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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Should i buy a 1988 Stelling Gospel?


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Lajjas - Posted - 04/01/2020:  13:24:21


Hi!

I have a possibility to upgrade from my Gold Tone BG150-F to a Stelling Gospel from 1988. I checked the serialno with Sherry Stelling and she confirmed it.

The pricetag is 1900 USD and i just wanted to make sure that it's a good price. I bought my Gold Tone from the same seller and he is a very good guy so i don't think he's trying to hustle me.

What would make it NOT worth the price? Anything to check? The downside is that i buy it "unseen" but per his policy i can return it if i don't like it. At least that's how it worked last time.

Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

mud400 - Posted - 04/01/2020:  13:31:14


That seems like a great price!
Has it been repaired? That is about all I can think of. If it had a shoddy repair job.

AJA - Posted - 04/01/2020:  13:36:01


Provided that there is no serious damage (such as a repaired neck break) or parts replaced, that is a great price. I bought a used Stelling Red Fox in perfect condition about a dozen years ago for $2000, and I have never had a moment of buyer's regret. Post pics when you get it!

Lajjas - Posted - 04/01/2020:  13:37:44


quote:

Originally posted by mud400

That seems like a great price!

Has it been repaired? That is about all I can think of. If it had a shoddy repair job.






That is a good question, i'll definitley ask!

Lajjas - Posted - 04/01/2020:  13:38:34


quote:

Originally posted by AJA

Provided that there is no serious damage (such as a repaired neck break) or parts replaced, that is a great price. I bought a used Stelling Red Fox in perfect condition about a dozen years ago for $2000, and I have never had a moment of buyer's regret. Post pics when you get it!






I'll ask about the neck and see if anything has been replaced! What would be a "no deal" part to have replaced?

Brian Murphy - Posted - 04/01/2020:  13:46:17


It's impossible to list all the things that potentially could be wrong with it, for starters, whether it is actually what they claim in all regards. Do you have someone there who can check it over for you? A teacher perhaps? For peace of mind, it would be worth even paying someone a fee to inspect if you are not experienced in going over an instrument.

If in good shape, that's a very good price.

jan dupree - Posted - 04/01/2020:  16:29:05


If you can find a Luthier in that area, some will go over to the shop and inspect for about $75 if it is close by. They will charge by the hour and that would include drive time. But it could be worth it the long run.

The Old Timer - Posted - 04/01/2020:  17:05:33


Broken/repaired neck heel or peghead says walk away unless the repair is LITERALLY invisible.

For me a changed out rim or tone ring would be a walk away. If you want a Stelling, get a real Stelling. You do know what older Stellings sound like, right? They don't sound like Mastertones.

Obviously you have to like the Christian-themed inlays.

I agree it's a very good price if unaltered.

banjoman56 - Posted - 04/01/2020:  20:08:48


If the rim has been changed to the Tony Pass rim, it would probably make it more valuable. There's not a lot of options for changing out the rims on Stelling banjos without a lot of work as Mastertone rims wont fit.

Alvin Conder - Posted - 04/02/2020:  05:25:47


At that price, yes I would buy it. As mentioned by others, check for damage of any kind. Neck damage on a Stelling, or any banjo for that matter, is usually a deal killer for me.

Good luck!

Ridgerunner - Posted - 04/02/2020:  05:28:06


When I was in the market for a Stelling, I would have jumped on that banjo immediately if it is unmodified and undamaged.

OM45GE - Posted - 04/02/2020:  06:17:47


That sounds like a great price if, as others have said, the instrument hasn't suffered any damage or abuse. I had a Stelling Golden Cross from the same period and it is an amazing instrument. I sold it to a songwriter/performer friend of mine and she loves it as much as I did.

jan dupree - Posted - 04/02/2020:  10:00:32


It would be rare for a Stelling to be modified.

Lajjas - Posted - 04/02/2020:  10:38:37


Thanks for all the replies! I hope to be able to try it out soon. I'll let you know if I buy it!

The Old Timer - Posted - 04/02/2020:  12:22:12


Photos/video please!

Lajjas - Posted - 04/02/2020:  13:47:52


quote:

Originally posted by The Old Timer

Photos/video please!






You got it old timer! :) 

mikehalloran - Posted - 04/03/2020:  14:15:39


If the object is A powerful banjo that can peel paint, hard to do better than a Stelling. If in good condition, hard to beat the price. I’d look for a straight neck with minor relief with serviceable frets that still have some life in them so you can start enjoying it as soon as delivered.

dj9124 - Posted - 04/08/2020:  19:54:43


$1900 isn't just a good price, it's a steal!!!!

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