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Oct 28, 2021 - 8:04:14 AM
12 posts since 7/10/2021

Howdy friends and neighbors!

Just picked up a mint condition (except for annoying sticker) copy of Larry McNeely's "Rhapsody For Banjo" for 99 cents at Goodwill. This is one of my favorite albums from one of my biggest musical heroes!

Feel free to shore some of your best cheapo finds. I'd love to see them!

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:05:40 AM

12 posts since 7/10/2021

*share........ evidently too excited to use my thumbs correctly lol

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:22:20 AM

1052 posts since 10/5/2008

At an estate sale years ago I got about 60 amazing bluegrass albums for less than a dollar a piece. Lots of the Seldom Scene, some Stanley Brothers, Hot Rize, Country Gazette, Flatt and Scruggs.... it was great. I also got a 1998 Gibson Granada for $1,500, which wasn't cheap, but still a screaming deal!

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:36:09 AM

752 posts since 5/22/2021

I got a 6 dollar copy of Pete Seeger's "Goofing Off Suite", with 11 banjo pieces, 3 guitar pieces, and 1 mandolin piece all tabbed out by Pete himself in the 1950s. I uploaded the book here to BHO archives. It ain't copyrighted anymore.

Oct 28, 2021 - 9:43:23 AM
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3991 posts since 5/29/2011

I bought my 1936 Dobro for $15 at a yard sale. Even after the Dopera brothers restored it I only have a total of $80 in it.

Oct 28, 2021 - 10:22:03 AM
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58488 posts since 12/14/2005

Picked up a PEAVY acoustic, with built in piezo pikup, for $25 at a garage sale.
Also a Harmont 5 string, $20, at an etirely different sale.
And a fiddle for $25 at the same sale as the Harmony.
Does having somebody GIVE me banjos and ukes count as "cheap"?
If so, a plectrum Slingerland, a banjo uke, an Asian 5-string, and a baritone uke.
Also a free kazoo.

Oct 28, 2021 - 3:42 PM

12 posts since 7/10/2021

Wow guys! Lots of good deals and thanks for sharing. Freebies don't count but I do like reading about them as well. Happy bargain hunting!

Oct 28, 2021 - 4:32:59 PM
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2827 posts since 11/15/2003

back in 1988, i happened to stop in a garage sale whilst in topeka and found 2 1926 gibson ball bearing arch tops, one a TB-3 another a GB-3. i bought both of them for 700.00.

warp!

Oct 28, 2021 - 4:54:40 PM

cevant

USA

291 posts since 2/5/2020

Got a '55 Les Paul Junior for $100 at the swap meet. Grandpa bought it new for the kids and they never played it so he just stuck it in the closet.

Oct 28, 2021 - 9:47:42 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25405 posts since 6/25/2005

Best I ever got, on eBay years ago, was a Vega Artist tenor with mismatched serial numbers. No tuning pegs or tailpiece, but the pot and neck were ok. $175 buy-it-now. I couldn’t afford a new neck, but parted it out for a quick and nice profit.

Oct 29, 2021 - 10:55:23 AM

3994 posts since 5/1/2003

I bought a '25 ball bearing tenor this summer ,all original,though it had been played a lot.
I had a nice Leo Posch neck for it,it's one of my favorites now. quote:
Originally posted by warpdrive

back in 1988, i happened to stop in a garage sale whilst in topeka and found 2 1926 gibson ball bearing arch tops, one a TB-3 another a GB-3. i bought both of them for 700.00.

warp!


Oct 29, 2021 - 2:31:45 PM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6791 posts since 2/21/2007

 

 

 

About 30years ago, my son asked me to go with him to buy his first guitar.  It was a fellow selling off some instruments from his apartment.  He had a nice Yamaha guitar at a reasonable price, but I noticed an old open back banjo in the corner.  I asked him what he wanted for it and he said, "Everybody seems to want a banjo with a resonator.  How's $20 sound?"
We finished the deal on the guitar and I said, "I'll take the banjo too."
He said, "Since you bought the guitar, I'll throw in the banjo for $10."
It's a cool old no-name catalog banjo that I've gotten a lot of use out of.  I was playing it at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival and there was a lady painting henna on people's skin.  When Maggie showed me her leg, I looked her up and asked her if she'd do the banjo head.  She did.

