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SOLD For Sale or Trade: SOLD: Recording King RK-R36 with Prewar Kalamazoo/2019 RK-36 Pot Assembly w/Hatfield Ring - SOLD!

Posted By: okbluegrassbanjopicker (+22) | Rate Member
 Member 6+ Years  Verified Seller

$600 USD

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Looking for a Mastertone-style banjo on a budget?

Ever wanted a fully professional sounding pot assembly without having to spend a “banjo’s-worth” of money, on a tone ring alone?

The simple truth is, that you can get great volume and performance from some seemingly “insignificant” pot assemblies (Gibson brass tone hoop or wood bead, for example), and you don’t HAVE to shell out the big bucks on the basis of simply trying to impress someone that “now, I have the exact same, high-dollar assembly in my banjo.”

That said, I am selling/parting out my custom Recording King RK-R36.

I have enjoyed this banjo, but I’m sure there is someone out there, who is tired of fiddling and tinkering with a lesser quality banjo, and would love to step up to something that sounds great, not just “good.”

Open to offers!

The components are listed below:

2019 RK-R36 OPF, three-piece maple neck with Gull inlay.
Spikes on frets 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Schaller Gold-plated D-tuners on the second and third strings.
The neck has a headstock crack that was repaired prior to my ownership. The lower part of the heel has also been built up.

1930s Kalamazoo 3-ply maple rim (bought from Kurt Kemp) makes up the lower 3/4 of the pot assembly.

2019 Recording King RK-36 mahogany rim, top 1/4 of the assembly (I had messed up when I was cutting the straight walled/wood beaded K’zoo rim for the tone ring, so I spliced the upper section of the RK rim onto it.)
The co-rod holes were drilled a second time; they did not line up correctly at first - I am not one who says “sorry, you have to live with crooked co-rods/necks/etc.,” - I believe in the best transaction for anyone!

The old co-rod holes do not affect the stability of the assembly in any way.

2019 RK-36 flange, tension hoop, hooks, nuts, armrest, tailpiece co-rods, and mahogany resonator.

This is not your typical Asian “looks-like-a-Mastertone-but-doesn’t-perform-like-one” unit!
It’s got a terrific crack (or “splat”), and I’d go so far as to say that it ranks right up there with the sound and power of the pot assemblies in Jim Mills’ banjos. I am not bragging; I had an experienced banjo player pick my banjo with this assembly, and it was quite something.

SUPERB-SOUNDING Arthur Hatfield gold-plated and engraved 20-hole tone ring. Also bought from Kurt Kemp.

I can personally vouch that you just cannot go wrong with anything Hatfield!

It is like prewar tone in a bottle (or should I say ring?)

Video of the pot assembly on my custom RK-36:

The “white stuff” on the inside of the rim, is white silicone (I had tried to fill in the holes for the bracket shoe screws. I found out quickly that silicone was NOT the proper filler!)
I have removed as much silicone as possible from the inside surface of the rim. There are two photos showing where I removed it.

Price is negotiable.
No case.

Thanks for looking!


United States, Lindsay, OK, 73052


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