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I have. Deering Maple Blossom banjo (never played) I may sellv

Sep 18, 2021 - 8:56:44 PM
2 posts since 10/4/2017

I bought a Deering Maple Blossom banjo around 2005 for my Father. He had a Gibson, wanted a Deering. He never got to play it ( died quickly of cancer) I’ve kept it stored in its case in our log home. I had new strings recently put on it. Thought I’d try to learn to play it but it’s too heavy for me.(I play piano) kept it thinking grandson would take an interest. He’s now 23 full time flying chinook 47 for army and no time or interest. It’s time someone who knows how to play appreciate this. Came from Greg Deering in Ca I cant find the warranty card but have other paper work. I’m sure the bridge or head/neck needs adjusted or whatever you banjo guys do to soup one up. Needs set up to your liking and tuned of course. Comes with felt lined Deering case. Any clue if it’s worth. I’ve already sold his Gibson banjo. Thanks Jan

Sep 18, 2021 - 9:35:08 PM

12274 posts since 6/2/2008

Welcome to the Hangout. And sorry for your loss.

Asking and sales prices for used Maple Blossoms are all over the place -- from under $2000 to around $3,000. There are some listed on eBay right now for over $3,000 and even over $4,000 (which is the price of a new one). But those over  $3,000 are in Japan, which for some reason is a source of iver-priced used instruments.

Here's a late 90s model -- essentially the same as yours -- that sold with an asking price of $1850. No idea what the actual sales price was.

Here's one from 2013, which has the newer '06 tone ring, but maybe not the current radiused fingerboard. Listed at $2100. Again, we don't know what the buyer paid.

Here's an '02 for sale on Reverb for $3000.  This page shows some ads for others at the same price. Also, scroll down for an interesting chart on price history and a table on transaction history. If those are actual Maple Blossom prices, that's not good news for sellers. 

Discount retail on the current model is $4400. But the current model has a newer design tone ring, looser (more desirable) ring to rim fit, and radiused fingerboard that yours doesn't. So that factors into the big hit on resale value of older ones.

Good luck.

Sep 18, 2021 - 10:03:34 PM
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2 posts since 10/4/2017

Thanks Ken for reply. It was made before the ring tone change they did sometime after 2006. It’s pretty much in mint condition other than the nickel is showing some discoloring, don’t know how to clean it. I think when I bought it late 2005 I paid around $2,800.00 plus case, was $250? I really don’t want to list it on EBay. I figured one can pay $4k for the newer design upgrades, or around $2,800.00 approximately for one from the 2005 year design that has set untouched for15 years. I looked at the resale and I agree not good news for sellers. I’m more inclined to go ahead and list it for sale. I’m sure someone who knows the quality of a Deering and it’s features will eventually part with their cash. I bought a 1946 wultzer piano over the new expensive models based on sound and quality. Thanks for your advice.

Sep 19, 2021 - 5:59:20 AM

12274 posts since 6/2/2008

Happy to have tried to help.

I don't think I gave its unused near mint condition adequate consideration.

Certainly worth a try to ask what you paid for it and see what happens.

I wasn't suggesting you list on eBay. I was just citing results there because, while it's easy to find what sellers ask for used instruments, eBay sold listings are the best or only publicly available information on actual prices buyers paid.

Sep 19, 2021 - 7:55:31 AM
Players Union Member

DC5

USA

20396 posts since 6/30/2015

Jan, you can list it here in the Marketplace section. Take some pictures of it so players here can evaluate.

Sep 19, 2021 - 9:45:59 AM

43 posts since 10/12/2018

I was actually shopping for one for awhile. Lately, they seem to alway go for $1800 ±$200 depending on condition and which tone ring. Yours is in great shape, but has the older tone ring. I would probably list it at $1900 and take $1800 for it.

Sep 20, 2021 - 8:25:35 AM

12274 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by NewBlackDak

I was actually shopping for one for awhile. Lately, they seem to alway go for $1800 ±$200 depending on condition and which tone ring. Yours is in great shape, but has the older tone ring. I would probably list it at $1900 and take $1800 for it.


I've mentioned any number of times in different discussions that I'm still kicking myself over wasting time with questions for the seller and losing out on an early '90s Maple Blossom in pretty good condition that ended up selling for around $1500 shipped. This was an eBay Buy it Now listing almost exactly three years ago.

The only thing I remember that was wrong with that one was holes from a previously installed sliding fifth string capo.

A few days later, I did the same thing on a 2011 Sierra (06 ring, current inlay) that eventually sold for around $1300 shipped.

At the end of the month, I bought a heavily modded poor condition 70s RB-250 cheap. Finally cured my BAS.

Sep 22, 2021 - 10:24:19 AM
Players Union Member

spini

USA

412 posts since 9/10/2014

I have a 2001 Maple Blossom, personally I like the old ring better.
If yours is in good shape $2,000.00 is a good price. I would not take any less.

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