This Rich & Taylor Sonny Osborne Deluxe banjo was purchased by me from Picker's Supply. I am the original and sole owner.
The banjo is in very good condition. Some of the gold has worn off of the armrest. There is also a scratch on the neck. The scratch is noticeable but only goes through the clear coat. See the photos for both issues. There is also a fair amount of fret wear at the 2nd and 3rd frets, but no buzzing.
Other than the armrest, the gold shows little sign of wear. It has Granada-like engraving (without the frosting) on the tension hoop and armrest. The banjo is spiked at the 7th and 9th frets.
The original hard-shell case is included. The case is in near-mint shape, because I used a case-cover.
There are two thing about this banjo that set it apart:
1. It has the original Kulesh 10-hole tone ring. In my opinion, this is the best tone ring that was used in the Rich & Taylor banjos.
2. It has a "Gibson" profile neck. After I got the banjo, I did not like the original wide-profile neck and the dealer told me that R&T would, upon request, replace the wider neck with a neck that had more of a Gibson profile. I contacted Mark Taylor and returned the banjo to R&T to have this done. I still do not know whether they replaced the neck with another or reshaped the original neck to have the Gibson profile. I suspect the latter.
In my opinion, this banjo has a superior tone. I've been playing banjo for over 30 years and it is the first really great banjo that I owned. I have four Osborne Chiefs and this banjo can hold its own against them, but is priced significantly less than a Chief.
Everything on the banjo is original with the exception of the head and bridge. I recently installed a new Weatherking head.
United States, Sandy, UT
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Very Good Condition
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