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Chinese Quality?

Posted by rockmelonbrad on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I've recently been checking out some quality banjos recently and it wasn't until I got my actual hands on them that I realised just how crap my cheap Chinese banjo really is. It sounds crap! It is crap to play! It doesn't hold its tune very well! and to top it off it looks really cheap! It was an impulse buy at the time but now I've been playing it for a few months I'm kinda hooked on playing banjo. I'm seriously considering upgrading to something more respectable.

3 comments on “Chinese Quality?”

stanger Says:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 @1:52:05 AM

Hi, Brad... It's not just the Chinese- Americans, Brits, Germans, Italians,Japanese and Koreans have all made lotsa crappy banjos in their turns. You just know the difference now. My fist banjo was an American hunk o' junk, but started me down the road 45 years ago. It gave me the impetus to save my money instead of spending it on girls and beer and get a better one. I hope you're lucky enough not to have to give up the beer and the girls, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

5strings3picks1banjo Says:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 @5:15:28 AM

Hi Brad. This is a road all us Aussies have been down. My first banjo looked just like yours and I thought it was awesome and I would have it for life,  until I saw and played real banjos. The problem was a real good banjo was over $1800 up. This is why I started to build banjos to help people like you and me to enjoy a quailty instrument at the lowest cost possible, so we can play a cool banjo with a great sound and feel, until the day comes when we want to spend $3000 upwards. Have you seen my website? ( freewebs.com/banjobrothers ) If you decide to upgrade and want to shop around, contact me. I have 3 awesome bluegrass banjos and 3 awesome openbacks. I have a $1200 banjo that will blow your socks off and a complete fancy gold model for $1500 better than the $1500 in the shops here. Good luck learning and I hope you can afford to upgrade oneday. Just be carefull what you buy because pretty does not mean its good.

Best wishes,

Leon.

gkuchan Says:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 @10:48:48 AM

Of course your first banjo is a piece of crap. It's supposed to be a piece of crap. It's like your first car it's supposed to be reliable, get you from point a to point b, but that's about it. And as you begin to learn what you really think you might want out of your next car, you start tinkering with the one you've got, so you change the break pads, the oil pan, tinker with the timing belt, and see what happens. You mission, now should you choose to accept it, is to lay your hands on every banjo you come across. Figure out what you like for tone, fit and playabillity. And then at home start tinkering with what you've got to see how you can get it to sound like you want it to. Replace your bridge, and strings first, then move on to diffrent heads...have a great time with it. It may be a piece of crap, but it's your piece of crap.

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