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Nov 12, 2021 - 5:43:03 AM
2012 posts since 1/23/2003

I'm in the market for a banjola. Anyone care to comment on the best builders or best banjola out there?

Nov 12, 2021 - 6:47:28 AM

timacn

USA

584 posts since 7/30/2004

Victor banjolas are outstanding! (I own a 5 string and 6 string version)

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I also hear that Ken LeVan makes them. I've never heard or played a LeVan banjola, but he is an outstanding craftsman, so I suspect his banjolas are also very nice as well.

Nov 12, 2021 - 8:00:26 AM
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blazo

USA

338 posts since 5/16/2017

I have a Levan Banjo Lute on order. It's been a fairly long wait but I expect Ken to finish it up any day now. Levan, Victor and Gold Tone are the only makers of banjolas that I'm aware of.

Nov 12, 2021 - 8:39:01 PM

1671 posts since 1/28/2013

Bishlinebanjos.com

Nov 13, 2021 - 10:03:38 PM

pdbanjo

USA

2012 posts since 1/23/2003

Thank you folks. I think I'll wait and see what comes down the pike.

Nov 14, 2021 - 5:13:17 PM
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Lew H

USA

2698 posts since 3/10/2008

There is. Gold Tone in the BHO classifieds now.

Nov 14, 2021 - 5:22:46 PM
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blazo

USA

338 posts since 5/16/2017

quote:
Originally posted by pdbanjo

Thank you folks. I think I'll wait and see what comes down the pike.


I just posted my Gold Tone banjola for sale in the classifieds. If nothing else, it's a fine instrument to have around while you wait for one from a custom builder (which could take months). That's one of the reasons I bought it. My wait is about over so I'm moving this one along.

Nov 20, 2021 - 8:03:08 AM

conic

England

937 posts since 2/15/2014

I have had an Ozark Banjola for about 8 years and it a quality build with nice tone and sustain, stays in tune and easy to play, its also good for stumming chords and picking with a flat pick if you dont want to take both banjo and guitar to a session. They are a lot cheaper than the goldtone but I think just as good

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