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Oct 28, 2020 - 1:40:50 PM
1 posts since 10/28/2020

Hi all. I have a relative willing to sell me either a Gold Tone OB-150 or a Washburn B16K for half the price of normal. But I have to pick one of those models. I've played both, like both, both seem and sound very similar. Which one is better? Will let longer? Won't break? I'd love to hear your opinions. Thanks.

BTW, my regular banjo I've owned for years is a mint Iida 235.

Oct 28, 2020 - 2:33:44 PM
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293 posts since 7/11/2014

The OB 150 is a great banjo. I play an Ob3 which is similar, it is well made, great sounds, looks good and has better looks. It has better tone in my opinion than the rk 35/36 and looks better. Those are great banjos too but the 150 is stronger and I've played both. I guess the 150 may hold better resale value than a washburn. But if you like the washburn, it's a great deal and the tone is as good then get that. Whatever choice you make is omuo to you and should be based on playing them. Good luck

Oct 28, 2020 - 4:30:36 PM
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21937 posts since 7/6/2005

I'd go with the OB-150 just because of looks if nothing else.

Oct 29, 2020 - 7:34:40 AM

2280 posts since 5/2/2012

Reviews of the B16 and the OB 150

It's interesting to see that the Washburn site doesn't mention anything about the tone ring.  I looked around a bit and one site said it had a sand cast brass tone ring, which would be similar to the one on the OB150.  Price-wise, and spec wise, they seem to be a lot alike.  I'm a  Gold Tone fan and, with that said, would suggest the OB150.  

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