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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Ebay Mystery Banjo - might even be quite good..?


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daytripper - Posted - 05/12/2021:  16:45:39


Hi guys -



This looks more interesting that your run-of-the-mill Masterclones. Any ideas about it..? The tailpiece looks very odd. 



Thanks!



ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Epiphone-...90.l49286


Edited by - daytripper on 05/12/2021 16:48:41

mike gregory - Posted - 05/12/2021:  17:11:01


On the same page is a "VINTAGE" bottlecap banjo.

Words ain't what they usta be!

beegee - Posted - 05/12/2021:  17:15:02


These have been sold under the Epiphone and Aria marques primarily. Aluminum tone ring and flange and tension hoop. Rather crude wooden rim. Thick neck. But, they do sound remarkably good when properly set up. Kasuga factory, mahogany neck and resonator. I have owned several. The last one I bought was last summer at $140. I have one awaiting assembly with a new rim, planetary tuners, and modified peghead shape and new inlays. They make an excellent light-weight beater that sounds better than it should.

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 05/13/2021:  07:35:13


Yeah--a step or two up from bottlecaps, but not pro quality. as beegee says, can be quite good if well set up.

Banjonewguy - Posted - 05/13/2021:  08:51:31


quote:

Originally posted by mike gregory

On the same page is a "VINTAGE" bottlecap banjo.



Words ain't what they usta be!






But is it a "mint" vintage bottlecap? wink

GrahamHawker - Posted - 05/13/2021:  09:46:30


quote:

Originally posted by mike gregory

On the same page is a "VINTAGE" bottlecap banjo.



Words ain't what they usta be!






Vintage is a UK brand used by John Hornby Skewes. They used to use this on banjos until they changed to Pilgrim. The Vintage branded guitars are quite decent.

JSB88 - Posted - 05/13/2021:  10:42:44


I was looking at it, it is shiny and attractive, and I don't even want a resonator. The case has got to be £50's worth. What I dont get, but am willing to be enlightened on, is this



ebay.co.uk/itm/Deering-Banjo-K...90.l49286

daytripper - Posted - 05/13/2021:  11:37:27


thanks guys!

mikehalloran - Posted - 05/13/2021:  18:37:11


quote:

Originally posted by JSB88

I was looking at it, it is shiny and attractive, and I don't even want a resonator. The case has got to be £50's worth. What I dont get, but am willing to be enlightened on, is this



ebay.co.uk/itm/Deering-Banjo-K...90.l49286






Right now, it's probably priced a little less than a new Kavanjo head (I'm a US dealer). Depends if there are any UK dealers besides Deering. 



A Kavanjo pickup is a $550 upcharge from me if installed in a new banjo. I have them installed in whatever head the customer prefers, then I install the head.



Kavanjo Pickup System



 



 


Edited by - mikehalloran on 05/13/2021 18:44:57

JSB88 - Posted - 05/14/2021:  00:14:01


So is it an integrated head and pickup system or is the head installed over it? The pictures in you link, Mike, look like normal heads. The thing in the ebay ad is quite different, is it just a colourful head with the pickup system installed?

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