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Nov 8, 2019 - 10:48:36 PM
5494 posts since 3/6/2006

I saw one used (but pretty much mint) for $2500 and wonder if that is a reasonable price or not. I really have no idea what they are going for.

Nov 8, 2019 - 11:43:22 PM

Polle Flaunoe

Denmark

5342 posts since 3/7/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Laurence Diehl

I saw one used (but pretty much mint) for $2500 and wonder if that is a reasonable price or not. I really have no idea what they are going for.


FYI - In Europe an used OME in absolutely near mint condition sells for 45-50% of the US price for a new example.

Nov 9, 2019 - 12:26:56 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22538 posts since 6/25/2005

(Revised) Resonator or openback? Makes a big difference. Ones wholesale for 60% of list price I think.  So that’s a decent price for an openback, bargain for a resonator version.  Trilogys can be had with different tone rings, it seems:  https://www.omebanjos.com/banjos/5-string-open-back/professional/trilogy/  Ome’s behind on their price list, so I’m making an educated guess on the price.  Omes are hard to find.  That’s one to buy if you like it.

 I’m amazed at what Polle says are the used European prices, although he may mean U.S. list price, not street price.  

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 11/09/2019 00:49:27

Nov 9, 2019 - 4:04:55 AM

5494 posts since 3/6/2006

It’s open back with the silver bell tone ring

Nov 9, 2019 - 5:27:35 AM

385 posts since 9/23/2009

I agree with Bill - if you find one you like, buy it. There are not a lot of examples for sale (of any OME model). I got mine (a Grand Mogul) from Matt Umanov as he was closing his shop in NYC, and I've never seen another. It's my go-to instrument, esp. for recording.

Edited by - KingStudent on 11/09/2019 05:28:10

Nov 9, 2019 - 11:33:11 AM

gtani7

USA

952 posts since 3/22/2017

If it's an Ome w/Silver Bell tonering, I lvoe the tone of those but without seeing the specific banjo, knowing if it has original case, tailpiece etc, hard to say. A lot of the older Omes seem to have lost their cases and other pieces along the way. You could try mien for comparison purposes

Nov 9, 2019 - 2:01:16 PM

5494 posts since 3/6/2006

It’s a 2011 with original case etc. in dusty strings. Fair price?

Nov 9, 2019 - 2:02:16 PM

89 posts since 4/4/2010

And if you happen to stop by Bernunzio's and see a fancy OME there for sale and you like it, PLEASE buy it. Feel free to do the same if you see a 60 yr old Martin T1 uke there that you like.

Nov 9, 2019 - 4:48:43 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22538 posts since 6/25/2005

Yeah Laurence, that’s not a bad price—and it would be hard to find the banjo, let alone at a better price. That’s a great-sounding instrument, and given your style should fit you well.

Nov 9, 2019 - 7:00:57 PM

5494 posts since 3/6/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Yeah Laurence, that’s not a bad price—and it would be hard to find the banjo, let alone at a better price. That’s a great-sounding instrument, and given your style should fit you well.


Thanks a lot Bill the hangout is a great place to come if you want to be talked into buying a banjo!

Nov 9, 2019 - 9:08:55 PM
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gtani7

USA

952 posts since 3/22/2017

That's probably a decent price. Don't know how long it's been there, I used to know all the Omes they sold, but If it's a consignment, there'll be a little wiggle room. If you look around reverb and ebay, there's been other silver bell Omes for less: reverb.com/item/15536089-ome-x...-1973-350

I can't find the hang tag on my Ome, but i can tell you that a few things on the tag were in error, like year of build

Nov 9, 2019 - 10:16:09 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22538 posts since 6/25/2005

There are two Silver Bell-style Ome tone rings. One has no holes, but has space above the shell on the inside of the rim, and overhangs it a bit. The other version has holes, and fits flush with the rim. Both sound good, likely a tad different though.

Nov 9, 2019 - 11:46:49 PM

gtani7

USA

952 posts since 3/22/2017

I'm under the impression that the older ones from 70's had a gap between inner face of tonering and the rim and the newer ones are usually flush, but that's from looking at lot sof pictures, i've never actually seen any in person besides mine.  I've got a B&D and a couple Rickard silver bell rings also, I should see how they fit.

In the olden days, you could email Tanya and ask her about a serial number and she would tell you anything you wanted to know, even photocopy the build sheet for that banjo, but these days her backlog is big (I think somebody said year and a half??) and, well, she doesn't really have time to anything except build banjos.

Edited by - gtani7 on 11/09/2019 23:48:14

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