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Aug 2, 2019 - 8:29:13 AM

strings on a stick


3 posts since 8/2/2019

Currently I own a deering goodtime openback which i love, but my focus has shifted from clawhammer to scruggs style and alike. So I would like to get myself a nice resonator banjo with a good tone. I'm currently saving up, i'm aiming save up to 2000 euros.

I searched around and I am interested in the Gold tone ob150rf (I think i'd love a radiused fretboard, at least on my guitars I do) and the Recording king RK35. The other option would be to save 600 euros more and go for a prucha pioneer with radiused fretboard.

The thing is, I haven't found any of these banjos in the stores in stock, so trying one out won't be an option i'm afraid.

I would like to know if it's worth the extra 600 euros to go for the prucha and how does it sound compared to the recording king. I only found the recordings on the prucha site and one whole youtube video of it and they are quite different in sound.

Am i correct to say that the sound of the gold tone is much alike the recording king but a tad warmer and plunkier?

Edited by - strings on a stick on 08/02/2019 08:31:04

Aug 2, 2019 - 9:01:41 AM

363 posts since 1/28/2013

Prucha would be my first choice. Quality, resale value definitely. The tone would have to be equal or probably better than any Recording King or Goldtone. Recording King is a 27 inch scale if you want a longer scale, more room between frets. Better check their nut widths though, they might only offer a 1 3/16ths. Goldtone and Prucha offer wide fingerboards. Goldtone in the past had thick neck profiles, they may be thinner today, better check on that also.

Edited by - jan dupree on 08/02/2019 09:04:39

Aug 2, 2019 - 12:00:51 PM

4408 posts since 8/3/2012

Originally posted by jan dupree

 Recording King is a 27 inch scale if you want a longer scale, more room between frets. Better check their nut widths though, they might only offer a 1 3/16ths. 

RK-35 has a 26 1/4" scale length.  The 75 & 85 Elite have 27" length.

Aug 2, 2019 - 12:41:19 PM
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287 posts since 9/12/2006

here's the rule of thumb according to common sense, (and several professional players) BUY the very best banjo you can afford; or go a bit beyond that and borrow a bit if need to to acquire the banjo you REALLY want. nuff' said!

Aug 2, 2019 - 12:53 PM

1941 posts since 5/2/2012

The RK35 and GT OB150 have very similar specifications, so they are more alike than different. Thomann's has them on their website around the same price, the  RK here and the GT   here .  I have a Used GT OB-150F and it is a fine banjo.  RK's get good reviews here on the HO and have a loyal following.  I think you would be happy with either banjo.  The difference in sound could be attributed to a lot of things.  Radiused or not? Probably a personal preference.  You can do a search here on the HO - look for the little magnifying glass on the left side of the page - and read some opinions, like this discussion radiused or flat

If you get on Gold Tone's US site and look for their dealer site, you will find several dealers in the Netherlands.  See if this link to the site  works Dealer map Netherlands  

Looks like the Pioneer is priced at 1560 euros, with a radiused fretboard adding another 180, here Pioneer There is a dealer in the Netherlands  according to the Prucha website 

Edited by - thisoldman on 08/02/2019 12:57:55

Aug 2, 2019 - 1:37:10 PM

1929 posts since 12/31/2005


Aug 3, 2019 - 6:48:08 AM

strings on a stick


3 posts since 8/2/2019

Thanks for your replies.

well I have been to some gold tone dealers reagion but they only had one of the cheaper gold tone (guitar)banjos in stock if any. I can order one through them or online but there's nothing to compare it with that way.
Banjo Wim is not around the corner, but if he has some pruchas in stock then it's probably worth it to make an appointment and drive over there.

For what i've read prucha is the way to go. But I also came across Capek banjos who makes banjo's around the same price as prucha does, how would for example the Capek Pelikan compare to the prucha pioneer?

Edited by - strings on a stick on 08/03/2019 06:49:44

Aug 3, 2019 - 2:29:57 PM

2357 posts since 4/16/2003

Pruchas are world-class banjos, beautifully made, sound good, that's what I'd be saving up for...

Aug 5, 2019 - 7:31:35 AM

1941 posts since 5/2/2012

strings on a stick there is a review of the Capek Pelikan here on the HO. Go to the "more" tab on the left side of the page and check out the review. If you do a search here using "capek" as the search term you will find some threads discussing the

Aug 5, 2019 - 8:06:17 AM

1941 posts since 5/2/2012

Here is the live link to the Capek banjo review  Capek Pelican

Aug 5, 2019 - 11:15:59 AM

strings on a stick


3 posts since 8/2/2019

Thank you @thisoldman, I did use the search tool and found some helpful threads but I couldn't find any reviews so thank you for sharing this one.

Both prucha and capek seem to be a great choice. I'm definitely going to save up for one of those two and in the meantime I'll have plenty of time to decide.

Thank you all for your opinions and advice.

Edited by - strings on a stick on 08/05/2019 11:16:38

Aug 6, 2019 - 5:53:05 PM

1941 posts since 5/2/2012

I agree, from what I'm reading, either one of those banjos would be a great choice.

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