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Jul 17, 2019 - 10:57:55 AM
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69 posts since 7/6/2019

I currently own a Deering Maple Blossom pre-06 tone ring. I'm thinking about adding a 2nd banjo for tonal variety. I have a line on a Mahogany Deering Deluxe 5 string with the 06 bell bronze tone ring but its 3,000 miles away so I can't compare the two. Will the Mahogany Deluxe 5 be distinctly different than the Maple Bossom?

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:06:04 AM

3149 posts since 7/12/2006

I always have liked mahagony or walnut over maple myself. They both have a darker sound to me, especially walnut. I guess its personal preference. I never had the desire for maple banjo. Now if you REALLY want tonal difference, get an archtop! LOL

Edited by - stanleytone on 07/17/2019 11:07:03

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:13:06 AM

69 posts since 7/6/2019

Thanks Stanley. I my thinking was a maple banjo would be brighter and cut through the mix better. And in theory a mahogany banjo would be darker, mellower and possibly more enjoyable to play solo.

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:27:49 AM

2083 posts since 9/25/2006

I currently own a maple blossom and have previously owned a Golden Wreath. Both pre-06.

In addition to the wood, they are constructed differently—GW had a 20 hole ring and tapered resonator walls. There was a distinction between the two for sure. Both had great sound but in their own unique ways.

I highly recommend both.

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:50:17 AM

10513 posts since 2/12/2011

Look for the Deering Tenbrooks Legacy (it has a mahogany neck) with the Kruger tone ring. I have one and it is awesome. Noticeably different from my Gibson ESS which is all maple. Love them both.

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:40:51 PM
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69 posts since 7/6/2019

By the way I found this NOS Deluxe for $2k so hundreds less than a new Sierra and about $1,300 less than remaining stock of new Deering Deluxes. It has one tiny ding/dent on the back of the resonator but is otherwise in new condition.

Ken I have been drooling over the Tenbrooks recently but they are more than I want to spend at this point.

Jul 17, 2019 - 3:10:05 PM

172 posts since 8/13/2018

I have a Deering Sierra in maple and found the tone brighter to my ears than the mahogany.
But that’s just me.

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:22:09 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7033 posts since 8/20/2016

Maple sounds like steak and mahogany sounds like bacon.

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:56:07 PM

5155 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo

Maple sounds like steak and mahogany sounds like bacon.


I can't figure that one out. Is the Mooooo trying to save the steak or be condescending to the bacon?

Ken

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:37:19 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7033 posts since 8/20/2016

quote:
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom
quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo

Maple sounds like steak and mahogany sounds like bacon.


I can't figure that one out. Is the Mooooo trying to save the steak or be condescending to the bacon?

Ken


I screwed it up. I meant to say Maple is like bacon and Mahogany's like steak...they are both delicious, but the maple is crisper....but I didn't. I hate when that happens.

Edited by - Mooooo on 07/17/2019 20:38:32

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:26:22 PM
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69 posts since 7/6/2019

So Mooooo what you are saying is...

vs

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:51:02 PM

311 posts since 2/5/2014

I have a mahogany Sierra, and love the deep sound. I did get a maple Stelling a while back and didn’t like the sharp tinny sounds. I was lucky and traded it for an Eagle II.
Each banjo player has their own concept of the tones they like. I suppose the worst thing that could happen is that you get a maple banjo, and if you don’t like me it (after giving it a fair chance), then sell it and get a hog.

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:45:24 PM

69 posts since 7/6/2019

I decided to pass on the banjo. I had to press for an answer but eventually they told me it was a 2012 so its been hanging on their wall unsold for 7 years. That alone is a bit if a warning flag. Corrosion is already starting on some of the hardware. At $2,100 I can buy a brand new Sierra for $2,400 which is pretty much the same spec banjo in satin vs gloss.

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:58:52 PM

2311 posts since 4/16/2003

I'd suggest a mahogany Golden Wreath.

It -will- give you a different sound than a Maple Blossom with a pre-06 ring.

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:20:06 AM

3786 posts since 9/21/2009

quote:
Originally posted by talljoey

I have a mahogany Sierra, and love the deep sound. I did get a maple Stelling a while back and didn’t like the sharp tinny sounds. I was lucky and traded it for an Eagle II.
Each banjo player has their own concept of the tones they like. I suppose the worst thing that could happen is that you get a maple banjo, and if you don’t like me it (after giving it a fair chance), then sell it and get a hog

Sounds like that Stelling needed a setup. I'm not bashing anyones prefrence of banjos, but I've never seen (or heard) a Stelling, that I would trade for any Deering. I realize that everyone hears different, but that's just my opinion.

