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Jul 8, 2020 - 4:13:37 PM
12 posts since 3/9/2019

Anyone have opinions on the Deering Boston 5 string?

Jul 8, 2020 - 4:20:43 PM

2271 posts since 12/31/2005

For what purpose? There are some used at OK prices. it is an all steel rim. You may like that sound, but most prefer a wood rim banjo, and there are many choices in those at or below the new price of a Boston. Necks are nice. Basically, at a new price not a good value. Used, it depends. i once owned an Intermediate, which is a discontinued upgrade of the Basic (which became the Boston). I think the Boston is more like what the Intermediate was. It was a great second banjo and I used it on stage at a college dive bar to protect my Stelling.

Jul 8, 2020 - 5:37:50 PM

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23785 posts since 6/25/2005

A great weapon, once you learn its idiosyncracies. Also good for motorcycle and camping trips.surprise

Jul 8, 2020 - 6:18:50 PM

975 posts since 1/9/2012

I have an openback version of the very earliest (1970's) Deering steel rims, which is what all of the above-mentioned have in common. If you want it to, it can really be loud and stand out, irrespective of what else is going on. When I took the factory tour, led by Mr. Deering himself, he picked one up and commented, with what seemed like some honest amazement, "We still make these... That's 'cause people still like them."

Jul 9, 2020 - 2:53:18 AM

1658 posts since 2/21/2011

I think I own one of the last of the 5-string Boston banjos Deering made.  They've since dropped it from the catalog but -- BUT --  Deering does use the Boston rim assembly for their 6-string banjo-guitar.

Now, for the sound:  it's, uh, loud, it's VERY loud.  It's also VERY brash.  Bill said the Boston has it's "idiosyncracies" and makes a great weapon, whatever that means.  But, yeah, it makes a GREAT camping banjo and motorcycle trip banjo, but beyond that... I dunno... I'm still tying to iron out those "idiosyncracies."

Jul 9, 2020 - 3:17:37 PM

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The other replies have covered the Boston pretty well. I have owned two—one with the thinner rim, the other with the thicker, and both of them could cut through any jam situation. But the tone from them was, as one would expect, metallic. Only you know whether that appeals to you. But short of replacing the rim, if you want a Mastertone sound, the Boston will never give it to you no matter what you tweak or try.

On the other hand, if all you want is a banjo you can bang around with, one that is light weight, easy to adjust, almost impossible to screw up, and practically indestructible, then the Boston is a great instrument. And if you get the one with the guitar tuners, you’ll really stand out.

Jul 9, 2020 - 4:04:10 PM

10789 posts since 10/27/2006

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Originally posted by Stu D Baker-Hawk

I think I own one of the last of the 5-string Boston banjos Deering made.  They've since dropped it from the catalog but -- BUT --  Deering does use the Boston rim assembly for their 6-string banjo-guitar.


Still on the web site in 5 and 6 stringed versions. Click on Flagship Series or click on the direct link:

Deering Boston Banjos

I saw a new Boston long neck in the Deering booth at a festival recently. I would have played one back in the day.

You want loud? The Boston can do that. You want a refined tone? Uhhh... not so much.

Jul 9, 2020 - 4:23:31 PM
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1658 posts since 2/21/2011

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Originally posted by mikehalloran
quote:
Originally posted by Stu D Baker-Hawk

I think I own one of the last of the 5-string Boston banjos Deering made.  They've since dropped it from the catalog but -- BUT --  Deering does use the Boston rim assembly for their 6-string banjo-guitar.


Still on the web site in 5 and 6 stringed versions. Click on Flagship Series or click on the direct link:

Deering Boston Banjos

I saw a new Boston long neck in the Deering booth at a festival recently. I would have played one back in the day.

You want loud? The Boston can do that. You want a refined tone? Uhhh... not so much.

 


Well, thanks for clearing that up, Mike.  The last time I was on the Deering Boston page all they featured were the 6-string guitar-banjos, so obviously that page has been updated.  Cool!  Thanks again!

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:12:43 AM
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10789 posts since 10/27/2006

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Originally posted by Stu D Baker-Hawk
!  Thanks again!

You're welcome.

 

I love the moniker. My first car was a 1958 Champion Commander station wagon.

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