I have already told people i know that iif they got one they would love it.. My friend played it and he liked the sound of it better than his gibson. It has a nice finish, and is made of mahogony. However, this banjo can be converted to an openback, so if you decide bluegrass is not for you, you can play old time on this banjo too. Year Purchased: 2008 A fellow band member believes it to be "loud." Highly recommended for any beginner! Haven't had to deal with customer service. Overall, seems like it will last plenty long. I love the neck. Another compliment to Ross and his team. Personally, I wouldn't invest in any major upgrades. The hardware that attaches the resonator to the banjo in my opinion is weak and should be a higher quality hardware.Other than that, the banjo is excellent. Heavy parts may over the long term bear up better, but only time will tell. I had spikes put in at the 7th and 9th frets, the 5th slides in smoothly, no snags at all. It is crafted very well and I think I can depend on it for many years, It comes with a lifetime warranty and the guy I taled to was very friendly. So I am a beginner level clawhammer player who to this point had only played a cheap open back banjo that I had converted to fretless. Swapping out the head is the only "upgrade" I made. Ten minutes of work and it was right as rain. My first impression was that it is rather harsh. I have really cracked down on the 75 and it just wants more. The wood is a very nice reddish color, the headstock has very nice mother of pearl, and the fretboard has very nice inlay work on it. I added a higher bridge with no difficulty. This was sold as a 2nd because of resonator finish flaws, but I can't find any. Here is the reply from Recording King !----- Forwarded Message -----From: The Music Link Inquiries To: Nicolas MANIAS Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:28 PMSubject: Re: Fwd: RK75 Elite very poor setupHi Nicolas,Thank you for your interest in Recording King. Banjo Reviews for Goldtone Banjos, Recording King Banjos, Morgan Monroe, Electric banjos, six string banjos, bluegrass banjos, clawhammer banjos, travel banjos banjo ukes, 4-string banjos and the many banjos we service and carry. A rennaissance head will be next as well. I would have easily paid double or triple for it without hesitation. I am one of those who thinks a banjo can't be too loud lol, and the 75 comes through like a champ. This is a inexpensive banjo that has very nice fit and finish with a tone ring. Even if they were the same price, I think I still would have bought the RK20. I didn't raise a fuss with banjo.com about this, because personally, I didn't feel it worth the hassle of returning/re-shipping the item. The case will allow you to transport you banjo without damaging it. Having a heavy weight banjo with such a nice finish and beautiful sound just forces you to be more confident in learning and playing. I thought it was going to have a "sticker" look but it doesn't at all, it is inlay and actually looks good. If you can examine your instrument before buying, it's advisable. This is a mass produced banjo that wears many different brands on the peg head. It sounds as good as any starter I've tried, but a starter nonetheless. The head was a little loose and it was out of tune but those are to be expected. Price Paid: Don't Remember I also had him install 4 spikes 7th through 10th frets. This has a 27.5" scale whereas most modern Gibson copies use a 26.25" scale. The sound quality is comparable to that of a much more expensive banjo. Of all the starter banjos I looked at, the RK-20 was most attractive. Learning to play scruggs,it's got that ping that my other just doesn't. DVD-quality lessons (including tabs/sheet music) available for immediate viewing on any device. This banjo was set up great by Cliff Fitch for bluegrass. The first thing I noticed was that this banjo had held its tuning perfectly during transit because I didn't so much as have to fine tune it when I took it out of the box...all strings were dead-on in tune. Otherwise, everything else is satisfactory. My advice though (which you may take with as many grains of salt as you wish) if you are buying this as a "first" banjo, (i.e. I was very disappointed to find out this was not an RK Banjo! I can't see a reason the finish will not last. Mine had a color flaw on the upper back of the neck, which resembled a dark paint stain about an inch in diameter that hadn't been washed out cleanly, and it was coated over. The internet is sometimes a crap shoot, and I've learned to be cautious.
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