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Feb 29, 2020 - 1:31:26 AM
1 posts since 2/29/2020

We are visiting Memphis and Nashville in April from New Zealand.

My son really wants a banjo but prices are a bit out of his price range. Any suggestions for where we can pick up a second hand one - we have a car so can drive somewhere if easier

And - best place to go to see authentic players and atmosphere (anywhere from New Orleans to Nashville)

Or any other recommendations

Edited by - Lynne on 02/29/2020 07:55:11

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:24:02 AM

3866 posts since 9/21/2009

There's plenty of second hand banjos around, but to help, we would need to know what you are willing to spend and the quality of banjo that you have in mind.

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:34:53 AM

Banjo Lefty


1797 posts since 6/19/2014

Are you wanting something just for the trip, or do you want to buy something you will end up taking home?

Feb 29, 2020 - 12:34:54 PM

814 posts since 3/23/2006

For a start, take a look at the BHO marketplace for insight into a representative range of used instruments and prices. Eg, there is a very nice Chuck Lee 12" Dobson in excellent condition for which the well-known seller is asking $1,950. A new one would be about a third more.
(That may not be what you're looking for, but that would be on my list.) 8-)

Feb 29, 2020 - 5:59:28 PM

77 posts since 9/19/2005

I would go to Gruhn’s Guitars in Nashville. They have huge selection of banjos ranging in price from $1,000 to $125,000. That should give you a chance to see what your son likes for now and on the future.

Mar 1, 2020 - 12:34:09 PM

2446 posts since 4/16/2003

It would sure help if you'd tell us what your "price range is...

Mar 1, 2020 - 9:27:20 PM


New Zealand

10879 posts since 6/29/2003

If this would be his first banjo then a cheapy Asian one would suit. They can be got for around $400 here in NZ.

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