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Looking at buying a Beau Brummel Banjo by Allen G. Need some opinions.

Dec 4, 2021 - 2:10:17 PM

lfinch

USA

5 posts since 7/12/2020

Been playing for about two years now. Ready to expand my collection to a second banjo. I’m considering buying this Beau Brummel. It’s was made 1887 to 1900ish. Maybe somebody else has a closer estimate than  me. I hope you don’t mind me asking some stupid questions ??.

1) I’m looking for a banjo I can play, not just hang on the wall. Can I expect somethings this old to play well?

2) I want to make sure there’s no severe damage, what should I be looking for when looking at a Banjo this old. I know the obvious straight neck anything else?

3) is $1000 a good asking price for the banjo in the picture?


Thanks in advance. Appreciate your time




 

Edited by - lfinch on 12/04/2021 14:10:58

Dec 4, 2021 - 2:25:48 PM

2801 posts since 3/30/2008

This is a product of the Buckbee factory. Common issues are : missing, shrunken celluloid inlays, twisted, bowed neck, cracking, crumbling fingerboard. One sold this year on Banjo Buyer for $450. $1000 for  this  Buckbee seems way over the top.

Edited by - tdennis on 12/04/2021 14:27:13

Dec 4, 2021 - 2:34:58 PM

staceyz

Canada

151 posts since 5/30/2010
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I've had a couple of them I fixed up. They are worth about $500 if they are playable and set up fine. . and now the shameless plug.. I have a 1930s Slingerland 5 string banjo for $600, which I think is a far superior banjo to the Buckbee Brummel

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Dec 4, 2021 - 4:35:16 PM

9176 posts since 8/28/2013

Pretty much what tdennis says, except this one at least has pearl inlays, so they won't shrink. It also has a shim between the neck and rim to make it more like a modern banjo. If you want a more modern banjo, though, you should but a more modern banjo. $1000 is way, way, too high a price for a banjo that, like its namesake Beau Brummel, had little more substance than a penchant for fancy clothes.

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 12/04/2021 16:35:56

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