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Oct 23, 2021 - 4:48:28 PM
1 posts since 10/23/2021

Hello, I bought an AC 5 as a begginer instrument. For the style I mainly play (folk punk with some black metal influences, playing fast with a guitar pick) I prefer openback or a removable pot. Im seeking an 'intermediary' 5 string banjo (budget is ~1000 $) that will last a long time
The banjo fitting a Deerwoulding True Tone Tailpiece n a kavanjo pickup would be a plus

Thanks and have a nice day

Edit: I'm in Switzerland

Edited by - BanjoPossum123 on 10/23/2021 16:49:50

Oct 23, 2021 - 5:15:54 PM

353 posts since 4/14/2014

Lots of folks ask this, or a real similar question. I'd search through this forum and go back through the old conversations.

Oct 23, 2021 - 6:18:46 PM

2764 posts since 3/30/2008

I can't wait to hear some "Black Metal" influenced banjo music.

Oct 23, 2021 - 7:31:29 PM

2630 posts since 5/2/2012

I looked at Thomann's Swiss site. Made me appreciate the choices we have here as far as banjo selection. Also looked at the Swiss ebay site (nothing of interest there). There are a couple of banjos in that $1000 US price point at the Thomann site. Deering banjos have a big following. The Recording King R35 is the popular recommendation here on the HO for an intermediate level banjo. It is not, however, a convertable banjo.

Gold Tone has a couple of convertable banjos, but they are not intermediate level banjos in my opinion. Not a huge upgrade from your current banjo (and I'm a GT fan).

I did a quick look at the Marketplace here on the HO. All the banjos in the $750-1000US range are based here in the US.

Don't worry about your Deering Tru Tone tailpiece fitting on your next banjo, and you should be able to rig your pickup on your banjo of choice.

If you have a banjo or two in mind, go to the "More" tab on the left side of this page, then click on "reviews" and you will find member reviews of lots of different banjos.

Oct 24, 2021 - 9:07:28 AM

12427 posts since 6/2/2008

Originally posted by BanjoPossum123

The banjo fitting a Deerwoulding True Tone Tailpiece n a kavanjo pickup would be a plus

If you mean a "Deering" True Tone tailpiece, it will fit on a non-Deering banjo with a conventional L- or T-shaped tailpiece bracket, but may require a longer anchor bolt. I know this for a fact because I use a Deering tailpiece on a parts banjo and I needed to replace the Deering bolt with a longer one. The Deering anchor bolt is short because on a Deering banjo the tailpiece anchors to the flange, not a bracket below the flange.

As to the step-up banjo you want, I think you've set out some specific requirements that leave you almost no options. Your best option might be a used Recording King RK-25 or RK-30-BGM.  Both of these were resonator banjos with 2-piece flange, which makes for easy -- though not speedy -- conversion to open back.  They are both out of production and very few of the RK-30 were made in the first place. Chances of a used one turning up in your country are probably low.

The next best choice, in my opinion, would be a used Deering Eagle II. But these cost way more than $1000 in the US, so probably out of the question in Europe.

Good luck.

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:23:04 PM

25 posts since 12/8/2011

I find an RK-R35 here but someone up the thread said that wasn't ideal. 

There are a range of Gold Tone and Deerings here but I don't know enough to recommend a model for you. Maybe someone else could?

There's also Eagle Music in the UK but I guess that means import taxes now :( 

Oct 25, 2021 - 2:36:09 PM

4149 posts since 12/3/2008

You might want to check out the Gold Tone BG-150F.

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