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Gold Tone CC100RP vs Washburn B16

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May 20, 2019 - 10:36:18 AM
2 posts since 5/19/2019

I have the opportunity to get either of these for approximately the same price, around $350-$375. Which is the better purchase?

I had been learning for the last few months on a very cheap import and enjoying it. It got smashed a couple weeks ago and there's a painful banjo-shaped hole in my heart. Unfortunately, I now have two problems: 1. I'm currently so broke that even $100 for a banjo is a foolish indulgence, and 2. I'm familiar enough with the instrument that I don't want to wrestle with the frustrations that come with banjos in that price range.

However, I've decided that replacing my banjo is pretty much required for my mental health to survive the situation I'm in, so I'm going to tighten my belt and go for it.

So I definitely need the best bang for my buck, and I'm open to suggestions for any lower-priced decent resonator banjos you might know of!

May 20, 2019 - 12:55:10 PM

127 posts since 4/11/2019

Gold Tone is in Titusville Florida, and they frequently have blemished instruments for sale a good discount.

May 22, 2019 - 7:12:02 PM

2 posts since 5/19/2019

Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye on their deals.
In the meantime, is anyone interested in chiming in on whether either the B16 or the CC100RP is a good buy in the mid-$300 range?
The B16 is local and I may be able to negotiate a lower price. Definitely will need some setup though.

May 22, 2019 - 7:54:55 PM

11 posts since 11/20/2016

I'm not familiar with either but they are likely similar in quality. I would just recommend to keep in mind that whatever you get will not be your "forever" instrument. It will be one to put a bunch of miles on with little cost per mile. I wore down the first few frets of a more expensive one after just a couple years and then read that some folks have a "practice banjo" for that reason. I think I would go with whatever I could pay less for right now. I'm willing to bet that if you keep at it and make substantial progress, you will be hell bent on a new one within a couple years.

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