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FOR SALE: Mike Ramsey Fairbanks Electric 12" BANJO (Chanterelle)

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Jan 22, 2020 - 2:37:29 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

Hi folks,

I'm reluctantly selling my circa 2000-ish Mike Ramsey Electric 12" banjo.

This is a fine example of Mike's work. Just a great banjo which has served me well this past year...but it's time to send it along to someone else. I'm just an 11" guy...it seems.

If you have any questions let me know. I am flexible on the price within reason. I've not seen a finer example of Mike's high end ELECTRIC (Bernunzio has a good one right now too, but at about $1000 more than this example...)

Check out my video example on my page and get in touch.

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Edited by - HERMES on 01/22/2020 20:16:38

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:33:05 PM

2601 posts since 11/25/2003

What is the price?

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:38:36 PM

9228 posts since 2/22/2007

Here you go----BHO Marketplace

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:42:44 PM

9228 posts since 2/22/2007

However, where is the scalloped tone ring characteristic of the "Electric" models???? I can't see one in those photos.

Edit to say "never mind", because I just checked the Fairbanks Electric on my member page, and I can't see the ring in my own photo, either.  But it was there, so it must be the angle of the photo. 

Edited by - banjo bill-e on 01/22/2020 17:53:36

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:14:34 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

it is tough to get a good picture....this is Mike's modified slighty mellower version of the classic ELECTRIC (aka whyte laydie)

it's there...all three parts....

 

JUST ADDED A NEW PHOTO THAT SHOWS THE SCALLOPED TONE RING

Edited by - HERMES on 01/22/2020 20:24:06

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:18:59 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

quote:
Originally posted by banjo bill-e

However, where is the scalloped tone ring characteristic of the "Electric" models???? I can't see one in those photos.

Edit to say "never mind", because I just checked the Fairbanks Electric on my member page, and I can't see the ring in my own photo, either.  But it was there, so it must be the angle of the photo. 


Banjo Bill-e that's a fine looking Ramsey Electric you have...is that 11"?   nice variations in the inlay....this one sticks to the classic original Fairbanks a la Zepp pattern....

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:22:47 PM
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9228 posts since 2/22/2007

Mike, yes that is an 11". I no longer own that one but it was a beauty. I now wish that I had kept it. Hindsight is always 20/20. But a bit mellower would have helped, as mine added a lot of edge to the tone, and that required a more precise touch than I had at the time. I also think that a nice skin head, like yours has, would have been a good pairing.

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:28:30 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

Banjo Bill-e....i used to own an interesting Ramsey Electric.

He made it for me directly...as I used to live near him.ALL Walnut. I originally wanted an 11" woody, but I didn't like the sound and asked if he could modify it and add the scalloped tone ring...

The pot, however, was deeper than his usual electric pot (woody's are usually 3" or so)

The combination was wonderful.....

Sad story...I sold it to take my significant other on a trip...and on that trip she cheated on me.
lost the banjo and the girl...but someday i guess I'll write a country song about it.

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:12:28 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22909 posts since 6/25/2005
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Why is this banjo listed as a “Ramsey—Fairbanks” electric?? There is no Fairbanks about it. It’s a Ramsey electric. Calling it a “Ramsey—Fairbanks” connotes a Ramsey neck on a Fairbanks pot. IMO, bringing in the Fairbanks name is carrying marketing too far. BHO members know what an electric tone ring is. There is no need to attach the Fairbanks name to something that is not Fairbanks.

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:03:15 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

It was sold to me via ELDERLY INSTRUMENTS with that exact TITLE.

It helps to show that it is a Ramsey version of a Fairbanks design (not Vega)

I don't like to assume anyone knows anything...but thanks for your input...

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:05:29 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

reverb.com/item/22205638-mike-...-old-time

this slightly shabbier version sold a little while back...also with the FAIRBANKS distinction

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:06:37 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:47:25 AM

9228 posts since 2/22/2007

"Bill R asked---"Why is this banjo listed as a “Ramsey—Fairbanks” electric?? ---"

While that is a fair question for Mr. Ramsey it is not a fair question of this seller, as that is indeed how this model has always been marketed, both by Donald Zepp when he often posted here about this design being his favorite clawhammer banjo, and by Gruhn's, where I bought mine.

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:03:04 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22909 posts since 6/25/2005
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Okay, so it’s based on a Ramsey scam. At least it’s a reasonable justification by the resellers. .... Just curious, did Ramsey (or anyone) ever offer a “Vega Tubaphone” with no part made by Vega?

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:44:55 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

Thanks so much for your opinion. Language is a useful tool. We hear some words and we think “money” “scam” or maybe you hear “beauty”. I can’t tell you how to react to words I or others applied to this banjo,,, I can say the description was helpful for me when I purchased it. If it distasteful to you and if you think this banjo is somehow not a perfectly a banjo to rival any old or new then just move along . And don’t bring your “scam” talk to my thread. Thanks.

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:31:47 PM

HERMES

USA

524 posts since 2/7/2006

This banjo is now out of my hands. It will be for sale at some point @ Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia.

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