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?
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.
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.
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.
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