I bought the mastercraft as a package price point. The people at banjo hut set it up for me and tuned it. It sounds good and very easy to fret. I would like to move up to an american made instrument as I learn to play better
Same banjo, if you look closer at the pictures, the mastercraft headstock says "mastercraft by Goodtime" on it, the Deering logo on the head is under the tailpiece, and the tailpiece also has the Deering logo.
Another vote for Helix! I LOVE mine!
And don't discount the used banjos in the classifieds here. They are settled in, the kinks worked out of them, more banjo for your money, usually set up and stable, and often nice extras at no costs like case, strap etc...
It is the real deal. Made in the U.S.A. We made both of those banjos here in Spring Valley.
"Master Craft" is Banjo Hut's own brand. We agreed to do a special run of Goodtime banjos for him and so both of those banjo choices are made here by Deering.
When business is slow, new options arise. This helped us keep our crew working in the Fall last year when things were so slow and we really needed to boost sales.
Martin Guitars made the Ditson Guitars for a department store chain in Boston way back. Just Google Ditson Guitar by Martin and you'll find the history of that.
This has been a practice that has kept companies working in other slow downs. The Silvertone banjos sold by Sears were made by Harmony or Kay.
Some stores have their own brand of products made specifically for them so that they have something unique to sell. Usually these days they go to Asia makers for that. But, isn't it great when they will have an American factory make it.
The Master Craft Goodtime banjos we made for Banjo Hut were done as a limited run. I don't know if we will have room in our schedule to continue making these banjos for Banjo Hut in the future. We will see....
Thanks Janet for the help. I went ahead and got the Goodtime 2. I didnt want the Mastercraft name, nothing against the Banjo Hut. I did like the inlay of the mastercraft also, however I do like the new inlay of the Goodtime 2 compared to the older style. Just need to pick up a strap for it and i'm good to go. I was hoping my Banjo would come in the awesome Deering Box but instead it came in some cardboard that said Fragile. Big whoop, I love the Banjo and am glad I went with Deering! Thanks