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Wayne Holcombe - Posted - 11/02/2009:  11:08:32


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Wayne Holcombe - Posted - 11/02/2009:  11:20:37


I heard Flint Hill was importing a new banjo.Does anyone have any info or pictures?

Ronnie - Posted - 11/02/2009:  11:26:22


The only one I know about is a generic entry level Asian banjo.

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beegee - Posted - 11/02/2009:  11:32:53




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5stringypsy - Posted - 11/02/2009:  11:36:36


before I ever began playing banjo, I worked at a guitar store temporarilly and sold a few of these.. I'm a good salesman is all I have to say

HIKE FASTER I hear a banjo...

Ronnie - Posted - 11/02/2009:  11:36:43


I think the pot and resonator are made of sawdust and glue. Have they come out with a new instrument we don't know about??

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Edited by - Ronnie on 11/02/2009 11:51:30

beegee - Posted - 11/02/2009:  12:32:48


I don't think they are sawdust and glue. I think they are some sort of phenolic like the old Harmony Reso-Tone. By extension, I suppose you could call sawdust "cellulose" and phenolic resin "glue" which is the basic makeup of bakelite or catalin, which is what the old Harmony was, but it's not like some of the old Kay banjos that had an actual particle-board rim.

this is the "Zombie-Killer" banjo from the new Woody Harrelson movie.

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Edited by - beegee on 11/02/2009 12:33:50

thomas.wywrot - Posted - 01/29/2010:  17:14:36


I just played a flinthill banjo a few minutes ago. A friend has one out on the road this weekend and I have to say that it's killer! It had a made in China sticker on the back of a headstock. The headstock looks like a recording king type banjo, and it has the rings on the back of the resonator like an RB-3. Nothing special for a bridge and average head tension. I seriously fell in love with this banjo. Great note separation and surprisingly good tone. It apparently sells for somewhere in the $1000 range, but I haven't found one online yet.

pipefitter61 - Posted - 01/29/2010:  19:48:32


go here: banjohangout.org/topic/168248 to get an idea of the whole story.. I wouldn't get caught with one. I hear they are breaking peoples hands!

lazyarcher - Posted - 01/29/2010:  19:53:29


I have nothing to say about this....really.......

pipefitter61 - Posted - 01/29/2010:  20:50:24


Oh, c'mon Dave... Surely they wouldn't censor you twice!

goldtopia - Posted - 01/31/2010:  04:47:00


Ugh !

Banjoist1 - Posted - 07/19/2010:  09:16:27


One of my distributors describes these as "factory re-brands". I think that's code for "these are really Recording Kings". As such, they run the gamut. Some are just crap, but some are pretty good. They're priced accordingly. The 1k banjos play like 1k banjos, $167.78 banjos play like, well, you know....

Banjo Tard - Posted - 07/31/2010:  19:51:36


i just got my flinthill 297 yesterday and it sounds amazing. im upgrading from my first banjo (epiphone mb200) and this flinthill has the sound i was looking for at a great price.

chickenpickin - Posted - 07/31/2010:  20:00:54


Thomas, welcome to the hangout. I've enjoyed your pickin'

Tim

mandopickr - Posted - 11/13/2010:  19:47:49


Ran into a couple of Flint Hills today. One appeared to be a "variation" of a RK25, FOR $1300. The other was listed as a Flint Hill "Professional", for $2000. On the price tag for the pro, it actually said "Recording King". They must be becoming collector items to command those kind of prices.

grich - Posted - 11/13/2010:  20:29:46


Now you can read the final outcome to the Flinthill story here !

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Bradskey - Posted - 11/13/2010:  20:33:04


quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr
One appeared to be a "variation" of a RK25, FOR $1300.



That's very surprising to hear, could you elaborate please?

mandopickr - Posted - 11/14/2010:  21:43:04


quote:
Originally posted by Bradskey

quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr
One appeared to be a "variation" of a RK25, FOR $1300.



That's very surprising to hear, could you elaborate please?



It appeared to be a Recording King RK-25, including the fan inlay on the fingerboard and headstock, and with "Flinthill" on the headstock. Most noticeable on both was the poor finish on the front lip of the resonator. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the detail of the banjos because I was blown away by the prices.

Bradskey - Posted - 11/15/2010:  08:52:17


quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr

quote:
Originally posted by Bradskey

quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr
One appeared to be a "variation" of a RK25, FOR $1300.



That's very surprising to hear, could you elaborate please?



