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Jun 2, 2020 - 11:12:07 AM
10822 posts since 6/2/2008

No connection at all to this seller. Just posting for the benefit of anyone not checking eBay.

The same business has two original style Deering Sierras on eBay in auctions starting at $1,000 but with a Make Offer option.  $50 shipping.

These are the old dot-inlay models.  No serial numbers shown in the ads, but if they turn out to be 2006 or newer, they'll have the 06 tone ring.  I think a few years of dot inlay models had the 06 ring.  Even with the older ring, these Sierras are a good buy for someone on a budget looking for a step-up banjo or someone looking to add an inexpensive but quality banjo to their stable.

A couple years ago I might have wanted one of these, but right now I'm set.

If I find out about the age of these I'll report back.

Sierra one, with foam case or gig bag.

Sierra two, with hardshell case.

Jun 2, 2020 - 11:34:31 AM
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2228 posts since 12/31/2005

I would guess '90s to early '00s. They have the white silk screened logo. I think by '00s early on they went to the gold. I had a '92, and sold it for about $1200 on consignment I think. It had finish issues. Tight ring fit (towards the end of the tight and bright era). These look like they are in better condition. Yes, a good value.

Jun 2, 2020 - 11:45:11 AM
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Originally posted by Brian Murphy

I would guess '90s to early '00s. They have the white silk screened logo. I think by '00s early on they went to the gold. I had a '92, and sold it for about $1200 on consignment I think. It had finish issues. Tight ring fit (towards the end of the tight and bright era). These look like they are in better condition. Yes, a good value.


FWIW I'm sitting next to a 2006 Sierra (dot, OG no-hole '06 ring), and the headstock logo is indeed gold.

Jun 2, 2020 - 1:10:24 PM
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10822 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by BigFiveChord
quote:
Originally posted by Brian Murphy

I would guess '90s to early '00s. They have the white silk screened logo. I think by '00s early on they went to the gold. I had a '92, and sold it for about $1200 on consignment I think. It had finish issues. Tight ring fit (towards the end of the tight and bright era). These look like they are in better condition. Yes, a good value.


FWIW I'm sitting next to a 2006 Sierra (dot, OG no-hole '06 ring), and the headstock logo is indeed gold.


Thanks both of you for that good info on dating Sierras by the logo.

As for "tight and bright" I'm pretty sure a looser fit is one of the changes with the '06 ring: Different alloy, rounder top bearing edge, looser fit. But the earlier Deerings sounded good, too.

Someone can get one of these for the price of an RK-35/36, loosen the ring, and be set for life.

Jun 2, 2020 - 1:39:25 PM
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1631 posts since 4/10/2005

Sierras also sound very nice for clawhammer, nicer for clawhammer IMHO than Mastertone/clones.

Jun 2, 2020 - 1:48:04 PM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

I bought an openback Sirerra a few years ago here on BHO, for (as I recall) $1150. It was in immaculate condition. I really like it for clawhammer, as ceemonster suggests. I think I got a great deal on it.

Jun 4, 2020 - 11:24:35 AM
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Eric A

USA

646 posts since 10/15/2019

No bids yet, 4 days to go.

Jun 4, 2020 - 11:58:06 AM

261 posts since 4/27/2020

I see that you're in Takoma Park. Is countbrothers seller HMT?

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