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Dec 9, 2023 - 12:44:27 PM
36 posts since 6/9/2023

I have a 2007 Huber Roanoke (walnut/vintage ring). I like the neck and tone. I’m planning on keeping it. I’d just like to add something different to the house to mess around with in addition to the Huber. Maybe a mahogany RB3/75 style? Maybe a maple banjo?

Do the 88-2010 Gibsons (RB3/75/ESS, etc) stack up to guys like Huber and Yates after all these years?

I just kind of keep coming back to the fact Huber and Yates personally build and or QC everything. And don’t seem to let anything that isn’t up to snuff out the door.

Thoughts?

Dec 9, 2023 - 1:43:03 PM
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5370 posts since 11/20/2004

There will be good ones from all the builders, but I have more confidence in fewer bad ones from people who put their own name on their work. I have read multiple times on here of people working with various Gibsons and never getting them to sound right. I do not recall that with Huber, Yates, or Hatfield. There will always be some better than others, but an individual is more likely to refuse sending out a dud than a production company. A player is also more likely to know and hear what another player expects from an instrument.
As long as you can see and play it, you can decide. The other viewpoint is that we differ in what we want a banjo to sound and feel like, so "good" is an individual opinion.

Dec 9, 2023 - 8:40:32 PM
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PKM

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517 posts since 4/19/2011

Randall, I echo Bobby's words.
I have a suggestion, if you want a different type of 2nd banjo along with a different type of experience; order a Hatfield and pick it up, when its done, in person. There is something extraordinary about meeting, and spending time with the one guy, Arthur Hatfield, who custom built your banjo ! Not to mention that they are consistently terrific banjos with outstanding clarity, and Arthur is not only one of the most knowledgable,... he's also the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet.
I have a few banjos, and maybe one day I'll sell something, but I could never sell my Hatfield ! Cheers !

Dec 10, 2023 - 8:30:45 AM
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15590 posts since 10/30/2008

I have a variety of post 87 Mastertones, some bought via BHO Classifieds sight unseen, and I think they are all fine.

I think you may find a mahogany banjo does'nt sound that much different from walnut. A maple banjo will have more difference. Walnut occupies the sort of "in between" space sound-wise between mahogany and maple.

Try a LOT of banjos, and buy what you like.

I have no familiarity with Yates, but every Huber I have tried has been terrific. Used Huber prices are often a bit lower than used post 87 Gibsons, but I believe they are generally rising and following Gibsons. I feel that the used Huber Workhorses are selling at bargain prices however.

Dec 10, 2023 - 9:09:46 AM
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You are not far from Tim Davis. I would either talk to him or jump on 40 and go see Jim Britton and try a bunch of stuff. Maybe head down to Atlanta area and check out Banjo Warehouse.

Dec 10, 2023 - 2:07:11 PM

5370 posts since 11/20/2004

Unless Tim Davis has moved recently, it is a long way from Harrisburg, NC to St. Louis, MO.
I agree that he would be a good one to see and talk with, but call first.

Dec 12, 2023 - 4:47:12 AM

36 posts since 6/9/2023

Are the later Gibson necks similar to Huber? I really like the shape of my Roanoke. But I didn’t care for the neck on the late 60’s Bow tie I had.

Dec 14, 2023 - 6:14:29 PM

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Originally posted by lightgauge

Unless Tim Davis has moved recently, it is a long way from Harrisburg, NC to St. Louis, MO.
I agree that he would be a good one to see and talk with, but call first.


Oh, I scrolled up and saw your earlier post (and Statesville location) and confused that with the OP post.  I have gotten to St. Louis a couple of times on biz.  If you are ever in the area, Music Folk is a great store!

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