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bamboone - Posted - 05/04/2022:  21:25:55


Hi, gang!
I recently bought a Trujo Special plectrum banjo, and I have been having a bit of trouble finding out what it is worth. I found a few Trujo Style A banjos for sale on the internet (priced from $1,900 to $2,500 usd), but that model is not so ornate. In fact, the only other Trujo Special I have been able to find was on Guenter Amendt's website: banjoworld.de/High190.htm . I have emailed Guenter for info about his banjo, but I worry that it might not be as applicable as I'd like, because a) he might've sold his a very long time ago, and b) his banjo looked to have had a brilliant restoration, which my banjo has not. Please let me know what you think...
Tony


mikehalloran - Posted - 05/04/2022:  21:58:43


Do you have a specific reason for asking such as for insurance? If you need a written appraisal, best to email Richard at Gryphon Strings. Because the Truetts plied their trade in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, Gryphon has seen more Trujos than everyone else combined.



If idle curiosity, good luck with that. This is plainer than most of the other models and quite rare. So rare that the only recent sale is likely to have been to you. Steve Swan is trying to get $2K for an A, a more desirable version.



1932 Trujo style A plectrum banjo



Let's see the inside. Does it have the Megaphonic tone ring?



Plectrums are a drug on the market meaning there seem to be more for sale than buyers which keeps prices low. The fancier Trujos do ok but compared to a Mastertone plectrum of the same vintage, the Gibson branded ones do better by a lot.



Until I stopped playing 13 years ago, a Trujo A with the built in tailpiece mute was high on my 'need to own' list for the pit orchestra work I did.



 

jims38134 - Posted - 05/05/2022:  05:58:14


Your purchase determined its worth….. i once had a vintage Gibson amp repaired for $100. When i asked the repairman what it is worth, he said $100 :)
Btw, it’s a cool looking banjo.

bamboone - Posted - 05/05/2022:  11:01:29


quote:

Originally posted by mikehalloran

Do you have a specific reason for asking such as for insurance? If you need a written appraisal, best to email Richard at Gryphon Strings. Because the Truetts plied their trade in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, Gryphon has seen more Trujos than everyone else combined.



If idle curiosity, good luck with that. This is plainer than most of the other models and quite rare. So rare that the only recent sale is likely to have been to you. Steve Swan is trying to get $2K for an A, a more desirable version.



1932 Trujo style A plectrum banjo



Let's see the inside. Does it have the Megaphonic tone ring?



Plectrums are a drug on the market meaning there seem to be more for sale than buyers which keeps prices low. The fancier Trujos do ok but compared to a Mastertone plectrum of the same vintage, the Gibson branded ones do better by a lot.



Until I stopped playing 13 years ago, a Trujo A with the built in tailpiece mute was high on my 'need to own' list for the pit orchestra work I did.



 






  Firstly, my Special is "plainer than most"? Where Steve Swan's Style A has plain chrome, my Special has engraved gold. The banjo hangout post only let me upload 3 pictures, so I used the broadest ones I had: that might explain why you thought the Special plain. I will see if I am able to add additional pictures with this reply.



  The reason I am trying to determine the actual value is because I am wondering if I should sell it. My collection is mostly New York Epiphones, so this banjo isn't really what I look for. I am willing to bet that there are people who are all about the Trujo banjos, though.

jwold - Posted - 05/06/2022:  16:04:58


Not my Trujo banjos but since we're on the subject I thought they might be relevant. I have held each of these banjos and purchased some other instruments from the seller. He posted pics a few years ago, he's been trying to sell off several other plectrum banjos from a grandfather's estate for quite a while.

Seller did take them to Gryphon for appraisals a few years ago and has paperwork on them.

I have no financial interests in these banjos, just posting them up for Trujo comparison/general interest.


portland.craigslist.org/mlt/ms...2174.html

portland.craigslist.org/mlt/ms...2269.html

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