Gold Tone OT-800 - Tubaphone

5.00/5 - 4 reviews

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Classic old time sound OT 800

This Vega style replica is an accurate reproduction of the most sought after pot in the classic Old Time sound. A metal bracket band contains the lug bolts avoiding holes in the rim for a solid tone. The brass Tubaphone style tone ring rings loud and clear with maximum sustain. Classic style ngraved inlays, maple neck and rim, adjustable coordinator rods (instead of a dowel stick), and our new Fairbanks style headstock.

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...HI Ross, just want to let you know the banjo arrived today in excellent condition, very happy with the set up and sound of the banjo. Thanks for all your help and prompt service. Regards Paul.

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All Gold Tone Banjos from now come with the Zero Glide Nut installed FREE
The Zero Glide makes the banjo action easier to play, increases the sound clarity and is a significant improvement for any banjo. Installation by a professional is normally done at a cost of $75 or more. It's now installed FREE on all Gold Tone Banjos.
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Neck - Double Coordinator Rods
Fingerboard - Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay - Vega style with Egraving
Headstock Inlay - Star with Engraving
Rim - 1/2 Sound Chamber
Bridge - Maple Ebony Cap
Tuners - GT Master Planets
Bone - Nut

May 12, 2021
thank you for your good service and attention to detail.
Ross— I have held off writing to you for far too long. A bit over a year ago I ordered a Gold Tone OT-800 open back banjo from you. I specced a zero glide nut and a renaissance head and spikes at 7 and 9. Delivery took a while as there were none in the US at the time. It was well worth the wait. The OT-800 has been a real pleasure, especially in this pandemic time. It was brighter and brassier than I expected and I put on a Fiberskyn head and stuffed a couple of socks in the chamber to tone it down a bit. This was my first encounter with the Tubaphone sound and, well, I should have researched what sound the Tubaphone was aiming for. My mistake. I own several banjos: a Gibson RB-250, a Deering Calico and a Pisgah Dobson Rambler in addition to the Gold Tone. Each of them has its own special qualities, but only the Gold Tone does pretty well with both clawhammer and finger picking. When I travel, it is the one I will carry along. It is a versatile instrument. The banjo setup, as it arrived from you was perfect. I changed the head, but that was a matter of taste, and you did send the head I specced. Everything else was perfect. I thank you for your good service and attention to detail. The banjo build is excellent—even flawless. No bubbles in the chrome, beautiful inlays, good tuners, wood finish, binding and all that. Intonation right on. This is a good instrument. There is an attitude out there that foreign, “mass produced” instruments are inherently inferior. At least in the case of my Gold Tone OT-800 this is not true at all. This is a fine banjo and I am glad I have it. Kelly Puckett

Aug 30, 2015
The tone is absolutely perfect
Ross, I received the GoldTone OT-800 Long Neck a few days ago. It's terrific and exactly what I wanted. The tone is absolutely perfect, as is the action. I used to own a Vega long-neck Seeger model that was stolen decades ago, and always wanted to replace it. I didn't want to spend the 3-$4000 that they now cost at Deering and other sites that sell old Vega models. This Gold Tone is a top of the line instrument that has the old time sound and a rich, robust sound that can't be beat. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a folk or old time banjo and doesn't want a flimsy instrument. It was a pleasure dealing with you. And those trailing finger picks you sell are also phenomenal. They're better than anything else I've come across.

Aug 30, 2015
OT-800 Gold Tone
Hi Ross I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I received my OT-800 Gold Tone set up and ready to play. I am delighted with this banjo! It is incredibly responsive, has a beautiful tone and is everything I had hoped for! Keep up the good work,

Aug 30, 2015
wonderful instrument.
The OT-800 LN arrived yesterday -- everything else had arrived a few days before. It is exactly what I was hoping for -- wonderful instrument.  Thank you for recommending it. Also (as you would already guess) the leather strap you sent is very good -- very well made, solid, fits like a harness (a good thing) and holds the instrument perfectly. Again -- many thanks. Wonderful instrument, arrived on time, in one piece, ready to play, and with a beautiful sound. I am passing the CC-100+ to my son, who is a better musician than I am. I expect him to pick it up quickly and to be back to you for another upgrade in another six months or so.

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