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Jan 4, 2020 - 3:02:54 PM

Matteo

Italy

1140 posts since 5/24/2004

Hi all!
I was wondering what an early, unmolested RB-100 goes for these days.
Ideally late 1940s or very early 1950s, no tone ring, archtop hoop etc...

Also, is anyone planning on getting rid of theirs? I'll keep my eyes open if so :)
Thanks!
Matt.

Edited by - Matteo on 01/04/2020 15:03:53

Jan 4, 2020 - 3:59:48 PM
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1066 posts since 4/13/2017

I paid $1500 for my all original '59 RB-100. It is in pristine condition, and plays like a dream. I had it professionally set up, and believe it or not, it is louder than a prewar Granada in the same jam session. Take that for what it's worth to you, but to me, it's worth a lot because it means I got one heck of a banjer.

Jan 4, 2020 - 6:00:38 PM

12665 posts since 10/30/2008

Unmolested is the key word Matteo. A lot of these got "upgraded" to Mastertones, sort of.

Lately I've actually seen more RB 150s from the late 40s and early 50s than RB 100s. At the typical on line vintage dealers.

Jan 5, 2020 - 5:46:05 AM

Matteo

Italy

1140 posts since 5/24/2004

That's right Dick, 150s and 250s seem to come up rather regularly (and I have a 1957 RB-250)...I've not seen many early 100s lately and I was wondering how much they sell for. I might be in the market for one, potentially...

Edited by - Matteo on 01/05/2020 05:46:59

Jan 7, 2020 - 7:31:34 PM

40 posts since 1/2/2018

Hi Matt, I gave around 1300 for an all original 58 rb 100 a couple yrs ago. It's an arch top...brass hoop on inside of rim as opposed to outside that gives that appearance. Was in excellent condition. Not within the yrs you mentioned but will maybe give you an idea. It's a great banjo that has served me well for clawhammering.

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:40:35 AM

6216 posts since 10/6/2004

I paid £500 for a fair condition '63 RB100 a few years back - all original except and it had had an old heel repair.

A brilliant banjo and a total keeper - especially with the hoop in [no ring conversion here].

Edited by - country frank on 01/15/2020 07:40:50

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:45:30 AM

10650 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Blue20Boy17

I paid $1500 for my all original '59 RB-100. It is in pristine condition, and plays like a dream. I had it professionally set up, and believe it or not, it is louder than a prewar Granada in the same jam session. Take that for what it's worth to you, but to me, it's worth a lot because it means I got one heck of a banjer.


Simple 1/4" round rod banjos can kick butt when properly set up. They have a nice, throaty sound that I like. The Gibsons, of course, but a Fender Allegro is pretty much the same banjo (ok, the look takes a little getting used to) at a much better price. Don't forget the half-spun Little Wonder rings (Vega Wonder, Senator & Regent). My Regent was louder than my Tubaphone but the tone didn't have that sparkly top end. The Kalamazoo plectrum I had is still playing a lot of shows in the hand of its current owner and cuts nicely.

Sometimes, I'll hear a recording done on my Allegro long neck, Little Wonder tenor or Senator plectrum and think, Damn, why did I ever sell those?

Edited by - mikehalloran on 01/17/2020 09:46:40

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