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.
OK, but what the heck is that thing on the bed?
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.
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.
thanks , that is my daughters rainbow lama
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