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Recording King OT25 Madison Old-Time Banjo  

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The Recording King OT25 Madison Banjo is an old-time picking machine, with a steam-bent maple rim, 24-bracket tension hoop, and the clean look of all...Read More

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      A beautiful 5-string with vintage styling and rustic elegance.

      The Recording King OT25 Madison Banjo is an old-time picking machine, with a steam-bent maple rim, 24-bracket tension hoop, and the clean look of all of our Madison banjos. It's built especifically for old-time players, with features like a scooped fretboard, no-knot tailpiece and old-style Remo FiberSkyn head. Case sold separately.

      • Old time, open-back style
      • Steam-bent maple rim
      • Nickel-plated brass hoop
      • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
      • Adjustable truss rod
      • Case sold separately

      Get vintage style and modern comfort in your next banjo. Order today.


      OT25 Madison Old-Time Banjo

      • Model Name: Madison Old Time Open Back
      • Banjo Type: Open Back
      • Tone Ring: none
      • Flange: none
      • Truss Rod: two way, adjustable
      • Rim: 3 ply Steam Bent Maple
      • Hoop: Nickel plated brass, 24 hook
      • Fretboard: Rosewood
      • Fretboard Inlay: Pearl Dots
      • Nut: Bone
      • Peghead: Recording King Madison
      • Peghead Overlay Black
      • Peghead Inlay: Recording King Block
      • Hooks and Nuts: 24, American threads
      • Rods: Dual Coordinator Rods
      • Tuners: Planetary, white pearloid button
      • Tailpiece: Presto
      • Bridge: Maple/Ebony
      • Head: REMO Fiberskyn, high crown
      • Crown: high
      • Finish: Satin
      • Hardware: Nickel

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      Recording KingOT25 Madison Old-Time Banjo

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


      A Step Above An Entry Level Banjo

      By Dr. Mumbo

      from Wondering between NYS & NC.

      About Me Experienced


      • Good Tone
      • Plays Incredibly Loud
      • Strong


      • Not Made In Usa
      • Pegs May Need Tightening

      Best Uses

      • Clawhammer
      • Frailing
      • Oldtime Banjo

      Comments about Recording King OT25 Madison Old-Time Banjo:

      Many of my instruments have been bought from MF, but this was on back order and I did not feel like waiting for it to become available. I was trying to choose between 5 banjos (actually narrowed down to 3), so it worked out better this way, as I got to try each banjo at the same time. This made choosing the one best for me easier. I found a medium sized music store in central NC that specialized in banjos - there were a mind boggling number of banjos there that were a joy just to look at. But I am getting off track - the first 2 I checked out were the ones that I had essentially eliminated already: 1) Fender (they should concentrate on their guitar line), and Epiphone, which tends to be very iffy nowadays. This left me with the three I was seriously considering: 1) Recording King, 2) Deering, and 3) Gold Tone. I found the Deering ti have a tone that was a bit too treble-more suited for Bluegrass. The insets also gave it a cheap look (IMHO). The Gold Tone was nice but the guitar type tuners (also found on the Deering) were a turnoff, at least to me. Both the Deering & Gold Tone Open Back were much lighter than the Recording King, which has real heft. In summary, I went with the Recording King because 1) I felt that it had the better tone, 2) it was solid with plenty of heft, 3) It was LOUD, 4) I liked the Banjo Peg tuners rather than the guitar type tuners.4) The RK looks great (again, subjective), 5) I would place this a notch above an entry level instrument. 6) one downside to note-peg tuner tend to slip. Do not get excited if this happens to you, as the fix is simply to tighten the screws at the tip of the tuners. Barring extreme temperature change, it seems as though this banjo will stay in tune indefinitely.

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