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Dec 1, 2021 - 2:53:32 PM
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Well, I know there are a lot of folks out there who would love to have this problem. I also know I am likely to get a bunch of conflicting opinions, and that’s OK - I am hoping learn from your reasons behind your opinions. Here we go…

I have commissioned a new banjo. To help finance this, and to keep my wife happy, this means I need to sell one of my two current banjos. Up for consideration are a 2012 stock Stelling Sunflower in most excellent, not mint, condition. My other option is a 2005 Osborne Chief, highly engraved, and signed by Frank Neat and Sonny Osborne. It is the banjo in my profile avatar. It is also in most excellent condition. Both are fun to play, both nice maple banjos, both sound awesome.

Thoughts?

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:07:32 PM
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beegee

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22577 posts since 7/6/2005

Sell the Stelling. You may never get another chance to own a Chief. His stock just went up....

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:09:05 PM

KCJones

USA

1557 posts since 8/30/2012

Which one do you play more? Which one would be easier to replace if you decided you want it back in the future?

I'd also say that over the long-term view, a few grand isn't that much money. I sold my Stelling Sunflower to fund some other banjos. I wouldn't say I regret it, but I do think about that Stelling sometimes.

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:10:20 PM

doryman

USA

1121 posts since 11/26/2012

You could put both up for sale and let the first buyer be the one who decides for you.

Now, I've been in your position numerous times. As a practical matter, the way I approach which one I sell usually has more to do with the new one I'm buying. My new banjo is usually and upgrade of, or duplicates in some way, one of my existing banjos. So the one I sell is the one being upgraded..or the redundant one. I'm not saying that it doesn't break my heart a little, but a guy can only play so many banjos.

Did I just say that?

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:13:54 PM
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I am leaning toward selling the Stelling, mainly because of the two, I think that would be easier to replace in the future.

I play them both quite a lot. Although I am currently playing the Chief a little bit more. I also tend to like “bling” on my banjos. The Chief has “bling”.

I did this because I thought the two banjo’s sound a lot a like. The new banjo will be a walnut top-tension… with “bling”

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:26:51 PM

407 posts since 3/27/2010

This may not be very helpful, but I’d encourage you to find a way to not sell either. At least not yet.
Neither is being made anymore (well, Stelling is still producing this month but you can’t order a new one at this point). You’re right the Stelling is probably easier to replace later as there are more of them out there, but near mint condition Stellings will become harder and harder to find when new ones stop being added to the population.
If you could keep all three and after a year or two find you no longer play one of them, then sell it.

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:32:38 PM
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I could afford to keep all three. It is more about convincing my wife that I need that many banjos. Especially, when you throw in my open back and my beater banjo.

Dec 1, 2021 - 3:57:44 PM
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13 posts since 10/30/2021

Hide one of them in the attic, then go sell some of your wife's seldom worn valuable jewelry, and show her the cash pretending that you sold the banjo. Make sure to dump pepper in your eyes before you show her the $ to make sure it looks like you've been grieving over the banjo. Good luck, sir.

(Sorry... no actual advice, other than follow your heart, and if it's a tie... eenie miney moe)

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Dec 1, 2021 - 4:07:32 PM
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58637 posts since 12/14/2005

IF IF IF you hide one in the attic, loosen the strings!
The strings, under tension, and the heat of a summer attic, might just Robin Hood the neck for ya!

Dec 1, 2021 - 4:10:10 PM
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This is a great idea! …if only I had an attic!

Dec 1, 2021 - 4:20:59 PM
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KCJones

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1557 posts since 8/30/2012

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Originally posted by saw_woods

I could afford to keep all three. It is more about convincing my wife that I need that many banjos. Especially, when you throw in my open back and my beater banjo.


Easy solution: Sell the beater.  

Dec 1, 2021 - 4:22:04 PM
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If you can afford it keep all 3. When Mark Bramlett was managing Banjo.Com he once told me I should always have at least three. He said wives didn’t count past 3 for some reason, and that once I had three I could have as many I wanted.  smiley

Dec 1, 2021 - 4:26:50 PM

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KCJones
“ Easy solution: Sell the beater. ”

The beater is truly a beater. I take it rafting. I take it camping. That and $5 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks. But it has its uses.

