Someone local listed a Recording King RK-R20 for cheap, so I bought it. I got it home and had my wife video me playing it before I messed with the set up. Here’s that recording.
Then I pulled it apart, adjusted the single coordinator rod, used a drum dial to dial the head in to 90 all around (it started out anywhere from 79 to 85) shimmed the neck for a better action and put on a fresh set of strings. Here’s the same banjo, same song, same iPhone recording it in the same room.
It has never been more obvious to me how important a proper setup can be. This little banjo now plays and sounds like banjos I’ve played that cost 5 times as much. If I can make this kind of a difference, imagine how much more @Jake can do on the stuff we buy from him!