I made a recording comparing the sound of the Paramount to my 2013 custom made Jason Romero banjo. The Romero is an open back 17-fret, 21" short scale with a Belle Rose tone ring (Jason's own design). Jason mostly makes clawhammer banjos and banjo ukes, but does also make the occasional tenor banjo on request. Mine is a work of art and I was impressed by the way it held its own against the vintage instrument.
The tune is supposed to be Egan's Polka. To give a full range of the sound, I played it in both a higher and lower octave on each banjo. The Paramount is 1st and the Romero 2nd.
I prefer the Romero. It has a slightly richer/deeper sound to it. :)ReplyDelete
Hi Brett. Thanks for your comment. I must say that I can see what you mean. The recording is proof that the sound differences are fairly minimal, and that one is not necessarily preferable to the other.Delete