i see that the ode that was for sale in the adds for 1195.00 has had a substantial price increase.
Well, me too Ken.
I saw that he also posted an Alvarez Minstrel banjo, not to long ago. I picked one of these up last year. Its listed for over $1200. I immediately show my wife the ad and said "See! I got a great deal on that banjo for $250. "
i only noticed the ode because the same banjo was on the page twice. (wood grain tell-tale) one was 1199 and sold, the other listing was third from the top, 1946.00 or so.
$754 increase. its not here nor there, im not in the market for an ode. there it is if you want it, there it is if you dont want it. i do think it may be a better marketing ploy if the old add is gone first..
Actually, ODE was started by Chuck Ogsbury in 1960. In 1966 he sold the company and the ODE name to Baldwin Piano Co. They made banjos under the Baldwin and ODE names. In 1970 Chuck started the OME banjo company which continues to produce some of the finest banjos in the world. At some point in the 70's Baldwin went belly up and Gretsch bought the banjo part of the company. The banjo listed is a Gretsch Ode. It came along many years after the original ODEs. Also the article linked above says "This was made near the end of the ODE era and ODE Banjos ultimately evolved to become OME Banjos". Chuck Ogsbury began OME YEARS before Gretsch stopped making banjos under the ODE name. The Gretsch ODE did not "evolve" to become OME.
All that said, though the description is wrong, the Baldwin and later the Gretsch ODEs were good banjos.
Edited by - chip arnold on 10/24/2020 11:04:52
i played a baldwin ode for 20 years, never had an issue. fb was a little narrow , but a wonderful banjo.
@tonwil, I have had a bunch of them. Now I have an aluminum pot Baldwin Ode with brass tone ring, 24 piece flange and resonator, and a 76 OME Juggernaut. I've had a couple of Gretsch ODEs and they were good banjos. I really like the Baldwins and the original ODEs best.
I saw a picture somewhere of an ode D neck , fingerboard and headstock with an OME flange. i called OME to have them make me one, and the pattern for the Ode is not available to OME and cannot be used by OME . I got all excited for nothing.
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