Someone has offered me a Washburn B16 for $300. It seems like a good deal, not sure if there are different models of the B16? Any advice?
Decent banjo, good price.
Average resale price for these banjo's is around $600 usd. with a case. So that is a really good deal for a decent banjo, the older models were better made than the current models available.
Thanks for the replies, I am going to go look at it right now. How can I tell the age of it?
This old discussion suggests a serial number beginning with KD indicates made in Korea. After that, China. The discussion seems not to be clear on years. They haven't been made for several years now.
My impression of the couple I played was they're heavy as all get out. Sound was a bit higher pitched than I like. Might have been setup. Very low action with no string buzz, so easy to play. Not sure if the tone ring is really brass or a zinc alloy. Maybe the weight hints at brass.
$300 is a great price, whatever year it was made. A very good step-up banjo from beginner instruments.
I have a 1980's Washburn catalogue and the B16 specs show it has a bell brass tone ring, hence the weight. I have seen a few here over the decades and they make good players once set up right. $300 is an excellent price.
Thanks for all of the help. I ended up buying it & the previous owner was very nice. He included a hard case, finger picks, strap, and had it recently serviced. It has 3 railroad spikes installed as well & is super clean. No dings etc, looks like its a 90's model that he took really good care of.
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