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Feb 23, 2020 - 8:05:38 PM



251 posts since 1/8/2004

I believe its a Alvarez 4280

These any good ? Do they have a tone ring? A good price ?

Any help much appreciated. Thx

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:13:20 PM



21530 posts since 7/6/2005

I believe it has a brass tone hoop. Decent banjo, Samick product(?). Value= $200-300

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:15:41 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23212 posts since 6/25/2005

So yes, fine for a starter—and a bit beyond.

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:03:12 PM

275 posts since 2/22/2015

Not as a collector, or is this in the wrong forum?

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:25:05 AM

673 posts since 8/26/2009

Might want to read the reviews here on the BHO.

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:55:28 AM

10520 posts since 6/2/2008

Fine as a starter. Depending on your ability, could be all the banjo you ever need.

If you can show us a side view photo of the "pot" (body), we can tell if it has a tone ring. I agree with Beegee: If it lacks a heavy tone ring, it probably has a tone hoop.

Maybe a mod should move this to Shopping Advice.

Edited to add: No tone ring visible in the side view photo in this sold listing

Edited by - Old Hickory on 02/24/2020 08:01:04

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:22:39 PM



251 posts since 1/8/2004

Thx everyone

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