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May 25, 2022 - 2:10:24 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26044 posts since 6/25/2005

A personal sale is not feasible. (I’m not involved.). Pre-war conversion that wasn’t a Mastertone. Name-player provenance. Well-known luthiers’ work. Who would you choose to handle the sale?

May 25, 2022 - 3:08:13 AM



2281 posts since 11/3/2016

There are several respected dealers who will consign instruments .
As to how to pick one , there many variables to sort out . If the seller cannot negotiate the sale , or someone next of kin , I'm not sure how that should be handled ?

May 25, 2022 - 3:19:08 AM



1718 posts since 8/30/2012

Just go with the most local "big name" shop with a decent online presence. Gryphon, Elderly, Bernunzio, are all good options.

Edited by - KCJones on 05/25/2022 03:19:19

May 25, 2022 - 3:43:02 AM
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194 posts since 12/7/2007

I have been very impressed with Jim Britton, of Ceres Banjo Works, whose ads feature instruments similar to the one described. He’s in middle Tennessee, which may not be convenient, but seems to have a stellar reputation and experience with such sales. (As a disclaimer, I have no connection to CBW.)

Edited by - srrobertsiii on 05/25/2022 03:45:15

May 25, 2022 - 5:54:25 AM
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5291 posts since 5/9/2007

Bob Smakula

May 25, 2022 - 6:32:58 AM
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2934 posts since 12/31/2005

Charlie Cushman deals with high end instruments and has a great Rolodex of pros and collectors, and he knows what they are looking for.

Another possible name: Lowe's Vintage

May 25, 2022 - 6:48:54 AM
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5437 posts since 8/31/2006

Bob don’t consign anymore last I checked

May 25, 2022 - 7:46:02 AM



534 posts since 12/3/2004

Greg Boyd in Montana.

May 25, 2022 - 7:56:39 AM



4228 posts since 2/20/2016

If the owner is on the west coast, I would suggest Gryphon.
But have him call first to find out what their rate is.
20% is acceptable for instruments under $10k. Some dealers are charging more, and I avoid them.

In my part of the country, I have used Gruhn's, Carter's, and Cotten Music [now known as North American Guitar]; and would use any of them again. For banjos, my first choice would probably be Gruhn's.

May 26, 2022 - 9:02:46 AM

9 posts since 12/28/2010

Regarding Bob Smakula, he just sold my banjo on consignment this morning, so I believe he's still in the consignment business. He'd had the banjo a few months so it's possible mine was the last one, but probably not.

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