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Dec 3, 2020 - 5:46:20 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24250 posts since 6/25/2005

Dec 3, 2020 - 6:31:12 PM

1572 posts since 4/13/2017

I have seen it all now...

A bottlecap banjo that is heavily decorated.

Cheese and Rice!

Dec 3, 2020 - 6:49:24 PM

56505 posts since 12/14/2005

SEEN 'em? HdevilLL, I've SOLD 'em.

Or similar, back in the '70's.

If someone wants to pay that much for that banjo, not MY job to talk 'em out of it.

Dec 3, 2020 - 9:46:17 PM
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3553 posts since 5/29/2011

There's clueless and then there's delusional.

Dec 4, 2020 - 3:40:08 AM

250 posts since 11/29/2012

Seems like they're following the decade-long trend of Japanese guitar prices, acoustic and electric. I love my '83 SQ Fender Japan Squier Telecaster, there's very little difference between it and a US Fender '52 ri. I bought it for $80 18 years ago. There are high quality Japanese instruments for certain. Why people are paying $400 for a laminate top acoustic is beyond me, and finally lower end Teisco electrics have leveled off: $150-250. This banjo is in the lower end Teisco category, but as I learned nearly 40 years ago when I bought my first vintage Fender at a pawn shop: "ain't nothin' worth nothin' 'til it sells", also: "hope springs eternal", and: "ya neva know".

Edited by - 35planar on 12/04/2020 03:40:36

Dec 4, 2020 - 4:36:29 AM
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beegee

USA

22089 posts since 7/6/2005
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quote:
Originally posted by Lemon Banjos

I have seen it all now...

A bottlecap banjo that is heavily decorated.

Cheese and Rice!


I have seen a lot of these over the years. These are certainly not rare, nor worth anywhere close to this asking price. They are so ugly, I wouldn't want it at any price unless I knew I could sell it at a profit rather quickly. $100 banjo max.

Edited by - beegee on 12/04/2020 04:37:03

Dec 4, 2020 - 7:17:12 AM
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8051 posts since 8/28/2013

My favorite part of this is that cheap cardboard "hard shell case." That alone must be worth $5, maybe even more.

Dec 4, 2020 - 7:53:18 AM
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1904 posts since 2/12/2009

looks to me like that guy has finally lost the plot ! Not content with littering these boards with his wares he has started polishing turds !

Dec 4, 2020 - 8:05:55 AM

5852 posts since 9/21/2007

That neck takes plywood to the next level.

Dec 4, 2020 - 8:33:04 AM
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RB3

USA

889 posts since 4/12/2004

I've always had the perception that banjowarehouse.com and it's proprietor have a pretty good reputation in the banjo community. I think that this is not going to help that reputation.

Dec 4, 2020 - 12:16:25 PM

KCJones

USA

1140 posts since 8/30/2012

quote:
Originally posted by RB3

I've always had the perception that banjowarehouse.com and it's proprietor have a pretty good reputation in the banjo community. I think that this is not going to help that reputation.


Mr. Hohwald himself seems like a nice enough guy. His BanjoCompass lessons are excellent and he's put out a lot of professionally produced material for free. I'm not sure how much he actually is involved in the BanjoWarehouse account and ads on BHO though, pretty sure that's a different person. 

Dec 4, 2020 - 6:24:26 PM
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12 posts since 6/3/2018

I would sell this for $300 for the record. I come off my prices big time often, there are a lot of people that know that

There may be some truth to I am polishing turds. I think that’s actually a great way to describe what I do

I spend my entire life searching for banjos around the world that may be interesting in some way. I am talking 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I then take them completely apart and use some stellar cleaning and set up techniques to bring them to life

What I have found to be the saddest issue for the Standard banjo buyer is the vast majority of banjos for sale are dirty and not properly set up. Some of these have been duds and I’ve moved in from them. Some have turned into really interesting pieces that have thrilled somebody

And there also is some truth to the trend of Japanese guitars being applied to what I am doing. This banjo is not a good example of a great Japanese banjo at all but I have found some real gems in the world of Vintage Japanese banjos. I absolutely would prefer a vintage Ibanez artist or aria pro 2 banjo to a Gibson RB250 of the same era

This was a cool thread

Let’s keep it going

Dec 4, 2020 - 6:53:18 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24250 posts since 6/25/2005

Thanks for the explanation. Points well taken. ... In the 70s I had a unique Iida. Normal decent two-piece flange Masterclone on which Frank Ford installed a full ball-bearing setup from an old Mastertone. Turned out quite well.

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