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Mar 1, 2024 - 9:36:17 AM
3 posts since 3/1/2024

I have a 1976 Stelling staghorn banjo Mc condition with original case wandering out like a find out how much it’s worth

Edited by - jvduncan1422 on 03/01/2024 10:27:23

Mar 1, 2024 - 9:43:33 AM

714 posts since 6/6/2007

It’s not a Stealing or Sterling Staghorn; it’s a Stelling. There are a lot of Stelling owners here, some of whom will no doubt weigh in.

Mar 1, 2024 - 10:02:14 AM

1651 posts since 11/10/2022

What he said ^^^^^

I would like to get a newer Staghorn so I pay attention. Stellings dont fly off the shelves, but it doesnt stop owners from asking high prices. Id say 3500 would be a price that might sell it in a reasonable time. 5000 and up is what most ask who dont mind them not selling. Condition matters. Most ask above 7500 for Staghorns but dont sell them. imho

Mar 1, 2024 - 10:28:43 AM

3 posts since 3/1/2024

Thank you for the reply I know nothing about banjos and I got this one from my father and was just wondering what I have and should I get a appraisal on it?

Mar 1, 2024 - 10:56:01 AM
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61937 posts since 12/14/2005

You MIGHT tell us what major city you are near, and MIGHT ask if anyone near there could meet you at the police station to look at the banjo, and give you an appraisal.

Or, you might post pictures, the more the merrier, of the front and back (full view) closeups of the inside, the part where the neck meets the body, the front and back of the part with the tuning pegs.

By sheer coincidence, Mary and I were talking to a guy whose dad has one, so when we got home, Mary looked up prices, and five grand seemed to be what she found.

Mar 1, 2024 - 11:28:42 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

. . . Mary looked up prices, and five grand seemed to be what she found.


Is that asked or got?

Mar 1, 2024 - 11:47:41 AM

15083 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by jvduncan1422

Thank you for the reply I know nothing about banjos and I got this one from my father and was just wondering what I have and should I get a appraisal on it?


You have a model that was always one of the most desired Stellings. And with it being a '76, it's one of the earliest Staghorms ever made. Alan Munde began playing his Staghorn in 1975.

With Stelling Banjo Company now shut down, there will be no more Stellings. The Stelling market from now on will be the few that owners put up for sale. There are two Staghorns for sale right now in the Hangout classifieds.  One seller is asking $9,000. The other is asking 12,500 euro ($13,500). He's in Croatia, where I assume quality banjos are in much shorter supply than the US.

Do these prices reflect actual resale or insurance value of a Stelling Staghorn? I don't know.

Mar 1, 2024 - 2:39:25 PM

15646 posts since 10/30/2008

As I recall, the Staghorn was Stelling's top of the line banjo in the early days.

Condition is key to value. Hopefully no damage needing repairs, no poorly made repairs, no swapped out parts, as little wear as possible.

You're going to need lots of good clear, well-lit color photos of front, back, sides, top, bottom, and close ups.

Including the case! Since you're going to have to take all those photos anyway even to get an appraisal for either sale or insurance, you may as well post some of them here.

For a "non banjo" person, usually the best thing to do is have a good brick and mortar vintage instrument dealer sell it for you "on consignment". They keep 20 to 30% for their profit, you get the remainder. (You'll get a contract spelling out all the details.) The one "question mark" is if they tell you the banjo must have expensive adjustments/repairs before they'll sell it. They'll do the work and subtract the cost of the work from your final payment. Consider carefully before you proceed -- you don't want to be surprised/shocked by the cost of the work that they insist must be done. Folks here on the Hangout will share their opinions, which can be helpful.

You can sell it here on the Hangout yourself, but if you're a non banjo person it might be hard for you to answer questions from all the tire-kickers you may encounter. And as a seller with no history or feedback, potential buyers will be very cautious about making a deal. If you do make a deal you have to figure out how to properly package, insure and ship a banjo to the buyer.

Mar 1, 2024 - 3:56:52 PM

3 posts since 3/1/2024

Thank you for all the replies. I will post a bunch of pictures of it tomorrow. I know it’s in mint condition. Hasn’t been touched in 25 years. I appreciate everybody’s help. I was wondering if there's any way to tell who the original buyer was of the banjo in 1976 by the serial number or tell any history by serial number I was told there's a story behind this banjo

Edited by - jvduncan1422 on 03/01/2024 16:04:48

Mar 2, 2024 - 6:23:33 AM

61937 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory
quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

. . . Mary looked up prices, and five grand seemed to be what she found.


Is that asked or got?


Asked

Mar 2, 2024 - 6:44:13 AM

119 posts since 11/3/2015

There are two Stelling Groups on BHO that might offer some insight, but you're definitely going to have to post some pics. The first batches in 1975 had some serious finish checking. Some were refinished under warranty but not all. Great banjos nonetheless.

Mar 2, 2024 - 9:24:27 AM

15083 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by jvduncan1422

I was wondering if there's any way to tell who the original buyer was of the banjo in 1976 by the serial number or tell any history by serial number I was told there's a story behind this banjo


Write to Geoff Stelling. I believe his contact info is on the Stelling Banjo Co. website. I'm sure you can find it.

Seems to me I once saw a list of Stellings by serial number. Don't know if it was complete or where that was. But worth Googling to see if it exists.

In any event, Geoff would most likely still have a record of who bought that banjo (either a store or individual) and who registered the serial number.

Mar 2, 2024 - 1:37:51 PM

314 posts since 5/27/2008

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