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Recording King RK-R36-BR

Recording King RK-R36-BR

5-String Banjo

  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • "Seagull" fretboard inlay
  • 22 frets
  • Scale: 670 mm
  • Tone Ring: Mastertone style bell bronze cast
  • Mastertone Style One-piece flange banjo
  • Mahagoni resonator
  • Rim: 3-Ply Maple
  • Tension hoop: 24x Brass hooks
  • Remo Frosted Fell 11 "High Crown
  • Nickel plated hardware
  • Presto-style tailpiece
  • Maple / Ebony 5/8 "bridge
  • Colour: Hand Rubbed Brown glossy

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A good banjo at a great price

Glen V., 25.08.2014
This was my first banjo - I felt that its pointless being cheap...because a poor instrument, of any make, will hold you back. I researched Banjo brands and noted that Recording King is well respected. This model is sold by Thomann at a super price, even compared to the US. However, and there is a "but", I also learned that banjo's need to be "set up" properly. They are unique instruments in that they can come apart completely - and if not put together carefully in the first place your instrument will be almost unplayable. For guitar players, this is not just a matter of "action", fret buzz or neck setting. The skin head must be properly seated, the neck must fit tightly and level, the skin must be appropriately tight and the "floating" bridge must be correctly positioned. I knew nothing of this when I received the RK from Thomann, but a visit to a Banjo set-up specialist (and a further 100 euro expenditure) has left me much wiser and with an instrument that I love to play. Those harmonics are sweet!. I should stress - this is not a criticism of Thomann, theirs is an excellent price, but bear in mind that attempting to play it, "out of the box" is unlikely to be satisfactory (NB A friend of mine bought cheaper model from a local shop telling me "Yes, they will set it up". No they didn't ! Banjo set-up requires expertise - this shop specialised in guitars and sorry, that's not enough). One small tip - this banjo, with its heavy brass tone ring and resonator back is quite weighty (apparently this is normal). Lighter banjo's are around, e.g. open-backed with thinner tone rings - so easier to carry around, but you will get a correspondingly thinner sound. The RK-R36 has a lovely full, but clear tone. I'm very happy with it.
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Auweia: chinesiche Produktion

Volker560, 07.02.2013
Also zunächst einmal ist ein Banjo mit diesen Features, also Mastertone-Tonring, ansprechende Griffbrett-Inlays, vernickelte Hardware, ein vernünftig gestaltetes Tailpiece, für diesen Preis extrem günstig. Bis auf eine andere Kopfplatte unterscheiden sich die Gibson Banjos von den blosen Fakten her gesehen auch nicht wesentlich von diesem, kosten aber mehrer tausend Euro.

Allerdings bezweifle ich das der Hersteller dieses Instruments irgendwo in Fernost weiß, wie man Qualität überhaupt schreibt.

Den Steg kann man gleich in den Mülleimer schmeißen und die Saiten gleich hinterher. Gut ein vernüftiger ordentlich gefertigter Steg kostet knappe 3 Euro und ein Satz Saiten in etwa auch. Da könnte man dann schon gut mit leben.

Bei meinem ersten Exemplar waren allerdings die Bünde schief gefräßt, mit bloßem Auge deutlich sichtbar. Damit konnte ich dann nicht mehr leben. Ich frage mich, wie so was durch die Qualitätskontrolle gehen kann, wenn es eine solche überhaupt gibt. Dieses Exemplar habe ich dann reklamiert, natürlich Thomann-typisch völlig problemlos. Ich habe es allerdings vorgezogen dabei persönlich hinzufahren, dass aus Entfernungsgründen ja nicht jeder so einfach kann. Ich tat gut daran.

Bei meinem zweiten Exemplar, war der Plastik-Knopf des Stimmwirbels gebrochen und dei fünfte Saite lag nicht auf dem fünfen Bund auf, weil der Sattel nicht tief genug eingekerbt war. Außerdem hatte der Resonator einen Verarbeitungsfehler.

Das habe ich nun abermals reklamiert . Wieder Thomann-typisch: völlig problemlos. Wir haben dann zusammen mit dem Thomann-Werkstattmann aus zwei Banjos eins gemacht und den Sattel ein bisschen nachgefeilt. So hundertprozentig passt das zwar noch nicht aber für mich war das dann in Ordnung. Allerdings hat die angeklebte Kopfplatte an der Rückseite eine deutlich andere Holzfarbe als der Rest. Der Hals mit den schiefen Bünden hatte das nicht. Nun gut, die Rückseite der Kopfplatte... , schön ists nicht aber das kann man verschmerzen.

Zu Hause wollte ich dann neue Saiten aufziehen und habe den Deckel vom Tailpiece aufgeklappt und hatte den dann gleich mal inn der Hand. Also man nehme eine Zange und biege denselben so, dass er passt und nicht von selber rausfällt. Die ganzen Spannschrauben des Felles waren alle lose und das Banjo kommt ohne montierten Steg.

Man muss also ein komplettes Banjo Setup durchführen, und da sollte man dann schon wissen was man tut und an welchen Schrauben man drehen muss ( da gibts viele)

Fazit: Als Zweit- (oder Dritt-) Instrument durchaus brauchbar (das war bei mir das Ziel), wenn man weiß was man will, von der Materie was versteht und so lange reklamiert, bis ein vernüftiges Banjo rauskommt.

Als Anfänger-Instrument ist es aber aufgrund der enormen Qualitätsschwankungen nicht zu brauchen, weil der Anfänger schlicht aus Unwissenheit solche Fehler nicht reklamieren kann. Der kann auch kein Banjo einstellen, dass es passt und die Leute, die das können, sind sehr rar in diesem Land.

Dabei habe ich mich mit voller Absicht für das etwas teurere Modell R36 entschieden, das sich von dem Modell R35 in nichts, ausser selektierten Hälsen und Resonatoren unterscheidet, weil ich um die teilweise sehr schlechte Qualität fernöstlicher Produktion weiß. Aber wenn die Teile dieses Modells schon selektiert sind... o Gott
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