Got the banjo 1/31/21, wanted an entry level banjo. Its been an amazing experience so far learning the clawhammer style, I've made good progress and its very exciting.
But, the washburn b9 is a piece of crap. Been around musical instruments for almost 20 years, and this thing for $300 bucks new is robbery.
I'm grateful that it got me started, but already dying to upgrade. Thinking about going with a deering artisan open back.
Anyone had any experiences with the deering artisan or the shocking poor quality of the washburn b9?
(The reason i went with the washburn, was because it wasnt the cheapest, but in my opinion its a terrible value) in other words, i wanted a higher quality entry level instrument. Im learning quick.
Edited by - PHIL- on 02/26/2021 22:54:39
If their banjos are anything like their cases, then run far away.
My banjo lost its original case sometime during it’s life and came to me with a Washburn case. It’s like dryer lint glued to some cardboard.
Edited by - szbassoon on 02/26/2021 22:58:00
I moved this post to shopping advice. I think its better suited there.
You are 100% correct. I had an “Oscar Schmidt” (really a stencil brand now) OB-5 bottlecap, and that thing was horrible. It didn’t qualify as a banjo.
Deering is captivating the minds of not-so-smart individuals by cleverly applying “Artisan” to those specific models.
I gently suggest that you take a look in the Classifieds before making the decision on a Deering “Artisan.”
The Artsan is a good beginner banjo. It is no more than a dressed up Goodtime. You might look for a used open back in the classifieds. What is your budget? A intermediate banjo is scarcer than beginner or quality banjos. You can limit your search in classified by open back and your lowest to highest price range.