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Feb 24, 2021 - 6:57:01 AM
48 posts since 2/18/2021

Hailsa!

Just asking for some opinions on an upgrade. I bought a Goodtime Artisan tenor banjo to see if I would get the bug. I did, and am now looking to upgrade to a higher quality vintage with a resonator and tone ring.

I found this Weymann Style A and am going to pull the trigger on it unless someone has any advice against it (which is what I should have done before I bought the Goodtime).

This will be for playing Irish pub and trad tunes.

reverb.com/item/34759801-weyma...nor-banjo

Feb 24, 2021 - 7:11:45 AM
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hoodoo

Canada

771 posts since 10/6/2017

I can't speak for this specific banjo or seller or whatnot, but I have purchased some historical banjos, and although they can be quite the showpiece, they still come with the problems of something that is nearly-over a hundred years old (ie, not very stable). If you intend on using this instrument as your main player and for the price, I would make sure that its being sold to me by somebody who really knows their sh*t before pulling the trigger.

Edited by - hoodoo on 02/24/2021 07:14:17

Feb 24, 2021 - 7:18:41 AM
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Owen

Canada

8218 posts since 6/5/2011

Tongue-in-cheek, I'd be more than a little wary..... speaking from a position of ignorance, isn't the second string tuner winding the wrong (?) way?     devil

Feb 24, 2021 - 7:28:49 AM
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KCJones

USA

1442 posts since 8/30/2012

There's only one place I'd buy a used banjo, and it certainly isn't Reverb.

Trust is a big factor when purchasing used instruments online, especially vintage instruments.

banjohangout.org/classifieds/s...submit=Go

Feb 24, 2021 - 7:46:31 AM

48 posts since 2/18/2021

Thanks, that’s the kind of info and advice I’m looking for.

While I’m well versed in guitars, I’m still learning the pitfalls of banjo purchases.

The search continues...
I’ll keep an eye on the classifieds.

Feb 24, 2021 - 8:07:09 AM
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2559 posts since 4/7/2010

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Originally posted by Sir Illsa Moustache

Hailsa!

I found this Weymann Style A and am going to pull the trigger on it unless someone has any advice against it (which is what I should have done before I bought the Goodtime).

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Details on those Weyman banjos to be wary; The rims are sometimes (haven't seen enough to say "often" or "always") are a wood composite. Basically wood chips and glue. That type of rim distorts . The other sketchy detail is the tuners often fail. I see there are 3 original tuners and one newer Elton tuner on the banjo. Count on replacing them, but you will also have to fill the holes in the peghead where the tuner gear housings are recessed.

I hope that information is helpful.

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 02/24/2021 08:08:03

Feb 24, 2021 - 8:14:53 AM
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hoodoo

Canada

771 posts since 10/6/2017

I would keep my eyes open on sites like Elderly or Bernunzio Uptown Music.. There are also some banjo makers that make new tenor banjo's for a decent price. Clareen Banjos in Ireland is one of them. I mean, what is cooler than playing IT music on a IT banjo made in Ireland???

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Feb 24, 2021 - 9:54:50 AM
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48 posts since 2/18/2021

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Originally posted by hoodoo

I would keep my eyes open on sites like Elderly or Bernunzio Uptown Music.. There are also some banjo makers that make new tenor banjo's for a decent price. Clareen Banjos in Ireland is one of them. I mean, what is cooler than playing IT music on a IT banjo made in Ireland???

banjo.ie/


Yes, I'd love a Clareen, but it's out of my comfortable price range. I can go up to $1200 w/shipping max. And even that is pushing it (single income family of four, mortgage, home repairs, etc). 

Feb 24, 2021 - 1:12:07 PM
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DSmoke

USA

967 posts since 11/30/2015

I specialize in the restoration/repair of tenor banjos for Irish trad playing AND specifically Weymann Orchestras. Go check out my website TradBanjo.com. and go to Sold Banjos and you will see a few of the Orchestras I've sold lately. I myself play a Style No 4. Thay are fantastic banjos for trad. I am running out the door now but will get back to you about that specific banjo. I'm willing to help you however I can. Actually just dropped of a Style 1 headed or Oregon today.

Feb 24, 2021 - 1:26:55 PM

48 posts since 2/18/2021

That Paramount is beautiful, Dave. Really nice work.

I’ll keep this in mind for sure. For now, I’ll just keep practicing. I feel like I should be playing better than I actually do, coming from guitars.

Feb 24, 2021 - 2:33:33 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24583 posts since 6/25/2005

I have the 5-string version.  IMO this would work very well for your needs. 

https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products/tenor-recording-king-banjo-rkt36br-new-53147

Feb 24, 2021 - 3:31:56 PM
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Helix

USA

13770 posts since 8/30/2006

I concur with Bill rogers, you can get a new banjo for less money.

For Vintage, the Lange Challenger listed by Gryphon is one of my favorites. One of the few archtops to have a double rolled flatbar tone ring and the adjustable aperture resonator. Very trick and competitive for the time. Brooklyn and a bunch of trolley dodgers.
In 2009 I built a tunneled 5th string neck for a Lange.

Feb 24, 2021 - 3:45:06 PM

48 posts since 2/18/2021

I think that Challenger would be perfect. I think I’ll contact them about it.

Thanks!!

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