I've seen both of these banjos listed within my area with similar prices. I'd like opinions on which is preferable to learn on and keep for the long-term. The Deering is a one-owner instrument and the GT has had at least two owners, based on their descriptions. Any opinions, + or - , on either instruments are welcome. Thank you.
The OB-250 is a full fat but fairly cheap bluegrass resonator banjo with brass flathead tone tone ring. The Goodtime 2 Artisan isn't. It's a basic no tone ring banjo that is good for learning and sounds ok but lacking the sound imparted by the tone ring and at the same price is no competition. Unless you want a light weight learner (made in the USA) rather than a heavy full fledged bluegress banjo (made in China, setup in the USA).
get the gold tone
The Gold Tone OB250 is a great sounding, easy playing banjo. At this price point the Gold Stars and Recording King banjos get most if not all the mentions, but in my opinion I consider the GT to be on par with them.
The Gold Tone is a real bluegrass banjo built in the Mastertone format of heavy tone ring on solid wood rim and the pot held together with a structural flange and 24 hooks.
The Goodtime is not.
The OB250 is not a model I usually recommended. And these days Gold Tone makes two banjos that are much better choices for those with under $2000 to spend.
But when the choice is the OB250 or any Goodtime, I recommend the OB250 with no hesitation.
Graham's reply tells you all that you need to know.
The Gold Tone has better construction features, is reasonably well built, and is more banjo for the money.
The only reason to choose the Goodtime would be if you prefer "Made in USA."
Edited by - rcc56 on 08/19/2022 21:48:30
In 2005, Gold Tone offered the OB250 flathead with a long neck. I have one. The rim has now been Black Walnut since 2009.
I offer rim changeouts, and I have had both Deering and Gold Tone and Recording King in my shop for just that.
The Gold Tone is a full set of adult hardware with adjustability, so you can learn to make little changes yourself.
The Deerings are always a little quirky. The quality is great, the hype is, too. They seem to patent things a lot.
I am not a Scientologist and I don't award guns to favored buyers.
The Gold Tone is all Maple, and I believe the Deering is, too. Yes, it does make a difference in a used OB250, because they sound better with age. If you need to confer off forum, I'm glad to help, text first , so I don't think it's Spammy from Miami.
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Edited by - MusicCndctr on 08/21/2022 09:30:34
Good, it's easy to buy someone else's frustration.
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