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Jan 24, 2021 - 12:40:32 PM
2 posts since 1/4/2021

I am curious as to where the used Goldtone AC-5 banjos end up? There are plenty of new ones for sale. In the last few months I have been looking for a great deal on a used one, but I have not even seen a used one for sale at all.
Do they wear out quickly? Not worth reselling? Are the owners too attached to their first banjo?
They have been out for 8 years now. Are their just not that many?
Any ideas?

Jan 24, 2021 - 12:57:03 PM

2456 posts since 12/31/2005

Great question. I have wondered the same thing. My theory is that they just get passed on locally or people keep them for the "camping banjo."  But I don't even see them for sale locally (Craigslist, Marketplace, NextDoor).  If $200 new, then probably not worth selling used given the price of shipping these days.

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 01/24/2021 12:58:05

Jan 24, 2021 - 1:34:13 PM

2 posts since 1/4/2021

The keep-in-the-car banjo use would make sense to me.
They are $375 new so you'd think a used might go for $200? My concern for buying a new one is that when I never see used ones for sale I wonder if they just don't last long enough to be resold.

Jan 24, 2021 - 3:12:11 PM

46 posts since 7/23/2019

I have a ac-1r. Now that I have over a year under my hernia belt I intend to upgrade into what some may consider a 'real' banjo.
I will NEVER part with my ac-1. Its great to throw in the car, sans case. If my youngest grandchild keeps showing interest, it will become the perfect starter for him.
At what you have into one, your money ahead by just keeping it for whatever life brings.
Russ.

Jan 24, 2021 - 3:14:17 PM
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46 posts since 7/23/2019

Thats you're! I ain't not stoopid.

Jan 24, 2021 - 3:54:06 PM

1731 posts since 6/2/2010

quote:
Originally posted by ky-chuck

The keep-in-the-car banjo use would make sense to me.
They are $375 new so you'd think a used might go for $200? My concern for buying a new one is that when I never see used ones for sale I wonder if they just don't last long enough to be resold.


Well if the Harmony Reso-tone banjos have lasted 50+ years I have to believe these ones will too.  I don't own one so that is pure speculation on my part.

Jan 27, 2021 - 8:30:59 PM
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Helix

USA

13445 posts since 8/30/2006

I roll down my window at stoplights and stick the banjo neck out the window and play. It makes good will and peace in people.

We drive around with many AC-1's sticking out the window, 30 or 40 at a time, just drivin' around wiping out ill will and fear.

All the AC-1's are busy that's all. I have a new Rover rim in my shop from a changeout. Competitive.
Gold Tone has a people department.

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