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Apr 20, 2024 - 2:21:55 PM
615 posts since 7/28/2016

Maybe 5-6 years ago I bought a (new?) Cherry red rk 85. I was told that it was a prototype and it wasn't considered new because it was at a show. There was a picture of Greg Rich holding one on BHO and I was told it was one in the same banjo that I had. It was shipped to a local music store from California.

My questions....

I know the rk85 was discontinued but the rk75 and rk76 are still(?) being made. What is the difference ?
Is it just the type of wood ? My 85 is flamed maple with the cherry red finish as opposed to mahogany or whatever the other is made of.

Was there really only 25 made or was that just a rumor ?

Apr 20, 2024 - 5:11:30 PM



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Might want to ask Greg Rich,, I have a RK77 Elite,, the gold plated one, I heard there were only 22 made. Mine is no.2

Apr 20, 2024 - 6:06:16 PM



2800 posts since 7/18/2007

Yep, just the wood. 85's were figured Maple, 75 and 76's are Mahogany. Not sure how many were made. I've had two of the Vintage Amber ones. Beautiful banjos.

Edited by - banjoez on 04/20/2024 18:12:24

Apr 20, 2024 - 7:37:20 PM



9428 posts since 10/24/2004

Yes Joe Z is correct its just the wood

Apr 20, 2024 - 8:02:54 PM

15205 posts since 6/2/2008

Even though the Recording King banjos page no longer shows the discontinued RK-85,  the model's own product page still exists. Google can still find it. You can see that it's the same banjo as the mahogany Elite, except in maple. But that's already been said. Twice.

Apr 28, 2024 - 5:28:33 AM



166 posts since 3/7/2006

I own one to bought it used from elderly last year. Love the banjo but need a new one piece flange mine is cracked in one spot and the nickel plating is bubbling.

Edited by - Smurf on 04/28/2024 05:29:59

May 2, 2024 - 7:29:20 AM

6346 posts since 10/6/2004

Cant remember the model name/number but what was the slightly longer scale [27 inch?] RK called?

I got a used neck off Greg years ago and built up a parts banjo with it - still have the banjo and its great.

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