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Feb 14, 2020 - 5:29:27 PM
5 posts since 1/26/2020

Hello, I will be travelling I-95 next month from N. Carolina to South side of Washington DC. Any good banjo shops or music stores recommended for open back banjos?

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:36:55 PM
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Cross the Potomac and see Dave at Turtle Hill Banjos  Call ahead.  He used to have a lot more than what is on the site.

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:04:43 PM
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10436 posts since 6/2/2008

Pickers Supply in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Appalachian Bluegrass in Catonsville, Maryland (outside Baltimore, which is north of where you'll be).  Both are convenient to I-95. 

Turtle Hill is in southern Maryland. Not on or near 95.  But it's less than an hour's drive from Picker's Supply by way of state roads then US-301.  Just look at Google Maps.

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:27:51 PM
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I would second the motion, on Turtle Hill. As Brian said, call ahead to make arrangements because David isn't there all of the time, he has space in the back of Island Music in LaPlata MD. If you are heading north on I-95, take the exit after Kings Dominion that takes you to 301 and watch your speed going through all the little towns (speed traps are a major industry in these parts).

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:25:07 AM
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Thanks. I used to travel 301 for work going to Pax River.

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:05:57 AM
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10436 posts since 6/2/2008

Following up on the need to call ahead to Turtle Hill:  It's not just because Dave keeps limited hours, it's because visits are by appointment only.

Turtle Hill Banjo Co.

I've been to Appalachian Bluegrass twice. Banjo inventory is hit or miss.  There were Gold Tones both times. RK-25 back when those were still being made. Last visit (sometime in 2019) there was a 70s Fender Artist and something else interesting, but I forget what it was.

Pickers Supply posts its inventory online. Never been there. Intend to make the trip some day.

Edited by - Old Hickory on 02/15/2020 11:07:23

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:18:46 AM
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152 posts since 8/25/2009

You might try The House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD., a northern suburb of Wah. D.C.

https://hmtrad.com/collections/stringed-instruments/banjo 

I haven't lived around there since the 20th century, so I can't vouch for now, but it still looks to have banjos.  

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:01:18 PM

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Originally posted by Half Barbaric Twanger

You might try The House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD., a northern suburb of Wah. D.C.

https://hmtrad.com/collections/stringed-instruments/banjo 

I haven't lived around there since the 20th century, so I can't vouch for now, but it still looks to have banjos.  


That's my neighborhood store. Just a few blocks away.

They typically have one new Deering Sierra or Eagle II (or both) in stock plus several Goodtimes and Gold Tone Cripple Creeks. And a variety of used banjos on consignment.  It's been a long time since I've seen anything really great there. That was a new Earl Scruggs Standard way back in the day. Probably the early 90s.

They've moved around the corner from their original location. Still in downtown Takoma Park.

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