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Jul 15, 2019 - 8:29:47 AM

Thallea

Czech Republic

4 posts since 7/15/2019

Hello everyone!
I'm looking for a 5 string resonator banjo, my budget is roughly 1300$ for the banjo only. I already have some money saved for a hard case and all the other necessities. I'm a beginner ready to buy my first instrument and want to spend my money as wisely as possible. I'd appreciate any advice, tips on specific banjos or marks.
Thank you and have a great day!

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:00:09 AM

256 posts since 2/6/2018

Not sure what the banjo market looks like where you are, but I'd crawl before walking. You can by a decent used Deering Goodtime 2 resonator banjo for about $350 (U.S. currency) and give that a go. Save your money for a more expensive banjo down the road...if you continue to play and get the "banjo-bug" like the rest of us. As you improve, you'll fall into the same category as many of us and start accumulating different banjos until your wife threatens you with divorce if you purchase just one more. Have fun, get your feet wet, and enjoy the journey.

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:36:15 AM

3152 posts since 7/12/2006

A banjo with a good pot assembly but with simple dot inlays  and mahogany neck and resonator might be just what you want. Sound over looks. You might check to see if a luthier banjo builder can do that for you

Edited by - stanleytone on 07/15/2019 09:37:20

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:36:54 AM
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hoodoo

Canada

486 posts since 10/6/2017

I'm not sure about the prices, but you have a fabulous banjo maker right in the Czech Republic : en.pruchabanjos.cz/

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:22:43 AM

Fathand

Canada

11375 posts since 2/7/2008

Epiphone MB 250 were available for several years in Europe after they were discontinued in N America. If you can find one of those or an RK 35 they will be well under your budget and will last you into a professional career.

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:34:25 AM

1843 posts since 5/2/2012

http://www.thomann.de/cz/banja.html Here is a link to Thomann's banjo page.  Click on the "More" tab on the left side of this page to look at reviews on specific banjo models, and they have reviews on their site as well. 

And this would be within your budget Prucha Student Model

Edited by - thisoldman on 07/15/2019 10:46:41

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:55:32 AM

10513 posts since 2/12/2011

Deering Sierra or Boston here in classifieds.

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:27:42 AM
likes this

256 posts since 2/6/2018

Or check out the new "Twanger" on Banjo Ben's website: store.banjobenclark.com/produc...with-case

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:42:52 AM

Thallea

Czech Republic

4 posts since 7/15/2019

quote:
Originally posted by MoJoBanjo

Or check out the new "Twanger" on Banjo Ben's website: store.banjobenclark.com/produc...with-case


This one is not available in my country, but we've got the Gold Tone OB-150 Orange Blossom, it's for sale  in my local shop too. 

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:46:24 AM

256 posts since 2/6/2018

...and I suppose shipping from the U.S. would be cost prohibitive...
Originally posted by Thallea
quote:
Originally posted by MoJoBanjo

Or check out the new "Twanger" on Banjo Ben's website: store.banjobenclark.com/produc...with-case


This one is not available in my country, but we've got the Gold Tone OB-150 Orange Blossom, it's for sale  in my local shop too. 


Jul 15, 2019 - 11:52:04 AM

Thallea

Czech Republic

4 posts since 7/15/2019

quote:
Originally posted by MoJoBanjo
...and I suppose shipping from the U.S. would be cost prohibitive...
Originally posted by Thallea
quote:
Originally posted by MoJoBanjo

Or check out the new "Twanger" on Banjo Ben's website: store.banjobenclark.com/produc...with-case


This one is not available in my country, but we've got the Gold Tone OB-150 Orange Blossom, it's for sale  in my local shop too. 


 


The customs fees would be astronomic. Our postal service is in crisis and they are trying to make money off of overseas packages. Sometimes you have to pay almost half the price of the item so I'm trying to find a european dealer for Twanger rn. 

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:22:57 PM

206 posts since 3/29/2018

I love my RK-35.

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:01:02 PM

1843 posts since 5/2/2012

A GT OB150 would be a good choice, in my humble opinion. Equivalent to an RK35 I would think.

I went back to the Prucha website and it looks like an upcharge for a flathead tone ring (it comes with a "special light tone ring"). That would make it a bit out of your price range. The GT OB150 comes with a quality tone ring.

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:25:34 PM

138 posts since 12/16/2014

Get one with strings....lol

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:05:43 PM

289 posts since 1/28/2013

You could find a good selection of Deerings anywhere in Europe.

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:04:43 PM

10411 posts since 4/15/2012

1) Always try how the banjo feels to hold; you're going to be holding it a lot. so make sure it's comfortable.
2) Also, play it in several styles, to see if you like the sound.
3) Don't bother about ornamentation. No amount of plating and inlay will make you a better player, only a poorer one.

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:59:57 PM

2311 posts since 4/16/2003

Agree with comment about J. Prucha above.
One of the best banjo makers ANYWHERE.
And he's probably not far from where the OP is.

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