Posted by iSteve on Monday, February 20, 2012
I hope things are going well, and that life's treating you fine.
You may have noticed that I disappeared from the BHO a little before Christmas. I realized that my wife and I could not work out financing for the banjo I wanted and would not be getting one in time for Christmas. I stopped posting here because I really wasn't a picker (or even a newbie) because I didn't even have a banjo yet - just a desire to have one. I thought I ought not to participate until I was officially a part of community - with a banjo actually in hand.
Since Christmas, I have been saving money for a future purchase. My wife, Lynn, told me today that she hopes that we will work things out for me to get a banjo in time for my birthday - April 21st. I was elated, to say the least.
The model that I would like to get is the Deering Goodtime 2 Classic 5-String Banjo. It's offered through Amazon for $549. It sells from Deering for $909. It's a good beginner banjo. I think I would be happy with it. The only problem is that Amazon is currently out of stock of this particular model.
But today I found a banjo here at the BHO in the classified section. It's the Deering Goodtime Special Classic Resonator Banjo. The owner wants to sell it for $500. A new one from Deering goes for $1,139. I sent him an email asking some questions about things not contained in the ad. The thing I like about this model is that it has a steel tone ring - the only Goodtime banjo to have one.
I did get several things that were banjo-related for Christmas - one being The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. I also have the Scruggs book and the Seeger book. I also have a teacher lined up to help me when I actually do get a banjo.
Well, that's about it. I'd love to hear from you all. Comments about my banjo models that I'm interested in would be appreciated.
Monday, February 20, 2012 @8:22:53 PM
I am so happy to hear that you will soon be picking on your own. I am so happy for you.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @2:26:05 PM
Thanks so much, Ed. I really appreciate it. I can't wait to start picking.
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