I see some issues with this banjo. The major one is that it appears to have a twist in the neck, although that could be the photo. I also don't like the hole in the neck heel; it may be a sign of a repair. There are also a few replaced hooks/nuts.
It may be worth taking a look at this if it's nearby, but I wouldn't buy it based only on the pictures.
That’s the problem. It’s probably about a 10 hour round trip from me. Think I’ll just save my money. Thanks George for replying. I know people on this forum are more knowledgeable than me. That’s why I’m always asking about these old banjos when I find one.
$250 "firm" + shipping? no way. If I had a chance to actually play it, it's possible I'd think it was worth the price. From what I see, though, I'd say that possibility is very small. I don't think I'd bother to drive across town to see it, much less pay to have it shipped anywhere.