Dec 1, 2021 - 5:13:05 PM
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RioStat

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quote:
Originally posted by saw_woods

I could afford to keep all three. It is more about convincing my wife that I need that many banjos. Especially, when you throw in my open back and my beater banjo.


When I owned only 4 banjos my (ex) wife said "if you buy one more banjo......."


 

Dec 1, 2021 - 5:17:23 PM

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RioStat
“ When I owned only 4 banjos my (ex) wife said "if you buy one more banjo......."”

That’s what I’m trying to avoid!

Dec 1, 2021 - 5:21:09 PM

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Maybe my priorities are all messed up…. I like my banjos, but I love my wife.

Dec 1, 2021 - 5:28:12 PM
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Told both of my wives up front I'll be playing music long after your gone. The 2nd is still here.

Dec 1, 2021 - 5:35:48 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by saw_woods

This is a great idea! …if only I had an attic!


I've got plenty of room in my attic.  Send that Chief on over!

Dec 1, 2021 - 5:57:50 PM
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My wife has learned to like my instruments hanging on the wall. The only problem is storing the cases under the bed and I might have a couple more banjos under there.

She's never really given me a hard time about instruments anyway, though.

If you want some bargaining power, tell your wife that you might look at grand pianos after you sell one of your banjos. A nice parlor grand is a real space commitment.  She might decide that you need another banjo!

But again, I'm lucky my wife likes both of my pianos. 




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Dec 1, 2021 - 7:44 PM
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doryman

USA

1121 posts since 11/26/2012

My strategy is to have so many instruments, and to buy, sell and trade them with such frequency, that the spouse cannot really keep track of what's coming and going. It's all just a blur.

Dec 2, 2021 - 1:39:10 AM
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maxmax

Sweden

1555 posts since 8/1/2005

Whichever one you sell is going to be "the one that got away". Every instrument that I've liked but sold in order to fund something else I thought I would like better, I've come to regret.

At the very least, I would wait until your new banjo arrives and make sure you actually enjoy it more than one of the two classic, and soon to be even more difficult to get a hold of, banjos you already own. The honeymoon period might not last that long.

Dec 2, 2021 - 3:33:59 AM

1487 posts since 9/6/2019

I'd keep them all and when it's time to pick up the new one, buy a cheesecake as well. When you walk in, show the wife the cheesecake and when she asks what's in the other hand just say "Oh, that's nothing dear. One of my friends wanted to see my banjo." That works with my wife whenever I walk in with a new gun or a new trinket for my Jeep.

Dec 2, 2021 - 3:50:28 AM

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Although I do appreciate all of the, “How to manipulate your wife, and endanger your marriage” advise, I have already decided to sell one or the other. As I said, I lean towards letting the Stelling go, and yes, it will be a sad day. But if someone has a reason to reconsider this, I’d love to hear it. Probably list something after the first of the year to avoid the holiday shipping mess.

Dec 2, 2021 - 5:42 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by saw_woods

Although I do appreciate all of the, “How to manipulate your wife, and endanger your marriage” advise, I have already decided to sell one or the other. As I said, I lean towards letting the Stelling go, and yes, it will be a sad day. But if someone has a reason to reconsider this, I’d love to hear it. Probably list something after the first of the year to avoid the holiday shipping mess.


I've always wanted a Stelling,  but I haven't bought one because they just seem expensive for what they are.

That's just my opinion. I don't want to offend anyone.

If I had to pick one over the internet, I'd sell the Stelling.

In practice, my absolute favorite banjo, which happens to have a Frank Neat maple neck and resonator like your Chief, has more value to me than anyone would pay. 

I wouldn't sell it for $10,000 and no one would ever pay that. So, some of the decision depends on the particular banjo and your attachment to it.

Dec 2, 2021 - 5:50:32 AM
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Totally off topic… is it possible to hijack your own thread … in the two decades between my first and second marriage, when asked about my marital status, I would reply, “I have successfully completed my marriage”. By that definition, I guess I hope to fail at this one.

Dec 2, 2021 - 6:07:58 AM
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Banjo Lefty

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Keep the banjos. Sell the wife.

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