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Advice on Banjo Upgrade (Sierra Deering)

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Jul 20, 2019 - 12:58:44 AM

Oscar B

England

5 posts since 7/20/2019

Hi all, I'm an intermediate banjo player and have been playing the Goodtime 1 open-back banjo but I am looking for upgrade.

I have been looking at the Deering Sierra banjo but unfortunately there are no shops near me that I've found that have it in stock.

My question is does anyone have any experience with the Sierra and any info on:
.tone quality, .
ease of playing,
.volume.ect ...


Also if anyone knows any shops in the south of England (I live in Surrey) where I can give it a go it would be much appreciated!

Thank you,

Oscar

P.S. Also, if anyone near Surrey has one and would be willing to let me havea go, it would be very helpful.

Jul 20, 2019 - 1:25:33 AM
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974 posts since 2/4/2013

There's not many options for going to a shop in the UK. Besides Eagle Music, in the north, the only shop in the south that lists it is Hobgoblin but they have no stock. A few days ago GAK, in Brighton, were selling a second hand one but I guess you missed that one.

Jul 20, 2019 - 1:27:30 AM
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974 posts since 2/4/2013

Having said that Hobgoblin in Southampton have one second hand.

hobgoblin.com/deering-sierra-5...one-owner

And another in Brighton

https://hobgoblin.com/deering-used-sierra-5-string-banjo

Edited by - GrahamHawker on 07/20/2019 01:30:00

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:56:21 AM
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pickn5

USA

1363 posts since 8/8/2012

In 2013, I purchased a used 2007 Deering Siera (mahogany) with OHSC for 1200.00 USD including shipping. The guy advertised it as mint condition and professionally set up. He lied. It was in very good to excellent condition, however, the set up was nonexistent. I had it set up by a pro and its a keeper. I attached one of my videos so you can hear it.


Edited by - pickn5 on 07/20/2019 05:58:29

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:49:35 AM
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1157 posts since 8/10/2010

The Sierra is my main instrument. Was one of the best investments i've ever made. Bought it a little over a year ago. And it keeps sound better and better the more i play it. pull the trigger you will not regret it. And feel free to call Deering they're great folks to talk too about such things.

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:17:32 AM

Oscar B

England

5 posts since 7/20/2019

Thank you very much for your response
That's a very useful insight and gives me the confidence to go for one !

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:09:23 AM
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JohnTN

USA

118 posts since 8/8/2012

I have had one for several years and love it. It is a solid instrument. Tone, playability, volume, all good. It was a huge step up from my starter instrument. I have since added other banjos, but I have no interest in giving up the Sierra.

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:50:21 PM

Oscar B

England

5 posts since 7/20/2019

Awsome !
Thank you for your reply.
Looks like I'll have to get one then!

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:08:51 PM

Oscar B

England

5 posts since 7/20/2019

Thank you very much for the video Pickn5, the sierra has a lovely resonant tone!

Thank you also Graham Hawker
I'll look on those websites and look out for a second hand one and Brighton is not too far so if they still have it in stock I'll see if I can go down and try it.

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:40:54 PM
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86 posts since 1/2/2019

Jens Kruger of Deering plays one here:

youtube.com/watch?v=0cO3JPI7ROI

Although I play clawhammer, if I were going to get a resonator banjo, it would be the mahagony neck Sierra - beautiful sound.

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:31:06 PM
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357 posts since 2/5/2014

I bought a Sierra about 5 years ago, I learned how to play on that banjo. I found that the Deering neck is smooth, and easy to play. I can play either soft or loud depending on what song I am learning. The best part is the incredible sustain.
They are heavy and I foolishly sold it a while back, replacing it with a wood tone ring. But I missed the amazing sound of a Sierra, so I got another one. This one is a keeper.
I don’t think you can go wrong with a Sierra. Good luck!

Aug 1, 2019 - 6:29:10 AM
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Tommy5

USA

3410 posts since 2/22/2009

I play a Sierra Maple, bought it new in 2014. Love it, play it everyday, sounds great, easy to play,I put an electric pick up on it and play along in the country band I play in, it’s my lifetime banjo, does everything well.

Aug 1, 2019 - 10:33:24 AM
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Lew H

USA

2314 posts since 3/10/2008

I bought a second-hand openback Sierra 2 or 3 years ago via BHO. It has a maple pot and mahogany neck. I love it! It frets easily, has great tone, and is loud. I play clawhammer mostly, and this banjo can drown out other OT banjos if I don't stuff a towel in the pot.

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:10:40 PM
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Oscar B

England

5 posts since 7/20/2019

Hello all,

I am very happy to say that I have bought a 2015 mahogany Sierra
and it's amazing!!!

A joy to play and a beautiful tone.

Thank you all so much for all your help and advice.

Happy Pick'n !

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