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Dec 12, 2019 - 7:09:42 PM
4 posts since 11/13/2019

Share any knowledge or wisdom you may have about Ralph Stanley banjo’s made by Frank Neat. Thanks!

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/12/2019 22:33:45

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:08:20 PM
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120 posts since 4/1/2016

If I remember correctly, at Ralph’s festival, 10+ years ago, they were for sale for $3400-$4000.

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:09:39 PM
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12454 posts since 10/30/2008

They made quite a number of them. I seem to remember seeing one labeled as the 90th? I may be wrong, but it seems to me there were at least 50.

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:07:33 PM
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Foote

USA

278 posts since 3/25/2009

I remember seeing Ralph in the late 70's and Curly Ray Cline did the sales pitch, "You can own this very banjo Ralph is playing here tonight." A great way to sell banjos but I haven't seen anyone else do it. I didn't buy the banjo but I did buy a Curly Ray key chain with his picture on it.

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:34:48 AM
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RioStat

USA

5055 posts since 10/12/2009

Dec 13, 2019 - 4:48:11 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23621 posts since 8/3/2003

I actually got to hold and pick one way back in the '90s. Beautiful banjo, loud, in your face sound like that of a Gibson archtop. Couldn't afford it, but would have loved to have it.

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:14:19 PM
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12454 posts since 10/30/2008

Haskell McCormack was making sales pitches for "old" Gibson banjos on stage with Lester Flatt back in the early 1970s. I was told Haskell never traveled without an old Gibson or two in the bus for sale.

I've heard it suggested that Earl did this too. Can't testify to it though.

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