It appeared to be a Recording King RK-25, including the fan inlay on the fingerboard and headstock, and with "Flinthill" on the headstock. Most noticeable on both was the poor finish on the front lip of the resonator. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the detail of the banjos because I was blown away by the prices.



Did it have the RK "cauliflower" double-cut headstock or a one piece flange? If so, I'd guess what you saw was actually a Flinthill version of an RK-50, which is something I've never heard of, but seems way more likely than the idea that they got their mitts on some Madison banjos.

mandopickr - Posted - 11/15/2010:  16:51:47


Now you've made me curious. I'll be back down there later this week, and I'll check it out. Plus I want to check the tailpiece out again.

mandopickr - Posted - 11/16/2010:  13:21:10


At least the Chinese don't just pick on RK. I wondered how long it would be before the Chinese Martin's hit the US:
cgi.ebay.com/Martin-Guitar-Cop...cb2925fa8

Adam Maier - Posted - 11/16/2010:  17:59:30


To continue the Flinthill Banjo discussion. I just talked to a store owner who has a Flinthill 297 gold plated engraved (I'm not really sure what that means) for 1225. Also a Flinthill 287 gold plated not engrave for 1125. I'm not sure those are good prices or not. They said they were new, comes with a hard shell case and it's set up. I was thinking what they would give me for my dobro (Liberty FB-100) and a Deering Goodtime Special. I would like to buy American made, but if it sounds good I was thinking about it. Any thoughts?

Bradskey - Posted - 11/16/2010:  18:35:10


Going by their none-too-subtle model numbers and the description...

Gold plate engraved is probably the Flinthill version of RK-97, goes for about $1800-ish.

Gold plated sounds like Flinthill version of RK-87, goes for around $1700.

The real ones are very nice banjos, the gold plated parts are really beautiful, gorgeous I'd say. Those prices seem a tad high for Flinthills generally, but still discounted quite heavily from authentic RK versions. I seem to recall some gold Flinthills in the $700-$800 range at one point, might have been the mahogany model. Even if these banjos needed some minor luthier attention, and they wouldn't necessarily (worst case could be heel cut, ring fit, or some fret work), it'd cost much less than the huge discount you'd be getting. I don't like the idea of Flinthills and think it's unfair to RK, but at the end of the day they're just banjos. It's really nothing for you the buyer to be too concerned about if an opportunity like this presents itself and it's something you want. You could do a lot worse with your money, I'll say that.

mandopickr - Posted - 11/18/2010:  19:26:10


quote:
Originally posted by Bradskey

quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr

quote:
Originally posted by Bradskey

quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr
One appeared to be a "variation" of a RK25, FOR $1300.



That's very surprising to hear, could you elaborate please?



It appeared to be a Recording King RK-25, including the fan inlay on the fingerboard and headstock, and with "Flinthill" on the headstock. Most noticeable on both was the poor finish on the front lip of the resonator. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the detail of the banjos because I was blown away by the prices.



Did it have the RK "cauliflower" double-cut headstock or a one piece flange? If so, I'd guess what you saw was actually a Flinthill version of an RK-50, which is something I've never heard of, but seems way more likely than the idea that they got their mitts on some Madison banjos.



You're right, it had the double cut headstock. Still don't understand the pricing, though.

Bradskey - Posted - 11/19/2010:  09:12:43


quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr

quote:
Originally posted by Bradskey

quote:
Originally posted by mandopickr



It appeared to be a Recording King RK-25, including the fan inlay on the fingerboard and headstock, and with "Flinthill" on the headstock. Most noticeable on both was the poor finish on the front lip of the resonator. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the detail of the banjos because I was blown away by the prices.



Did it have the RK "cauliflower" double-cut headstock or a one piece flange? If so, I'd guess what you saw was actually a Flinthill version of an RK-50, which is something I've never heard of, but seems way more likely than the idea that they got their mitts on some Madison banjos.



You're right, it had the double cut headstock. Still don't understand the pricing, though.



That is a pretty jacked up price either way, can get an RK-75 for that.

EggSalad - Posted - 11/19/2010:  11:10:32


I played a flinthill the other day. The sound is great. But then again, it literally is a recording king. However the finish is not up to par of a recording king. I noticed a lot of sloppy work, especially the fret board (glue, finish).

Banjo Tard - Posted - 11/19/2010:  17:02:52


i have the flinthill 297 and the fret board is the only place i found any flaws. sounds sweet to my ears and cost me 800 dollars.



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