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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Ralph Stanley Banjo

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bethbaker - Posted - 12/12/2019:  19:09:42

Share any knowledge or wisdom you may have about Ralph Stanley banjo’s made by Frank Neat. Thanks!

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/12/2019 22:33:45

Bob in CT - Posted - 12/12/2019:  20:08:20

If I remember correctly, at Ralph’s festival, 10+ years ago, they were for sale for $3400-$4000.

The Old Timer - Posted - 12/12/2019:  20:09:39

They made quite a number of them. I seem to remember seeing one labeled as the 90th? I may be wrong, but it seems to me there were at least 50.

Foote - Posted - 12/12/2019:  23:07:33

I remember seeing Ralph in the late 70's and Curly Ray Cline did the sales pitch, "You can own this very banjo Ralph is playing here tonight." A great way to sell banjos but I haven't seen anyone else do it. I didn't buy the banjo but I did buy a Curly Ray key chain with his picture on it.

RioStat - Posted - 12/13/2019:  03:34:48

Texasbanjo - Posted - 12/13/2019:  04:48:11

I actually got to hold and pick one way back in the '90s. Beautiful banjo, loud, in your face sound like that of a Gibson archtop. Couldn't afford it, but would have loved to have it.

The Old Timer - Posted - 12/13/2019:  19:14:19

Haskell McCormack was making sales pitches for "old" Gibson banjos on stage with Lester Flatt back in the early 1970s. I was told Haskell never traveled without an old Gibson or two in the bus for sale.

I've heard it suggested that Earl did this too. Can't testify to it though.

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