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Mar 3, 2024 - 2:31:36 PM
7 posts since 3/2/2024

Greetings all, new member and first post. I have been bitten by the banjo bug and have been doing some research online as I prepare to buy my first banjo. I have decided I was open back, and budget is under $800ish. I am roughly 2 hours from Elderly instruments so I will have the ability to play several in person, but on paper I have have come up with 2 that seem like good choices.
Recording King Madison OT25
Gold Tone CC Carlin 12”

Has anyone here played or owned both? Any major pros or cons of either?

I have looked at the Classifieds section and there is a used GT CC Carlin 12” that seems like a tempting option.

I come from a guitar background of 30+ years but want to learn the banjo now too.
Thanks,
Jason

Mar 3, 2024 - 2:41:57 PM

4814 posts since 10/13/2005

Go to YouTube and type in the banjos. Comparison. banjered

Mar 3, 2024 - 3:27:38 PM

7 posts since 3/2/2024

Did that. No video I found compared those exact models. But yes, I’ve compared videos showcasing those models. Thanks

Mar 3, 2024 - 3:48:23 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27873 posts since 6/25/2005

You need to actually try both. Some players (I am one.) find 12” banjos less comfortable to hold the 11” ones. That makes a big difference if you’re playing for an hour or more. Sound of a 12” is generally deeper, with less “cut” and more “thunk.” These are all subjective judgments for the player. None is “better.”

Mar 4, 2024 - 6:34:12 AM

KCJones

USA

2929 posts since 8/30/2012

Those two are so different it's hard to compare them. It's not a matter of quality, more of taste and desire.

If you're close to elderly, go play everything and just buy what you want. There's no wrong answer.

My advice is to buy both. They're different enough that it's worth it. Eventually you'll need to buy more anyway. You really need an 11" and a 12", for different situations. Also you'll want to get something with a whyte laydie, tubaphone, and hoop-style tone ring, in both sizes of course. That's 6 banjos right there between all those combinations, and that's not even getting into A-scales which you'll want to have too eventually. And then all of those combinations, but with nylon strings and hide head instead of steel and plastic. That's at least another dozen or so, which puts you up above 20 if my math is right.

So now you see, with so many banjos to buy, focusing on which to buy first isn't critical. You'd better get started soon if you have any hope to finish. 

Edited by - KCJones on 03/04/2024 06:36:40

Mar 4, 2024 - 7:24:15 AM

3005 posts since 2/4/2013

It's hard to compare. The weakness of 11 inch multiply rims with rolled brass tone ring is the rim. The RK-)25 is better. But a 12 inch rim seems to help so it's closer -based on hearing the CC-Carlin in videos and I have the Recording King. I'd still choose an RK-Ot25 although considering your budget I would get an RK-OT26.

Mar 4, 2024 - 4:41:01 PM

7 posts since 3/2/2024

Thank you Bill, KC, and Graham for the advice. I’m looking forward to playing them (and others) at Elderly soon.

Jay

Mar 4, 2024 - 4:53:05 PM

229 posts since 12/9/2018

If you can get to Elderly, go and play everything they'll let you. Nothing beats having a banjo in hand.
Failing that and choosing between the OT25 and CC12, I like the CC12. It has a wider neck and the rolled brass ring/ 12" rim combo makes for pretty sweet sounding banjo.

Mar 11, 2024 - 3:45:17 PM

1 posts since 3/11/2024

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Those two are so different it's hard to compare them. It's not a matter of quality, more of taste and desire.

If you're close to elderly, go play everything and just buy what you want. There's no wrong answer.

My advice is to buy both. They're different enough that it's worth it. Eventually you'll need to buy more anyway. You really need an 11" and a 12", for different situations. Also you'll want to get something with a whyte laydie, tubaphone, and hoop-style tone ring, in both sizes of course. That's 6 banjos right there between all those combinations, and that's not even getting into A-scales which you'll want to have too eventually. And then all of those combinations, but with nylon strings and hide head instead of steel and plastic. That's at least another dozen or so, which puts you up above 20 if my math is right.

So now you see, with so many banjos to buy, focusing on which to buy first isn't critical. You'd better get started soon if you have any hope to finish. 


 

hahaha. I had to create an account just to say how awesome a comment this is. As a new banjo player, I've been trying to figure out what my next banjo should be. I need to take your advice and just buy "everything I like". 

Mar 21, 2024 - 7:16:22 AM

7 posts since 3/2/2024

Thanks again for the input! Still haven’t made it to Elderly yet, but soon.
Jay

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