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Sep 29, 2021 - 11:38:06 PM
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Frank W

Spain

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Hi there. I'm new here but I would be very appreciated if you guys help me.
I would like to buy one of these banjos. I mostly play fretless banjos, but I would like to have a cheap one fretted.
gear4music.es/es/Guitarra-y-ba...wQAvD_BwE

Or this
m.thomann.de/es/richwood_rmb_4...632983660

I don't mind which one is more beautiful. I just only wanted to know which one do you think is best building.

Thanks in advance and excuse me my mistakes (English is not my first language).

Sep 30, 2021 - 12:34:27 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25409 posts since 6/25/2005

From what I cold find, I like the Rockwood better, though they’re basically the same banjo and may have come from the same Chinese factory.. The names are chosen by the wholesalers. I would by the easiest and cheapest one to get.

Sep 30, 2021 - 1:30:20 AM

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Probably the Albert. It's a walnut rim banjo and might have a rolled brass tone ring. Information on this is limited but similar banjos with different names on the headstock do have rolled brass tone rings. If it doesn't have a rolled brass tone ring there's not much difference. The Albert is out of stock.

The Richwood is a mix of the cheapest type of banjo and the slightly better type. However if I wanted the best built in this price range I might buy this:

thomann.de/gb/recording_king_d...banjo.htm

Sep 30, 2021 - 2:06:57 AM

Frank W

Spain

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Thanks guys. The recording king don't have good reviews. I love this brand but I don't like what I've read in this particular banjo. Do you think it's better than the others?. The Albert is in stock in the web (gear for music) I didn't say but I play clawhammer mainly and prefer the mellow tones.
Thanks again.

Sep 30, 2021 - 3:56:54 AM

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It says the Albert will be delivered in November and is available to order. If Barnes and Mullins have any. It is walnut with a fiberskin head so will be mellow. I bought something very similar which did have a rolled brass tone ring. The sound was dull.

In my experience of the Richwood type banjo they tend to sound thin and hollow and sometimes a bit harsh. They are passable with a proper setup but not really mellow. Judging by the pictures the rim is quite shallow which will not help.

Between the two I'd get the Albert. Barnes and Mullins are not known for quality control. I think they are shipped from the factory and probably not checked.

Despite the Recording King review it would still be my choice. The tuners might be weaker but it has a decent tailpiece and probably a much better rim. The two reviews here are better.

banjohangout.org/reviews/searc...edir=true

There's no reason to expect the quality to be worse than the other two and Thomann are good at returns. I can't guarantee it will be mellow.

Sep 30, 2021 - 5:11:46 AM

Frank W

Spain

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Ok. Thank you!. . I'll take your advise and order the recording king!.

Sep 30, 2021 - 6:27:10 AM

2633 posts since 5/2/2012

Here is a review of the Albert

Sep 30, 2021 - 6:57:04 AM

Frank W

Spain

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Yes I read that. Thank you!.

Sep 30, 2021 - 10:50:39 AM

JSB88

UK

275 posts since 3/9/2017

During my protracted search for a second banjo this year, I read loads of reviews for loads of banjos. What I read about all RK's under the £500 mark got more or less universally good reviews, usually along the lines of 'best sound for the money'

Sep 30, 2021 - 12:17:51 PM

Frank W

Spain

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I've told with me wife And she told me I have 500€ budget. I was thinking about m.thomann.de/es/recording_king...633017990 do you think it is a goody value for the money?

Sep 30, 2021 - 12:39:37 PM

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You'll have to wait but it's a good banjo. I have one. It's one of the few really decent lower priced banjos available these days. Not as cheap as a few years ago when I got mine when it was more like 300 Euros. If you have the budget then it's a far better and more sensible option than the others. And worth waiting for.

However it is in stock at Moloney's in Ireland who have a good reputation.

https://www.moloneymusic.com/Products/Banjos_and_Ukeleles/5_String_Banjos_#nav20BanjosandUkeleles

Edited by - GrahamHawker on 09/30/2021 12:42:56

Sep 30, 2021 - 12:45:01 PM

Frank W

Spain

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Thanks a lot!.. Do you think gold tone's or deering's banjos could be better?. I've read a lot about these brands.   But like you say I really like the recording king

Edited by - Frank W on 09/30/2021 12:50:10

Sep 30, 2021 - 5:05:55 PM
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rcc56

USA

3852 posts since 2/20/2016

The Recording King OT-25 is a good banjo for the money, with a better quality of construction than the Gold Tone CC-100 at close to the same price, and certainly better than the Deering Goodtime banjos.

Oct 1, 2021 - 12:53:52 AM

Frank W

Spain

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Thanks to everybody.

Oct 1, 2021 - 6:15:55 PM

7061 posts since 9/5/2006

if you want a plunker and not worried about volume,,the goodtime open back is great..it can be loosened up enough to get a mellow tone out of it and they play easy and they are cheap too.

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