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Jul 7, 2020 - 10:08:07 AM
6 posts since 7/9/2017

I love my banjos but I am thinking about the convenience of a deering parlor or a goldtone cc mini.
Small and light weight, easy to travel with. I would love some insight.

Jul 7, 2020 - 1:19:58 PM

3859 posts since 10/13/2005

I like the Saga 10P "pony" banjo. 11" pot for a fuller sound than some short necks. Elderly had one recently, may still so but they don't list it on their banjo page. Type in the search box. I've "hot rodded" mine, goat skin head, Gotoh tuners, brass hardware. I might consider selling it as I have another short scale but it would be cheaper to go with Elderly, around $385 last I heard. banjered

Jul 7, 2020 - 2:23:24 PM

2271 posts since 12/31/2005

The Deering Parlor is cool. I got one to try and to pass on to the YAM program. It actually played well in G tuning, as advertised. TKL makes a tenor case that fits it perfectly (neck support near pot not the peghead) if you want a HSC for it.

Jul 7, 2020 - 2:46:26 PM

7700 posts since 1/7/2005

Look up Banjeaurine, or Banjorine. They were popular instruments in the 1920's.


Jul 7, 2020 - 2:49:58 PM

1658 posts since 2/21/2011

I own a Deering Goodtime Artisan parlor open-back banjo.  I love it, I mean, I absolutely LOVE it.  I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one.

Jul 7, 2020 - 4:53:12 PM

5 posts since 11/15/2018

I bought a good time artisan but I find G tuning floppy sounding. It’s good in A or D but I don’t like it in G.

Jul 7, 2020 - 6:52:27 PM



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I'm not associated with the site and haven't done business with them, but you should have a look at

Jul 8, 2020 - 8:27:04 AM

115 posts since 2/16/2020

It is not clear from your post whether you are looking for a banjo that sounds and plays like a full scale, like the Goodtime Parlor, or something that is tuned higher and might have a smaller pot. As for the former, I recently started a thread on the Goldtone AC-Travelor: 11" composite pot, I think the scale is same as the Goodtime Parlor (23.5"?). Deering changed their Parlor to the Junior and made some cosmetic changes to market it as a banjo for children (go figure). You might get one on sale from Deering if your timing is right. Robert

Jul 8, 2020 - 5:19:13 PM



70 posts since 2/10/2010

I have a Gold Tone BG Mini with Shaller tuners and it is a blast. Sometimes I want to experiment with a new lick and it is easy to grab and go. Lots of fun and you can take it anywhere.

Jul 8, 2020 - 6:34:51 PM

4867 posts since 5/14/2007

I looked at a Deering Goodtime Parlor awhile back but didn't care for it. It was tuned to G and the light strings were too floppy. Tuned up to A or with a heavier string and it would have probably been fine.

Piccolo banjos are a hoot! Uke-sized, tuned up to C, they are a lot of fun to play. I don't have one, but have always lusted. Thanks, @kww, for the link. My wallet may be in trouble.

Edited by - John Gribble on 07/08/2020 18:36:33

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:03:03 AM

6 posts since 7/9/2017

Thanks for your responses.
Very helpful. I decided to go with the gold tone cc mini. I ordered it yesterday. I think it will be small and light enough for me to use in places like parks and beaches.
I got a good deal at gold tone. All in at $324. By the way I ordered a blem. I tend to baby my instruments so I am hoping to be more easy going with this banjo. LOL
I went from full sized drum set to a bodhran.
I went from a 61 key keyboard to a 37.
Now 12 inch and 11 inch pot banjos to an 8 inch.
My world is shrinking. LOL

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