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Feb 28, 2020 - 9:11:41 AM
5 posts since 2/27/2020

All right folks, I know I made a post about this yesterday but I forgot to subscribe to it so I can’t locate my original post so I’m just going to re-post.....

My basic question is, I already have a deer in calico and I’m highly thinking about selling it and purchasing a stelling Master flower. I’m trying to see what peoples opinion on the switch might be and whether it’s a good idea or not. Is the Master flower banjo an upgrade/down grade/ Parallel move From a calico?

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:31:10 AM

KCJones

USA

644 posts since 8/30/2012

The obvious solution is to buy the Stelling and keep the Calico. They're of equal quality but have a different enough sound that it's worth owning both. I have a Huber and a Stelling and I wouldn't get rid of either.

banjohangout.org/topic/361580

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:55:16 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23208 posts since 6/25/2005

As Steven said, both are well-made banjos, so that’s not an issue. They do have very different sounds.  So the choice is a matter of taste.  If you prefer the Stelling sound, make the switch; if not, don’t.  If you haven’t seriously listened to or played a Stelling, then you need to do that before making the investment.  It’s likely that you will have to add $1,000 or more to what you get for your Deering to replace it with a Stelling.  That cost should not come without careful consideration of the sonic change you’ll be buying.

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:56:56 AM

515 posts since 11/21/2018

I owned a Calico for a year or two, years ago (pre-06 ring). As you may or may not be aware, that model sounds very different from the other banjos in Deering's line and from a lot of other maker's banjos-sort of unique.

It's going to be completely different from a Stelling and a lot of other brands/makers so you'd be leaving that sound behind, forever, most likely and you'd have to decide if you're willing to take that step/chance.

Earlier Stellings also had a very thin (front to back) neck that I really love but the newer ones are a bit more similar to the Deerings.

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:04:33 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23208 posts since 6/25/2005

Duplicate; locked.  Go here:

https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/361580

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