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Jul 3, 2020 - 4:29:57 PM

Smerk

USA

7 posts since 6/19/2020

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?

Jul 3, 2020 - 4:47:13 PM

pjfolino

Australia

652 posts since 9/20/2011

Decent banjo, good price.

Jul 3, 2020 - 5:14:07 PM
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Blackjaxe47

Canada

1535 posts since 6/20/2014

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.

Jul 3, 2020 - 5:16:44 PM

Smerk

USA

7 posts since 6/19/2020

Thanks for the replies, I am going to go look at it right now. How can I tell the age of it?

Jul 3, 2020 - 5:33:33 PM

10930 posts since 6/2/2008

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.

Jul 3, 2020 - 6:01:48 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10943 posts since 6/29/2003

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.

Jul 3, 2020 - 8:46:14 PM
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Smerk

USA

7 posts since 6/19/2020

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.

Jul 4, 2020 - 8:36:13 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10943 posts since 6/29/2003

Well done!

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