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May 24, 2022 - 5:59:45 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11447 posts since 6/29/2003

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing and playing one of these kit banjos from the 70's/80's?. A new student came for lessons with it. They purchased it from a local auction house While not impossible, it is rare that one of these turn up here in New Zealand. I remember these kits from the Stewmac catalogues I used to get through snail mail.
I was able to have a really close up look at it. They were really well made. The strings are very old and rusty. While they would never sound like a high priced instrument, they would be good learner ones.

May 25, 2022 - 6:45:05 AM

Jbo1

USA

1139 posts since 5/19/2007

I bought one of their kits back in the late 1970s. It was fun to assemble and do the finishing. Yep, it wasn't going to blow you away with its tone, but I played it until I got a professional grade banjo, and then my friend learned on it. And now my son has it.

May 25, 2022 - 6:01:10 PM

jwold

USA

1207 posts since 7/21/2004

What era though? I've seen those kits and some early ones aluminum rims but the later kits had better 3 ply maple rims and those played and sounded pretty good.

Edited by - jwold on 05/25/2022 18:01:37

May 29, 2022 - 3:05:51 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11447 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by jwold

What era though? I've seen those kits and some early ones aluminum rims but the later kits had better 3 ply maple rims and those played and sounded pretty good.


This one was aluminium.

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