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Oct 27, 2021 - 5:58:07 PM
128 posts since 2/16/2008

I have been thinking of buying an old cheap trash banjo just to keep in my vehicle all the time. I work crazy hours and have a bit of trouble getting enough practice time.

I do however have a bit of time to kill at times while at work. If I had a banjo in the car I could sit out there and plink on it a bit.

There is an old Bently I am looking at for super cheap. Just worried that it will be so bad its not worth practicing on.........

Thoughts. ?????

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 10/28/2021 01:04:23

Oct 27, 2021 - 6:33:18 PM
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176 posts since 7/17/2011

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:43:20 PM
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2740 posts since 12/31/2005

A laminated wood rim like that will fall apart and be ruined in a hot car. Look for a bakelite model or an aluminum rim banjo where it won't matter as much. I actually invested in a graphite neck from GoldTone and they put it on a metal pot I was given. Yes, it costs more, but it can withstand any temperature/humidity level and has lasted for many years.

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:52:58 PM

1436 posts since 7/12/2004

Willing to spend a little more for a whole lot more banjo? Buy a Tranjo. Instead of keeping it in the car, keep it with you, and you'll find lots of excuses to take it out and play. It fits in a baritone uke bag, weighs just a couple of pounds is well nigh indestructible, and with the mesh practice head you can practice in bed next to your sleeping spouse and not wake him/her up. If you do leave it in a hot car, that's OK - there's pretty much no glue joints to delaminate, everything is cut out of single slabs of wood and bolted together. Hand positions and responsiveness are pretty close to a "real" banjo. Put a Mylar head on and you can kinda be heard in a jam session. Need to travel by air and space is limited? The neck comes off and it fits in your suitcase. Travel with both heads, and you're ready for jam sessions and late night hotel room practicing. It takes about 15 minutes to change heads.

Pay list price for a new one and wait forever, or look for a used one in the Classifieds, save a bunch of money, and get it right away (with a little patience - you'll have to wait for someone to list one). Mine was the best secondary banjo purchase I have ever made. I play it about as much as my main banjo, while the beaters I have sit in the closet like always.

Oct 28, 2021 - 6:45:17 AM

367 posts since 1/26/2020

Gold Tone AC-1. It's a good sounding banjo, new for $219.
I leave mine in my car. It's pretty durable, and sounds just as good as any $600 banjo.


Oct 28, 2021 - 7:20:47 AM
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5634 posts since 10/12/2009

Here ya go........"beater banjo"

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:14:24 AM

727 posts since 2/15/2015

He can tune a ukulele like a five-string banjo but not up to tension.

Oct 28, 2021 - 9:18:21 AM

570 posts since 6/2/2011

If cheap enough, get it and consider it a disposable banjo. You can try different set-ups getting a resource of experience.

Oct 28, 2021 - 1:26:12 PM
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141 posts since 2/16/2015

Originally posted by tbchappe

Gold Tone AC-1. It's a good sounding banjo, new for $219.
I leave mine in my car. It's pretty durable, and sounds just as good as any $600 banjo.


I bought one of these when I had some hand surgery and the doctor told me not to lift anything heavy. WOW, was I surprised how nice it sounds (for the price). Better than any $600 banjo in my opinion! (I bought the shorter A-Scale version).

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