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Mar 4, 2024 - 10:27:43 PM
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joemcg

USA

144 posts since 5/12/2013

I have a birthday coming up (my 81st.) At this advanced age I’m thinking about a light weight banjo (4# or less) to sit back in my recliner and play. I’m a Clawhammer player, so an open back 5 string. I already have a number of full size banjos but I’m finding that the weight and also the scale lengths make them problematic for playing in my easy chair.

I’ve been reading about the Goodtime Juniors & Several Gold Tones including the Plucky, CC-Mini, Traveller, etc.

Do you have one of these? How do you like it?

Thx,
Joe

Mar 5, 2024 - 4:31:20 AM

3565 posts since 12/31/2005

I have no connection to this, but it's in the Classifieds: 

https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/103684

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:59:55 AM
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dbrooks

USA

4648 posts since 3/11/2004

I have several A-scale banjos that I find comfortable to play (though regular scale is not yet a problem for me). My banjos are in the 25.5"
 scale range, not as small as some of the banjos you mention. I feel I get the tone and volume of a regular scale banjo in a banjo with a 25.5" scale. I would have no problem moving to a smaller banjo for the increased comfort.

David

Mar 5, 2024 - 11:17:50 AM
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123 posts since 3/3/2008

Zachary Hoyt build an openback for me and it's great.  I had him install Rickard tuners also.  I was thinking about picking up another one of his in the future in A or C scale.  He has a few in the BHO marketplace.

Mar 5, 2024 - 11:55:04 AM
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3005 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by joemcg


I’ve been reading about the Goodtime Juniors & Several Gold Tones including the Plucky, CC-Mini, Traveller, etc.

 


I'm not sure you want one of these very small pot Goldtones. Perhaps something like an AC Traveller. The AC series seem well liked for cheap banjos. Depends on your budget I guess.

Mar 5, 2024 - 11:56:57 AM
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joemcg

USA

144 posts since 5/12/2013

quote:
Originally posted by euler357

Zachary Hoyt build an openback for me and it's great.  I had him install Rickard tuners also.  I was thinking about picking up another one of his in the future in A or C scale.  He has a few in the BHO marketplace.


Thanks.  They look great, but I've got a bunch of (to me) expensive banjos and my wife would kill me if I spent another $1K+ on one. That's the reason I'm thinking toward the lower end of the price scale. Then she wouldn't kill me, just probably give me the cold shoulder for a few days! frown

Mar 5, 2024 - 1:40:37 PM
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s_ou_b

USA

79 posts since 6/24/2020

ac traveller! It sounds great, i bought it one day on a whim from a local shop;
it was well set up when i got it, but I have since put on a slightly better tailpiece.
I play it everyday, and I never feel bad when i throw it in my truck. No case!
Best 200 bucks I have ever spent, even my wife approved.

Mar 5, 2024 - 6:01:10 PM
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joemcg

USA

144 posts since 5/12/2013

I looked at the AC Traveler. Yup, that could be a contender.

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