 

Here's Maggie's henna tattoo:

And the banjer head:

 

About forty years or more ago, I found this LP in the bargain bin at Zellers with a hole punched through the corner.  I think it was a little over a buck.  I love it and still play it today.

 

Here's a sample:  Karen Dalton plays Katie Cruel

Oct 29, 2021 - 6:11:05 PM
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142 posts since 12/9/2018

Not too long after I first started playing I stumbled upon a FB Marketplace ad for a Wildwood banjo that seemed too good to be true. Did a little internet sleuthing on the seller and decided to send a message and received a reply back within the hour.
Turns out the Wildwood belonged to the sellers late father and there were two other banjos for sale as well.
We set up a meeting and I got to spend a couple wonderful hours with the son and his mother talking about her late husband and how they used to play in a small band around the Chicago area.
When it was all said and done, I left with the Wildwood Minstrel, a Bart Reiter Standard, a mountain banjo, and whole bunch of books and accessories for $700.




 

Oct 29, 2021 - 10:41:46 PM
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Paul R

Canada

15156 posts since 1/28/2010

A few years ago, I got John Burke's Book of Old Time Fiddle Tunes for Banjo ay a local used record shop for $10. Considering what people ae asking for it these days ... . The shop owner didn't realize what he had. He had a better idea with the red Pete Seeger book - he charged $20.

Oct 31, 2021 - 10:21:43 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6791 posts since 2/21/2007

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Originally posted by Paul R

A few years ago, I got John Burke's Book of Old Time Fiddle Tunes for Banjo ay a local used record shop for $10. Considering what people ae asking for it these days ... . The shop owner didn't realize what he had. He had a better idea with the red Pete Seeger book - he charged $20.


I have both of those books Paul.  I didn't realise that they had gone up in value since I got them.  I got Pete's red book before I got a banjo, some time in the sixties.  I got John Burke's probably in the late seventies.  I haven't looked at either for years, but I can see them both on the shelf from here.

Oct 31, 2021 - 12:54:31 PM
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Paul R

Canada

15156 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Jim Yates
quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

A few years ago, I got John Burke's Book of Old Time Fiddle Tunes for Banjo ay a local used record shop for $10. Considering what people ae asking for it these days ... . The shop owner didn't realize what he had. He had a better idea with the red Pete Seeger book - he charged $20.


I have both of those books Paul.  I didn't realise that they had gone up in value since I got them.  I got Pete's red book before I got a banjo, some time in the sixties.  I got John Burke's probably in the late seventies.  I haven't looked at either for years, but I can see them both on the shelf from here.


I got Pete's red book in the early Seventies, about '72, and Burke's book (and Rosenbaum, and Klassen, and Perlman, and Jean Ritchie's dulcimer book) a little later. All disappeared and had to be replaced.

Nov 1, 2021 - 1:01:01 PM

3951 posts since 3/28/2008

"Rode hard and put up wet"--but playable, with a newer neck--1930 TB-11, bought for $200 in the 1990s at a Salvation Army thrift store in Bladensburg, Maryland.

youtube.com/watch?v=YI0TtNxnBLw

Nov 6, 2021 - 3:43:03 AM

1561 posts since 11/27/2005

Years of flea markets and antique stores turned up the following

Gibson A2 Mandolin $25.00
1937 Gibson J45 $50.00
1939 Gibson L5 $2.00
1929 Gibson Flathead PB3 $600.00
1927 TB Granada $800.00
1937 D18 $750.00

Many more instruments these we just the best deals
numerous great violins and bows

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