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Flawlessbanjo - Posted - 10/11/2009:  17:20:42


Hey guys i was looking into buying this banjo from one of my friends, he knows nothing about it. Can anyone identify it and maybe give me an approximate value? Thanks in advance.







RB5 - Posted - 10/11/2009:  17:38:43


I have one like that I inherited from my dad but it's a Mansfield tenor banjo. Same case, same resonator, same inlays on the fret board but it is gold plated.My dad had purchased his back in the early seventy's and paid around $ 400.00 back then. I wish I had a five string neck for it. I would convert it.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.


Edited by - RB5 on 10/11/2009 17:48:27

grm405 - Posted - 10/11/2009:  17:41:03


Kasuga made "Bowtie" masterclone of the 1970's. Sold under a lot of names, mine was Alvarez. Many are not very good, having a die-cast zinc tone ring and cheesy 1/2" plywood rim. Not to mention the weird neck attachment/adjustment mechanism. The fancy "Inlays" in the headstock and resonator are actually overlays, paperthin (some say it is paper) laid on the surface and coated with thick catalyzed finish.

I have little respect for these instruments, based on personal experience. I would set the value at $300. I would not buy one.

Some were made with heavier rims/ planetary tuners (instead of Kludsen type) and brass tone rings. The value is higher, but not very much in my opinion. Say $400. I might buy one of these, if it was priced really well.

Gerry

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Bill Rogers - Posted - 10/11/2009:  18:13:11


If it's a starter banjo for you, at $300-$400, it's a good value and a decent instrument for that purpose. If you already have a working banjo, there's no reason to pay that much for it.

Bill

MitchellB - Posted - 10/11/2009:  18:18:44


Except for the headstock plate design and name, it is a ringer for the first banjo I ever bought with my own money in the early 70s when I was a teenager which was a Emperador banjo. Other than being made in Japan and being sold under several other names, I never knew much about who really made them. The prices the others are quoting are probably pretty close. Mine was a good banjo to learn on, but that was about it. After much learning & tinkering (thinned the neck) and a different tone ring (raised head) it became an OK sounding & playing banjo until I could afford a better one.

Mitchell

flange5st - Posted - 10/11/2009:  20:06:11


.......howdy....welcome to the H O...............
http://hawthorne.fastie.net/asianbanjos/index.htm
I'd check out this web site...it has a ton of info on Asian made banjos of the 70-80's...peace

......ad fontes..........



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