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Playing Since: 1976
Experience Level: Novice
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @3:03:47 PM
Well, new to me anyway. I attended a jam class and the instructor had this Samick SB3 sitting out. I really liked the way it looked but when I realized it was a Samick, I almost turned around. My experience with Samicks is akin to my experience with Hondo's. I thought they were cheap instruments that were hard to play and almost impossible to pull decent tone out of. When I picked it up...it was solid. I played it and sounded great and was easy to play. The instructor mentioned that it was for sale and wanted $500.00
I bought it. Now, I needed another banjo like I need a hole in the head. I have a Huber (which I'm begining to believe is a lemon), An Old Gibson RB4 that dies above the 12th fret and a Fender Leo that plays well and has good tone. This Samick really pops.
I can't believe it......anyway, it's fun to play.
I guess if there were a moral to this story, it would be not to judge an instrument before you play it. I thought that in order to get a good instrument, I'd have to pay for it. After all, I've always been told that you get what you pay for.
In this case, I have a $500 banjo that sounds better than a $2500 banjo and a $5000 banjo.
Who'd a thunk??
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