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
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.
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.
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I have one for the rare occasions I play bluegrass. The previous comments are dead on. I’d act sooner rather than later.
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
Thank you for the comments.
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.
The RK 35 or RK36 were two banjo's I was looking at when I bought my bluegrass banjo. Very nice instrument.
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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