Posted by tonymarkey on Thursday, September 27, 2007
Seems to me from the feedback I've received, and having played it, that the Deering Sierra is one of the best banjo's under 2k . It isn't the only good banjo under 2k, but at this price point it seems too close to call.
So, I'm going in a different direction anyway. Having decided that I would like to learn more about banjo "craft" as I learn to play, I'm hoping to slowly trade up banjo by banjo until I get to my dream range ~5,000. The reality is that if I am going to scrimp and save for a measley $2k banjo, it would seem anticlimactic to get something that looks pretty much like any old banjo. Sorry Deering --but I'm enough of an individualist that I just want something different.
I've started this "tradin up" process by buying a 1980 Deering Deluxe. The banjo has been poorly treated: the pot shows some corrosion, the lacquer on the neck has some hairline "checks", the tailpiece is slightly bent, and the 5th peg just done fell out. Otherwise, it's great --no other dings or cracks in wood, and it has a nice bright tone. So I'll polish it up, perhaps sand it ever so lightly, replace strings bridge(with moon), and tailpiece(with kerschner), have my guy glue the dang peg in and complete the setup, and I SHOULD have a respectable, highly playable banjo. I think this is all about 3 weeks away --I'll let you know how it goes! It's very exciting to have a new "axe;" I wonder how I'll feel about parting with it after my extreme banjo makeover. Right now it's really a "what not to wear" kinda banjer. --T
Thursday, September 27, 2007 @6:49:32 AM
I had a Sierra and it was good but it just didn't light my fire as it were, On the other hand the Cox Kentucky 5 Redneck I just got is an absolute dream :) and it's the only one in the UK and they are only building 10 anyway. I hope one day you achive the individualist level you are after, I know I have, Good Luck with the build and upgrading.
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