyle PBJ60, available on Amazon for the considerable some of $173.47, on the basis of its "tuner key pegs made from white jade", "light weight", and "wood finishing". Maybe that buying a banjo online is "not a difficult process because the majority of the banjos that are available online work excellently". Maybe "It is always best to buy a banjo that can easily fit into a hard case".

There's lots more. Almost every sentence on the page will raise a smile from any BHO member.

To be fair, the Deering Sierra clocks in at #5, behind the Pyle and three Goodtimes, and a Gold Star clocks in at #8. But the "reviews" are beyond laughable. It's too bad there is no comments section on the page, but they probably knew what they were getting into.

Enjoy.

Edited by - waystation on 07/12/2020 09:40:43

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:08:40 AM
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1213 posts since 2/4/2013

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Originally posted by waystation

I'd like to put up some examples that show how amazingly uninformed the site is, but there's almost too much here to pick just one.


These are just click through to Amazon sites, each one earning a few pence. There are lots of them for just about anything. They are generally not review sites.

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:10:51 AM

2188 posts since 5/2/2012

Thanks for the laugh. I see a lot of these types of reviews sometimes when I'm looking for a tool. Some of those, I suspect, are written by people practicing their technical writing skills, although I am happy to say that most of these reviews are by craftsmen/women who know their tools. Others, I suspect, are written by people honing their English as a second language by writing (no offense intended). This one looks like someone read a bunch of different Wikipedia articles and/or Amazon descriptions and cobbled something together. The intent? To get you to click on the "Check Amazon" button so the writer can generate a little income. Something to do when you are isolating during the pandemic I guess.

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:17:26 AM
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4172 posts since 6/15/2005

Come on, Rich, you can't tell me that you didn't learn something new from this site. I know I did. I'd always suspected that the purpose of the "fifth geared tuner" is "to improve the sound output" but now I'm certain of it.

After all, it's on the internet so it must be true.

Edited by - arnie fleischer on 07/12/2020 10:17:55

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:32:30 AM
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10958 posts since 6/2/2008

Makes total sense to me that a "Tuneable Banjo" would be the highest rated. So what if it's a $173 Pyle?

Seriously, why don't Deering, Stelling, Huber and the rest of the supposedly top quality makers ever promote that their banjos are tuneable? They all make sure to mention the included tuning keys. But aren't you a bit suspicious that they never say outright that the tuners can actually tune the banjo?

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:58:51 AM

2125 posts since 10/17/2013
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I want a “single bound” banjo!

 

This is one of the banjos that produce clear sounds with note separation because it has a 3-ply violin grade rim made of maple wood and a Goodtime tailpiece that features an adjustable patented design.

 

The rock rim is made of 3-ply maple wood, which is extremely durable. This is one of the remodelled classical banjos that have overcome the structural weaknesses of the previous models.

 

Overall, this banjo is best described as a single bound musical instrument that has versatile functions.

Edited by - okbluegrassbanjopicker on 07/12/2020 10:59:46

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:59:07 AM
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1275 posts since 7/12/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Makes total sense to me that a "Tuneable Banjo" would be the highest rated. So what if it's a $173 Pyle?

Seriously, why don't Deering, Stelling, Huber and the rest of the supposedly top quality makers ever promote that their banjos are tuneable? They all make sure to mention the included tuning keys. But aren't you a bit suspicious that they never say outright that the tuners can actually tune the banjo?


Companies like Deering, Stelling and Huber sell to customers who know banjos. If they advertised their banjos as tuneable no one would believe anything else they said in the ad, either.

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:03:57 AM

3196 posts since 5/29/2011

Frets are a combination of nickel and silver? They have been pressed in so it is easy to play? I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:04:27 AM
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4172 posts since 6/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Makes total sense to me that a "Tuneable Banjo" would be the highest rated. So what if it's a $173 Pyle?

Seriously, why don't Deering, Stelling, Huber and the rest of the supposedly top quality makers ever promote that their banjos are tuneable? 


Because they tell the truth?cheeky

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:29:36 AM

KCJones

USA

808 posts since 8/30/2012

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker
quote:
Originally posted by waystation

I'd like to put up some examples that show how amazingly uninformed the site is, but there's almost too much here to pick just one.


These are just click through to Amazon sites, each one earning a few pence. There are lots of them for just about anything. They are generally not review sites.


Exactly this. These "reviews" were likely written by a bot, splicing text from other reviews on Amazon. 

Jul 12, 2020 - 2:56:19 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23805 posts since 6/25/2005

It’s a “Pyle” all right. Reminds me of politicians who consider themselves experts on Covid-19.

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:21:45 PM

13122 posts since 10/30/2008

I like the model that "blends well with the environment".

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:27:48 PM

1275 posts since 7/12/2004

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Originally posted by The Old Timer

I like the model that "blends well with the environment".


I know many people whose preferred place to see a banjo is in the compost pile. Or Pyle?

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