Bart Reiter makes a fine, fine banjo. When I started working here a little over a year ago we had two Bart Reiter banjos in stock. They sold pretty quickly, and no more came in. Then we got one in about a month ago, and that sold in a matter of days. We’ve just received two more, and, as a banjo player, you owe it to yourself to come and try them out. The models are the “Buckbee” and the “Round Peak,” and they rule!
Both the “Buckbee” and the “Round Peak” feature:
-2-ply, laminated Maple rim, with a walnut cap
-Maple dowel stick
-Elite Amber head
-Rolled Brass tone-ring
-Notched tension hoop
-17 fret, 3-piece Mahogany neck with frailing scoop
-Ebony fretboard and peg-head overlay
-Mother of Pearl inlays
-5-star, geared tuning machines
-Satin lacquer finish
Where they differ is in the details: The “Buckbee” has an 11″ pot, and the “Round Peak” has a 12″ pot with a rolled Brass arm rest. The “Buckbee” has a simple, unadorned rectangular peg-head, while the “Round Peak” has a fancy-shaped peg-head with a tasteful star inlay.
The biggest difference in these banjos, though, is in their tone. The 11″ “Buckbee” has a rich, mellow tone, with a nice, short sustain. The “Round Peak” has a brighter, slightly louder tone, with much more sustain. But really, that doesn’t tell you a lot; it’s hard to put it into words: the best way to experience it is to come on in to the shop and play them back to back.