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Oct 21, 2021 - 7:21:21 PM
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9 posts since 8/1/2021

I bought this banjo off craigslist as an upgrade from my Rogue b30. I read here that if you want to upgrade you should a bit more and get a decent banjo like deering or recording king rk35 just as an expamle. Well this old
banjo at $600 dollars is beyond my expectations . I see these Japanese made old banjos for sale never more that $800 bucks . If you had any questions
about these banjos being worth it , they are more than worth it.




Oct 21, 2021 - 8:02:27 PM
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2740 posts since 12/31/2005

OK, but what the heck is that thing on the bed?

Oct 21, 2021 - 8:26:21 PM
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Congrats. I think $600 is a reasonable price for these. If you want to see someone selling them for over $800, check out Banjo Warehouse.

To help you know what you bought, this page has a write-up on Iida model 237. Maybe you've seen this already.

"Model 237 - From the 1976 catalog, the model 237 was a top-of-the line flatheads. Cast bell-brass tone ring, chrome, solid maple resonators, 14-ply maple rim, rosewood fret boards, MOP inlays using Gibson's RB-Granada Hearts and Flowers pattern, 2-way truss rod, three-piece maple neck, and checker-board wood marquetry before the ivoroid grained binding. The design borrowed heavily from the RB-800 of the day, but with a Cremona finish that avoided the cherry red of the RB-800 (thank goodness)."

If you like the sound, leave it alone and enjoy it.

These were quite possibly as good as what Gibson was making at that time.

Oct 21, 2021 - 9:35:38 PM
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562 posts since 2/5/2014

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your upgrade!

Fair warning: this website causes an illness called BAS (banjo acquisition syndrome). At first you might get new picks, but that snowballs to a pretty strap, better strings, and so on. Eventually you will troll the classified ads, and drool at fancier and more expensive banjos. Unfortunately there’s no cure.

Oct 22, 2021 - 8:03:53 PM
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TeleRey

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9 posts since 8/1/2021

thanks , that is my daughters rainbow lama

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