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Mar 5, 2021 - 9:32:38 AM
1219 posts since 8/10/2010

Hey all, I just picked one of these up from a buddy. Can find much info on it. Its a beautiful banjo and plays and sounds exceptionally well for what it is. my question is does anyone know how many of them were made? and where are they made? Not that it matters much I'm just curious. Thanks in advance!

Edited by - Bubbysaar on 03/05/2021 09:40:39

Mar 5, 2021 - 10:04:35 AM

2441 posts since 5/2/2012

Here is an old thread  Won't answer your first question, but maybe your second.  From the descriptions I read (like on banjobuyer.com) it suggests that you have a top notch banjo, both in quality construction and visual appeal (bling).  May not have the same level of respect as a Gold Star or RK, but a great find for you (or anyone else, I suspect).  Enjoy!

Edited by - thisoldman on 03/05/2021 10:14:49

Mar 5, 2021 - 10:32:07 AM

1219 posts since 8/10/2010

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Originally posted by thisoldman

Here is an old thread  Won't answer your first question, but maybe your second.  From the descriptions I read (like on banjobuyer.com) it suggests that you have a top notch banjo, both in quality construction and visual appeal (bling).  May not have the same level of respect as a Gold Star or RK, but a great find for you (or anyone else, I suspect).  Enjoy!


Its certainly gig worthy i was overly impressed by the sound after i got a good fresh head and bridge & strings on it.  Bought it to simply add it to the collection but it may very well become a new part of the live rotation as well.  

Mar 5, 2021 - 11:35:16 AM

banjonz

New Zealand

11115 posts since 6/29/2003

MM banjos, along with probably the vast majority of Asian banjos these days are made in China (Daewon). They are churned out in the 10's of thousands and labelled with whatever marketer/suppliers' want on them. The instruments (especially banjos) range from 'top-of-the-line' with much bling to very basic entry level. All the decoration (inlays etc) are paper thin. Some of them look extremely stunning. I have the factory brand ('Rally') catalogue. While they look extremely nice, the sound just isn't there. I have played a number of these instruments (banjos, mandolins) etc and have not been impressed.

Mar 5, 2021 - 12:25:08 PM
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2109 posts since 1/4/2009

Does anyone know who the american connection to morgan monroe is? I find it interesting since they also make the bean blossom banjo and morgan monroe is the name of a state forest near bean blossom.

Funny story about morgan monroe state forest, back in 2003 or so I was parking cars at bean blossom for the festival and ended up hanging out with jimmy martin in the house there. Someone said Ralph Stanely had gone squirrel hunting at morgan monroe and left his banjo there, Jimmy took it out of the case and asked me if I wanted to play it. First gibson banjo I had ever touched. Anyway Ralph walked in while i was trying to pick it *i had no idea how to play banjo at the time, i was scared of how hed react seeing me with his super expensive banjo. He just smiled and asked us if we wanted any of the bluegill he had just caught in the lake there at the park. I just smiled and ended up choking down that fish from that nasty pond!

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