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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