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Jun 27, 2022 - 8:45:49 AM
9 posts since 4/13/2009


I once had a Goodtime Special but am planning to get back into Banjo playing and consider myself a beginner. Initially thinking goodtime 2 but have become interested in the Recording King-35 as it seems to a long term play and value. Any suggestions on a solid price for a used model? Thank you

Jun 27, 2022 - 9:55:49 AM
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Eric A


1550 posts since 10/15/2019

There's a R36 (same banjo except with mahogany neck instead of maple) in the BHO classifieds for 800 + shipping, which I think is fair.

I have no connection to it.

Jun 27, 2022 - 9:57:53 AM
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13450 posts since 6/2/2008

As the price on new ones continues to rise, so does the price of used ones.  $1100 seems to be the prevailing price for new, so I believe $800 (just under 75% the price of new) would be a reasonable price. Anything less - for one in good condition - would be even better. It would not surprise me to see some sellers hold out for $900.

Jun 27, 2022 - 10:27:47 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26181 posts since 6/25/2005

I have one for the rare occasions I play bluegrass. The previous comments are dead on. I’d act sooner rather than later.

Jun 27, 2022 - 10:30:03 AM
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4330 posts since 2/20/2016

They'll probably cost more next year.
An RK 35 is more banjo for the buck than any Goodtime model.

Edited by - rcc56 on 06/27/2022 10:32:36

Jun 27, 2022 - 10:32:33 AM

9 posts since 4/13/2009

Thank you for the comments.

Jun 28, 2022 - 5:47:19 AM
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36 posts since 4/19/2014

I just sold an RK-25 (RK-35 no tone ring). I’m a clawhammer player and I recently got a White Laydie and find myself just playing three finger on that for the times I want to mess around with it. I’m not going to put the time in required to be a bluegrasser.
Anyway, I was really happy with the quality of this instrument. I would imagine if you grabbed an RK Madison banjo, that would satisfy your needs for an extremely long time, possibly life.

Jun 28, 2022 - 5:56:35 AM



392 posts since 4/11/2022

The RK 35 or RK36 were two banjo's I was looking at when I bought my bluegrass banjo. Very nice instrument.

Jun 28, 2022 - 7:33:32 AM
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64 posts since 10/12/2018

I prefer the 35 to the 36 for 2 reasons. Setup the same, it sounds snappier. I hate the gloss finish on the neck on the 36. I constantly felt sticky in my hands.

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