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Nov 24, 2020 - 3:47:37 PM

bobbo

USA

2 posts since 11/24/2020

My wife plays , I do not. She is interested in a Banjo but local places (San Ash, Guitar Center) have 2-3 banjos on display to play. She feels strongly that she will need to play the banjo before buying. Is there anywhere that has a wider selection of banjos on the floor? I live in NJ but am willing to travel to near states for a wide selection. Thanks for any input you may have.

Nov 24, 2020 - 3:59:15 PM
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Omeboy

USA

2705 posts since 6/27/2013

Nov 24, 2020 - 5:07:15 PM
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1206 posts since 5/19/2018

Your best bet might be Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia.

About 1-1.5 hours from you.

vintage-instruments.com/

I’ve known Fred Oster and his charming partner for many decades. His main deal is violins, but he usually has an exceptional selection of Banjos and Guitars..

The knowledge and experience they hold would be pretty hard to surpass, so you get exactly what you pay for.

Have your Wife check out his website and see if anything takes her fancy. I don’t know what they are doing during this Covid thing, but his shop is worth a visit just to check out the architecture. Probably one of the most unique shopping experiences you will find out there. Like traveling back a hundred thirty or so years.

Make sure you call first and set up an appointment.

Have fun.

Nov 24, 2020 - 5:19:20 PM

632 posts since 2/15/2015

Pickers Supply in Fredericksburg Va might be worth a call.

Winter Sound in Gloucester Va, is 90 minutes south of Fredericksburg on 17S and they have a few pieces 5 and 4 string.

Edited by - geoB on 11/24/2020 17:22:25

Nov 24, 2020 - 5:48:03 PM

2442 posts since 4/7/2010

What type of banjo are you looking for? 5-string, 4-string plectrum, and 4-string tenor are the most prominent. In 5-string there is a fuzzy division between old time and bluegrass banjos In the 4-string tenor there are two prominent tunings; traditional Jazz or Irish tuning. Details like these will be good to know so we can guide you in the proper direction.

Bob Smakula

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:20:20 PM

ITACUD

USA

537 posts since 8/29/2012

Look for a cheap flight to Nashville for a weekend and check out Gruhns Carter Vintage Guitars. They usually keep most of their inventory updated online if you want to check before traveling.

Nov 25, 2020 - 8:51:51 AM

79 posts since 12/6/2019

Depending on where you are in NJ, you may be close to Bucks County folk music store in PA. They usually have a lot of great banjos in stock, many of which don't make it to their online inventory.

Nov 26, 2020 - 3:01:27 PM

beegee

USA

22066 posts since 7/6/2005

Turtle Hill in MD. Not too far from NJ Bucks county Folk Music shop in New Britain PA, also close to NJ

Edited by - beegee on 11/26/2020 15:03:18

Nov 26, 2020 - 7:43:15 PM

1139 posts since 11/22/2006

quote:
Originally posted by bobbo

My wife plays , I do not. She is interested in a Banjo but local places (San Ash, Guitar Center) have 2-3 banjos on display to play. She feels strongly that she will need to play the banjo before buying. Is there anywhere that has a wider selection of banjos on the floor? I live in NJ but am willing to travel to near states for a wide selection. Thanks for any input you may have.


There are some high-quality banjos at the Music Emporium:

https://themusicemporium.com/banjos/open-back

Suburbs of Boston MA.

Nov 28, 2020 - 11:39:41 AM

2633 posts since 4/16/2003

Hillsborough is just slightly southeast of the NJ/NY metro area.

If you're "goin' south", I'd say take a trip to Turtle Hill Banjos (he's open by appointment only, so call first).

There's the Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville, MD.

Bucks County Folk Music shop is a possibility.

If you want to "go north", there's "Mountain Music" in Old Forge, NY, Al Worthen's shop (if he's still open).

Nov 28, 2020 - 11:58:15 AM

13596 posts since 10/30/2008

Also check the website for Lark Street Music in Teaneck NJ. Buzzy sometimes has a mix of used banjos on the wall worth checking.

Not open Saturdays. Sometimes Sundays by appointment. Open weekdays. I'm not sure if they can have walk in business during the pandemic though.

And check the NYC vintage instrument joints too.  Musurgia in Brooklyn, I think there are a couple left in Manhattan.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 11/28/2020 11:59:07

Nov 28, 2020 - 1:01:14 PM

12 posts since 6/3/2018

Banjo Warehouse is definitely the place for this. We have more Used 5 string Flathead Banjos for sale than anybody.

banjowarehouse.com

Nov 29, 2020 - 5:30:52 AM

carlb

USA

2195 posts since 12/16/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Strewthday47

Depending on where you are in NJ, you may be close to Bucks County folk music store in PA. They usually have a lot of great banjos in stock, many of which don't make it to their online inventory.


Checked in my computer atlas. About an hour from Hillsborough, NJ.

Dec 7, 2020 - 11:02:28 PM

10998 posts since 10/27/2006

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