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1985 Deering Maple Blossom For Sale

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Feb 18, 2020 - 9:14:22 AM
3 posts since 12/20/2019

Hi,
My name is Jaxon Lalonde. This is my Swap Shop listing for my 1985 Maple Blossom that I'm selling. You can see the ad in the marketplace here: https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/79136
I also made a playlist of videos of me playing it that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7Ty5HEswadt1O-1MqXlvmNTyNvrOTkQl

After getting my new Stelling, I have decided to sell my trusty Maple Blossom. I bought it from a collector in San Francisco in 2014, brought it back home to Saskatoon, and really cut my teeth as a musician with it. I've performed with it all over Western Canada, at Merlefest in North Carolina and in the UK, and it has served me very well. It's a great, versatile banjo. It sits in a very happy medium between bright and warm, and you can get many different tones out of it depending on how and where you play it. I find it's even suitable for clawhammer.
As far as I know, all parts are original, except for the Snuffy Smith bridge and new Remo head that I added a few years ago, and the Prucha Presto tailpiece that it came with. There are 5th string railroad spikes on frets 7, 9, 10 and 12.
It has a few cosmetic issues, but it still plays great. There is a belt buckle scratch on the finish on the resonator, a bit of fret wear, and wear on the Deering logo on the headstock. The 5th string peg can come out when the string is changed, but it doesn't affect anything when the string is on.

Let me know if you need any more information or videos!
Jaxon Lalonde

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:56:20 AM

676 posts since 8/26/2009

I might mention that the video looks like it is a left hand banjo.
Ad pictures show normal right handed banjo.

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:43:15 PM

10534 posts since 6/2/2008

I hate to be a downer, but 1980s to 1990s Maple Blossoms in good condition have been selling in the past year for well under $2,000.  An exceptional one might go for more. Some sellers are still asking $2500 or more. Whether they're getting it, I don't know.

With the introduction of the 06 tone ring 14 years ago and the more recent switch to a radiused fingerboard, resale on older ones has taken a hit.

Not for me to say you need to lower your price. But I would expect it will take quite a while to sell at $3K.

Good luck.

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:02:33 AM

YoungScrugg

Canada

3 posts since 12/20/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

I hate to be a downer, but 1980s to 1990s Maple Blossoms in good condition have been selling in the past year for well under $2,000.  An exceptional one might go for more. Some sellers are still asking $2500 or more. Whether they're getting it, I don't know.

With the introduction of the 06 tone ring 14 years ago and the more recent switch to a radiused fingerboard, resale on older ones has taken a hit.

Not for me to say you need to lower your price. But I would expect it will take quite a while to sell at $3K.

Good luck.


Hi Ken,

Thanks for that info. This is the first banjo I've ever tried to sell, so it's a learning process!

I'll take that into account when I lower the price in the next little while.

Jaxon

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:03:52 AM

YoungScrugg

Canada

3 posts since 12/20/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Phil - MO

I might mention that the video looks like it is a left hand banjo.
Ad pictures show normal right handed banjo.


The video must have flipped around when it was uploaded. I can assure you it's a righty!

Jaxon

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57:35 PM

10534 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by YoungScrugg
Thanks for that info. This is the first banjo I've ever tried to sell, so it's a learning process!

I'll take that into account when I lower the price in the next little while.


I should add that I didn’t notice you’re in Canada. It’s my understanding that  selling and shipping a banjo from the US to Canada can involve higher costs. So to sell your banjo in Canada, you may not have to come down to the lowest price on a Maple Blossom to be competitive within your market.

I’m sorry I missed that detail before.

Edited by - Old Hickory on 02/21/2020 20:58:13

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:45:33 PM

194 posts since 2/15/2015

The frets and the rash tells a story other than VGC.

It's hard to part with a trusted old friend of an instrument. And I have personally never made out on a resale.

Top dollar in this market and at your pricepoint are based upon a turn key, set up, ready to go, and pristine instrument.

Unless it is vintage... then the crazed come out of the woodwork and vulture on Ebay.

Holding on to a "beater" that you certainly have gotten good use out of is always a good way to have something to take on vacation or pluck out at the bonfire.

Best wishes

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