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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Selling Goodtime Midnight Special and kitchen sink - need advice on ad.

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michaelws - Posted - 08/14/2023:  09:59:33

I am ending my lifelong attempt at playing 5-string Scruggs-style banjo. My fingers just don't move fast enough for my liking. I just turned 75 and after multiple attempts to fit banjo practice into my daily life, it just never worked out. I am not asking for folks to try to convince me to keep plodding. I now am content to just strum my acoustic guitar.

My situation is that I don't want to sell all the stuff I have collected over the years individually, my latest banjo, the Midnight Special, my books, and all the strings and picks and capos and mutes, etc. I want to sell everything to a single buyer. I do not have a box for the banjo and don't want to try to construct one myself. I was considering putting all this into a Facebook Marketplace ad so that it would be seen by people who could come by and look at everything in person. I have been a member of the Hangout for about 20 years and I would rather sell to someone here first. Ideally, it would be someone also close to where I live.

The banjo and case are in excellent condition. I have about thirty packs of strings and umpteen picks.

Please reply via the forum and not through private email.  thanks

I am in a gated community called Canyon Lake, in Riverside County, California. Just moved from almost 50 years in Hawaii.

I need advice on buying a shipping box to fit the banjo and hard shell case. Is there a company that one can order from?

I will place an ad in the Marketplace forum here after hopefully getting advice from this forum. Here are some pics I took this morning.

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 08/14/2023 11:08:07


michaelws - Posted - 08/14/2023:  10:01:45

Pics of the books I am including

Mark Douglas - Posted - 08/14/2023:  11:38:50


I just sent you a message.


aaronoble - Posted - 08/14/2023:  15:59:28

UPS and FedEx have boxes for guitar cases that the banjo will fit in

aaronoble - Posted - 08/14/2023:  16:01:01

...Also, just wanted to say WOW, that's a bundle! (I don't need all that stuff, but someone will, and will be very thankful for it)

saulsmanb - Posted - 08/14/2023:  17:06:06

If you can get to a music store, especially a larger one, you can usually get a guitar shipping box for free. I typically call first. Some boxes are better than others because they have internal supports that help.

Properly packing a banjo is an art - spend a little time getting it right before you ship. On another forum, an individual who worked for a commercial carrier said that a 5 foot drop is not uncommon, so pack well.

All the best
Brian Saulsman

Zachary Hoyt - Posted - 08/14/2023:  18:20:04

If a store is not nearby you can also order individual boxes in the 50x8x20 and 45x6x18 sizes on eBay. The unit price is lower if you buy 5 at a time, but it's not bad just for one. I would suggest packing the books in a separate box since it will be hard to find a way to pack them in the same box with the banjo case. I hope you'll be able to find a local buyer, as that would be much nicer.

Helix - Posted - 08/15/2023:  08:51:45

Immobilize your prize inside the case with large bubbles

Peanuts shift

Shippers throw boxes for a living

Try to find a local buyer

I like will call.

My cocoon has been used by me for 15 years without incident. The handle is exposed AND IT LOOKS LIKE A BANJO!!!

Best regards with your treasure

Mark Douglas - Posted - 08/15/2023:  09:37:29


Originally posted by Helix

Try to find a local buyer



Uhhhh...if you guys will look at his ad....

He has already found a buyer.

I think we can safely assume he can handle it from here.




mike gregory - Posted - 08/15/2023:  09:47:47

And here I was hoping to find a picture of a really nice old kitchen sink.
Like Mom used to have.

A kid or two clearing the table, one washing, one drying, and Mom having us SING together so we didn't ARGUE over who was working hardest, and how unfair the division of labor was.

A lot of famous acts started out as kids, singing together in the home, and they got good at it.

Helix - Posted - 08/15/2023:  20:11:03

Uh….. read the post before ad was posted

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