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Apr 17, 2021 - 4:28:20 PM
255 posts since 3/30/2010

Advancing age and declining health plus my children aren’t interested in my instruments. I have two nice banjos. I only need one. I have a 2016 Huber VRB-3-TT 5 string I purchased new in 2017. It sounds great. It has two minor cosmetic imperfections: I had a Shubb 5th string cap installed on the neck. I had it removed and the person filled in the two holes. You have to look close to see them but You can see them. The second is a couple of scratches on the back of the resonator when I let someone play it, not seeing their belt buckle. My second banjo is a 2015 Stelling MasterFlower I purchased new in 2015 direct from Geoff Stelling. I don’t see a mark on it. I don’t play it as much. I am curious which would sell quicker. I appreciate your thoughts.

Apr 17, 2021 - 4:45:15 PM

rcc56

USA

3469 posts since 2/20/2016

Hard to say. They are both high quality instruments.
I'll guess the Huber, but only because I'm guessing that there is a bigger market for Mastertone style banjos than Stellings.
That is, depend on how bad the buckle scratches are.
But a lot of how quick an instrument will sell will depend on how you price it.

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/17/2021 16:46:16

Apr 17, 2021 - 5:46:57 PM
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30 posts since 5/1/2016

Keep them both, enjoy them and let your Kids figure it out when they divide up the estate..... That is what I am going to do.

Apr 17, 2021 - 6:13:09 PM
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15157 posts since 12/2/2005

If you need the money, sell the one that isn't the one you reach for most often.

If you don't need the money, keep both - unless you're under familiar pressure to get rid of one - in which case, sell the one that isn't the one you reach for most often.

Banjos generally aren't investments in anything other than pleasure.

Apr 17, 2021 - 6:46:22 PM
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13896 posts since 10/30/2008

If the Huber "TT" means Top Tension, the Stelling will probably sell faster.

Both sound like fine banjos. I'm sure you'll sell one if you price it right.

Apr 17, 2021 - 6:48:55 PM

255 posts since 3/30/2010

T T stands for Truetone

Apr 17, 2021 - 7:11:34 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1096 posts since 11/9/2010

I would keep the one that I reach for more often, sell the other.

Apr 17, 2021 - 7:58:45 PM
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2640 posts since 10/13/2011

+1 on what Skip & Dean advise.

Apr 17, 2021 - 9:03:24 PM
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530 posts since 2/5/2014

IMHO, no matter which one you sell, you will miss it. I sold a Deering Sierra a few years ago, and still miss it.

If you don’t need to sell immediately, perhaps you can do some research on recent listings on both the Huber and the Stelling. See if one brand typically moves faster than the other, and if they hold their original price or if it drops. Create a matrix and then troll the classified section here, and EBay. On Reverb not only can you check the current listings, but can use the filter function under Show Only - Sold Listings to see what various banjos actually sold for. You can see what condition the banjos were in, plus get an idea of good photo layouts. It is a bit of work, but might help you make a decision on which banjo to sell.


Good luck, I hope that you get to feeling better.

Edited by - talljoey on 04/17/2021 21:05:23

Apr 18, 2021 - 4:49:09 AM
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2583 posts since 4/7/2010

Here Is an option not many folks think of, but has worked for me.

I have donated several banjos to students at East Tennessee State University's bluegrass program. I have donated both to the program and directly to students. Donating to the program makes the instrument property of the State of Tennessee. Donating directly to a student allows that student to leave college with the instrument. the last 3 or 4 banjos have gone directly to students.

Roy Andrade is the ETSU professor I have worked with when donating instruments.

Bob Smakula

Apr 18, 2021 - 6:01:19 AM
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154 posts since 11/28/2006

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Originally posted by jdskyler

Keep them both, enjoy them and let your Kids figure it out when they divide up the estate..... That is what I am going to do.


Same here, only to add I need to leave a note so they know what they're worth vs. what I told my wife I payed for them. 

Apr 18, 2021 - 6:53:31 AM
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47 posts since 4/13/2021

When you recall your relationship with each banjo, there may be a memory of two that makes you identify closely with one of them. Sell the other, if indeed you can't keep both.

Apr 18, 2021 - 10:33:29 AM

6068 posts since 10/13/2007

Berry, you already done got knee deep.

ken

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvfjxm5Lynk

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:53:47 PM

30 posts since 5/1/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Ron Lacey
quote:
Originally posted by jdskyler

Keep them both, enjoy them and let your Kids figure it out when they divide up the estate..... That is what I am going to do.


Same here, only to add I need to leave a note so they know what they're worth vs. what I told my wife I payed for them. 


Nice!

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:01:45 PM
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3 posts since 3/29/2021

quote:
Originally posted by rbfour5

I would keep the one that I reach for more often, sell the other.


I would keep both and buy another. But I'm not sure that's what the OP is asking. 

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:53:46 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4915 posts since 1/5/2005

Age & health: keep the lighter weight one.

An easy way not having to choose yourself is to put both up for sale: the one that goes first is not the keeper which then no longer is for sale smiley

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 04/20/2021 16:54:17

Apr 21, 2021 - 11:45:48 AM

11285 posts since 10/27/2006

I have made the mistake of selling two banjos that I had used on recordings. Whenever I hear a recording I made with either, I'm not happy that I sold them. Never again.

I'm far less sentimental about other instruments I've sold.

Apr 21, 2021 - 11:53:19 AM
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2099 posts since 2/12/2009

I know several performers who have been forced to sell instruments during this long layoff from paid work , fortunately I am not among them, I would certainly hate to part with my Vegas, The Gibson and the Clareen both have prospective buyers constantly on my case though, who knows ? if a really sweet Fairbanks comes along ?

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