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Oct 19, 2020 - 7:17:23 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

249 posts since 10/9/2019

Hey y'all, long time no post...
I'm gonna be looking to upgrade my banjo in a few months, and I'm wondering what I should get. I'm upgrading from a Morgan Monroe MNB1. Now, I could always just get a recording king something or other, but I would prefer to support an American small shop/luthier, to boost the economy etc.
So I'm wondering, what builders are making bluegrass style, 5-string, resonator banjos, if possible for sub 2000$.
And I do like less known builders, so fire em at me!

Thanks

Edited by - Dragonslayer on 10/19/2020 07:18:42

Oct 19, 2020 - 7:22:05 AM
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1499 posts since 4/13/2017

I build banjos. I am still establishing my prices, but from what I can tell, the models I have designated "standard" are all going to be sup $2000 (unless they're gold plated). Check out my Facebook page for pictures of my work, and my website for the models I make (my website is pictureless, sorry). Where are you from?

facebook.com/Lemon-Banjo-Suppl...78284980/
lemonbanjosupply.wixsite.com/website

Edited by - Lemon Banjos on 10/19/2020 07:27:54

Oct 19, 2020 - 7:24:20 AM
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13459 posts since 10/30/2008

American bluegrass banjo builders under $2000? There are some -- not many.

Your best bet is to buy used. Plenty of them (even vintage American) under $2000. 1960s/70s Vega, Fender Artist, Baldwin/Ode for instance. Used Cox banjos show up every now and then under $2000. There are other good used American bluegrass banjos in your price range too.

Oct 19, 2020 - 7:46:31 AM
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207 posts since 5/9/2017

I would recommend talking to Chris and Stephanie from Companion Custom Banjos. I believe their banjos start just over $2000, and they can customize the banjo to your specs. You should message them to inquire about pricing as that will be determined by what type of banjo you have built. Check out their website:

Companion Custom Banjos
 

Oct 19, 2020 - 9:25:22 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

249 posts since 10/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

American bluegrass banjo builders under $2000? There are some -- not many.

Your best bet is to buy used. Plenty of them (even vintage American) under $2000. 1960s/70s Vega, Fender Artist, Baldwin/Ode for instance. Used Cox banjos show up every now and then under $2000. There are other good used American bluegrass banjos in your price range too.


I know there's good deals to be had used, or I could get some great pac-rim import, but I really want to support the art and trade by buying new from a builder. 

Hunter Lemon, that looks good, but you only have two banjos pictured on Facebook, what models are they?

I am looking at Companion too, I may be able to afford one IDK 

Oct 19, 2020 - 10:58:49 AM
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1499 posts since 4/13/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Dragonslayer
quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

American bluegrass banjo builders under $2000? There are some -- not many.

Your best bet is to buy used. Plenty of them (even vintage American) under $2000. 1960s/70s Vega, Fender Artist, Baldwin/Ode for instance. Used Cox banjos show up every now and then under $2000. There are other good used American bluegrass banjos in your price range too.


I know there's good deals to be had used, or I could get some great pac-rim import, but I really want to support the art and trade by buying new from a builder. 

Hunter Lemon, that looks good, but you only have two banjos pictured on Facebook, what models are they?

I am looking at Companion too, I may be able to afford one IDK 


The banjos listed on Facebook are the Lemon 1 and Lemon 2 - they were built before I started giving them model numbers. Those pictures are only there to show the quality of my work.

Oct 19, 2020 - 1:40:25 PM
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630 posts since 11/21/2018

I highly recommend Rob Bishliine at bishlinebanjos.com. He worked with me while I was halfway around the world on a trip and his email and photo communication was incredible and greatly appreciated. His work was flawless and just a super nice guy. He has a couple of new models near your price point and if you view his mailing of a Harvest model you'be video (I think it's also on his site) you'll see exactly what you're getting and how it's made.

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:33:31 PM

Helix

USA

13072 posts since 8/30/2006

I do rim changeouts for $275

Send me your Banjo. Choice of rim woods. If you want to do some wrenching, I can save a ton in shipping

I build pro models starting at 1k

Building to master tone specs and weight is questionable, we’ve made a lot of progress


Edited by - Helix on 10/20/2020 12:35:13

Oct 20, 2020 - 1:15:52 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

249 posts since 10/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

I do rim changeouts for $275

Send me your Banjo. Choice of rim woods. If you want to do some wrenching, I can save a ton in shipping

I build pro models starting at 1k

Building to master tone specs and weight is questionable, we’ve made a lot of progress


Sarcasm doesn't translate well on forums. I am now thoroughly confused, and rather befuddled as well. 

Oct 20, 2020 - 6:19:51 PM

Helix

USA

13072 posts since 8/30/2006

No problem. Sarcasm here?

I apologize if it sounded that way

What are your specs?  People should be helping you develop them

Edited by - Helix on 10/20/2020 18:21:51

Oct 21, 2020 - 2:34:07 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

249 posts since 10/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

No problem. Sarcasm here?

I apologize if it sounded that way

What are your specs?  People should be helping you develop them


The Tomato picture threw me. 

I'm pretty sure I want a maple banjo with nickel hardware, and that's as far as I can figure out yet. I don't really know anything about tone rings, or inlays, or basically anything else lol. But I've liked all the maple banjos I've played a lot, and gold playing is too rich for my taste. 

Should I start a new topic requesting an education on such things? 

Oct 22, 2020 - 6:43:12 AM
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Helix

USA

13072 posts since 8/30/2006

That tomato in with eggs is symbolic of all of us who build for the player

The manufactured banjos are built to + or - specs, thickness of base metal, thickness of plating and they all look the same like they should
And they weigh a ton, thus the eggs
Empire Standard

We small builders construct for a century, someone else will play these in future times =
Century Modern using old methods to make new things
Like solid pegheads and heels instead of factory grafting and stacks

Feel free to contact me off forum
I’m switching over to your other thread

Oct 22, 2020 - 1:45:16 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

4748 posts since 1/5/2005

Other names that come to mind to check out, they're all Banjo Hangout members:

Tom Nechville
Andy Fults
Ken Levan
Zachary Hoyt
Eric Sullivan
Arthur Hatfield

Oct 22, 2020 - 2:27:16 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

249 posts since 10/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Bart Veerman

Other names that come to mind to check out, they're all Banjo Hangout members:

Tom Nechville
Andy Fults
Ken Levan
Zachary Hoyt
Eric Sullivan
Arthur Hatfield


I am familiar with the work of Nechville, Hoyt, Sullivan, and Hatfield. With the exception of Hoyt they're all outside my budget. What brand do Fults and Levan build under? I would like to look them up

Oct 22, 2020 - 9:31:05 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

4748 posts since 1/5/2005

They're BHO members Gunnar, you can check out their homepages and contact info here on the Hangout > search > members.

The names I posted - I'm sure there are more, but that's all that came to mind when I posted them.

By the way: you're wanting to support U.S. artisans is hugely admirable!

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 10/22/2020 21:32:38

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