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Blog from the Dawg

Posted by k-dawg on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Well, I think I've stopped shopping for banjos for awhile.  I just bought a Recording King RK-R85A, and i can't put it down.  I went out to a shop that sells several quality names, Deering, Bishline, Stelling, and Recording King, which was more the low end out there.

Anyway, I tried out a few that I had been interested in on Ebay, the Deering Sierra, Deluxe, and Maple Blossom.  I thought they were all really nice, but when I picked up the Recording King R85A, I knew which one I wanted.  I loved the feel, the weight, and tone were all what I wanted, and while the Deerings were very nice indeed, they were also a lot of greenbacks for this ol' poor boy.  The RK was$1399, which was a little easier on my wallet.  But wait!  That's not all.

I knew that there was a USED one with a case on Ebay with a starting price of $649, free shipping, and this was the second time it was listed.  In the end,  I got it for that price, and when it showed up, I found out that the thing was BRAND NEW.  I was stoked.  There are good deals around if you're patient.

Pick on.



4 comments on “Blog from the Dawg”

beetlegeist Says:
Friday, July 15, 2011 @8:46:21 AM

Well don, Ken. Good things come to those who wait.

Bigg Hans Says:
Friday, July 15, 2011 @12:38:50 PM

Patience pays, my buddy Dave tells me that all of the time. The Recording King is a nice banjo too, I've been playing them lately. I want to move beyond the banjitar to a five-string, and I keep coming back to them. They make a decent resonator guitar too, the one with the mahogany body and metal cone are really nice for the price.

Bigg Hans Says:
Friday, July 15, 2011 @12:38:53 PM

Patience pays, my buddy Dave tells me that all of the time. The Recording King is a nice banjo too, I've been playing them lately. I want to move beyond the banjitar to a five-string, and I keep coming back to them. They make a decent resonator guitar too, the one with the mahogany body and metal cone are really nice for the price.

k-dawg Says:
Friday, July 15, 2011 @1:50:18 PM

I really like the RK-R85A. I'm glad I got a chance to play with one a little, to get a feel of it, before I made a bid. The archtop has such a wonderful tone. I'm taking it today to have RR spikes put in.
Except for my Goodtime, the other banjos I've bought were completely blind purchases.
Except for the Goodtime, I sold the others as well. I'll keep these 2 for sure, and I think it will be awhile before I shop again. (But I doubt I'll quit forever.)

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