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Nov 15, 2020 - 3:27:48 PM
1569 posts since 4/13/2017

A project for my MRKT 201 Class at college. We must take a survey about if people would still buy a discontinued product, so I decided to do it on a topic I love - banjos!

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Nov 15, 2020 - 3:58:27 PM

2503 posts since 3/30/2008

In general, a discontinued product is heavily discounted, & therefore usually a good time to get a decent deal. (I believe this has been a widely known consumer tip for decades).

Edited by - tdennis on 11/15/2020 16:02:37

Nov 15, 2020 - 5:03:29 PM
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2732 posts since 11/15/2003

Hunter,
All about banjo pickers 101...
The more discontinued it is...
The more we want it.

Warp!

Nov 15, 2020 - 5:58:46 PM
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13601 posts since 10/30/2008

I answered your question about buying a ball bearing tone ring "NO", because it's easy to get a vintage one at relatively low cost, and other than "nostalgia", they have very little to recommend in this day in age. Truly an obsolete item since it was improved on SO MUCH by what followed.

Perhaps like buying a gigantic EARLY radio that you can only listen to via a crude headphone set. Yeah it's kind of steampunk, but it was discontinued for the best reason on earth! What followed was MUCH better.

Nov 15, 2020 - 7:57:31 PM

12470 posts since 4/15/2012

I've been unable to buy an appropriate case for a Washburn B6 banjo, because they stopped making them. Nobody has them in stock, or can order them, so I had to do some surgery on another brand's guitar case. One of the dangers of buying discontinued items is the difficulty of finding suitable accessories. This is particularly noticeable in the case of vintage camera buffs (I'm not one myself, but I have two very boring friends who are) who have problems obtaining film in the right formats.

Nov 15, 2020 - 8:35:22 PM
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eMike

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1326 posts since 2/5/2006

Pre-war Gibson banjos were discontinued many years ago but a bunch of us would be quite interested in getting hold of one.

Nov 15, 2020 - 8:37:59 PM

56475 posts since 12/14/2005

Betamax tape player?
Not I.

DID buy an 8-track tape player, hoping to be able to use PARTS of it to make a small amplifier.
MUCH simpler to just buy a small amplifier.
Like the guy with the hernia said:
"Truss me on that!"

Nov 15, 2020 - 8:51:22 PM

15039 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by warpdrive

Hunter,
All about banjo pickers 101...
The more discontinued it is...
The more we want it.

Warp!


  • Provided that it says "Gibson" on the peghead
  • Provided that it says "Gibson" on the peghead CORRECTLY
  • Provided that the label affixed to the interior of the rim looks right and the letters "i" line up correctly
  • and a whole bunch more.

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Nov 17, 2020 - 7:04:39 PM

1569 posts since 4/13/2017

So here's the current results of the survey.

Those who would buy a brand new ball bearing banjo - 32%
Those who would not buy a brand new ball bearing banjo - 68%

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:51:19 AM

2404 posts since 2/10/2013

There are discontinued items that I still look for. Some things are discontinued because it has been replaced. And, the replacement is not as good as the original item. Some publications that were spiral bound, stopped doing so. So now I have to buy the publication, buy a 3 ring binder, buy clear plastic inserts, and spend a considerable amount of time putting each page in an insert. Eliminating spiral binding DOES NOT improve the product.
Changes are sometime made to benefit everybody but the buyer.

Quite a few wonderful banjo books are no longer available. I keep hopiing they will show up for sale somewhere. No luck so far.

Nov 18, 2020 - 10:22:40 AM

2381 posts since 4/5/2006

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Originally posted by Richard Hauser

There are discontinued items that I still look for. Some things are discontinued because it has been replaced. And, the replacement is not as good as the original item. Some publications that were spiral bound, stopped doing so. So now I have to buy the publication, buy a 3 ring binder, buy clear plastic inserts, and spend a considerable amount of time putting each page in an insert. Eliminating spiral binding DOES NOT improve the product.
Changes are sometime made to benefit everybody but the buyer.

Quite a few wonderful banjo books are no longer available. I keep hopiing they will show up for sale somewhere. No luck so far.


I played a ball bearing conversion 5 string for a couple years. When asked about it by some guys from Jun Apple (sp) magazine (Japan), I told them what it was & suggested they clone it. A couple years later, someone did. I got to play one. Long story short, it was a flop.

I have a trapezoid (I think that's what it was called) banjo case that is no longer available. Despite not really a "hard shell" case, it is easy to carry, has a shoulder strap, making it even easier to haul a heavy Stelling around, & has provided adequate protection over years. Much as I like it, would I buy another one? probably not.

There are however, certain fishing reels no longer in production that I will buy when I find them, simply because I like the design. But that's just me. No one in their right mind is going to reproduce any of those reels. Well, except for China, & no one is beating a path to their door to get them.
 

Edited by - monstertone on 11/18/2020 10:31:39

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