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Dec 10, 2023 - 9:16 AM


America Samoa

7 posts since 9/20/2023

Here's another my friend is contemplating. He's wondering what it's worth. I sure do appreciate your guys expertise!

Dec 10, 2023 - 9:56:40 AM

3278 posts since 5/2/2012

Just off the top of my head I was thinking maybe $150 - 175. But then I looked on Reverb and was REALLY surprised at the asking prices. Here are some more on Ebay.  Then there are some current and past prices on Banjobuyer.

Edited by - thisoldman on 12/10/2023 09:57:40

Dec 10, 2023 - 12:27:48 PM

3272 posts since 3/30/2008
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The auction banjo seems to be a Framus "Rhythmus" model. They were a beginner/intermediate line, but are very decent players. If you look past, "asking prices", you will find they actually sell for under $200 on a regular basis.

Dec 10, 2023 - 12:31:57 PM

766 posts since 5/29/2015

Agree with the "decent player" evaluation. This one looks like the action is unplay-ably high. Could be any number of issues as simple as too high a bridge or needing a major neck set.

Dec 10, 2023 - 12:49:34 PM

3272 posts since 3/30/2008
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Framus banjos had an internal mechanism for setting the neck angle & action. The auction banjo looks to have a very high action. Perhaps a naive person messed with this system, or perhaps there are other reasons. This auction strikes me as a big risk without knowing why the action is so high.

Edited by - tdennis on 12/10/2023 12:50:11

Dec 10, 2023 - 3:30:26 PM



1407 posts since 11/30/2015

As stated this is a low end model Framus with a thinner rim and simple flat metal bar tone ring. I've had these models through the shop. It's a decent banjo for Irish playing, especially for the price it would sell for. It's possible this one would have a round dowel stick which wasn't their best design as the neck can twist with just a little outside pressure.

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