Without a hitch pretty much. Kudos to Carver for shipping a kit that:
a)actually fits together with no “tweaks” and actually works as it should.
c)sounds good too, authentic and plucky.
I stained the maple rim to match the neck, and then applied 2-3 coats of True Oil.
Used a True Oil kit that included a walnut dye and was very pleased how the maple rim turned out to match the neck and dowel.
Welcome to the forum Patrick, thanks for posting! Your banjo looks great. I’m seeing a few customers are staining the rim to match the neck and I think that’s awesome.
A few threads below yours, there’s a member asking about staining the rim. Maybe you could pop into that thread or share a picture here of your rim? Specifically, the question is concerning the scarf joint taking stain as well as the rest of the rim.
The classic minstrel is my flagship kit and I have refined this kit over the years. I started making banjos just like this one almost 20 years ago! The price is a little higher than most other kits I offer, but I try to deliver on the quality. Thanks again, hope you enjoy your banjo for many years.