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:13 PM

banjoez

USA

2307 posts since 7/18/2007

quote:
Originally posted by J.Albert

I'd suggest a mahogany Golden Wreath.

It -will- give you a different sound than a Maple Blossom with a pre-06 ring.


Golden Wreath's are great sounding banjos. I have one I may be offering for sale if anyone is interested.

Jul 20, 2019 - 7:31:44 AM

banjoez

USA

2307 posts since 7/18/2007

quote:
Originally posted by banjoman56
quote:
Originally posted by talljoey

I have a mahogany Sierra, and love the deep sound. I did get a maple Stelling a while back and didn’t like the sharp tinny sounds. I was lucky and traded it for an Eagle II.
Each banjo player has their own concept of the tones they like. I suppose the worst thing that could happen is that you get a maple banjo, and if you don’t like me it (after giving it a fair chance), then sell it and get a hog

Sounds like that Stelling needed a setup. I'm not bashing anyones prefrence of banjos, but I've never seen (or heard) a Stelling, that I would trade for any Deering. I realize that everyone hears different, but that's just my opinion.


I used to feel the same way about Deering vs Stelling but not anymore. The 06 ring along with the red maple “violin grade” rims have made Deerings pretty hard to beat for powerful bluegrass tone. They are a whole different animal than what they used to be.

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:14:18 PM

3786 posts since 9/21/2009

quote:Sounds like I might need to give one a try, instead of running my mouth then.
Originally posted by banjoez
quote:
Originally posted by banjoman56
quote:
Originally posted by talljoey

I have a mahogany Sierra, and love the deep sound. I did get a maple Stelling a while back and didn’t like the sharp tinny sounds. I was lucky and traded it for an Eagle II.
Each banjo player has their own concept of the tones they like. I suppose the worst thing that could happen is that you get a maple banjo, and if you don’t like me it (after giving it a fair chance), then sell it and get a hog

Sounds like that Stelling needed a setup. I'm not bashing anyones prefrence of banjos, but I've never seen (or heard) a Stelling, that I would trade for any Deering. I realize that everyone hears different, but that's just my opinion.


I used to feel the same way about Deering vs Stelling but not anymore. The 06 ring along with the red maple “violin grade” rims have made Deerings pretty hard to beat for powerful bluegrass tone. They are a whole different animal than what they used to be.


Jul 21, 2019 - 7:47:04 AM

3149 posts since 7/12/2006

well then, why not just get one built to your own liking? tone ring ,rim, wood, inlays etc. of your choice?

Aug 1, 2019 - 2:59:32 PM

69 posts since 7/6/2019

INBOUND...another Deering Deluxe surfaced near me. Its a 2009-2010 as best I can tell and another Guitar Center find go figure. Price $1,349 and they say its in "like new condition free of blems, scratches, and user wear". Okay GC we'll see but if true this could be a closet queen. The head looks really clean.

This has the outline "Deering" inlay which from my research dates it 2009-2010 so I think its going to be Mahogany which is what I was looking for vs the Walnut. 300 miles away and I didn't feel like driving 11 hours so I had them ship it up to my local GC. With a no questions asked return policy I can check it out when it arrives.

The GC picture is horrible.

Aug 5, 2019 - 7:04:48 PM
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Well the banjo was advertised in excellent like new condition, no dings, scratches, or wear. I guess except for the wear, dozen dings, scratches, and CHUNK of wood missing from the resonator (look closely at their blurry just left of the neck heel) it matched their description. Walked out with my money back in my wallet.

Aug 6, 2019 - 8:02:51 PM

RevD

USA

13 posts since 4/8/2019

I've seen them use the same picture from another store for a 'used' product. I was looking for a specific brand and I'll be one in New Mexico had the same picture as the one in Rancho Cucumonga. Their used market is terribly represented with fuzzy pictures and less than honest assessments of the instruments. But I thought swapping photo's because some store manager was to lazy to take a picture of the one for sale was pretty lame. Its a shame because there are good instruments available, so yeah that was smart to ship to a local with a guarantee for sure.

Aug 7, 2019 - 3:40:42 PM

69 posts since 7/6/2019

The 2002 Maple Blossom I purchased from GC a couple months back also had horrible blurry photos. Given the low price it was worth driving 3 hours up there to take a look in person. I now have a line on a brand new 2018 Deluxe in Walnut. $3,299 so I'm on the fence himing and hawing.

Aug 9, 2019 - 2:41:40 PM
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Pulled the trigger on a brand new 2018 Walnut Deering Deluxe just now, inbound!

Aug 9, 2019 - 3:05:48 PM

2311 posts since 4/16/2003

Looks great!

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:01:21 PM

banjoez

USA

2307 posts since 7/18/2007

You’ll love it.

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