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Whats a fair price on a mid 60s original RB100?

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Feb 14, 2020 - 11:13:04 AM



242 posts since 1/8/2004

Appreciate the help. Thx

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:18:15 AM
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1015 posts since 4/13/2017

Anywhere from $1000 to $1500. I paid $1500 for my '59 all original RB-100. Does it have a thick rim or thin rim?

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:51:21 AM



242 posts since 1/8/2004

I believe serial# is 505***

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:20:01 PM
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12523 posts since 10/30/2008

Thin rim (post 1964) is somewhat less popular because you can't add a flat head ring to it. If you want to play it with just the tone hoop, it probably won't make any difference what rim. Might be closer to just $1000 if it's thin rim, just because that's a smaller, slower market IMHO.

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:48:08 PM
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5 posts since 11/15/2019

I have a RB100 I bought new in '69. It has the half inch rim painted black.

Plays excellent like the best pro banjos but I've never liked the way it sounds with just a hoop. It's plenty loud but doesn't have the blue Grass twang of top end banjos.

I'm going to bite the bullet and buy a Cox Maple rim and flathead tone ring from Arthur Hatfield and make it sound better then a comparable Mastertone but it's going to cost about $600.

I wouldn't pay more than $1000 for an original but I'd pay $1500 for one with a thick 9/16" inch rim with a quality flathead ring from Hatfield, Huber or Yates.

If it has a thick rim, it may only need a flathead ring you can buy a Hatfield for $350. $250 used.

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:10:43 PM
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Eric A


397 posts since 10/15/2019

These discussions about rims are always talking about the "thick rim" or the "thin rim". Precisely what measurements are we talking about? I would assume 3/4" is thick. 1/2" is thin. What would you call 5/8"? How about 9/16"?

I just picked up an open back RB-170 (similar discussions about these and the RB-100) and I'm getting something between 9/16" and 5/8". I'd kinda like to know if I'm "thick" or "thin". 

It's 5 ply, from 1966.

Edited by - Eric A on 02/14/2020 16:15:45

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:05:27 PM
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4430 posts since 11/20/2004

The measurement should be above the flange where a ring would sit. A thick rim may measure 5/8 or 9/16 below the flange, depending on the flange ID.

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