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Jun 10, 2023 - 8:25:54 AM
153 posts since 1/12/2023

What’s your favorite shop, whether it be local or online to purchase either instruments or parts pertaining to plectrum or tenor banjo?

So many 5 string focused shops out there, and I see less and less stores that even have any decent 4 strings.

Jun 10, 2023 - 10:00:52 AM

58 posts since 12/23/2019

Bernunzio has both. More 5 strings by far, but usually has a good selection of 4.

Jun 10, 2023 - 10:03:39 AM
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58 posts since 12/23/2019

Bernunzios has both. More 5 string, but usually some nice 4strings.

Jun 10, 2023 - 12:08:54 PM

5143 posts since 5/29/2011

I have browsed their site many times over the years. This is not a site I normally buy from but they have a lot of vintage banjos and parts for sale.

Jun 10, 2023 - 1:58:56 PM
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3 posts since 3/6/2015

Intermountain Guitar and Banjo closed their local shop but are open online.

Smakula has two four string banjos currently but their stock varies and are worth keeping an eye on. They have a great selection of vintage and new parts.

Jun 11, 2023 - 6:48:28 AM



12260 posts since 2/7/2008

Buddy Wachter used to have a site selling high end vintage Tenors and Plectrums but I can't find it any more.

Jun 22, 2023 - 4:11:07 PM

200 posts since 9/6/2016

Retrofret in Brooklyn has a good selection of both four and five string instruments (for that matter, guitars and mandolins).

Jun 22, 2023 - 5:48:52 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


27422 posts since 6/25/2005

Gryphon in Palo Alto generally has some higher-grade tenors and plectrums in stock. It was the late Charlie Tagawa’s go-to shop. Currently they have three tenors; plectrums seem to go out as fast as they come in.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 06/22/2023 17:51:04

Jun 23, 2023 - 12:36:57 PM



71 posts since 9/7/2022

Vincent (Vinnie) Mondello, a great luthier, often sells high quality banjos. I purchased a Vegavox from him and I'm very satisfied. I also have a Paramount partially restored by seems like new!

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