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Oct 24, 2021 - 3:11:37 AM
15 posts since 9/8/2017

I've had my banjo listed for close to a month; over 800 views, but only one response. Not really complaining, but would appreciate some feedback. This is a really nice banjo and hate to let it go, but can't justify having three. Other two are a Wildwood Troubadour and 12" Gold Tone BC-350.

Listing here: banjohangout.org/classified/89440

Thanks!
Mickey

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:33:42 AM

2057 posts since 2/4/2013

If i was looking for an open back I wouldn't buy one with a thick resonator banjo rim. Or with a flathead tone ring. Also no details of the rim. It looks a bit rough from the bottom. Is it three ply? If it was sold as resonator banjo that sort of price is similar to a Recording King RK-R35 secondhand I believe.

Oct 24, 2021 - 5:34:14 AM

15 posts since 9/8/2017

Thank you, Graham. The rim is 3/4" thick, just a hair over the Wildwood. I believe Stew-Mac rims are 3-ply. As for its being "rough", not sure what you're referencing, but there are a couple of scratches near the neck; otherwise it's fine. I chose to finish with satin rather than gloss. And it does have the plated brass flathead tone ring. As an aside, this is not a light-weight banjo - about 9.5 lbs.

Mickey

Oct 24, 2021 - 5:51:19 AM
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Kit banjos are tough to sell, and your price seems high. By their nature, kit banjos were assembled and finished mostly by amateurs. The components were decent, but with the exception of likely Ryan tone rings, not highly sought after. So you have OK components that may or may not be assembled properly. My guess is that you are probably $400 high.

Oct 24, 2021 - 6:12:28 AM

2057 posts since 2/4/2013

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Originally posted by MRichaud

As for its being "rough", not sure what you're referencing, but there are a couple of scratches near the neck


The picture gives the impression of roughness but it is especially apparent near the neck. Is that is rim cap? What is the wood? Is that a mahogany neck? Details are needed. But it doesn't look like a good option for an open back and perhaps the frailing scoop means it's not a good option as a resonator. But certainly too pricey. Are the parts sold seperately worth more than the banjo?

Oct 24, 2021 - 6:49:52 AM

15 posts since 9/8/2017

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker
quote:
Originally posted by MRichaud

As for its being "rough", not sure what you're referencing, but there are a couple of scratches near the neck


The picture gives the impression of roughness but it is especially apparent near the neck. Is that is rim cap? What is the wood? Is that a mahogany neck? Details are needed. But it doesn't look like a good option for an open back and perhaps the frailing scoop means it's not a good option as a resonator. But certainly too pricey. Are the parts sold seperately worth more than the banjo?


Thanks again.  No cap on the rim.  Believe the neck and rim are mahogany.  Banjo is a tad heavy for an open back, due to the tone ring, but has a great sound.  Had not considered parting it out and don't want to.  But depending on interest, may have to think about that.

Oct 24, 2021 - 8:20:10 AM
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Eric A

USA

1339 posts since 10/15/2019

I have an RK R30 that is tube and plate, so as an experiment I removed the flange, etc, and have it as an open back. It sounds good, but not good enough to justify the extra weight from the flathead tone ring, to me at least.

I suspect it's a very niche market for open backs with full weight flathead tone rings.

Oct 24, 2021 - 10:13:11 AM
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Eric A

USA

1339 posts since 10/15/2019

You might want to take a look and see if you have what this guy is looking for.

Oct 24, 2021 - 6:44:36 PM

689 posts since 11/21/2018

I have a Stew Mac ring from that era. Some of them were very very good sounding rings. Does anyone know who actually cast them between '77 and '80? I've looked for ages but can't find any info. I have a no hole flat head ring that rings like a bell and is a real "cannon" volume wise,on my top tension.
Thanks.

Oct 25, 2021 - 3:02:44 PM

15 posts since 9/8/2017

After much thought, decided I'll keep it. Apparently it has more value to me than anyone else.

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