Hello banjo fans,
I have a circa 1934 Epiphone banjo that I would like to sell. I need help putting a value on it. I am doing an estate clean up for my parents and have no idea how to go about selling the instrument. It appears to be in good shape other than a split skin. I know it belonged to my uncle who played it. Can anyone suggest how to move forward with a sale price? I have pictures, but don't know how to post them.
You might contact Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst MA. They have a few old Epiphone tenors hanging on the wall and might have enough expertise to help you out, or they might put it on consignment for you.
The other dealer relatively near you in Rochester NY is Bernunzio. They deal in vintage tenors and plectrums and could probably appraise or sell for you.
Other than that the nearest dealer to you is Music Emporium in Lexington MA. They don't do a huge trade in banjos, especially not 4 string ones, but they might be able to help.
Once you figure out how to post photos, you'll probably find the most expertise right here, and you can sell here through BHO Classifieds.
We'll all curious to see what you have!
This extremely fancy old Epi plectrum banjo (altered to 5 string) is for sale in BHO Classifieds, just to give you a peek into old Epis. https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/77195
Edited by - The Old Timer on 02/25/2020 09:45:53
Thank you for the response and advice. Will try to download the photos I have.
The photos on your homepage show a 1930's Epiphone Mayfair. Although they were Epi's entry level banjo at the time, they are well built, goid looking, and good sounding instruments.
Over the past couple years I've seen them sell for anywhere from $500.00 up to right around $1000.00
I've got one......first banjo I ever owned, elderly neighbor lady gave it to me in 1969, for doing yardwork for her. I was listening to Bluegrass on a home-made "boom box", while working in her yard, she heard it, and said, "I've got an old banjo you can have, if you want it".......
Edited by - RioStat on 02/25/2020 19:02:25
You might find that banjo would be loved by a Celtic/Irish tenor banjo picker. Certainly plenty of those around Boston.
Thank you both for the comments. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner it might make a big hit in Boston.
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