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Advice on openback uprade after deering goodtime

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Jan 26, 2020 - 6:06:27 PM
5 posts since 1/26/2020

What should my next openback banjo purchase be after a deering goodtime? Max $1200. Piscah? Enoch? Something vintage?

Jan 26, 2020 - 8:32:55 PM

491 posts since 8/14/2018

Depends. Do you have a preference in pot size, tone ring, etc?

Jan 26, 2020 - 8:57:01 PM

9386 posts since 2/22/2007

What are you trying to accomplish with your upgrade? Louder? A different tone? What do you feel is lacking?
I totally understand just wanting something new and different, been there and done that a few times now. But nobody can advise you unless you give a hint about what you are wanting that you are not getting from the Goodtime.

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:54:36 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23238 posts since 6/25/2005

Whatever sound you seek, look extensively at used banjos. Lots more bang for the buck.

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:36:29 AM

5 posts since 1/26/2020

more base, diffrent sound. Honestly just looking for variety and something different.

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:08:28 AM
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RV6

USA

1306 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by JwallENC

more base, diffrent sound. Honestly just looking for variety and something different.


Keep an eye on the Hangout classifieds.   There are good banjos being sold by good people there for good prices. 

https://www.banjohangout.org/classifieds/search.asp?m=advanced&ShowActive=true&CCat=1&CInstType=2&CMake=0&CPriceFrom=0&CPriceTo=2000&CLocation=&CCountry=United+States&CState=WY&CWithin=25&CZIP=82834&CType=&CCondition=&submit=Go

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:21:36 AM
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12674 posts since 10/30/2008

I can heartily support a used Reiter or Ramsey Chanterelle. Or an old Vega 4 string that's been converted to 5 string.

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:43:03 AM
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5 posts since 1/26/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Whatever sound you seek, look extensively at used banjos. Lots more bang for the buck.


Agreed, my first two were bought used

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:27:21 AM
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183 posts since 8/9/2004

Deering makes many fine openbacks beyond the Goodtime. For both new and used, I'd check that out.

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:59:08 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23238 posts since 6/25/2005

You might want to consider a 12” shell if you want more bass. One of the Enoch Tradesman models or the Gold Tone Bob Carlin BC-350. The -350 is a 12”; Tradesmans; can be had in 11” or 12” models. Both show up on the used market, and both are within your price range.

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:07:17 PM
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mjt0229

USA

326 posts since 4/20/2015
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I played a 12" Enoch Tradesman briefly over the weekend that I liked, and it was nice and light, played nicely, and sounded good. I also tried an old converted Vega style N that was nice. I own a Pisgah and love it.

Personally Deerings aren't for me, but if you like your Goodtime, it's worth checking out their other models.

Edited by - mjt0229 on 01/27/2020 12:07:42

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:25:58 PM
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Helix

USA

12363 posts since 8/30/2006

Perhaps something that will vintage

I have two in the classified ads
One all Bamboo with magnetic Rez
One Grapefruit with mag Rez
Both are ready to ship

Confer w me off forum, you have specs and ears

http://78249

Edited by - Helix on 01/28/2020 15:35:58

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