I'm looking to sell my 2013 Prucha Student Banjo. It's been a fantastic friend to me as I've grown as a musician, but it's time to say goodbye as I'm ready to move up. It's in excellent shape with some honest wear. Arm rest is worn down a bit, some scratches, etc but overall great. It has inlay in the headstock closer to their higher end models, and it looks like they switched over to a different style at some point, so that has me confused. Mahogany neck and body, railroad spikes, radiused rosewood fretboard, two way adjustable steel reinforced truss rods, nice bluegrass banjo pot with 3 ply rim. Would definitely appreciate some input on what kind of price would be fair to sell it at. Thank you!
As you said with honest playing wear I think an honest selling price would be about 50% of what new retail is. Say the banjo cost $2000 new, a honest price would be $1000 used with wear. You can always ask for more but folks will want to be closer to that 50%. If it was mint and had minimal playing time, you could ask for more but most banjos are like cars, once they leave the lot they automatically depreciated even with minimal use.
That is a modern equivalent to a Gibson RB 100. I actually like the Gibson style peghead much more than the Prucha-design peghead, and I think it would make this banjo MORE salable in the American market.
I think you should ask $1500 and see what kind of interest you get. It's a REAL nice banjo. For $300-$400 more a Mastertone type tone ring could be added to it (as was done with many RB 100s). Lots of banjo pickers with sore backs, shoulders and necks now appreciate the lighter weight non-Mastertone type banjos.
Good luck. NICE banjo.
Thanks for the input! That gives me a great idea of where to start. Yea, I can attest to how great it is. I had been learning on a bottlecap aluminum cast instrument (which I have nothing bad to say about, it was a great, cheap, starting instrument) and when I picked up this banjo, it was mind blowing how much better my playing sounded.
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