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Oct 1, 2020 - 12:52:28 PM
33 posts since 8/17/2014

Hi there! I saw this classified ad recently. Being a clawhammer guy I am just becoming acquainted with Flathead Bluegrass machines. Is 1600 cnd a good deal for this?
Thanks for your help!

kijiji.ca/v-string-instrument/...520883103

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:58:01 PM

13375 posts since 10/30/2008

If it's really "new" (that would include paperwork in the case, etc) it's probably an OK price. Manufacturers suggested list price for the wreath model is $2000. I expect dealers discount them somewhat. Hunt around at vintage instrument dealers and see what they are selling like-new ones for. Try 12th Fret in Toronto for instance, and elsewhere.

A quick Google search turned up the apparent market discount price for a new one now (either the JD Crowe 100 or the Wreath 100) is $1650 US.  So I guess $1600 CDN isn't bad, if the banjo in question is really like new, or new.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 10/01/2020 13:01:27

Oct 1, 2020 - 1:10:11 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

407 posts since 8/9/2019

$1600cad is not bad, but not a steal. Those GF100s are nice banjos and are easy to set up to sound kinda dry. They're also plenty loud.

Oct 1, 2020 - 4:09:48 PM

11140 posts since 6/2/2008

That's an excellent price compared to what it sells for in the U.S. ($1600 CAD = $1200 US)

If the seller really has the banjo available for sale, then it's an even better price.

If you want it, then you should buy it immediately.

Anyone who disagrees and thinks $1600 CAD is not a good price is invited to share a link to a lower priced new in stock GF100HF anywhere in North America.

Edited by - Old Hickory on 10/01/2020 16:21:44

Oct 1, 2020 - 4:21:05 PM

11140 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

A quick Google search turned up the apparent market discount price for a new one now (either the JD Crowe 100 or the Wreath 100) is $1650 US.  So I guess $1600 CDN isn't bad, if the banjo in question is really like new, or new.


Unlike the GF100HF, the GF100JD is in stock at some US and Canadian dealers. The $1650 US price is just shy of 2200 CAD -- and that's before international shipping and customs.

We can guess on the additional cost for those, since Twelfth Fret in Toronto has a new GF100JD for $2499 CAD.

More evidence that $1600 CAD is a great price in Canada for any version of GF100.

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:53:42 PM

33 posts since 8/17/2014

Thank you everybody for the responses! I think I might just jump on it! Could be a nice addition to the fleet :) . I'll have to post a video of it or something sometime!

Oct 3, 2020 - 10:52:08 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4730 posts since 1/5/2005

I'm not sure if it was the same model but I did a setup on one of them newer Goldstars recently - amazing sounding banjos for both BG & clawhammer.

That price, in CDN$, is not outrageous, but banjos are not easy to sell these days - don't be surprised it'll get re-posted at a lower price or that the owner might take a lower, but NOT a low-ball, offer.

Keep in mind: clawhammering can be inflicted on any kind of banjo smiley

Bart,

Hamilton, Ont.

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