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Goodbye Bart Reiter Buckbee, Hello Gold Tone BC120

Posted by hardeeflag on Friday, October 18, 2013

Well, after having to sell the Bart Reiter I decided to get a lower end banjo after selling off several items plus the banjo. I picked up a new but overstock discounted Gold Tone BC120. The banjo is kind of just a step above entry level but with a 12 inch pot. I quickly replaced the tuners with some Gotoh banjo tuners purchased form Bob Smakula. Although bummed about getting rid of the Reiter Buckbee, this GT BC120 in not a bad banjo for the money.

I had a luthier friend of mine install the tuners and give it a setup and it plays pretty dang well. I think this is a great bang for the buck for a 12 inch pot banjo. Compared to out of the box and after the setup I'd say I really don't need to upgrade to anything for a while. I am going to be satisfied at least until some BAS sets in down the road. I guess I am glad Arizona is a sparse banjo country - at least off the shelf. If I was to upgrade however I might look at the Enoch Tradesman as you creep into the $1K realm. But for a sub $500 purchase I'd say this is a good deal especially after working over and a setup.

One thing about this transition I do know I now prefer a 12 inch pot when comes to a simple rolled brass tonering or wood tone ring banjo.

2 comments on “Goodbye Bart Reiter Buckbee, Hello Gold Tone BC120”

Shop the Folk Says:
Sunday, October 20, 2013 @7:06:40 AM

Phoenix is sparse banjo country, Tucson is not! Paul The Folk Shop

hardeeflag Says:
Sunday, October 20, 2013 @11:05:00 AM

Paul, I intend to visit the Folk Shop next time I get the Tucson.

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