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Oct 27, 2021 - 3:02:30 PM
1078 posts since 12/8/2006

That Maybell pot/tone ring sounds so much better than any Goodtime or Gold Tone for the money. It's ready to play, it's loud, the action is nice, and the pot alone is worth the money. Seriously, beginner, check it out:

banjohangout.org/classified/74549

Oct 27, 2021 - 3:05:49 PM

745 posts since 5/22/2021

It is a nice banjo, but alas, I cannot even afford that, to be honest... It is a pretty okay price though for what it is.

Oct 27, 2021 - 3:16:12 PM

2762 posts since 3/30/2008

..(since you asked.) You're a bit overselling this scuffed up frankenbanjo. (for $445 total).

Oct 27, 2021 - 6:04:13 PM

rcc56

USA

3841 posts since 2/20/2016

Why? Because right now new modern banjos are in and certain folks don't want anyone to put anything but nylon strings on old banjos.  And a lot of marketing money has gone into the 6,000 variations of the Goodtime banjo.

I like 'em old, myself. I like the donut tone ring in the one you're selling, and yes, I'm sure it sounds much better than a Goodtime. I don't need another instrument, though.  Patience.  It will sell sooner or later.

Edited by - rcc56 on 10/27/2021 18:07:53

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:11:16 PM

1599 posts since 5/19/2018

I have a similar banjo. MayBell with the donut tone ring. Mine has a resonator in a nice pink shade of Mother of Toilet seat. Someone back in 1964 put a beautiful walnut five string neck on it. Bought it years and years ago as a beach banjo. I’ve held onto to it all these years because it just plays and sounds great.

Someone who is looking for something past your typical beginner Goodtime will pick up in this instrument and recognize it for the instrument it is. Maybe drop the price 50$ and see what happens.

Oct 28, 2021 - 1:18:34 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25392 posts since 6/25/2005

There’s an obsession with “new” among many thousands—including banjo players. Many prefer a new Pisgah with its synthetic fretboard to a similarly priced original ‘20s Vega. Many home buyers won’t choose an older place with wood floors and the character of individual design over a new plastic- loaded tract house of similar cost. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.

Oct 28, 2021 - 6:55:13 AM

364 posts since 1/26/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

There’s an obsession with “new” among many thousands—including banjo players. Many prefer a new Pisgah with its synthetic fretboard to a similarly priced original ‘20s Vega. Many home buyers won’t choose an older place with wood floors and the character of individual design over a new plastic- loaded tract house of similar cost. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.


I tell ya, down here in Western NC the trend is a bit different as far as houses go. I've tried, several times, to buy a 100+ year old house, and every time someone comes in and offers $50,000 over asking price. Now, mind you, no one wants the 100+ year old house that hasn't been updated safely for 100+ years, but you get my point.

So we're building our best replica of a 100+ year old house instead. Thank goodness wood prices came down. Saved me a truck load.

Blaine

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:08:54 AM

745 posts since 5/22/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

There’s an obsession with “new” among many thousands—including banjo players. Many prefer a new Pisgah with its synthetic fretboard to a similarly priced original ‘20s Vega. Many home buyers won’t choose an older place with wood floors and the character of individual design over a new plastic- loaded tract house of similar cost. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.


I agree with you. I Would LOVE to have a 20's vega, instead of going off and buying a new cheap asian banjo. Better quality, in my opinion. I was unable to find any very good quality banjo though for under 170 U.S dollars. I am quite happy with my simple woody banjo, but a 20's vega I would absolutely love.

Russ A.

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:57:19 AM

45 posts since 6/6/2015

Perhaps people buy new to avoid buying something they will have to spend additional money on to fix the issues the older banjo might have. Newer banjos will/may come with a warranty. If there is an issue they can return it to the dealer. The problem would be in finding an issue on used merchandise and having to pay return shipping that would be costly then buying new anyway.

Oct 28, 2021 - 9:03:05 AM

37 posts since 5/8/2009

A good video may help.

Oct 28, 2021 - 11:30:31 AM
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doryman

USA

1078 posts since 11/26/2012

I've had a similar problem selling banjos like yours on the hangout. A beginner here has probably heard of Deering and Goldtone, perhaps, but won't have any idea about what you're selling and might not be comfortable buying it. A more advanced player, who knows what a Goodtime banjo is, and perhaps owns one, is probably going to want to move up to something more high end. I've had more luck selling banjos like yours on Craigslist. You can attract someone local who has "always wanted to play the banjo," they can come over to your house, see that's it's a decent and fun banjo to play, and buy it.

Oct 29, 2021 - 5:55:09 AM

3993 posts since 5/1/2003

Maybell pots are 10 3/4”. I can understand why you wouldn’t mention that. Fiberskin heads are plunky no matter how tight you get them and any neck I’ve owned on a Bakelite Harmony was too narrow,even for my smallish hands.
I like that tension hoop,though.
It’s best suited for a lady claw hammer player IMO. I know this all sounds negative,but you asked,sorry. 

Edited by - Ks_5-picker on 10/29/2021 05:56:45

Oct 29, 2021 - 6:06:14 AM

4734 posts since 2/24/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

There’s an obsession with “new” among many thousands—including banjo players. Many prefer a new Pisgah with its synthetic fretboard to a similarly priced original ‘20s Vega. Many home buyers won’t choose an older place with wood floors and the character of individual design over a new plastic- loaded tract house of similar cost. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.


The reason for this may be that if you get a vintage banjo and even if its set up and in good shape--beginner banjoists and even good banjoists may have difficulty finding anyone to resetup or make any kind of repairs & if done by a pro--it may be more expensive than the original banjo.  The draw to smaller, local builders is that many of the builders will adjust and repair their own instruments but don't have the time to work on other banjos or ordering parts for Vintage Banjos. :)

www.maryzcox.com


Oct 29, 2021 - 9:58:54 AM

4734 posts since 2/24/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Ks_5-picker

Maybell pots are 10 3/4”. I can understand why you wouldn’t mention that. Fiberskin heads are plunky no matter how tight you get them and any neck I’ve owned on a Bakelite Harmony was too narrow,even for my smallish hands.
I like that tension hoop,though.
It’s best suited for a lady claw hammer player IMO. I know this all sounds negative,but you asked,sorry. 


hahahaha--okay for a lady banjo player ???hahahaha--plllleeeasseeee--hahaha


Oct 29, 2021 - 10:04:21 AM

KCJones

USA

1522 posts since 8/30/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

 Many home buyers won’t choose an older place with wood floors and the character of individual design over a new plastic- loaded tract house of similar cost. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.


The old farmhouses are usually way more expensive. They're either charging 250k for a house that needs 100k in repairs, or charging 500k+ for a house that's already seen those repairs. Young people are broke, they can barely afford the cheapest houses on the market. Also, many buyers don't want to deal with lathe+plaster walls, knob+tube wiring, and a roof that needs to be rebuilt. 

Edited by - KCJones on 10/29/2021 10:05:30

Oct 29, 2021 - 10:52:01 AM

3993 posts since 5/1/2003

Mary Z,all I meant was that neck is likely unsuitable for ham handed individuals no matter how they identify.

Oct 31, 2021 - 11:56:39 AM
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doryman

USA

1078 posts since 11/26/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Ks_5-picker

Mary Z,all I meant was that neck is likely unsuitable for ham handed individuals no matter how they identify.


Best to stop while you're behind, Rod!

Edited by - doryman on 10/31/2021 11:56:59

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