So my personal debts will soon be paid off, and I’m going to start putting a bit of money aside to nurture my banjo hobby.
Obviously as a banjo enthusiast, the desire to acquire a new instrument is always tempting (I’ve got my eye on a few),
but I also would like to take a trip eventually (next summer would be fun) to somewhere in Appalachia (technically, Appalachia begins about 1h30 away from where I live but I mean WV, NC, Kentucky etc). During this trip, I’d like to find a low key event/camp with some banjo players that I admire to try and soak in some of their knowledge. I was most notably thinking of maybe attending the Old Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in WV. This option might wind up costing a lot for this Canadian.
So, if you people eventually had around $2000 saved up, how would you spend it? New banjo or banjo related experience?
Getting out with other banjo players sticks with you longer, IMHO. You'll get to see and play plenty of banjos on that trip.
I guess it depends, is the banjo you currently play so dire that it needs replacing urgently ? if not and you are happy to play it then the trip wins for me, if on the other hand it is indeed so awful that it is holding you back in your playing then replacing it with a better banjo would be my priority.
2-3K on a good used banjo here on BHO. Lots of good choices.
Why not both?
If you can, save up for the trip and bring enough cash to buy a banjo that you find along the way. Make it a pilgrimage. Try to go to some of the bigger retailers and better builders and play a variety. Try out other banjos at festivals. Find the one that finds you.
Congrats on the debt, by the way.
I would go to Geoff Hohwalds all inclusive banjo camp
banjo related experience--they are invaluable--there will always be banjos out there.
Definitely do the trip and make the most of not having to cross the Atlantic! I wish I could do it, but flying is a no for me. So I bought a couple of custom banjos instead and use BHO to join in the fun from afar.
Also bear in mind that custom banjo builders tend to have longish waiting lists, so if you put an order in now, you'd likely have a couple of years to save up, which would help you do both!
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