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Sep 14, 2018 - 4:30:45 PM
74 posts since 12/7/2017

1967 TB-100 in very good condition for $750, is it a fair deal for conversion ?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:05:58 PM

11278 posts since 10/30/2008

Are you prepared to spend around $1000, give or take, for a 5 string neck that's decent? Then a few hundred more for tone ring and cutting, if you're going to turn it into a Mastertone?

Think what else you could buy for that total spend.

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:27:04 PM

676 posts since 4/13/2017
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quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

Are you prepared to spend around $1000, give or take, for a 5 string neck that's decent? Then a few hundred more for tone ring and cutting, if you're going to turn it into a Mastertone?

Think what else you could buy for that total spend.


I saw a 100 5 string neck in the classifieds a few weeks ago for about $500...

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:06:26 PM

11278 posts since 10/30/2008

$500 Hunter? If not busted/repaired that's a REAL bargain.

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:15:29 PM

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pasdimo The Old Timer
here's some good deals

banjohangout.org/classified/70770

banjohangout.org/classified/70784

Edited by - bluegrassboy4life on 09/14/2018 18:25:44

Sep 18, 2018 - 10:46:48 PM
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2617 posts since 4/7/2005

I would say 750 in todays market is fair. Remembering back to the late 90s my first Gibson was a 64 RB100 which I paid 500 bucks for. How times have changed. Honestly I really like how the 100s sound with just the brass hoop.

Remember though you are going to need to buy tuning machines as most necks don't include them. Let's say conservatively you are looking at 100 to 120 bucks.

Next thing is going to be a five string bridge. Depending on your tastes maybe another 25 bucks.

And of course a new case. So maybe 80 dollars for a TKL.

And if you do want a tone ring you have that cost plus lathe work and then a setup if you have no experience there.

Let's say you skip the tone ring and just go for a setup with shipping parts to and fro set ups, odd parts I can't imagine you getting the job done under 1600 bucks. Add the tone ring maybe you are 1800.

Same ball park you could buy an original RB100 or one already done. I happen to really like the profile of the 50/60s RB100 necks and the feel of the old lacquer.

There are a couple ready to go right now for that kind of coin. Unless you think in the way of investing a little at a time and slowly putting it toether as funds come available.

Not so saying don't do it but just throwing things out there that maybe hadn't crossed your mind.

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:12:18 AM
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gtani7

USA

731 posts since 3/22/2017

There were recently 3 RB100s in the Classifieds, cut w/flathead tonerings, 2 of them converted by Ron Stewart and Clancy Mullins sold.

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:32:08 AM
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gtani7

USA

731 posts since 3/22/2017

also you want to read old threads about the 1965 and later black painted rims vs the prior brown stained rims

banjohangout.org/archive/222661

Oct 2, 2018 - 11:39:48 PM
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5 posts since 4/22/2018

If you are serious about buying one, I have a 1972 RB 100 that I would sell reasonably. I picked it up recently because it was in very minty condition. 99% new. No spikes in the neck, the original case even has a little made in China sticker stuck onto the fur inside. I haven't seen another one in this condition. It plays and sounds good the way it is, and would be a whole lot cheaper than modifying another banjo.
Contact me for a more thorough description, price, and pics if you are interested. I have not advertised the banjo.
Steve Harrold

Oct 3, 2018 - 10:03:41 AM

10158 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by phischer

... Honestly I really like how the 100s sound with just the brass hoop.
 


I agree. These can be set up to bark nicely.

Oct 3, 2018 - 10:07:21 AM

10158 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Steve harrold

If you are serious about buying one, I have a 1972 RB 100 that I would sell reasonably. I picked it up recently because it was in very minty condition. 99% new. No spikes in the neck, the original case even has a little made in China sticker stuck onto the fur inside. I haven't seen another one in this condition. It plays and sounds good the way it is, and would be a whole lot cheaper than modifying another banjo.
Contact me for a more thorough description, price, and pics if you are interested. I have not advertised the banjo.
Steve Harrold


Ooooo!

The original case would be US or Canada made but it could also have been a chipboard piece of junk. Not an issue for a banjo like this. Hard case = good!

Edited by - mikehalloran on 10/03/2018 10:07:58

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