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Reasonable price for a 1957 TB-100?

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Oct 11, 2018 - 11:53:17 AM
207 posts since 3/19/2015

Thoughts on this? For sale in my neck of the woods.

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:56:51 AM

207 posts since 3/19/2015

One more photo


Oct 11, 2018 - 1:12:16 PM

11341 posts since 10/30/2008

Do you want to play it as a tenor, or make it into a 5 string? A 5 string neck is gonna cost around $1000, give or take. Sometimes you can find an old RB 100 neck for sale someplace, but they're not common.

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:42:17 PM

207 posts since 3/19/2015

Most likely convert it Dick.

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:43:42 PM

207 posts since 3/19/2015

I haven't seen it in person but it looks like a fat rim. Does anyone concur?

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:00:14 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


21436 posts since 6/25/2005

Does hot look like a fat rim to me.

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:30:22 PM

11341 posts since 10/30/2008

Since a neck is gonna cost more or less $1000, and you can get a perfectly fine used post 1987 RB 3 or RB 250 for low $2000s, I wouldn't think any TB 100 would be "worth" as much as $1000.

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:44:55 PM
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755 posts since 3/22/2017

There's a few rb-100's in ebay completed (Sold) auctions you can look at, also past asking prices

Not sure if you want the full 5 string flathead conversion or just put a 5 string neck on. I've had a rb100 for a couple months and played it for the first time a half hour ago... Long story, but even needing a neck reset, refret, flange bent, rim delamming and a bunch of other stuff, I love it.

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:44:41 AM

207 posts since 3/19/2015

Thanks, that's helpful. The person is asking $750.00 for it. Add a replacement 5 string neck and you're up to the price of an original RB-100.

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:44:34 AM

780 posts since 12/8/2006

If the banjo is in good condition (flange, resonator), $750 is not a bad price. Too, there are aplenty of good, used 'Gibson' necks to be had, many at $400-$600. Forget adding a tone ring 'til you decide if it needs it.

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:11:21 AM

105 posts since 5/19/2018

750 is a decent price if the tenor is in very good condition. It’s been said you can get a good neck for anywhere from 600-1000 for the instrument.

Just a thought, but if you keep on the lookout, you can find a really good all original RB100 with a case for between 1100 and 1400. Really nice older examples can go for more than that, but it’s not uncommon to see them for a bargain price.

Could save you time, and you get something that is original and should increase in value over the years. 100’s are nice versatile players.

They turn up fairly often here and other places. If you scan the usual places, you might find one and have it in your hands in a week or so.

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:38:32 AM



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There was one on CL for sale here in the NW for $800 for a long time.

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:46:43 AM

466 posts since 9/22/2012

I paid $800 for an unplayed 62 PB100. Thick rim. Unblemished anywhere. (Guitar Center!)

Richie Dotson converted it and we put a Huber Vintage Ring on it and one of his necks.

Incredible banjo.

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:54:56 AM
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755 posts since 3/22/2017

That price seems reasonable. There's a nice Cioffi conversion neck n the classifieds right now (repaired headstock /neck crack) , others pop up from time to time, or there's the $400 Saga/Golden Gate "luthier quality" conversion necks:

Add tuners, set lag bolts and cut neck heel, fret leve/crown unless you'd done those yourself, (preferably period-correct) case, bridge, tailpiece, your costs are mounting. 

rb100s: did you see ?

Or the one at Fiddlers Green?

Edited by - gtani7 on 10/13/2018 08:07:02

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