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Sep 18, 2020 - 6:23:05 AM
1741 posts since 8/4/2011

I periodically keep my eyes peeled for used Omes. I like their vintage model resonator banjos a lot. But it seems like almost everything I see these days from Ome are open backs. Just curious if Ome is even really making resonator models anymore and if so, which dealers out there are carrying them.

Sep 18, 2020 - 7:29:01 AM

99 posts since 9/19/2005

I have seen used Ome resonator banjos on Reverb. There is a used Juggernaut at the Old Town Pickn Parlor in Arvada Colorado.

Sep 18, 2020 - 8:05:12 AM

506 posts since 6/2/2011

You can call them and ask. I spoke to, I believe Tina about a used OME I was considering.

Sep 18, 2020 - 8:07:08 AM

215 posts since 4/17/2011

Last time I visited Ome, they said that the vast majority of their business was open backs and Jazz banjos. But they are still making five-string resonator banjos. They introduced a new model earlier this year (I think it was this year...). Dealers, I have no idea. Give them a call, Tanya’s very nice and super helpful.

Sep 18, 2020 - 8:13:46 AM

506 posts since 6/2/2011

OME lists resonator banjos on their web site.

Sep 18, 2020 - 8:26:50 AM

39 posts since 8/31/2015

I do repairs at Mass Street Music. We carry OME banjos, and recently got in a new Southern Cross Megatone Bluegrass banjo. It is a fantastic banjo.

So, yes they are still making resonator models :)

Sep 18, 2020 - 11:41:48 AM

1724 posts since 4/10/2005

Luscious color photos of two of the most gorgeous resonator banjos I've ever seen--both courtesy of Ome--are currently viewable at the sites of Mass Street Music (walnut), and The Music Emporium (mahogany).

I will say I can't understand why neither offers Ome's straight-ahead Masterclone configuration, Ome's HG 50 Prewar-style tone ring and a masterclone-style tailpiece.

One has the HG 50 but a clamshell better suited to old-time, the other has a masterclone tailpiece but the "Megatone" tone ring rather than the HG-50. It's odd. Neither would really fit for me. But both are unbelievably gorgeous. Ome is like Stelling in the otherworldy beauty department.

Edited by - ceemonster on 09/18/2020 11:44:38

Sep 18, 2020 - 12:34:19 PM

1724 posts since 4/10/2005

I see Ome has recently revived the "Ode" banjo trade name to introduce a lower-priced line. Wonder how that will go. Some time back they announced a lower-priced openback model with a drumshell-like rim reminiscent of that of the Enoch Tradesman, and they were calling that line the "Ute."

Now there's this "Ode" development.

Edited by - ceemonster on 09/18/2020 12:35:19

Sep 18, 2020 - 12:50:46 PM

1724 posts since 4/10/2005

This is a correction to my post above about two new Ome resonator banjos viewable online. A gorgeous mahogany North Star is at the site of Acoustic Music Works, not The Music Emporium.

A gorgeous walnut Southern Cross is at the site of Mass Street Music.

Sep 18, 2020 - 1:50:11 PM

1741 posts since 8/4/2011

Yes, both of those are lovely, thank you for sharing those. That North Star is exactly what I'd want. Glad to know they are still making new ones so maybe some used ones will still trickle out from time to time.

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