I'm a sucker for anything Art Deco. I notice that guitar center and Sam Ash are selling this Epiphone Mayfair which I love the look of.. Otherwise I know that Recording Kings are great Art Deco options.
the specs don't say if it has a tone ring or brass hoop but I love the inlay and headstock. looking for opinions
at 8.25 lbs would have to be a wood ring or brass hoop.
Edited by - Lynne on 07/27/2019 08:38:40
Note to all banjo buyers:
Manufacturer's descriptions are in code.
If a description does not say "tone ring," there is no tone ring.
If it does not say "brass hoop," there is no brass hoop.
The Epiphone Mayfair has neither. A look at the closeup of the pot on the AMS website confirms there is no tone ring visible from the exterior of the banjo.
The Recording King RK-R20 Songster, which sells for $50 less than the Epiphone, has a "rolled brass tone ring." A look at the exterior closeup of the pot reveals that this "tone ring" is apparently a round tone hoop rather than a Mastertone style tone ring.
The Epiphone Mayfair does have an " . . . industry standard Remo head which provides maximum volume and tone along with a hard Maple bridge with an Ebony cap and a traditional "clamshell" design tailpiece."
The capital letters and slightly stunted syntax are Epiphone's, not mine.
More about manufacturer's codes: If you are looking at guitars, "spruce top" or "mahogany back" means laminated wood. "Solid spruce top" means solid wood.
For mandolins: "maple back" means laminated pressed wood. "Carved solid maple" means machine carved. "Solid hand carved" means the final carving was done by hand. The same code applies to most factory made violins.
I have not played a recent issue Epiphone banjo in quite a while, so I can offer no current insight about the sound or the quality of workmanship.
If you like art deco, some of the old Ludwig tenors are quite enjoyable, and affordable.
Edited by - rcc56 on 07/26/2019 21:25:00
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