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Sep 16, 2021 - 6:11:37 AM
3 posts since 9/16/2021

I’ve scoured the earth/internet for a Prucha Bat to no avail. If anyone is selling or knows of someone who is, please put me in contact! Thank you in advance

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 09/16/2021 06:41:36

Sep 16, 2021 - 6:41:18 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26417 posts since 8/3/2003

You're new and haven't read the rules. You can only post in the swap shop if you have a classified ad.

I am moving this thread to shopping forum. Perhaps someone will see your thread and be able to help you.

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:00:48 AM

3 posts since 9/16/2021

Sorry! And thank you

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:11:34 AM

15337 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by girl

I’ve scoured the earth/internet for a Prucha Bat to no avail. If anyone is selling or knows of someone who is, please put me in contact! Thank you in advance


Welcome aboard, girl. It's not clear if you're in the United States or elsewhere. But if you ARE in the US, the mothership of Prucha banjos is Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments in Missoula, Montana. Greg was the first US dealer to market Prucha and, to the best of my knowledge, the most active by far. In addition to handling new instruments he's also the most active when it comes to consignments and resales. If anyone knows where there's a Bat that might come on the market, it's probably him.

The Bat is still in Prucha's product line so you might be able to order one. Not sure if they do direct ordering, but here's a list of Prucha dealers.

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:51:32 AM

3 posts since 9/16/2021

eagleisland Thank you for the advice! On your recommendation I went ahead and reached out to Greg, hopefully he has some information that will help me on my search. I’ve visited the websites of every Prucha dealer on that list and none have a Bat! I’ve also submitted a purchase inquiry through the official Prucha website but haven’t received a reply. Fingers crossed :)

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:59:53 AM

15337 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by girl

eagleisland Thank you for the advice! On your recommendation I went ahead and reached out to Greg, hopefully he has some information that will help me on my search. I’ve visited the websites of every Prucha dealer on that list and none have a Bat! I’ve also submitted a purchase inquiry through the official Prucha website but haven’t received a reply. Fingers crossed :)


For whatever it's worth, Prucha appears to build banjos in one or two runs a year, making a number of different instruments with each run. New ones tend to sell pretty quickly; right now Greg has no new and only two used Pruchas in inventory. Greg can almost certainly tell you what availability will look like in the next 12 months. If you're a serious buyer, don't be afraid to call. Fair warning: he might just talk your ear off, but you'll enjoy every minute of it. A loquacious, knowledgeable and entertaining chap, he is.

If you have no luck with the Bat, don't rule out other Prucha models. I've been fortunate to play four or five  different models and every one of them was superb.

Sep 16, 2021 - 10:56:07 AM
like this

Alex Z

USA

4528 posts since 12/7/2006

The "Bat" part is the decoration, unique to Prucha.  

The "Prucha" part is the rim, flange, and tone ring that go with the Prucha decorative styles  (Bat, Diamond Point, Fall in Love, etc.), also unique to Prucha and different from his Gibson-style models, and in aggregate give a different tone -- powerful yet not harsh, deep yet still clear with balanced and sweet trebles, wide range of tones possible when picking.

The remaining major variable is the choice of wood, not specified at this point.

If the poster wants a Bat, then get a Bat.  It will have the "Prucha" structural design, rather than the Gibson-style design.  One will eventually come up for sale.

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