Posted by chili on Thursday, September 20, 2007
I'm really, really wanting to buy a new banjo. Normally shopping is half the fun or more, the problem is I am stuck in a small far northern community in Northern Ontario and everything I pretty much buy is mail order. So shopping for "looks" of course is easy as all hang but its the playability and sound I'm missing out on.
As usual everyone has their own favorites and are quick to say everything that is good about their particular brand. I am finding that once one goes above the $1000 mark its a wide open market and has anyone ever heard a new 1000+ banjo that sounded crappy? Or if they did it only took a few moments set up time to get it ringing like it should.
In a nutshell, I'm going craaazy! I'm not good enough to even consider buying a Gibson which by the way I personally find way overpriced for the product.
Thursday, September 20, 2007 @1:57:33 PM
Man. You need to get outa there... at least for a short time. Consider coming to the IBMA convention. ALL the major players and instrument manufacturing folks will be there. You'll get to hear, see and play the best there is all within a day or so!
Thursday, September 20, 2007 @3:35:45 PM
Oh man! I haven't been to Nashville in a million years! Give or take =)
Thanks for the advice Craig, hmm wonder if the SOS would miss me for a couple of weeks...
Thursday, September 20, 2007 @6:30:13 PM
There are a few Gibson ES standards for sale here in the classifieds, looks like pretty good prices. I am very happy with mine. I have also had the chance to play a Gibson Blackjack, there is also one of those for sale. You couldn't go wrong with either.
Sullivan just came out with a new signature model that I saw at Bean Blossom yesterday. I forget the guys name(not Terry Baucom), but anyone at FQMS could tell you about it. I played it, and it is very nice, also wonderful craftsmanship.
Friday, September 21, 2007 @12:34:04 AM
Call Janet Davis Music in Arkansas and talk to her. Quality products and good advice, and no, I do not work there but have always had a good experience dealing with them. Also, you are in dire need of road trip-take frailin's advice... and do a little travelin'...
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