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Ecarp - Posted - 03/17/2008:  15:19:44


does anyone know about Jida banjos? Are they good?

flange5st - Posted - 03/17/2008:  15:40:33


............howdy Carp....................welcome to the hangout.........................you might want to check out the Paul Hawthorne web site.........there is a good listing of Asian built banjos there.............peace

......." just keep on keeping on"........

littlepicker - Posted - 03/17/2008:  15:52:19


I have a 70's iida 223 banjo, my first banjo, its pretty good.

Of course its not a high end one, its probably the lowest end




Patrick

Morgan Monroe Militia.....Sometimes you gotta fight back!!


Edited by - littlepicker on 03/17/2008 19:17:00

eagleisland - Posted - 03/17/2008:  16:00:21


Some information on Iida banjos. Sometimes folks think it's JIDA. So-so import. There are some reviews by Hangout members here. A mix of opinions, it would seem.

eagleisland

It ain't where you are that counts. It's how far you traveled to get there.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/17/2008:  16:08:37


The 70s high-end Iidas were very good--and should not be dismissed as "so-so import(s)"

Bill

dnoonan12 - Posted - 03/17/2008:  16:26:06


Hey!
I think it's Iida. I tried to find info on mine and found it under that. Mine has some intonation issues (fret issues) but it has taught me to play...well, teaching me to play that is. Hopefully I will work my way up a better banjo.

DNoonan

banjofanatico - Posted - 03/17/2008:  17:11:59


Like Bill said, the 70's Iida's were (are) really good. Like the 230's models. Sometimes you can find the older ones on e-bay.

David

raypicks5 - Posted - 03/17/2008:  19:25:12


I had a 70's model back in the 70's and it was a really good banjo-especially for the money. I think I paid $125.00 for it at a pawn shop. And I think it should be "Iida" instead of "Jida".

Ray

OFF Rim/Hatfield Ring/Neat Neck/Cox Resonator="Sweetheart"

Picking "challenged" since 1972



Edited by - raypicks5 on 03/17/2008 19:28:09

raypicks5 - Posted - 03/17/2008:  19:29:53


And BTW Ecarp, welcome to the Hangout.

Ray

HarleyQ - Posted - 03/17/2008:  22:17:12


I had a Model 233, it's on page 8 on the right on this site:
http://hawthorne.fastie.net/asianba...catalogs.htm
It was about a $400 Banjo, a lot better than the $50 Banjo I started out with many moons ago. A very good starter/intermediate Banjo.
Hoyt

mike gregory - Posted - 03/17/2008:  23:05:25


Welcome to the HangOut.

Best thing, of course, is to play it before you buy ANY instrument.
Not always possible, but what else can I tell you?

The Iida I've seen were all pretty good.



=):{ )
Mike Gregory, Banjo Maker Infraordinaire
When I say my instruments are as good as anything Gibson or Martin ever made,
I mean MEL Gibson and DEAN Martin!


My banjos can be seen on my own website
http://littlebanjos.lunare.net

steve davis - Posted - 03/17/2008:  23:10:46


One of my students had one and it worked good and sounded ok.

Sometimes I just gotta wait for better weather

jazzylynne - Posted - 03/17/2008:  23:18:59


I had one, it was the first banjo I ever bought. Paid $125.00 for it about 15 years ago.
It was a piece of junk, bad action, poor sound. The best thing I ever did for my playing was to move up from that one.
Your experience may vary.


OME

SJL - Posted - 03/17/2008:  23:32:38


I believe that Iida marketed several levels of banjo ranging from Aluminium pot entry level banjos to their high end Masterclones. I think that it really depends on which model.

"If the woman is alive at the end of the song, it ain't Bluegrass".

2007 Hatfield Walnut Custom

1976 (?) Aria Pro Tree of Life

Ronnie - Posted - 03/18/2008:  01:12:50


Dirt Cheap and playable.

www.bobbythompsonbanjo.com

FXHERE - Posted - 03/18/2008:  09:22:16


I have an Iida that is a wooden rim bracket shoe with a low profile aluminum tone ring..It has a nice one piece mahogany neck and nice inlays...I keep it on a stand next to my chair because it is so lite and I love the sound of it..Much better than a goodtime for alot less but certainly not a pro player by any means--just alot of fun--Doug

Pre-War Picker-----New Banjo


Edited by - FXHERE on 03/18/2008 09:23:42

Dave Coin - Posted - 03/18/2008:  09:54:22


We know it's Iida, but when that logo was designed, did anyone in that company, on either side of the Pacific, notice that the first letter was unreadable?

steve davis - Posted - 03/18/2008:  11:14:49


The one I'm thinking of was a tube and plate flathead with hearts and flowers.

Sometimes I just gotta wait for better weather

Ecarp - Posted - 03/18/2008:  20:14:22


[quote]Originally posted by mike gregory

Welcome to the HangOut.

Best thing, of course, is to play it before you buy ANY instrument.
Not always possible, but what else can I tell you?

The Iida I've seen were all pretty good.



=):{ )
Mike Gregory, Banjo Maker Infraordinaire
When I say my instruments are as good as anything Gibson or Martin ever made,
I mean MEL Gibson and DEAN Martin!


My banjos can be seen on my own website
http://littlebanjos.lunare.net


[/quote

Although it would probably be the only banjo I could even get close to buying from how you guys are talking, I wasn't planning on doing so. A friend of mine traded a good bass for one, and I just wanted to see how good a deal he got.


Also, how do you pronounce Iida?

littlepicker - Posted - 03/18/2008:  20:44:41


I pronounce it eye-ee-da

Patrick

Morgan Monroe Militia.....Sometimes you gotta fight back!!

desert rose - Posted - 03/18/2008:  21:12:04


Pat

Thats not it

Its a name, fairly common in Japan, has Kanji characters and one way to pronounce it Like Jones or John

Mr Iida is a well know Japanese instrument company president and even has banjo patents

EE-da is the best way I can figure out how to write it phonetically

Scott

steve davis - Posted - 03/18/2008:  23:29:51


Wow,thanks Scott...I always wondered how to pronounce that name.

Sometimes I just gotta wait for better weather

Mayor of East St. Louis - Posted - 03/31/2008:  10:35:57



I own one (someone had it stuffed in the back of their closet since high school...so they gave it to me).

...it taught me to play.

Check out the prices at:
http://www.finemusicalinstruments.c...at59508.ctlg

Should answer your question.


banjohead22 - Posted - 03/31/2008:  13:29:51


They're not too bad I had the 223 for awile it sounded great for a banjer w/out a tone ring. I liked it alot and I only paid $100 for it so that made it even better. I donated it to a good cause playin worship music and had to buy my current banjo which I love.

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Recording King R-85
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Mr. Disco - Posted - 03/31/2008:  13:53:51


My Iida is all I've got. It's a 30-year old 225, I think. -- Aluminum pot. It's fine. -- Sure I'd like another banjo, but for $150 and probably never played, this has been one of the best purchases I've ever made.

Shalom.
-- Mr. Disco

jholling46 - Posted - 04/01/2008:  19:07:07


Does anyone know who can add a tone ring to my Jida banjo? I really like this instrument and in the hands of a professional, it sounds great. I thought maybe "tweaking" it a bit would be cheaper than buying a better one.



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