Saw this on CL. Is this a good deal at $750.00? I wish there was a way to know a good deal when I saw one. I'm not as versed in banjo value as many people on here are.
What would you offer for this banjo if you were me?
Snatch it quickly. It has the cloud inlays. It's a Maple voice, and it hasn't begun to open up, I have played my same Gold Tone OB250 frets since 2005.
It'll be a little heavy. get a cradle strap. It's a fine value.
If I hadn't already found my own WL, I'd probably grab it. Be advised though, that when I decide I want something I don't quibble over a hundred bucks here or there. Also, the pickup means nothing to me, so I'd think about asking what he'd take for it without that hardware. Also I'd confirm that the case is included.
There also is a Bart Reiter WL in the BHO classifieds right now for $1100 plus shipping. A Reiter is worth a little extra money, so I'd consider that if I had the scratch. Plus they for sure hold their value. The Gold Tone, maybe, maybe not.
Edited by - Eric A on 11/26/2020 05:51:32
I bought a genuine 1920s WL Vega last year with a beautiful conversion neck in perfect condition for $800, not sure if this helps but there are deals out there, I figured mine will last another 100 years, Goldtone ? not convinced.
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Finding a Vega WL conversion that cheap is very rare. Usually they sell for around $1,500 or more. I wouldn’t bank on anything like that happening.
I'm not a big fan of Gold Tone, though I admire their willingness to bring all ki ds of banjos to market. The White Ladye has been around a while and generally sells for about $1000 in retail shops. Thus one has a pickup and hardshell case for $750. I think that's a nice price for this banjo. It is a heavy banjo due to the tone ring as Helix says.
'Kel Krydon tone ring ' 3 min
'GOLD STAR NECK' 38 min
'PREWAR FLATHEAD' 2 hrs