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Jun 28, 2022 - 6:34:11 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11476 posts since 6/29/2003

I recently picked up an RK 80 banjo. I have seen a few of them here over the years and they very rarely come up for sale. Can anyone advise why RK discontinued them? Was it because the RK R85 replaced it?

Jun 28, 2022 - 7:54:02 PM
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RioStat

USA

5849 posts since 10/12/2009

https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/370480

There's hours and hours of reading about Recording King banjos on the BHO

Just search......

Jun 29, 2022 - 12:48 AM

phb

Germany

3417 posts since 11/8/2010

I heard a lot of people make negative remarks about the looks of the binding. I personally never liked them either. So perhaps it just didn't sell as well as the later RKs that replaced it? There have been quite a few remarkable Recording King banjos that were discontinued, e.g. the Deco King. Perhaps they just enjoy going through their catalogue of past models but don't want to have too many models on offer at the same time which would make their business unprofitable. In the end I assume the traditionally styled models sell the best.

Jun 29, 2022 - 5:33:13 AM
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KCJones

USA

1761 posts since 8/30/2012

Recording King has discontinued the vast majority of their models. RK-R80 is just one of many.

My theory is that when the company first started, they were experimenting with all sorts of designs, both to see what sold well and also to make a name for themselves. They were basically giving them away at the start. Now that they're an established brand, they've pared the product line down to a couple models at every price point, presumably to make their manufacturing process more streamlined and reduce parts inventory.

Of course, there's no reason to read theories from a know-nothing like me. Pretty sure there's a few BHO users that were directly involved with the company when it started up.

I will say that I wish they'd bring the RK-R30 (2-piece flange flathead) and RK-R25 (2-piece flange woodie) back from the grave. Both those banjos were so good. The RK-R25 occupied a niche in the market that goes unfilled to this day.

Jun 29, 2022 - 6:15:46 AM

4267 posts since 3/28/2008

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Originally posted by KCJones


I will say that I wish they'd bring the RK-R30 (2-piece flange flathead) and RK-R25 (2-piece flange woodie) back from the grave. Both those banjos were so good. The RK-R25 occupied a niche in the market that goes unfilled to this day.


That RK-25 was GREAT. One of my students had one, and I wish it was still available so I could recommend it to  other students (or buy one myself).

Jun 29, 2022 - 9:26:51 AM
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354 posts since 6/19/2011

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Originally posted by KCJones


I will say that I wish they'd bring the RK-R30 (2-piece flange flathead) and RK-R25 (2-piece flange woodie) back from the grave. Both those banjos were so good. The RK-R25 occupied a niche in the market that goes unfilled to this day.


That RK-25 was GREAT. One of my students had one, and I wish it was still available so I could recommend it to  other students (or buy one myself).


I also have a RK-R25.  It is my go to practice banjo, because it is light weight, so to speak.

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