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Dec 9, 2023 - 5:53:49 AM
214 posts since 1/17/2019

Saw on local Facebook market place for $75. Never saw a sears. Nice shape, I imagine not a much of a banjo tho. Who made those?

Dec 9, 2023 - 6:47:34 AM

Alex Z


5744 posts since 12/7/2006
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The Harmony company in Chicago.  They made guitars, banjos, ukuleles, maybe more.

My first banjo.  It was very well made for an entry level instrument.  Solid, could get in precise tune, playable right from the beginning (didn't have to take it to some one for a "set up" as is the practice with today's entry level banjos), sturdy.  Definitely worth $75 for a beginner instrument.  

I just fixed up a 1960s Harmony ukulele for a friend.  For $20 for new tuners and strings, and a bit of polish, it equals anything you can buy today for less than $300.

Dec 10, 2023 - 5:05:36 AM
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17443 posts since 8/30/2006

My first banjo, too. Also our first foray into banjo building.  Millions of banjo notes played by these until reinforcements appeared.  I also had the $15 Kay mandolin from Montgomery Ward.


Edited by - Helix on 12/10/2023 05:07:35

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