Looks like a higher end Aria. These are intermediate level Asian banjos and IMHO are excellent for the price. This one will be lightweight, yet with plenty of bark. I've owned two of them and enjoyed them both very much.
Ever since POST got away with selling a box CLEARLY labeled "GRAPE NUTS", with no grape and no nuts in the box, labels have become relatively meaningless.
So the "CUSTOM MADE" on the truss rod cover doesn't mean jack, Jack!
But, it sure LOOKS like a nice banjo, if the price fits you.
And, once you GET it, post a topic called
SETUP HELP NEEDED NEAR MONTREAL.
Because, set up properly, that one may be a magnificent instrument.
I believe it is a aluminum tone ring, and the tension hoop and flange look to be aluminum too! It still might sound fairly well with a setup. I would not give a lot for it.
Edited by - roydsjr on 03/02/2021 18:53:26
Seller is asking 300$ I also tought it was all aluminium parts.
I have bought several of these. I bought one last year for $140.
In Canada, $300 is a darn good deal for a banjo like that and the price may even be negotiable. With the head at the proper tension, that banjo will sound great.
i played a aluminum tone ring banjo for several years when i started out and it sounded pretty good.. it was an old epiphone with dot inlay... 300 ain't a bad price.
I agree that $300 is a fair price especially if it includes a case. Any other goodies like a tuner or strap thrown in would sweeten the deal.
Looks like aluminum (aluminium to all you Brits and Canucks) to me too. It can have a decent sound and tone.
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