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Oct 1, 2022 - 12:21:25 PM
340 posts since 12/7/2017

I found a "la scala" tenor banjo for sale which seems in good condition. I know it was Oscar Schmidt branded but the maker was Rocco Antonio Carlucci, a luthier in NJ, as I learnt in BHO, but I never heard one.
I wanted to know about the quality of these banjos, well built ? powerful enough, with this special tone system ?
Asking price $800. Since it's far away from my place to go to check it out in person I'm trying to get information to know if it`s worth the trip.


Oct 1, 2022 - 12:58:10 PM

3123 posts since 4/7/2010

I had a similar banjo years ago, but do not remember what it sounded like. My thought is if the design was good, there would still be folks making a similar instrument today.

Bob S.

Oct 1, 2022 - 3:25:33 PM

10152 posts since 8/28/2013

Because it's a pretty obscure make, I think it may be overpriced, even if it sounds good and is well made.

Oct 1, 2022 - 4:55:33 PM

5253 posts since 3/22/2008

Maybe a concern. The bridge is quite tall. Perhaps a 9/16" or so. Tall bridges are helpful in overcoming string buzz.

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