Richard K. Smith of Comer, GA made a few mountain banjos a year for decades. He would post one on eBay, and it would be snapped up. The design and craftsmanship make them perfect examples of the genre. No frills, bells, or whistles -- just banjo! I'm only selling mine, purchased new from him in 2007, because I enjoyed it so much that I bought a second one to keep in my office at work. Now, semi-retired, I'm downsizing.
It's listed as "Excellent" condition and not "Mint" only because of superficial scuffs and minor dings. There's nothing worn or even anything to wear out. There is a small patch on the head.
Specs: 6 1/8" D head; 10 1/4" D pot; maple neck, walnut pot; and 1 1/4" nut. Bridge placement is up to the player. It affects the sound. The current location puts the 5th string pip 1/4 of the way along the other strings, i.e., at the location of where the 5th fret would normally be and produces a 26 1/2" scale.
Mr. Smith was fond of fishing line for strings. Aquilas are on now. A deluxe choice might be LaBella nylons. Some people opt for light steel strings, which are no problem for the neck or tuners.
Repeating the obvious: it has no frets; a small, fixed head; and violin tuners.
United States, Pasadena, CA, 91103
$50 ConUS, carrier negotiable
Cash (in person), Paypal
Payment Option Notes:
Venmo also would work
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back.
Buyer pays return shipping.
Additional return policy details: initial shipping not refunded on return
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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