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A simple beginning to historical pricing.

Posted by Paul Gorman on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I am moving from my focus on playing nice banjos to salvaging classicsand developing an objective framework for valuing the vintage market.  By training I am a research behavioral scientist.  I see a need for a careful longitudinal charting of the value placed upon certain important banjo models over the century or so of their existence.  I am not aware that this has been done in any public way.

It is a common belief that such banjos if found at a reasonable price can only go up in value.  But what is reasonable at any time? What model in what condition?  What is a fair dealer mark-up and what factors affect the market? Questions we all ask.   

Shortly after I penned the above the vintage banjo market went into a slide. Very good quality Fairbanks, Vega and Bacon and Day banjos have gone for less than half of what they had been selling for.  Conventional wisdom is to buy in a down market and hold. We will see.   

1 comment on “A simple beginning to historical pricing.”

CharlieFox Says:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @10:03:32 AM

Paul, Paul Fox here. I stumbled on your site purely by accident. I recently started playing again after an extensive lapse. I hope all is well with you. Give me a call at 949-289-0584.

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