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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Raven 5 string Banjo

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colemole - Posted - 08/26/2023:  19:55:33

Is there an point to considering a Raven 5 string for a starter instrument? I see a second hand one for $200 Canadian. Keep shopping or check it out?

colemole - Posted - 08/26/2023:  19:56:28

It comes with a hard case.

GrahamHawker - Posted - 08/26/2023:  23:15:55

I assume it's a cheap Asian factory rebadge but without seeing it I don't know. For such banjos you certainly want to don't want to be paying as much as 200 currency units.

Bart Veerman - Posted - 08/27/2023:  14:53:13

My very first banjo back in the 70ies was a Raven. Yup, made in Japan and it did sound nice enough but of course, it didn't at all sound like a Gibson. It was fairly well made though and it sure did get me started. These instruments are of a way higher quality than the newer made-in-China ones.

With the way prices on just about everything have gone up, $200 Cdn is not a rip off but $150 should be a lot more like it and it'll get you going. If not then you shouldn't have much of a problem selling it for the same amount.

Good luck and let us know how you make out (with that banjo that is...)

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 08/27/2023 14:55:16

colemole - Posted - 08/27/2023:  15:29:59

Interesting. It is a 70’s vintage. Thanks for your response.

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